Mothewell 1-2 Ross County: McIntyre has cup injury worries

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at Fir Park
Martin Woods (left)
Martin Woods (left) was injured during the warm up

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre was thrilled with the 2-1 victory away at Motherwell that propelled his side up to fourth in the Premiership.

Goals from Jackson Irvine and Brian Graham sealed the win, with Stephen Pearson replying for the Steelmen.

However, McIntyre has injury concerns ahead of their upcoming League Cup semi-final with Celtic.

"Both sides created a number of chances, I thought ours were clearer cut," he said.

"I am absolutely delighted We have had a couple of opportunities in the last six weeks to move up a place and we never managed to take it."

"Motherwell put us under a lot of pressure, got to give them credit. We had to hang on in there at the end."

McIntyre says his side go into next Sunday's semi-final high in confidence, but Jackson Irvine broke his nose near the end of the match.

Top scorer Liam Boyce remains on the sidelines with McIntyre admitting it will be a surprise if the Northern Ireland international is ready in time for the Celtic game.

Ross County's Ian McShane (2nd from right) tackles Motherwell's Marvin Johnson (right)
County claimed all three points at Fir Park

In addition, Martin Woods had to pull out before kick-off with an injury during the warm-up.

"We wanted to go into the match off the back of a victory and obviously some of the other teams will play [in the league] also so it was important we got three points today and bounced back from the Aberdeen defeat," he said.

"I would say it [Boyce playing] would be unlikely. He doesn't get his cast off until Wednesday. He will certainly be in the squad but we will have to see how he trains on Thursday and Friday.

"It's such an awkward injury, a spiral fracture. If it takes a bad bang he could be back to square one again so we will need to weigh up how he is feeling and what the latest x-ray is like on Wednesday as well."

Despite the defeat, Motherwell manager Mark McGhee was generally satisfied with the effort shown by his players.

"Disappointed with the result, not too disappointed with the performance," he said. "We have got plenty here to build on.

"We did more than enough to get at least something out of the game. Giving them a goal at the start from a corner kick was so disappointing because it's something we work very hard on.

"We were in their last third twice as many times as they were in ours, so we had plenty of opportunities to create a goal. So that was a little bit disappointing.

"But in the dressing room at the end there's not too many people I can point the finger at. They put a huge effort into the game, we played some good stuff at times, we made opportunities and didn't take enough of them."