Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has hailed his players after their first win over Hibs at Easter Road since 2013.

Goals from Jordan Roberts and Devante Cole sealed a huge victory for the Steelmen which eases Premiership relegation fears. Alexander was sent off towards the end of the game but he has refused to let his red card get in the way of a brilliant afternoon for his team.

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A great day for Motherwell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When asked about his dismissal, he promptly replied: “How good were our team? They were fantastic weren’t they? As soon as they crossed the white line they gave everything for us.

“To come here and win here 2-0 after the previous two results, prior to St Mirren, was brilliant. Every credit to the players. I thought their discipline was brilliant. You’re always going to get things that go against you in games – decisions and goals.

“I thought our discipline as a group of players and staff was fantastic. It was great to see because you’re going to be challenged every week and I thought we stood up to that and deservedly won the game.

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Motherwell triumphed over Hibs.
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“I was just delighted with the result. What a performance, what a result. A great day for Motherwell.”

The 0-0 draw away to St Mirren and 2-0 victory over Hibs in Motherwell’s last two matches provide Alexander with encouragement, adding: “The last two games have shown, the spirit, the togetherness and the quality we have within the club. It’s all underpinned by their work ethic and togetherness.

“That was a brilliant performance and brilliant result. Everything we worked for this week from last Saturday, the players have done absolutely everything that was required of them as professionals. The two goals were brilliant with the interplay and how the front three connected. The whole team was up and we know we have that quality within the ranks.”

Motherwell also reintroduced captain Declan Gallagher to the squad, his appearance from the bench rumored to have triggered a contract extension clause. But Alexander won’t get into the finer details, providing an update on Jake Caroll who went off with a head injury.

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Gallagher returned. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Well boss said: “Declan’s here until the summer, we know that.  I’m not going to get into details of contracts. We’ve tried to build him up this week, we didn’t think he was ready to start the game. We talked about this scenario on Friday, if we had to make a sub after 20 minutes he probably wouldn’t have been there.

“Jake’s took a knock to the face. We had a great replacement in Nathan McGinley but Jake was fine in the dressing room. It was just that his nose wouldn’t stop bleeding so we had to make a decision. We’ll see how he is. It was a great challenge, a fair one from the Hibs player as well.”

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