By Euan Wood
Motherwell have extended their unbeaten run with a 2-1 win over Ross County at Fir Park this afternoon, leaving Graham Alexander’s side third in the Scottish Premiership and two points off leaders Rangers – but it was far from plain sailing for the Steelmen.
Callum Slattery would fire the hosts in front early on, before Regan Charles-Cook brought the visitors level on the stroke of half time.
With the sides seemingly destined for draw, Tony Watt would strike late on to earn Motherwell their fourth league win this season.
The hosts would take the lead after just two minutes. Kaiyne Woolery’s perfectly timed interception fell kindly to Slattery at the edge of the box, and the midfielder rifled his strike past Maynard-Brewer into the top right corner to give Motherwell the early advantage.
The visitors would be denied the equaliser midway through the first half with Liam Kelly performing heroics in the Motherwell goal. Harry Paton’s looping cross found Blair Spittal at the back post, and the winger’s powerful effort was superbly stopped by Kelly from close range.
However, County would find the equaliser on the stroke of half time. Charles-Cook burst with pace on the left before cutting inside and dispatching his low curling effort into the bottom right corner.
Motherwell would come close to restoring their advantage minutes into the second half. O’Donnell’s floated cross was superbly flicked on by Tony Watt, but the striker’s headed effort ricocheted off the crossbar and County cleared.
Motherwell would regain the lead in the latter stages of the game. Ricki Lamie’s long ball was brilliantly controlled by Watt who turned and fired his low driven effort past the keeper into the bottom left corner.
Here are the three things we learned as Motherwell edged out Ross County:
Ross County see their winless run continues
Ross County’s quest for their first league win this season continues as the highlanders are without a win in their opening seven league encounters thus far. Malky Mackay’s side have struggled defensively this season, conceding 15 times and only finding the net on six occasions. An issue that needs rectifying quickly if they are to preserve their top-flight status this season.
Kelly the hero for Motherwell
Motherwell were extremely fortunate to have not found themselves behind at half-time despite controlling a large majority of the possession in the first half. Liam Kelly made several crucial saves throughout, and looks to be a shrewd piece of business for the Steelmen who landed the Scotland International on a permanent deal from Queens Park Rangers this summer.
Unbeaten in six
Graham Alexander’s side remain unbeaten in their last six league meetings after picking up 14 points from a possible 18. New additions Callum Slattery, Johani Ojala, and Kayine Woolery all impressed as Motherwell move into the top three, behind Rangers and Hearts; who Motherwell will face next week at Tynecastle.
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