Motherwell manager Graham Alexander says his squad is strong enough to progress from the Premier Sports Cup group stages after a pre-season battle with Millwall.

The Fir Park club lost 2-0 to English Championship side Millwall in their final pre-season friendly on Saturday. Still to do plenty of summer recruitment, Alexander’s team will face Queen’s Park, Queen of the South, Airdrieonians and Annan Athletic over the next fortnight, bidding to reach the last 16 of the Premier Sports Cup.

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The likes of Lamie featured for Motherwell against Millwall.
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Alexander says the Millwall match stands them in good stead (MFC): “It was a brilliant test for us. We wanted to stretch our players before the season starts. We’ve been trying to pick different challenges and different opponents, because the league is like that. You have to expose your team to different types of football.

“There was so much value in the game. We had boys coming back from injury and some got 90 minutes. Liam Kelly and Ricki Lamie played their first games and Stephen O’Donnell played his first half-game. They are big players for us. We are still looking to recruit as well.

“Getting players fully fit in three weeks is impossible, but there’s a balance. I still expect us to be able to put teams out in the next few games that make us the favourites, as we should be. We hope to win those games.”

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