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Andy McGilvray

Motherwell boss insists his side were in control as they fight back in cup clash

Motherwell boss Graham Alexander says his side's 3-2 Premier Sports Cup comeback win over Queen of the South showed great character and personality from his players, but insists they were in control of the game before going 2-0 down.

The Steelmen were trailing at the interval and it looked bleak for them, but goals from Tony Watt, Ricki Lamie and Kaiyne Woolery turned the Group F tie on its head, sending Well top of the group.

Alexander was a relieved man after the game, but says there was no panic.

He said: "I thought we were the better team throughout the game, we lost two really sloppy goals at the end of the first half but I thought we were in control of it before then, we just weren't clinical enough in front of goal.

It was a good win for Motherwell as they fought back to win 3-2 in their Group F clash (SNS Group)

"We gave two sloppy goals away and we had to turn up the tempo in our pressure, in our passing, at the start of the second half, which we did, and to come back from 2-0 down shows great character and personality from the players.

"I wasn't throwing teacups at half-time, like I say, I thought we were in control.

"We gave away two sloppy goals without a doubt, I think the second one was a deflection, so we caused our own downfall.

"We just had to turn that up, make a slight change tactically, but it was down to the players going out there and turning the dial up to 10, instead of eight and a half."

With just under 2000 fans flocking in to Fir Park for the first time in 501 days, Alexander was pleased to give them something to smile about.

Just under 2000 fans were able to see the game at Fir Park and Alexander is pleased that they got a win (SNS Group)

He said: "It was a great day for everyone connected to Motherwell, with supporters being back in, and it would have been a blow to lose in front of them for the first time.

"I'm really pleased for the players and supporters today to start forging that bond again with a great result."

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