Motherwell boss Stuart McCall revels in thumping victory

Motherwell won 5-1 at Firhill

Stuart McCall was delighted to mark his third anniversary as Motherwell manager with a 5-1 triumph at Partick Thistle.

The home side took an early lead but the Steelmen came roaring back to extend their winning run to four games and stay second in the Premiership.

"We were probably a bit fortunate to go in 3-1 at half time but we were clinical today," said McCall.

"In the second half it was a case of hitting them on the break and we could have had more (goals)."

Motherwell have won all 11 of their matches this term against the sides currently in the bottom half of the table and they were ruthless in attack at Firhill.

The opening 45 minutes was played at breakneck speed, with chances galore at either end.

"It was an open game, which I predicted, and we're delighted to come here and score five goals," added McCall.

"Thistle had a real good go and played some good stuff in the first half but we showed good character and played some good football to come back and take the lead."

McCall made four changes to his starting line-up, with James McFadden returning and repaying his manager's faith by setting up the first of Motherwell's goals and scoring an excellent lob.

"We changed the system again," explained McCall. "We felt today that Faddy playing off the striker would be the answer and we played two wide men against Thistle's attacking full-backs.

"It worked well and Faddy was terrific, which will give him a great boost.

"He got a great ovation when he came off from our terrific travelling support and rightly so.

"I know Faddy especially will get the praise but I felt we defended very well and all-round it was a really good performance."

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Zaine Francis-Angol netted his first goal for the club after Keith Lasley's equaliser and McCall joked: "I've never seen him score in training, never mind a game!"

St Johnstone and Inverness CT travel to Fir Park to close a hectic festive period, with the manager expecting to change a winning team again.

"There's only two lads in there without ice on, so we'll have a head count tomorrow and no doubt we'll refresh the team for two big home games," he said.

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