Motherwell travelled north to face Aberdeen and former manager Craig Brown in their re-arranged SPL clash. And Motherwell got their sweet revenge on their former gaffer beating the Dons 2-1.
Debut boy Francis Jeffers scored his first goal for Motherwell, levelling the game after Sone Aluko had given Aberdeen an early lead.
Aberdeen captain Paul Hartley was sent off in the second half for kicking out at Keith Lasley, as he reacted to a bad aerial challenge from the Motherwell player.
And Motherwell made their numerical advantage pay dividends when Jamie Murphy grabbed the winner on 71 minutes. Stuart McCall’s side now sit fifth in the SPL after their win.
“It was a big game for us tonight and it has pushed us back into where we want to be,” said McCall. “At times we played some excellent stuff. I am delighted with the victory – we needed it. We haven’t got the points that our performances have merited.”
“I thought the first-half performance was outstanding, especially to go a goal down so early on,” McCall told BBC Radio Scotland. “People probably thought Motherwell were going to crumble, but the players deserve full credit. Franny Jeffers’ movement – I thought he and (John) Sutton combined well. But throughout the side I was really pleased with them. We looked dangerous all night. When you get beat like we did on Saturday, everyone hurts. I am absolutely delighted for the band of supporters that made it here tonight. I am so pleased for them.”