Motherwell manager Stuart McCall left ruing disallowed goal

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall was left ruing an early goal ruled out for offside as his side exited the Europa League play-off round.

The Lanarkshire side lost 1-0 to Levante in Spain to go out of European competition 3-0 on aggregate.

However, things could have been different had Michael Higdon's early header been allowed to stand.

"I'd like to see that offside goal again," said McCall. "It would have been great to get off to a start with that."

And McCall's disappointment was echoed by his captain, midfielder Keith Lasley.

"It was always the game plan to nick a goal and get ahead, see how they react," he said.

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"With such fine margins you probably need everything to go for you and, unfortunately for us it was, rightly or wrongly, I'm not sure, flagged offside."

However, McCall insisted the continental experience his players have gained will help his side this season.

"We talked about it being a good experience, and I think everyone involved can take a lot of encouragement from it," added McCall.

"We've not scored, which is the disappointing thing, but there's been some outstanding performances.

"All in all I thought it was a really brave performance, I think the players' effort has been terrific."

McCall also took time to praise his side's band of noisy travelling supporters.

"I think the support has been outstanding, I can't believe we've brought that many over and we could hear them all the way through the game and I think they drove the lads on," he added.

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