Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has been left thrilled after his side beat Ross County 2-1 in dramatic fashion- but talks of Europa League football are on the backburner.
Despite lots of early pressure, The Well found themselves behind in the match. Blair Spittal found some space in the box to head past Mark Gillespie. A late Well renaissance was to come in the second half.
After Lewis Spence was sent off for a cynical foul on Sherwin Seedorf, young debutant Ross MacIver marked his special day in remarkable fashion. He curled a brilliant effort into the top corner.
Declan Gallagher grabbed all three points with the last effort on goal, heading past Nathan Baxter to send the hardy travelling support into a frenzy.
Robinson’s delighted with the result but European tour talk will come another day: “It’s a great reward for the amount of fans we’ve brought up a long way on Boxing Day. I thought we thoroughly deserved it.
“I think we should have put the game to bed in the first half. We find ourselves 1-0 down from not tracking a runner. But I thought we showed a degree of patience and when we needed that bit of quality, young Ross comes on and he has certainly taken his chance.
“We’re controlling large parts of games which maybe previously we didn’t. I thought our decision making in the final third wasn’t quite on it today. We had five academy players involved and on the bench and Ross will grab the headlines.
“I work on four-game blocks and we managed to get nine points from this one. I try and get six points from each block and I have worked out that will probably get us in the top six if we keep doing that. That’s all we can do at the moment.
“I have to credit the fans. They’ve come up in their numbers today and hopefully they turn out for the local derby because we’re flying at the minute.”