Motherwell 2 - 0 Inverness CT

Match info: Scottish Premier at Fir Park

Date: 19/03/2014 KO: 19:45 Ref:

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Lionel Ainsworth 26
John Sutton 34



FT (ht: 2-0)

  • Last Updated: March 19 2014, 23:45 GMT

Inverness boss John Hughes has refused to give up hope of securing a European spot this season after claiming the Highlanders were the better side despite a 2-0 defeat at Motherwell.

Lionel Ainsworth scores Motherwell's first goal
Lionel Ainsworth scores Motherwell's first goal

Goals from Lionel Ainsworth and John Sutton secured the points that allowed the Fir Park outfit to move level with second-placed Aberdeen.

But, despite Inverness sitting fifth in the Scottish Premiership and being without a win in their last five matches, Hughes still has high expectations for his players.

He said: "We need to get back to keeping clean-sheets - that's what we pride ourselves on.

"If we do that, with 10 games remaining, the challenge is to try to get Europe.

"To do that, we need to get back to winning football matches. By hook or by crook, we have to win a football match.

"I would never bet against those guys in that dressing room doing it. That's for sure."

Reflecting on the loss at Fir Park, he added: "I felt we were the better team from start to finish.

"We passed the ball and controlled the game. On another night we could have scored a few goals.

"But we are not going to go anywhere or achieve what we want to achieve if we keep conceding the goals we are conceding.

"The first one was a real lapse in concentration and it's goals that win games. It's as simple as that. It's a hard lesson but it's one I hope we can learn from."

The trip to Motherwell came just three days after Inverness lost the League Cup final to Aberdeen on penalties and Hughes praised the response from his side.

He said: "It's been great, it's been fantastic. There are no egos in the dressing room and these guys pick themselves up and go again."

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall accepted his own side were second best on the night but was more than happy with the three points.

He said: "A win is a win. We didn't play particularly well, especially in the second half.

"They started better than us but we got two really great, clinical goals. They passed it better than us and Gunnar Nielsen was excellent for us in goal.

"I've seen lots of games this season when teams have won and probably haven't been the best side and that was the case for us in this game.

"It's not often I've said that this season but it's a clean-sheet and three points and those are the bonus bits.

"We can play better and we will have to between now and the end of the season."

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