Motherwell 4 - 3 Partick Thistle

Match info: Scottish Premier at Fir Park

Date: 15/02/2014 KO: 15:00 Ref: Att: 5,048

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Motherwell

Keith Lasley 43
Lionel Ainsworth 52
John Sutton 85
Stephen McManus 88

4
vs
3

Partick

Chris Erskine 37
Kallum Higginbotham 66 (pen),72

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: February 15 2014, 18:29 GMT

Post-match reaction to Motherwell's 4-3 victory over Partick Thistle.

Stephen McManus scores for Motherwell
Stephen McManus scores for Motherwell

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall hailed his side's battling qualities after an "end-to-end" 4-3 win over Partick.

McCall was justifiably proud of his players, who responded after a three-week break and came from 3-2 down to snatch a win that looked beyond them.

Kallum Higginbotham, who was on loan at Motherwell last season, almost came back to haunt them with two second-half goals, the first a penalty, to restore Thistle's lead after Chris Erskine's opener had been cancelled out by Keith Lasley and Lionel Ainsworth.

But Well fought back and two late strikes from John Sutton and Stephen McManus earned the the points that kept the Fir Park side third in the table.

McCall said: "When we went 2-1 up I thought we were back in it but the penalty gives them a boost before Higginbotham's terrific third goal. They showed great character and so did we and the action was end to end.

"I stressed to the players that we might make the most of set-pieces and Sutton and McManus were terrific in the air for the last two goals."

The match had been in doubt beforehand due to adverse weather and McCall admitted that with 10 minutes left he was wondering whether all the effort to get it played had been worth it.

He said: "In the end I was delighted with the victory, and the fact we got the game on, but we had a lot of heavy legs on a heavy pitch.

"We were a bit rusty at times and although it was not our best performance we kept going."

Thistle boss Alan Archibald admitted it was the same old story for his side, who missed the chance to open up a gap on the other sides around the foot of the table.

"I thought we were worth at least a point, particularly the way we played in the second half," he said.

"We dealt well all day with the Motherwell threat until the last five minutes but our Achilles heel came back to haunt us again.

"Kallum Higginbotham was outstanding in the second half and for us to score three goals at Fir Park, it should be enough to win the game as not many teams do that."

The Jags boss had little sympathy for his players, though, as he added: "They are not young boys any more and when you are 3-2 up you have to manage the game.

"We had to make substitutions but Motherwell are very good at it and threw everything at us - but we should be able to see it out."


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