Motherwell manager Graham Alexander is hopeful he will have several more players to choose from by the time the cinch Premiership begins.

His side kicked off their Premier Sports Cup campaign with a 1-0 group stage win over League One Queen’s Park. Alexander wasn’t able to name a full bench as their hosts created plenty of chances to score, Motherwell still needing to sign at least four or five new faces. Six players – including Bevis Mugabi and Mark O’Hara – are out with injury.

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Mugabi has a shoulder problem. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Alexander said of the win at Firhill: “We improved in the second half but in the first 45 we turned the ball over way too many times. We didn’t have any composed possession but we moved the ball better after the break. But I am delighted we won the game, delighted we got through injury-free and we got 90 minutes into some of the boys.

“It was a good test. We are a work in progress. We had a few new boys playing and we still have a few to come back (from injury). Queen’s Park created some chances and we handed them some chances. We needed to inject some energy into the game around 75 minutes but we felt we would weaken the team if we did.”

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Motherwell’s manager insists his team are still in preparation mode ahead of the Premiership opener against Hibs, although reinforcements are needed ‘sooner rather than later’: “We are still in the pre-season stage. We don’t want to go all-out and risk players with a potential injury.

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Prep continues. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

“We’re light on numbers, we didn’t have a full bench and we had four young boys on it. We are trying hard to recruit and we also have six players who would be fighting to get in the starting XI in the medical room.

“Hopefully by the time the league starts, they will be back. We are close to a couple of signings and hopefully they are in sooner rather than later. We are light in central defence. We only have two centre-back’s fit. Central midfield we have Liam Donnelly and Mark O’Hara coming back. These are the areas we need to strengthen.”

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