Motherwell grabbed their second league win of the season in some style as they blitzed Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Most people had the Dons as favourites before a ball was kicked, but Motherwell attacked their hosts from the start, forcing them into some costly mistakes.

Three minutes in Marley Watkins handled a Bevis Mugabi header and Mark O'Hara scored from the spot, before a poor attempted clearance by keeper Joe Lewis landed at the feet of Christopher Long, who kept his composure to rifle it into the bottom corner.

Mugabi, who was outstanding throughout, grabbed his first goal for the club in 23 minutes, bulleting home a Liam Polworth corner, and that was that.

Aberdeen were left shell-shocked, as Motherwell took their foot off the gas in a comfortable second-half performance.

Here are some talking points from the terrific away win.

Attack is the best form of defence

Motherwell players celebrate Mark O'Hara's opener

Motherwell didn't give Aberdeen time to settle and had a penalty claim in two minutes when Ash Taylor appeared to pull Long down inside the box, but referee John Beaton pointed to the spot 60 seconds later and when Mark O'Hara converted, the visitors just didn't look back.

It was that attacking attitude that forced Aberdeen into those mistakes, and when Joe Lewis made a hash of a simple enough pass-back he sliced it straight at Long, who made no mistake.

Having the composure to take a chance like that isn't something that always happens in the Premiership, so Long deserves a bit of credit for his confident finish.

Taking their chances

Christopher Long pounces on Joe Lewis's error

Manager Stephen Robinson pointed out that while they have played well in games this season, Motherwell haven't always taken their chances, and he's spot on.

However, that changed at Pittodrie on Sunday and while Motherwell probably could have scored more goals if they really pushed for it, they didn't need to - the game was finished in 23 minutes and everybody inside Pittodrie knew that.

With clinical finishing like that, Motherwell could have taken a win from Hibs earlier this season, for example, and been further up the table, but at least it appears that they're learning from it.

Christopher Long's performance

Long races off to celebrate

Christopher Long was a pain for the Aberdeen back line all afternoon and they would have been delighted to see him go off in the 71st minute, because it meant they would get a bit of respite, even if his place was to be taken by Jordan White.

If he keeps up performances like those, it's going to be a case of finding out which striker does well alongside Long, rather than whether he keeps his place.

Let's not get carried away, it's only two goals for Long this season - alongside Callum Lang and Tony Watt - but the nature of his performance will be what pleased Stephen Robinson.

He harried defenders, never let them settle, and his performance was a major reason why Motherwell won this game.

Bevis Mugabi

Bevis Mugabi enjoyed his goal

Bevis Mugabi might have been a surprise inclusion in this game after he was sent off in Coleraine on Thursday night, but Stephen Robinson will be delighted that he kept faith in the defender - as will the Motherwell faithful.

Mugabi was outstanding at Pittodrie, had a hand in two goals and dealt admirably with everything that came his way in defence.

I thought he was a stand-out on a day when there were terrific performances by a few players, notably Allan Campbell and Christopher Long, and if he keeps up performances like those, Mugabi could become a real hero.

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