Inverness 24h On
Updated Sunday, 12th August 2007
A trawl through the records reveals that Motherwell last had a wining pair of league openers in the swinging sixties. Mark McGhee described Saturday's win as 'lucky' but maybe it was a case of hard work earning a just reward.
It was in the era of Deans, Goldthorpe and McCloy that a the feat last occurred (1-0 at home to Killie then 3-1 at
There's no arguing that any team which wins a game thanks to a last minute penalty has had a deal of good fortune and so McGhee's conclusion that we were lucky to win stands up but let's not pretend that the hold we had on the second half deserved anything less than three points.
The spirited nature of our recovery lends support to McGhee's philosophy that quick passing allied to strength and fitness is the key to success. This was epitomised by Clarkson and McGarry. The pair must have covered miles chasing and harrying and it was satisfying to see that Clarkson's final run into the box lead to the penalty.
There was more delight to see O'Donnell both score the equaliser and to last for the full ninety minutes. He shows the value of having an 'auld heid' in the team.