Stuart Kettlewell has lamented the late corner that has handed Motherwell a 2-1 victory over his Ross County side, saying it shouldn’t have counted as a corner in the first place.
County went ahead in the match through a Blair Spittal header. They were causing high-flying Motherwell problems before the game turned with a Lewis Spence sending off.
From there Motherwell were galvanised and it was a former Staggie who brought them level in Ross MacIver. The forward, who was making his Well debut, curled a beautiful effort into the top corner.
As the game looked destined for a draw, Declan Gallagher changed everything. He rose highest from a Liam Polworth corner to hand Motherwell a vital 2-1 win.
For Kettlewell though, he’s been left to rue the corner decision: “It’s easily the hardest one to take. We have done it enough ourselves, scoring so late on. In general throughout the game, I thought we were very good. We got our noses in front, and at that point I didn’t feel there was really any great danger.
“We lost a man, but even to that point I felt our shape was brilliant. I thought we were resolute, being down to 10 men we worked exceptionally hard and were still a threat going forward ourselves. There was obviously some real disgruntlement with the nature of the second goal. The first goal is credit to Ross MacIver. It’s a fantastic finish.
“But the second goal is not a corner. Callum Morris is probably as honest a player as you are ever going to come across. He has not touched the ball. It went for a corner, and yes we should have defended it better, but we probably shouldn’t have had to be defending it at that stage.
“It’s a really sore on to take. There’s certainly no criticism that goes to our players after their level of performance. We won against Motherwell earlier in the season, so were quite buoyant in the fact we’ve not got a bad record against them. For a huge part of this game I think that was justified. The reaction from what was a dismal performance from us in our last outing against Livingston was terrific.
“I fancied, that if it stayed 11 versus 11, we would probably have been in a really sound place not just to consolidate, but we could be a threat going forward ourselves. It’s very disappointing. We have to pick the players up very quickly going into the next game against St Johnstone.”