Motherwell 3-3 Hamilton: Accies 'rewarded for work ethic'

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Fir Park

Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning says the passion and work ethic from his team ensured a last-gasp point against Motherwell at Fir Park.

Ali Crawford scored from the penalty spot in the fifth minute of time added on, forcing a 3-3 draw.

"The character and the commitment from the players is second to none." Canning told BBC Scotland.

"They continued their work rate until the last minute and they got their reward with the penalty."

Canning said it would have been easy for his side to collapse under the pressure, especially after going 3-2 down after leading at half-time and losing their last four games.

"Given the wee run we are on just now - and Motherwell are obviously on a good run - to come here and get yourself 2-1 up and then concede just after half-time then go down 3-2," he said.

"It would have been easy to chuck it and wilt and give in, but that group will never give in."

Motherwell's Louis Moult and Josh Law celebrate
Louis Moult (left) put Motherwell into a 3-2 lead in their derby against Hamilton

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee thought his side would have deserved all three points if they had gone their way.

"I think we deserved to win the game, but we know you have got to see it out," he said. "But we will take the point."

The Fir Park boss thought that, overall, the crowd of 5734 were duly entertained, and that putting on similar performances in future should help attract more supporters.

"I think we should all take responsibility for that," McGhee added.

"Punters are paying good money to come and watch us and often they get that dour football.

"Today they got good old-fashioned Scottish football and Hamilton put an awful lot into the game as well and we cant deny them that."

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