'Well Pay the Price for Poor Finishing

Last updated : 03 December 2005 By Firparkcorner

This was the first SPL game in which Motherwell have not scored against non Old Firm opposition since April and the resultant loss has seen us drop to eighth position in the table.

We controlled the first half entirely and had several excellent opportunities to take the lead. Hamilton failed to hit the target when he looked sure to score in six minutes before being substituted by Clarkson after half an hour. We had some fine passing moves which resulted in a couple of attempts from Kerr – the second of these came after a Foran interception in midfield which lead to a McDonald cross to our midfielder. Mark Brown tipped the effort over the bar.

Clarkson almost made his mark within a couple of minutes of his appearance. He was free in the left hand side of the box but he was off target when it seemed that a goal was certain. Last week’s debut goalscorer, McLean, had a headed attempt from a corner saved minutes before the break.

We started the second half with the same bright, forward going attitude and McDonald had an ambitious volley within minutes.

Eventually the price was paid for our lack of guile in the opposition box. Dargo got their opener much against the run of play just after the hour and we renewed the struggle with the aid of Kinniburgh and McBride. They replaced Craigan and Fagan. Meanwhile, Smith produced a spectacular save to keep us in the game but the tide had turned. Inverness began to take the initiative and we were pushed back.

A Clarkson header almost produced the equaliser but he was unlucky to see it come off the post. Foran pitched in with a header on target but Brown was not troubled in the ICT goal. Dargo snatched the second in the dying minutes and there was no way back.

It was a frustrating afternoon. Inverness have a very impressive record away from home but we had the chances to secure the win. You don’t win games if you cannot score.