Motherwell 1-1 Ross County: Baraclough lauds patience of Steelmen

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at Fir Park
Louis Moult scores for Motherwell against Ross County
Louis Moult netted in stoppage time to bring Motherwell level

Ian Baraclough believes his Motherwell side's late equaliser against Ross County was a reward for their patience and character.

The visitors led through Michael Gardyne's strike but Motherwell did not resort to lumping long balls forward.

Louis Moult's late leveller came after a period of measured possession and good work from Marvin Johnson.

"I felt [the goal was coming], we were always trying to press," Baraclough said.

"We had patience. We didn't give in, we tried different ways of going and went to a back three. The boys stuck at it.

"There was frustration all over that we hadn't produced what we could have done. It could have been easy to pack in but that's not what that dressing room is about.

"There's character in there, people who want to win. We kept going and got our rewards from it.

"It was never going to be a pretty game, Ross County scrap for everything. We could have been better [with the ball] but they don't allow you to do that."

Baraclough praised Johnson and Theo Robinson for coming off the bench and influencing the game.

"The [substitutes] have to make an impact," he said. "With the starting XI it doesn't always happen the way you want. That's where you look for your impact players to come on and they did that."

Ross County boss Jim McIntyre felt his side had done enough to win the game and was frustrated the Highlanders did not add to their lead in the second half.

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre
Jim McIntyre was pleased with County's performance, if not the result

County had won their previous three games, though, and McIntyre praised his players for their general level of performance this season.

"In the second half we were the better, more dominant side and created opportunities to get that second goal," McIntyre explained. "Unfortunately, we couldn't take the chance and it came back to bite us.

"We were still hurting Motherwell on the counter attack. You've got to credit the opposition, they're going to have a period in the game when they put you under pressure, they're the home side.

"I thought we were coping with it and I didn't see them scoring, but we switched off at a thrown-in and got done.

"But I'm delighted with what the players gave us, they're doing a lot of things really well. We just had to take that chance for the second goal and if we'd done that it would have been game over.

"We'll lick our wounds because we felt it's two points dropped and we go again."

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