Ross County 1-2 Motherwell: Devante Cole and Bevis Mugabi complete comeback to secure Well's first victory since Halloween

Report and highlights to follow as Motherwell beat Ross County to end a long wait for a Scottish Premiership victory; Devante Cole and Bevis Mugabi score the goals at the Global Energy Arena; Oli Shaw had given the hosts the lead early on in the relegation clash

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Ross County and Motherwell.

Motherwell came from behind to claim all three points for the first time since October with a 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Ross County.

Second-half goals from Devante Cole and Bevis Mugabi saw the Steelmen leapfrog County in the Scottish Premiership table, after Oli Shaw had given the hosts an advantage in the 14th minute.

It is the first time Motherwell have come from behind to claim any points all season and sees them move up to 10th in the table.

But John Hughes will be left ruing an under-par performance from his Staggies side after half-time, as they sank closer to the foot of the table once again.

The first real opportunity of the match fell to the visitors. Robbie Crawford found a pocket of space outside the County box and tried to thread a ball through to the forwards - where it did eventually find its way through to Cole.

He barely had time to pull the trigger though before Ross Laidlaw charged him out.

Oli Shaw celebrates with Jermain Hylton after scoring to make it 1-0 Ross County during a Scottish Premiership match between Ross County and Motherwell at The Global Energy Arena
Image: Oli Shaw celebrates with Jermain Hylton after scoring to give Ross County the lead

Just a couple of minutes later, the hosts had the lead. Jermaine Hylton brilliantly took down a long ball forward with his touch getting him goal-side of Declan Gallagher.

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One-on-one with Liam Kelly, Hylton would have fancied his chances, but although Kelly was able to get a hand on his shot he could do nothing to stop Shaw latching on to the loose ball and tapping into an empty net.

The first half fizzled out with neither team creating many chances, but Motherwell came out firing on all cylinders at the start of the second half.

DINGWALL, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 27: Bevis Mugabi scores to make it 2-1 Motherwell during a Scottish Premiership match between Ross County and Motherwell at The Global Energy Arena on January 27, 2021, in Dingwall, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
Image: Mugabi rises to head home the winner at The Global Energy Arena

Tony Watt's shot was the catalyst in the 51st minute, an effort that Laidlaw appeared to have covered - only for him to spill it into the path of Cole.

It was a simple finish for Cole, who claimed his third goal in four matches by finding the bottom corner to see Motherwell score an equalising goal for the first time this season.

Motherwell's tails were up after scoring, and coupled with the Staggies starting to look tired, it looked like things may get even better for the visitors.

They did go in front in the 72nd minute, with Mugabi rising highest to direct the ball just inside Laidlaw's far post.

County tried to respond, and their substitutions were attacking, bringing on Michael Gardyne, Billy Mckay and Blair Spittal - the latter for his first County appearance since last March.

But they could not force an equaliser, leaving the visitors to celebrate a much-needed three points.

What the managers said

Ross County boss John Hughes: "I'm disappointed with the goals we lose, because I don't think teams have to work too hard to score against us," he said.

"We have to make that better, and we have to stick together. I'm really disappointed with the result. I felt that if we could have hung on there in the second half then we might have just got away with it, but it wasn't to be.

"We can't keep losing the goals we've been losing, it's as simple as that."

Motherwell boss Graham Alexander: "We challenged the boys at half-time to turn everything on it's head, and we had to do that.

"Coming here, not playing as well as we could have and getting beat would have been a big blow to us.

"I'm so pleased for the players, because I've seen the work they've done over the last three weeks - they deserved a reward at the end of it."

What's next?

Neither Ross County nor Motherwell are in action until next Wednesday, as County visit Hamilton in another crunch clash at the bottom, while Motherwell host Dundee United.

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