Motherwell manager McCall keeps feet on the ground

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall
McCall is not getting carried away with his side's fine start to the season

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has dampened expectation levels, despite his side's high league position.

The Steelmen sit second in the Scottish Premier League after beating Hibernian 1-0 to move within seven points of Rangers.

"Expectations grow from outside, but we know our aims as a group," said McCall.

"We'll get beaten in games, but as long as the desire is there to go from the first to the last whistle, that's all you can ask for."

The win in Leith followed another away victory over Dundee United two weeks previously.

"Before the split, we knew we had to go to Tannadice and come to Easter Road," McCall said. "To pick up six points and to deservedly do it is great.

"I'm delighted with the win. We said at half-time that, as much as we dominated the game, we had not killed them off and they would come at us second half.

"Hibs produced better, but we still had all the chances and goalkeeper Graham Stack has been outstanding. We've hit the post and bar.

"It can get a bit edgy in the last 10 minutes when it's still 1-0 and the game should have been out of sight, but I thought all round it was a good performance."

Steve Jennings played after being arrested last week by Merseyside Police following a joint investigation with the Gambling Commission.

The midfielder was released on bail until January, along with nine others, after a probe into betting irregularities.

"He's not had the greatest of starts to the season if I'm being honest," added McCall.

"He is showing signs of getting back and I thought today he bossed it.

"He played in a role just in front of the back four and I thought he was one of our star players.

"He came in to training last Monday, he was bright and he just wants to get on with the game. I thought he was excellent."

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