Motherwell star Allan Campbell has asked his teammates to continue to bring work rate and desire following the 1-0 win over St Johnstone at Fir Park.

The midfielder picked up from where he left off with Scotland U21s with a fine early strike on Saturday afternoon, which proved enough to earn the Well their first three points of the season.

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A winner from Allan Campbell eased the pressure on Stephen Robinson and Motherwell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Campbell was the standout player for the home side in a scrappy encounter and speaking after the game, he insisted that the result was more important than the performance.

“It was a bit of a different performance today,” he said. “We didn’t really play as much football as we would have liked but we worked together and at the end of the day we got the three points, that’s the main thing.”

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“I know for a fact, that when I was away, the boys were working hard all week for this game and when I came back it was just about getting back into the swing of things. This is the main thing, coming here and doing well, and today I was lucky enough to chip in with a goal.”

The narrow victory over Callum Davidson’s Saints side was Motherwell’s first in the Premiership this season and although they are still at the foot of the table, they are far from adrift.

The Steelmen are only behind Livingston and Kilmarnock on goal difference and lie just three points behind the fifth-placed Ross County.

Campbell wants to push on from the breakthrough win and has called for standards to remain high.

“If we show that same attitude, that same desire and work rate, then the results will keep coming,” he added.

“Any time you win a game of football, there’s always a good atmosphere. Obviously, when we came in [to the changing rooms] the boys were buzzing.

“We dug deep, put a good shift in and we got the win.”

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