Stuart McCall hails quality football in draw with St Mirren

Stuart McCall
McCall felt the 1-1 draw at Fir Park was a fair result for both sides

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall was equal in his praise for both sides after a 1-1 draw with St Mirren at Fir Park.

Michael Higdon's header for the hosts shortly after half-time was cancelled out by Jim Goodwin's 35-yard strike moments later.

"I thought it was an outstanding game of football," said McCall.

"Credit to both sides - to play at a pace and a tempo like that showed the fitness levels of both sides."

The point earned keeps Motherwell in third place behind Celtic in the Scottish Premier League table, while St Mirren are eighth alongside Dundee United on 22 points.

The match was peppered with chances for both sides.

Kenny McLean struck the Motherwell crossbar with a thundering shot that was easily the best chance of the opening 45 minutes and St Mirren keeper Craig Samson pulled off a save from Jamie Murphy near the end.

"St Mirren attacked and we attacked," said McCall. "I'm glad there was a goal in it each, because the supporters deserved goals from the encounter.

Interview - Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

"There wouldn't have been many nuetrals here, but I thought it was a terrific game of football. I thought it was an even game.

"They hit the bar with a 30-yarder and played some good stuff.

"In passages, we played some good stuff too. For for a game played at such a tempo, there was some excellent football.

"We had two outstanding goals - Jim Goodwin hit an excellent 30-yarder and our goal was excellently made.

"Later in the game, both keepers had excellent saves and, although the lads are disapplointed, they shouldn't be, because their efforts and play were excellent, as was St Mirren's."

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