Motherwell have gone through a winless run that’s brought about a changing of the guard at Fir Park – but a huge midweek win shows the Steelmen are fighting for their new boss according to Bevis Mugabi.
The Ugandan international scored a crucial header that Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t match on Wednesday night as the Well beat Ross County 2-1. It was a first win since October, the first time they had got points after going behind in a game this season and a first victory for new manager Graham Alexander.
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Mugabi says the Wednesday win showed what Motherwell are all about: “We deserved that off our second half performance. Everybody to a man put in a shift. It’s been very frustrating the last couple of months when we have been playing well as a team and just getting a bit unlucky, a few penalties for me personally.
“It’s just nice to get the three points and deserve it. We got our bit of luck and we also came from behind which we haven’t done this season. The gaffer reminded us of that and challenged us to do that in the second half. It’s a great feeling. This result has to be a building block.”
Alexander challenged his players to change their lives on Wednesday during his half-time talk, his side 1-0 down to Ross County. It inspired Motherwell’s movement out the relegation zone and Mugabi’s been impressed by the new manager.
Opinions from former players of Alexander’s have arrived on the defender’s phone and they have proven true: “His talk definitely worked! He said that he was looking for some characters and I think we all showed him that we are all fighting for the club.
“Sometimes you need a bit of a change within the club but he’s brought a positive mentality. Everyone knows what they are doing. Everyone knows their job and role and as this showed, it looks as if it’s working. I knew a few ex-teammates who had worked under him and it was interesting, as what they said was true!
“It’s running, running and more running. I feel that’s given us the extra edge mentally. When you’re doing those runs when you are tired, you still finish them, that’s what football is about really.”
While happy to see some positive change at Fir Park, picking up point against Rangers, St Mirren and now a win over bottom six rivals County, Mugabi was gutted to see the man who brought him to Fir Park leave, Stephen Robinson.
After the Northern Irishman’s almost four years at the helm, the centre-back says it was a blow: “I was sad to see Stephen Robinson go. He brought me to the club when it was tough.
“When he left it was a tough pill to swallow as he did a lot for me and the other boys too. He kept believing in us when things weren’t going great and he did his best.”
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