Stuart McCall believes defeat was unfair on Motherwell

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall
Motherwell managaer Stuart McCall feel defeat was unfair on his side

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is adamant his side deserved a point against Rangers after a late Lee McCulloch strike cost his side a draw.

"I'm gutted to lose a goal as late as we did," he said after the 2-1 defeat, which leaves his team six points behind the Ibrox team in the race for second.

"I don't think we deserved to lose the game. I don't think even the most biased Rangers fans would say that they deserved to beat us.

"A draw would have been a fair result."

Motherwell had failed to make an impact in previous matches against Ally McCoist's team this season, but they took the lead through Henrik Ojamaa before Steven Whittaker's stunning strike levelled the scores.

The Fir Park side survived claims for a penalty when goalkeeper Darren Randolph appeared to make contact with Sone Aluko - an incident that led the Rangers forward to be booked for simulation - before McCulloch struck in the closing seconds.

"We talk about putting in a level of performance, which we've not done against Rangers this season," said McCall. "We certainly did that today.

"Allan McGregor's pulled off two outstanding saves to keep them in it.

"It looked from where I was that it was a penalty kick on Aluko.

"I don't think the referee would have had to send Darren Randolph off because I think he kicked the ball well out of play, but my initial reaction was that it was a penalty.

"Likewise, for the winning goal, I thought there was a nudge on Tim Clancy as he was going to head the ball from the long throw-in.

"Now we've got to make sure we get enough points between now and the end of the season to cement that third place and I think, with performances like that, we'll do that."