'Well boss Stuart McCall relieved with Pittodrie point

Zaine Francis-Angol Motherwell
Motherwell appealed for late penalty

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall accepted his side were fortunate in their 0-0 draw with Aberdeen.

The Steelmen had Darren Randolph to thank for a string of saves, but did have a strong penalty claim late on.

He said: "Possibly [it was a penalty], but I think it would have been unfair on Aberdeen.

"In the second half I thought they were better than us. It looks like a penalty when you watch on the video afterwards, but we're pleased with a point.

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"It's not often we get a clean sheet so we're pleased with that. I think it had the makings of a scrappy 1-0 to either side so we just had to defend really well."

Randolph made crucial second-half saves to deny Niall McGinn and Josh Magennis as Aberdeen poured forward.

Motherwell nearly nicked it when Nicky Law was set-up on the counter attack but Jamie Langfield saved at his feet, then substitute Zaine Francis-Angol was taken down by Joe Shaughnessy.

"They've thrown Magennis on at the end," McCall said. "They've got Fallon, Vernon, McGinn, Hayes - they've got quality in the side and it's surprising that they've had a lot of nil-nils at home.

"They've certainly had the better chances in the game and they'll feel a little bit aggrieved, but to come up without big Shaun Hutchinson and Chris Humphrey - two key players for us - and go back down the road with a point is acceptable."

He added: "The last three games we've took seven points. We managed to beat Celtic, and had two tough away games at Hearts and here, and got four points out of them.

"We'd have liked to have played better, there's no doubt about that, but we've got to take the positives which is a hard earned point."

McCall revealed that Humphrey remains a doubt for Friday's home game with Hibernian but will be assessed later in the week.

"It's a hamstring," said McCall. "It'll be touch and go for Friday night, but we're hoping he'll be back available."