Vigurs comes back to haunt old side

Iain Vigurs
Iain Vigurs

Motherwell grabbed second spot in the Scottish Premiership with a narrow victory over Inverness.

Stuart McCall made three changes to the side who lost to Kilmarnock on Saturday as Fraser Kerr, Henri Anier and Jack Leitch replaced Zaine Francis-Angol, Craig Moore and Lionel Ainsworth.

Iain Vigurs’s free kick from the right forced an early punched save from Ryan Esson, but the home side went close as Graeme Shinnie struck the side netting.

’Well took the lead in 39 minutes as ANIER controlled a long ball from Kerr to stab the ball beyond Esson.

Inverness pushed for an equaliser in the second half and Greg Tansey struck the post from 30 yards.

The visitors were defending in numbers, but were undone by a piece of brilliance from RYAN CHRISTIE on 74 minutes as he beat Gunnar Nielsen from 25 yards.

It looked like ’Well would miss out of leapfrogging Aberdeen, at least for 24 hours, but with eight minutes left, Vigurs came back to haunt his old club.

The midfielder exchanged passes with substitute Craig Moore as they made their way through the Inverness defence before VIGURS left Esson helpless for the winner.

Inverness: Esson, Raven (Watkins 67), Warren, Devine, Tremarco, Polworth (Christie 61), Vincent, Ross Draper, Tansey, Shinnie, McKay. Subs not used: Ross, Brill, Williams, Evans.

Motherwell: Nielsen, Reid (Francis-Angol 46), Hutchinson, McManus, Hammell, Kerr, Lasley, Vigurs, Leitch (Cadden 87), Sutton, Anier (Moore 68). Subs not used: Stewart, Murray, Ainsworth, Thomas.

Referee: Craig Thomson.

Attendance: 2,366.