Motherwell 4-0 Hamilton: Lionel Ainsworth pleases Ian Baraclough

Lionel Ainsworth and John Sutton both hit doubles for Motherwell.
Lionel Ainsworth and John Sutton both hit doubles for Motherwell.

Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough paid tribute to two-goal winger Lionel Ainsworth as he helped his side to a 4-0 win over Hamilton.

Ainsworth hit the net twice shortly after half-time, before John Sutton added two more against 10-man Accies, who saw Darren Lyon sent off for a foul on Marvin Johnson.

"He's got something I don't believe too many players have got in this country," Baraclough told BBC Scotland.

"When he's on song he's a delight."

Ainsworth scored twice inside a minute; first with a blistering 30-yard shot before getting to Johnston's ball at the back post.

"I say to the wide men get yourself into the back post and you'll score 10-12 goals a season and he's gone and done exactly that," added Baraclough. "When I first came in he wasn't tending to do that.

"Something's clicking but he's got great ability. He can be frustrating at times but he can be a game winner and tonight he's been very much a match winner."

Motherwell now move four points clear of bottom-placed St Mirren in the fight to avoid relegation.

"It feels nice," he said. "It feels like we've got something for the amount of work we put in.

"The players have gone and given it absolutely everything every day and we don't leave anything to chance, the lads have been switched on and it's reward for them.

"If you look at the two goal scorers they've been disappointed, they've not been involved all the time. They've both gone and played their part tonight in a very big way and that shows you that everyone is pulling in the right direction.

"We've put in a performance that has probably made people stand up and take note and we go into the weekend with a smile on our faces. We can let the other teams see if they can now reply. "

Darren Lyon was ordered off for a late lunge on Motherwell winger Marvin Johnson.
Darren Lyon was ordered off for a late lunge on Motherwell winger Marvin Johnson.

Hamilton player-manager Martin Canning is still searching for his first win since taking charge, and urged his players not to hide behind excuses, with the barren run now stretching to 11 games.

"In the first half there wasn't much between us, but in the second half we've switched off, made individual mistakes, and it's cost us," he explained.

"In the second half everything that could go wrong went wrong. We tried to make the changes to get ourselves back in the game and I thought we still had a couple of opportunities at the other end, but it wasn't to be on the day.

"All I can do is continue to work hard, and the players and staff will do the same. We're confident we can turn it around.

"We have lost key personnel but that excuse has got to stop now. The boys in the dressing room have got to take responsibility and stand up."

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