Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3 Livingston 0

Last updated : 14 January 2006 By Footymad Previewer

Caley Thistle's players showed there's life after Craig Brewster with a comprehensive 3-0 SPL win over Livingston.

Boss Brewster departed the Highlands on Friday night, and is due to take over the reigns at Dundee United on Monday morning. The club's former star midfielder Charlie Christie and coach John Docherty were in charge for Livi's visit.

A Craig Dargo double and a Dennis Wyness screamer made the difference at a sun-kissed Inverness.

Paul Lambert's side were trying to get over their Scottish Cup exit at the hands of minnows Alloa, while the Caley Jags wanted a good result ahead of their cup replay against Ayr United on Monday night.

With the player/manager gone, Wyness and Dargo led the home attack. Debutants Wesley Hoolahan and Stevie Hislop were in the visitors' starting line-up, and David McNamee returned from injury.

Amid the lack-lustre opening, it was Livingston who threatened first and a rasping drive from David McNamee dipped over the top after a wayward header from Richard Hastings.

After 20 minutes, a terrific save from Mark Brown denied McNamee, whose glancing header looked destined for the top corner.

Then Caley Thistle almost grabbed the lead, but Barry Wilson's cross was just out of reach for Dargo. However, moments later in the 26th minute the hosts went in front when Dargo directed his header from an inviting Ian Black cross into the net.

Wyness almost doubled the score with an 18-yard drive, but Roddy McKenzie did well to push it away.

The Inverness men finished the first half strongly, but could not add to their tally.

Ten minutes after the break, Caley Thistle won a penalty when Wilson was felled in the box by David MacKay, and Dargo stepped up and coolly made it 2-0. This takes the striker's account up to 10 goals in 10 games.

Then the victory was sealed when Dargo set up Wyness, who cut inside the box and sent a fantastic shot high into the roof of the net.

After 76 minutes, Paul Dalglish came close when he flashed a header wide from a cross on the right. Then Greg Strong's header was saved by Brown from a Gabor Vincze delivery.