MORTON have fallen into the bottom two in the Championship after a damaging heavy defeat against Inverness at Cappielow tonight.

Gus MacPherson's men were well in the game in the first half and they should have taken the lead when Michael Ledger was somehow unable to head home from close range from a corner.

But the Greenock men suddenly shot themselves in the foot when they gifted Caley the opening goal on 38 minutes.

Stephen McGinn played a needlessly risky backpass which put Aidan McAdams under pressure.

The keeper correctly opted to head the ball initially, but then picked it up as he appeared to respond to a shout.

He was penalised with an indirect free kick which was tapped to Scott Allardice who thrashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Poor defending at a free kick just two minutes later allowed Nikolay Todorov to double his side's lead with a powerful shot on the turn, leaving Ton with a mountain to climb in the second half.

They made an encouraging start, Robbie Muirhead sweeping home a Lewis Strapp cutback after McGinn had found the youngster in the box with a pinpoint pass. 

But there was to be no dramatic comeback, with Todorov ruthlessly killing Ton off with a sublime third goal on 71 minutes, controlling Shane Sutherland's cross on his chest then swivelling to rifle home on the volley.

Daniel Mackay rubbed salt in the wounds with a curling right foot shot from the edge of the box which flew into the net beyond McAdams.

The result leaves Ton deep in relegation trouble, with four games left to play.

*See tomorrow's Tele for full match report and reaction.