Motherwell boss Graham Alexander says he told his side to believe they could take a point from Tannadice when they were 2-0 down to Dundee United at Tannadice.

Alexander says the Steelmen showed character and spirit to come back and draw the game, as they kept up a run that has seen them lose just one of their last 11 games.

Goals by Lawrence Shankland and Archie Meekison had United seemingly cruising above Motherwell into seventh place by the interval.

But Christopher Long and Devante Cole scored to take a point back down to Lanarkshire, leaving Motherwell in seventh place going into the final game at home to Ross County on Sunday.

And Alexander said: "The result wasn’t going our way but it was an open game and both teams were trying to attack in numbers.

"They were more clinical than as but we had as many chances as they had to score.

"I just told the players at half-time that we could win it and they had to believe they would take the opportunities – they just had to take their chances when they came.

"It was good to get the goal back early on in the second-half because it gave them the belief we could get back into it. We kept on knocking and got our reward."

Devante Cole celebrates after snatching a last-gasp leveller for Motherwell at Tannadice
Devante Cole celebrates after snatching a last-gasp leveller for Motherwell at Tannadice

Alexander added: “That was the second time we have come back from 2-0 down against Dundee United and Hibs in the last few weeks and the energy in the team is excellent.

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"You could see how fresh we were at the end to try and get that winner and it has paid dividends the way the lads have trained.

"We have had some good results and we want to finish on a high against Ross County this weekend.

"You don’t come from 2-0 down twice in the space of a month without good character and bit of spirit about you."

Motherwell were dealt a blow early in the game as midfield ace Allan Campbell's foot seemed to give way on the Tannadice pitch and he rolled an ankle, with Robbie Crawford replacing him in seven minutes.

Alexander said: "I don’t know how he is but he has an ice-pack on his calf. It happened right in front of me; the pitch just seemed to give way underneath him.

"I don’t know what he has done because we were engrossed in the game but fingers crossed he is OK.

"It is not like him to come off in a game. There is never a good time to get injured but we hope he’ll be ok and it is unusual to see him come off."

Alexander greets Cole at the final whistle
Alexander greets Cole at the final whistle

Alexander was cautioned by referee David Dickinson inside stoppage time, but says it was a simple case of misinterpretation.

He explained: "I was clapping Ricky Lamie’s challenge but it might have been misconstrued as sarcasm or something.”

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