McCall well pleased

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Motherwell manager Stuart McCall praised his players for showing the pride to atone for previous disappointments with a 3-0 victory over St Johnstone in Perth.

Saints are the only team to have beaten Motherwell outside the Old Firm in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and the Lanarkshire side reversed the Fir Park scoreline at McDiarmid Park on Saturday.

Motherwell were also eager to make up for their below-par 45-minute display against Hibernian, a game ended by a floodlight fire with the Edinburgh side 1-0 up, and McCall said: "I'm not being a smart Alec but I said on Friday that the lads were desperate to make up for last Friday. We weren't on top of our game."

He added: "With St Johnstone being the only team to beat us outside the Old Firm too, and they beat us well, I just thought the lads had a wee bit of an edge and produced that.

"We took our chances and always seemed to be a threat, it was a good professional performance."

Steve Lomas suffered his first defeat as Saints manager after taking seven points from games against Hibernian, Rangers and Hearts.

Goalkeeper Peter Enckelman was culpable for the first goal after failing to cut out Nicky Law's cross and Jamie Murphy had a free header for the second but Lomas felt the all-round approach to the game was more damaging.

"Individual mistakes happen but all credit to Motherwell, they did to us what we have done to other teams in the last three games," Lomas said. "They were sharper to the ball, they won the second balls and won their individual battles.

"Football doesn't change, if you win the majority of individual battles then you normally win the game. We'll analyse it on the DVD but it was the attitude to the game that was the disappointing aspect.

"It is maybe a bit of a reality check and we have to get back to basics. It's usually the basics that win you football matches."

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