Motherwell manager Graham Alexander admits he was a “little bit concerned” referee Steven McLean was going to abandon last night’s 1-0 win over Dundee United after a deluge hit Fir Park and left the players struggling in the final stages.

Tony Watt’s 11th-minute stunner sealed the three points for Alexander’s side to move them to within a single point of United in fourth and Alexander thinks his side were good value for their win, despite going down to ten men when Barry Maguire was sent off near the end.

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After seeing the pitch take a “battering” Alexander confessed he had fears the plug would be pulled as the rain continued to saturate the Fir Park playing surface.

“I was a little bit concerned,” Alexander admitted after the game, “But I’ve seen worse and played in worse.


‘I don’t know the pitch that well in these conditions but I do know how much the groundsmen look after it and it held up great.

“It stood up well to the battering it got.

“I thought we deserved the win. It would have been nice to get the other goal and we certainly threatened.

“It would have given us a cushion, because it got a bit nervy towards the end when we went down to ten men.

“But I think it would have been unjust if we didn’t win because we were very good against a very good team.”

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