Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson admitted that Motherwell punished his side ‘pretty brutally’ at Fir Park.

The visitors were beaten 4-1 by the hosts having initially gone ahead in the game through an early Liam Fontaine goal.

The Well hit back emphatically with strikes from Mark O’Hara, two courtesy of Allan Campbell and Tony Watt.

Watt struck again. (Photo by Filip Filipovic/MB Media/Getty Images)

It was a big result for Motherwell after going behind, with Aberdeen dropping points to Kilmarnock – the Dons could only manage a 2-2 draw, and the gap between the sides is now three points.

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For Ross County, defeat leaves them ninth in the table and three points ahead of St Mirren who played out a 0-0 stalemate with St Johnstone.

After the game, Ferguson spoke of his disappointment at the manner in which goals were conceded against the out-of-form side.

Motherwell extended the gap between themselves and Aberdeen to three points (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

He said: “We gave ourselves a chance scoring so early, but to be fair very quickly after that we didn’t really make the account of ourselves we were looking for.

“We thought we could have done so much better tonight than we did. To be fair to Motherwell, they were well on it tonight – they’ve obviously been hurting with the run they were on.

“They were going all out to put that right tonight. We did come up against a good team, we knew that was a danger.

Back to the drawing board for Ross County (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We expected to deal with it a lot better than we actually did.

“Every goal we concede we feel we can do better. We got punished tonight pretty brutally for maybe not managing to deal with things as well as we should.

“Sometimes you get away with it, tonight we never.”

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