Motherwell: Stuart McCall happy with renewed confidence

Stuart McCall

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall said the 2-1 victory away to Ross County will help to restore some confidence in his players after recent results.

Two goals from John Sutton helped secure the win, but the Steelmen had a battle in Dingwall to secure victory.

"Today was a spirited, gutsy performance, rather than free-flowing football," said McCall.

"Confidence has been a bit fragile, and that will do the lads the world of good."

Sutton's strike after 15 minutes was followed up by a header near the half-hour mark as the Lanarkshire side dominated early proceedings in the Highlands.

County manager Derek Adams responded by withdrawing Marc Klok and introducing striker Kevin Luckassen to play alongside Melvin De Leeuw and it paid off in the second half when the Pole's header reduced the deficit.

McCall said the recent defeat 1-0 defeat by Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup and a humiliating 5-0 home loss to Celtic had encouraged his players to fight for the points against County.

"On the back of them losing two home games, we knew it was going to be difficult," he said.

"Certainly, in the second half Derek changed things when we were two up.

"We were looking comfortable, but when he put a striker on halfway through the first half, it put us under pressure in the second half.

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"But it was about character today. It was a gutsy second-half battling performance.

"We possibly could have gone three up just before half-time, which would have made it easier, but full credit to them; they had a right go in the second half, but thankfully we managed to win the game."

McCall reflected on last weekend's drubbing by Neil Lennon's men, but compared it to the similarly ignominious defeat piled upon Celtic by Barcelona in their midweek Champions League match, and insisted his players had learned from both.

"The Celtic game, nobody likes to get turned over like that, especially at home," said McCall.

"But it can happen if you're up against a side who are really all over the park better than you individually if they turn up and play - as Barcelona did the other night.

"Once the floodgates opened, they showed what a good side they can be when they're on top form.

"The Cup one was the one that'll haunt us for a wee while, but we can't change it - we need to knuckle down."

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