Motherwell score four against Queen's Park

Things went to plan early on when appalling defending from the visitors allowed Daley to wriggle between a few challenges before finishing superbly.  Queen's responded well though and with poor defending not being limited to the guests, the visitors had a couple of half chances to level.  Instead the next goal came at the other end when Murphy slammed home from distance and McHugh then hit the 'keeper when he really should have scored.

 

But with the game seemingly in our grasp, we lost concentration and allowed Queen's Park back into the contest.  They failed to hit the target with a number of clear sights at goal and probably should have had a penalty when an arm was used to block a close range header.

 

After the break the home fans may have assumed better was to come but they were sadly mistaken. Our midfield was dismal for long periods and though it may be a little extreme to say the guests were completely in control, they were certainly the better team for a while.  Their finishing let them down though and when McCall finally reacted by bringing on Ojamaa and Humphrey the game tilted in our favour once more. 

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It was Humphrey – impressive against a notably poor full back – who set up Murphy for a tap in before Ojamaa completed a lively cameo appearance with a fine shot into the top corner from just inside the box.

 

The Spiders gave everything but despite their neat football they were weak at either end of the park which proved their undoing.  We coasted into the next round but against limited opposition we have little to be proud of from this display.  In particular, Page, Forbes and McHugh, all given a chance to stake a claim for a place, will not be knocking on the manager's door to complain about being on the bench any time soon.