Motherwell defeated Annan Athletic 2-0 to top Group F in the Premier Sports Cup group stages and progress to the last 16.

Justin Amaluzor scored his first goal for the cinch Premiership club before half-time after managing to break down a sturdy League Two defence. Barry Maguire topped off a Man of the Match performance with a goal after the interval.

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Maguire netted. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Graham Alexander’s side needed to respond after a shock Lanarkshire derby defeat to Airdrie on Wednesday and did so in comfortable fashion. Liam Kelly saved a penalty in the second half to keep the game at 2-0. Airdrie’s defeat to Queen of the South means Motherwell progress to the last 16 as group winners. Here are three things we learned.

Hassle-free

As the game hit the half-hour mark, Motherwell were still at 0-0 and things were cagey against Annan. But eventually Queen of the South took control against Airdrie – and once Motherwell were ahead against Annan – it was clear Alexander’s side were reaching the last 16.

 

Job done

This group stage section hasn’t been easy for Motherwell. They found themselves 2-0 down against Queen of the South and lost to Airdrie by that scoreline. Queen’s Park were unfortunate not to get a point in Motherwell’s first outing while Annan frustrated them at Fir Park. But it’s job done with nine points from 12 and that’s all that matters.

Adding bodies

Alexander has spoken often of the need to reinforce his squad, both with signings and players returning from the injury room. Zero of the current injured crop will return in time for the Premiership opener against Hibs but a signing or two will likely come before next Sunday.

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