Stuart McCall pleased with win that puts 'Well on top

Stuart McCall
McCall was concerned a by a loss of concentration in the second half.

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall praised his side for an important win against Dunfermline ahead of the international break.

The Fir Park side enjoyed a 4-2 win at East End Park to secure top spot in the Scottish Premier League in their last match before a two week rest.

"We said that we wanted to end with a good result because we have two weeks before we go to Celtic," said McCall.

"I could handle scoring four away from home every week."

McCall was critical though of a performance which put his side 3-0 up with 40 minutes remaining, only to allow Dunfermline back into the game through a Joe Cardle double.

Only a last minute goal from Michael Higdon steadied the nerves after his side appeared to lose focus in the latter stages of the match.

"We would have like to have done it a bit more comfortably but you've got to give credit to Dunfermline," McCall told BBC Scotland.

"We just got a bit sloppy. Once we got the third goal we started taking too many touches on the ball, taking too many risks and not keeping the ball the way we can do.

"If you'd said before the game we would come here and won 4-2, I would have been delighted - so I've got to still be happy with that."

And despite interrupting his side's good run of form, McCall believes the international break comes at a good time for Scottish football.

"I am looking forward to watching Scotland win next Saturday," he said.

"We need a big result next week to hopefully take away some of the doom and gloom.

"The lads have had a good start to the season and we look forward to going to a very tough place in a fornight's time."