Baraclough and McCall insist play-off tie not over yet

Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough
Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough

Rival managers Ian Baraclough and Stuart McCall had contrasting emotions after Motherwell’s play-off first leg win at Ibrox, but both agreed on one thing - the tie is not yet over.

Motherwell go into Sunday’s secong leg with a commanding 3-1 advantage after a performance Baraclough described as probably the best in his time at the club.

By contrast his Fir Park predecessor McCall said his Rangers team were as poor as they have been since he took over at Ibrox.

But both managers stressed there is still everything to play for on Sunday in a match in which the first goal could be absolutely vital.

Baraclough admitted: “This tie is not over. Nobody is getting ahead of themselves. We need to put in another 95-minute shift.

“That’s probably the best performance in my time and we’ll need to produce another one on Sunday.

“We’ll need to be controlled and calm to make sure we get the job done.

“It was a fantastic performance.We came here with a game plan; we knew we could hurt them with our pace on the counter-attack.

“We knew they would pour people forward, the crowd dictates that. We just had to be patient and pick the right passes.”

Meanwhile as McCall prepares to return to Fir Park for the first time since resigning as ‘Well boss, he too believes his side can still pull off a remarkable recovery.

He said: “We’ll still have belief going there.

“In possession of the ball that’s as poor as we’ve been since I’ve been at the club. We didn’t create enough until late on in the game.

“We’ve got to look to go to Fir Park and get the first goal. Everyone will write us off and probably rightly so, but we’ll go there and think ‘lets get that first goal.’

“As poor as we were, hopefully we can be as good as Motherwell - that was probably as well as they’ve played for a long time, certainly away from home.”