Scottish Premiership: John Sutton's brace seals Motherwell win
Motherwell eased some of the pressure on manager Stuart McCall with a 2-1 win at struggling Ross County.
Last Updated: 16/12/13 2:14pm
Motherwell eased some of the pressure on manager Stuart McCall with a 2-1 win at struggling Ross County, courtesy of John Sutton's first-half brace.
Motherwell had lost to Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup before their home mauling by Celtic last week but this battling result will have restored some confidence to the ranks.
County captain Richard Brittain made his return to the starting line-up and went close to breaking the deadlock when his free-kick came back off the bar.
Moments later, Sutton lashed home his 50th goal for the club, finding the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box with the aid of a deflection off Brian MacLean (17).
County, who had lost five of their last six games, were being pushed further back with Shaun Hutchinson and former County stalwart Iain Vigurs both going close.
So it was no surprise when the home side fell further behind, Sutton (27) again doing the damage with a 10-yard header after Michael Fraser failed to deal with Keith Lasley's shot.
Kevin Luckassen blazed over as County looked for a response but Motherwell keeper Dan Twardwzik remained largely untroubled.
But the on-loan Twardzik had to show his quality to deny Rocco Quinn from 12 yards and he could do nothing as Melvin De Leeuw (62) headed in Luckassen's cross.
The mood lifted among the County support and MacLean saw his headed effort chalked off for a foul.
Twardzik denied Luckassen and Brittain while Quinn also went close as the pressure mounted but Craig Moore would have added a second for Well in the dying stages but for a fine Fraser save.