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Motherwell 2-0 Ross County

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park

Motherwell pounced on Ross County's second-half errors to register their first Premiership points of the season.

Richard Tait steered home after poor play from County captain Andrew Davies.

Motherwell's second came from the penalty spot as Louis Moult picked himself up to convert following Kenny van der Weg's foul, for which the Dutchman was sent off.

The Dingwall side will be frustrated as they dominated the first half without making their possession count.

Well boss Stephen Robinson's frustration at the three red cards his team received last weekend was well documented, and there were only three minutes on the clock here when stand-in captain Ben Heneghan was shown a yellow for taking out Craig Curran.

Andy Rose and County's Tim Chow would join him in referee Alan Muir's book later in a first half that the visitors edged in terms of possession and chances.

Richard Tait celebrates
Richard Tait scored his second goal of the season

At times the Dingwall men's passing was crisp and clever, despite losing Jim O'Brien early to injury. His replacement - Chris Routis - tested Russell Griffiths with an overhead kick but the Motherwell goalkeeper was perfectly placed to catch it with ease.

Michael Gardyne had County's other best chance of the opening 45 minutes, the Dundonian running on to Jason Naismith's low cut-back from the right and sending a shot towards the corner of the home side's net. Yet again, though, former Everton youth goalkeeper Griffiths was well placed to push it round the post.

Ross County played three at the back, with deep-lying midfielder Jamie Lindsay - on loan from Celtic - looking competent when he had to drop back and help out his defenders.

Motherwell's creative players such as Chris Cadden and Craig Tanner were largely stifled in the first half. The exception was when Moult released Cadden down the right and his teasing cross was nearly headed in by Alex Fisher.

The same theme of County dominance seemed to be developing after the break until the visitors hit the self-destruct button.

Davies took a fresh air kick at a relatively routine low delivery from Cadden that then rolled into the path of Tait, who turned in his second goal of the season from 12 yards.

Louis Moult scores
Louis Moult made no mistake as he gave his side a two-goal lead

The Staggies went on to lose two defenders through injury and a red card. Davies limped off with what looked like a hamstring strain before Van der Weg's foul prevented Moult from latching on to a through ball.

Referee Muir flashed the red card at the Dutchman and Moult buried the penalty in the bottom right corner - his third of the campaign.

The home side's second-half display merited the three points, with a tactical change to 3-5-2 helping turn the game in their favour.

Line-ups

Motherwell

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Griffiths
  • 2Tait
  • 21Kipre
  • 4HeneghanBooked at 3mins
  • 18Dunne
  • 7Cadden
  • 5BigirimanaSubstituted forMacLeanat 82'minutes
  • 15RoseBooked at 27mins
  • 27TannerSubstituted forBowmanat 45'minutes
  • 9Moult
  • 17FisherSubstituted forCampbellat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bowman
  • 14Plummer
  • 22Campbell
  • 24Newell
  • 25McMillan
  • 26MacLean
  • 39Morrison

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fox
  • 2FraserBooked at 46mins
  • 18Lindsay
  • 15DaviesSubstituted forKellyat 67'minutes
  • 28van der WegBooked at 74mins
  • 3Naismith
  • 8ChowBooked at 17mins
  • 25O'BrienSubstituted forRoutisat 15'minutes
  • 7Gardyne
  • 10SchalkSubstituted forMckayat 66'minutes
  • 11Curran

Substitutes

  • 4Routis
  • 6Kelly
  • 9Dow
  • 17Draper
  • 19Mikkelsen
  • 22Mckay
  • 31McCarey
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,911

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 2, Ross County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Ross County 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Charles Dunne (Motherwell).

  4. Post update

    Craig Curran (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

  6. Post update

    Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Richard Tait (Motherwell).

  8. Post update

    Christopher Routis (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Ross MacLean replaces Gael Bigirimana.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Louis Moult (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Motherwell 2, Ross County 0. Louis Moult (Motherwell) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  13. Dismissal

    Kenny van der Weg (Ross County) is shown the red card.

  14. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Kenny van der Weg (Ross County) after a foul in the penalty area.

  15. Post update

    Penalty Motherwell. Louis Moult draws a foul in the penalty area.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Ross County).

  17. Post update

    Craig Tanner (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Jason Naismith (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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