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Ross County 1-1 Motherwell

Liam Boyce
Liam Boyce celebrates after opening the scoring

Motherwell came from behind to claim a point against Ross County in Dingwall.

Liam Boyce gave County the lead just after the hour mark, firing past Craig Samson after being teed up by Alex Schalk.

Louis Moult converted a penalty after Scott McDonald was fouled to bring Motherwell level.

County's Jay McEveley saw red for his second booking with 20 minutes left but the visitors could not press home their numerical advantage.

Good point, bad point?

Dingwall is often a difficult destination and most sides leaving with a point will feel fairly content.

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Scottish Premiership highlights: Ross County 1-1 Motherwell

The fact that Motherwell had a numerical advantage after McEveley's sending off and didn't win might frustrate Mark McGhee, but County didn't sit back and might have nicked it themselves.

Jim McIntyre might feel his side should have managed the game better after getting in front but an honest appraisal of events would suggests a point was fair for both.

Decisions, decisions

The destination of the points may have hinged on the sending off of McEveley, which was hardly contentious, after picking up a second yellow card.

Perhaps referee Alan Muir's decision to award Motherwell the penalty from which Moult scored will attract a little more scrutiny.

McDonald ran through on Scott Fox and went down under the keeper's challenge. There was contact but the question is whether the contact occurred before the player was going down.

There were few complaints from County players which suggest it was a clear penalty.

Louis Moult
Louis Moult hauled Motherwell level from the penalty spot

It's one of those decisions that is very hard for the referee, with some spectators convinced it was a stonewall penalty, others casting doubt depending on their location in the stadium.

TV pictures will give a clearer indication.

Boyce strikes again

Once again Boyce was the man to deliver for County with another composed finish.

He instinctively drifted into space and confidently slotted home to open the scoring in a match, until that point, which lacked finesse in the final third.

Frustratingly, he did have chances to win the match and might have expected to have taken at least one of them.

He slashed at one which flew past the post, missed a close range header from a brilliant Jonathan Franks cross and nodded one over from six yards.

It's hard to criticise a striker who's scoring but he might have delivered more on this occasion.

Reaction

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre: "Once we get the goal I thought we were well on top and looked as if we would go on and get the next one.

"Obviously the sending off just turned the game on its head. It's a silly challenge, Jay doesn't need to make that challenge. I thought the boys from then battled manfully, we still looked a threat.

"I'm annoyed that we haven't taken three points

"I think, Scott McDonald is definitely looking for it (the penalty), there's no doubt about that. Being a former striker I understand that. I've not seen it again to see whether there's clear contact."

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee: "Regardless of the man being sent off, a draw was probably about right. They missed chances, we missed chances. I'm absolutely content with a point.

"We're still working out what is the best system and best way to play with this team. In a sense our season started today.

"Marvin Johnson's gone, we put a lot of onus on him and have him no longer. We've got to find other ways of beating teams. We're content.

"For all the world it can look like a penalty. It's one of these ones you know you see it up close in replay it might not be.

"There wasn't a lot of complaint from them and that's usually quite a good indicator."

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1FoxBooked at 66mins
  • 3Cikos
  • 15Davies
  • 43Quinn
  • 5McEveleyBooked at 70mins
  • 17FranksSubstituted forCurranat 72'minutes
  • 4Routis
  • 8Woods
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forChowat 80'minutes
  • 23SchalkSubstituted forvan der Wegat 71'minutes
  • 10Boyce

Substitutes

  • 2Fraser
  • 11Curran
  • 12Chow
  • 18McShane
  • 28van der Weg
  • 31McCarey
  • 53Morrison

Motherwell

  • 1Samson
  • 2TaitBooked at 31mins
  • 4Heneghan
  • 6McManus
  • 3Hammell
  • 14LasleyBooked at 22minsSubstituted forAinsworthat 50'minutes
  • 11BowmanSubstituted forMoultat 60'minutes
  • 12Cadden
  • 20Clay
  • 15ChalmersSubstituted forMcFaddenat 68'minutes
  • 77McDonald

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 9Moult
  • 13Brill
  • 23Thomas
  • 24McFadden
  • 25Ferguson
  • 39Fry
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,019

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Motherwell 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Motherwell 1.

Foul by Andrew Davies (Ross County).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Erik Cikos (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell).

Attempt saved. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Christopher Routis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Richard Tait.

Tim Chow (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Tim Chow replaces Michael Gardyne.

Attempt missed. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

Christopher Routis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Craig Curran (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Craig Curran replaces Jonathan Franks.

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Kenny van der Weg replaces Alex Schalk.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jay McEveley (Ross County) for a bad foul.

Foul by Jay McEveley (Ross County).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. James McFadden replaces Joe Chalmers.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Motherwell 1. Louis Moult (Motherwell) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Scott Fox (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Scott Fox (Ross County) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Motherwell. Scott McDonald draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Paul Quinn (Ross County).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Motherwell 0. Liam Boyce (Ross County) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Louis Moult replaces Ryan Bowman.

Jonathan Franks (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic44001551012
2Hearts5311115610
3Rangers522179-28
4Ross County52127707
5St Johnstone52127707
6Dundee51316516
7Aberdeen513146-26
8Motherwell512256-15
9Hamilton512257-25
10Kilmarnock512257-25
11Inverness CT5113612-64
12Partick Thistle410346-23
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