A sublime strike from Jordan Roberts late on secured Inverness CT’s place in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals after a 2-1 win over Motherwell.
There wasn’t much in the game and it looked to be heading for a replay but a moment of brilliance from Roberts – fit enough to win any game – sent the Cup holders through.
But McGhee who saw his side concede another late goal was furious that a foul in the build-up to the winner wasn’t spotted or ignored by referee Steven McLean.
Asked if McGhee had spoke to the ref, he said: “No, I kicked his door. We are absolutely gutted. How can I criticise the players? I can’t criticise them.
“We just keep doing what we are doing and eventually we will get a break and eventually a referee will give a good decision in our favour, or even a bad decision in our favour.”
Up until that point there had been nothing between the two sides but Inverness CT sneaked ahead just before the break.
Carl Tremarco took advantage of Law’s hesistancy drove to the byline, flashed the ball across the six-yard box and McManus, under pressure from Storey, put beyond his own goalkeeper.
Motherwell improved after the break and grabbed a deserved equaliser through Scott McDonald, turning in from close range after McManus powered a header towards goal from Hammell’s corner.
As the game seemed to be heading for a replay, Roberts who has struggled with injury, came off the bench to score a wondergoal.
“He has had a tortuous time since coming to the club in terms of groin problems,” manager John Hughes said.
“He has had operations, rehab, broke down, rehab, broke down. Never got a chance to get going. He still probably needs game time.
“So for all his problems and the hard work he has put in, it was fitting he got the goal. He has got that goal in his locker.”
SCOTTISH CUP Round-Up
Rangers were held to a goalless draw at Ibrox at Kilmarnock. Hamilton Accies’ conquerors Annan were convincingly beaten 4-1 by Championship side Morton at Galabank. Ross County suffered a minor scare against junior outfit Linlithgow Rose before going on to win 4-2 at Dingwall while Dumbarton earned a replay against Premiership side Dundee.