Motherwell manager Graham Alexander threw the gauntlet down to his players at half-time during the Steelmen’s crucial 2-1 win away to Ross County.

The Well secured a first win under their new boss and a first victory since October with a result that takes them out the relegation zone. Oli Shaw had put John Hughes’ side ahead but Devante Cole and Bevis Mugabi goals handed Alexander three points.

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Big Motherwell win. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

It’s the first time Motherwell have won points after going a goal down this term and Alexander was thrilled: “It was a big win for us in several aspects. Getting the three points was the number one priority and then stopping a run of games without a victory.

“There’s many boosters. In the second half we stuck to what we have been training for the last three weeks. We worked the ball really well and we were committed in everything we did. Then in the end you just want to see it out but we knew this would be a tough battle.

“I’m so pleased for the players, because I’ve seen the work they’ve done over the last three weeks – they deserved a reward at the end of it. We got that, and it has to be a catalyst now – it has to mean more than just three points, it has to be the start of something better.”

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Building on the result. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Motherwell weren’t at the races in the first half as they went in 1-0 down, but Alexander has discussed what he said at half-time to turn things around: “When you’re on a difficult run for a long time, it’s hard to get yourself out of that hole.

“We challenged the boys at half-time to turn everything on it’s head, and we had to do that. Coming here, not playing as well as we could have and getting beat would have been a big blow to us.

“We reminded them at half-time that this team hasn’t got anything after going behind. We asked them whether they wanted it to happen again or whether we try and change of our lives, be proud of ourselves.

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Display delights the boss. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I couldn’t be more proud of the players because it takes mental courage to turn a situation around and we were in a situation. Regardless of our words, the players have to put that into action and they certainly did that.

“I am part of the team and club. There won’t be anyone who is affiliated to our club after this result who won’t be smiling. The work from so many people to get the team playing like that is a reward for us.”

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