Rugby Park

Next Game

Kilmarnock v Motherwell

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 15:00

Scots Prem

Last Game

Motherwell 0 - 2 Inverness

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 15:00

Scots Prem

McCall proud of Motherwell

Manager Stuart McCall was pleased with his Motherwell side after they bowed out of the Europa League at the third qualifying round stage against Kuban Krasnodar.

Last Updated: 08/08/13 at 21:36 Post Comment

Stuart McCall was pleased with Motherwell's effort

Stuart McCall was pleased with Motherwell's effort

McCall's men lost 4-0 on aggregate but, already trailing 3-0 after the first leg, they acquitted themselves well in Russia on Thursday, losing just 1-0 to a team who are unbeaten in the Russian Premier League since November.

The only goal came when Stephen McManus headed into his own net five minutes after the break and Bob McHugh missed from the spot when he had a chance to level in the final minute.

McCall said: "I was proud of them, it was a good effort.

"I have watched them (Kuban) four times and I watched them on Sunday against Spartak (Moscow), and they are a really good side.

"They are talking about (Ibrahima) Balde going for £10-11m and the boy in the middle (Charles Kabore) for £7-8m.

McCall: They didn't cut us open

"The focus was the game tonight, to get to half-time and be in the game and then, if we could get ahead, to start thinking about the tie.

"Their opportunities came from two or three of our errors, they didn't really cut us open. I have seen them cut some really good teams open.

"Then they got the goal and we rocked for about five minutes, but we battled away and it would have been the icing on the cake if we had scored at the end.

"The effort and determination was good and we're just disappointed to lose the game.

"Bob's disappointed and Mick (McManus) is disappointed but they have no need, people miss penalties and score own goals. It's part of football."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

es, these stats are right. Rio Ferdinand definitely had a better debut than Fernando.

that man
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

I

know it's only one game, and Arsenal have got an amazing midfield as is; but seriously, is Arsene Wenger the only person on Earth who doesn't want Cesc at their club?

Ezy_Rider
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

P

S - 'Squeezes [English] out of his mouth like it's an elastic band he's found in his lamb bhuna' - bravo. Marvellous stuff

Ezy_Rider
Football Managers On TV: Paul Lambert

Footer 365

Women's Football: England beat Wales 4-0 to make World Cup

England's women secured their place in the 2015 World Cup courtesy of an emphatic 4-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff.

Transfer News: QPR sign Eduardo Vargas from Napoli on loan

Queens Park Rangers have confirmed the signing of Eduardo Vargas from Napoli on a season-long loan deal.

Roy Hodgson says England youngsters should try their luck overseas in future

Roy Hodgson feels future generations of England stars would benefit from going overseas rather than being bit-part players at home.

Mail Box

Man United Fans Clutching At Straws

While the focus is on Liverpool's move for Mario Balotelli, one Man United fan tries to convince the mailbox with nine reasons why Angel Di Maria would prefer them to PSG...

Rojo Is A Better Signing Than Hummels

There's some big talk in the morning mailbox, which claims that Man United were right to sign Marcos Rojo instead of Mats Hummels. Plus, one Gooner's happy Arteta's out...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property