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Motherwell 1-2 Ross County: Graham & Stewart earn Highlanders win

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Highlights: Motherwell 1-2 Ross County

Ross County scored twice in the last 15 minutes to come from a goal down at Motherwell and earn their first Scottish Premiership away win.

The hosts dominated large swathes of the game and looked good for all three points when Allan Campbell tapped home the opener just after the hour mark.

However, the Highland side bounced back with a simple finish from Brian Graham.

And after Motherwell's Jake Carroll was shown a second yellow, Ross Stewart headed in an 88th-minute winner.

The win moves County level with Motherwell on 10 points, with only goal difference keeping Stephen Robinson's side ahead in fourth place.

An incredible turnaround

The second period was a riveting affair after a first half best forgotten as County dragged themselves off the floor to earn the points.

Trailing and clearly second-best with 15 minutes remaining, the fightback came out of the blue. It was kick-started by Michael Gardyne, who drove at the Motherwell backline, slipped a reverse pass into the substitute Graham, who coolly slotted past Mark Gillespie.

Signs the game might be turning in County's favour began to appear as Carroll lost his composure, picking up two yellow cards within the space of a minute for a pair of rash challenges.

And County made the 10 men pay as they delivered the knockout blow in the dying moments. Richard Foster swung the ball in from the left and Stewart powered a header past Gillespie at the back post to stun the Motherwell support.

Ross Stewart has been in superb form for Ross County this season.

Their side had looked destined for a fourth straight victory when they came out the traps after the break with the bit between their teeth. The goal that put them in front oozed class.

Devante Cole surged in from the right, leaving defenders in his wake, playing the ball into the feet of James Scott, whose lay-off was tucked away by Campbell from 20 yards. But then came the incredible turnaround. Motherwell may point to a disallowed goal in the first half as reason to feel aggrieved.

Largely frustrated by a well-organised County side in the opening period, they thought they had the breakthrough when a long Carroll throw-in was directed past Laidlaw by the head of Declan Gallagher, only for referee Alan Muir to rule it out for an infringement.

So Motherwell's free-scoring winning run comes to an end as County made it two wins from two.

Man of the match - Allan Campbell

Although he ended up on the losing side, Campbell was terrific - the driving force behind his side's improvement after the break.

His goal was beautifully taken and he, like the rest of his team-mates, will be wondering how on earth they let their advantage slip to come away with nothing.

'We only have ourselves to blame'

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We only have ourselves to blame - Motherwell's Robinson

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "I thought we were in total control. We dominated and why has Declan Gallacher's goal not stood? You'll have to ask the referee. There's no foul whatsoever.

"But we had other chances to put the game to bed, so we've only got ourselves to blame. Ross County had two good chances in the second half and they took them."

Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: "We're six games in to the season now and for us to be sitting with 10 points is an excellent haul.

"We've been able to regroup after a couple of bad weeks for us and we've pieced together two wins on the bounce. Which is very, very difficult to do in this league."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 20Gillespie
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 31GallagherBooked at 58mins
  • 5Hartley
  • 3CarrollBooked at 80mins
  • 22Donnelly
  • 6Campbell
  • 19PolworthSubstituted forO'Haraat 73'minutes
  • 44Cole
  • 17ScottSubstituted forTaitat 86'minutes
  • 11SeedorfSubstituted forHyltonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 2Tait
  • 9Long
  • 14Hylton
  • 15Maguire
  • 24Mugabi
  • 52O'Hara

Ross County

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 2Fraser
  • 4Fontaine
  • 15Watson
  • 18Foster
  • 7GardyneBooked at 84mins
  • 17HendersonSubstituted forSpittalat 65'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24PatonSubstituted forChalmersat 65'minutes
  • 12GrivostiSubstituted forGrahamat 72'minutes
  • 27Stewart
  • 9Mckay

Substitutes

  • 8Erwin
  • 14Mullin
  • 16Spence
  • 19Graham
  • 20Spittal
  • 23Chalmers
  • 25Ruddy
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
4,620

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, Ross County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Ross County 2.

Booking

Blair Spittal (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Keith Watson (Ross County).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Liam Fontaine.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 1, Ross County 2. Ross Stewart (Ross County) header from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Richard Foster.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Richard Tait replaces James Scott.

Booking

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jake Carroll (Motherwell) for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jake Carroll (Motherwell).

Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

Booking

Jake Carroll (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Carroll (Motherwell).

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

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 1, Ross County 1. Brian Graham (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Gardyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Mark O'Hara replaces Liam Polworth.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Tom Grivosti.

Attempt saved. Jake Carroll (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ross Laidlaw.

Attempt saved. James Scott (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Jermaine Hylton replaces Sherwin Seedorf.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Blair Spittal replaces Ewan Henderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Joe Chalmers replaces Harrison Paton.

Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Grivosti (Ross County).

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 1, Ross County 0. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Scott.

Foul by Billy Mckay (Ross County).

Jake Carroll (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Declan Gallagher (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Motherwell).

Liam Fontaine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Motherwell).

Foul by Tom Grivosti (Ross County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic55001831515
2Rangers5401125712
3Aberdeen632194511
4Motherwell63121210210
5Ross County631289-110
6Livingston62229908
7Kilmarnock52124407
8Hamilton612359-45
9St Mirren611436-34
10Hibernian5113413-94
11St Johnstone5032513-83
12Hearts5023711-42
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