Stuart McCall quit Motherwell as he couldn’t come up with a plan to beat Dundee United, but interim boss Kenny Black managed it.
There was only one major change to the tactics of McCall’s era with Simon Ramsden deployed in midfield.
’Well hadn’t beaten United at Fir Park since April 2011, and coming off a five game losing streak it didn’t seem a great time to face the then league leaders.
However, the hosts had a spring about them and when John Souttar was forced to hack away Henrik Ojamaa’s early effort the signs looked good.
But they would have to bide their time as Chris Erskine, Blair Spittal and Aidan Connolly started to pull the strings.
Dan Twardzik pulled off a great save as Spittal’s shot was redirected by the chest of Connolly - it was offside but the ’keeper wasn’t to know that.
At the other end Ojamaa shot wide and then set up Iain Vigurs who did likewise.
Connolly’s through ball to Spital saw the latter poke wide and then Connolly found Erskine at the edge of the box, but his shot was beaten away by Twardzik.
Connolly took matters into his own hands with a shot that lopped up off Lasley, but a backpedalling Twardzik tipped it over.
Lionel Ainsworth should have given ’Well the lead five minutes into the second half as Craig Reid’s shot was pushed away by Radoslaw Cierzniak, but the winger hit the rebound against the post.
Two minutes later IAIN VIGURS did score as he was found by Lasley in the box and drilled the ball under Cierzniak.
Ainsworth then had the ball in the net, but was wrongly flagged offside.
Paul Paton came close to an equaliser after Twardzik had flapped at Conor Townsend’s cross, clipping the ball across the face of goal and then Paton crossed for Townsend to flash a header just wide.
There were some nervy moments late on as ’Well failed to add to their lead, Vigurs drilling wide and Ojamaa’s mazy dribble seeing him fail to clip the ball past Cierzniak.
But in the end it didn’t matter and ’Well picked up their first three points since September.
Motherwell: Twardzik, Reid, Ramsden, McManus, Ainsworth (Law 77), Sutton, Vigurs, Lasley, O’Brien, Kerr, Ojamaa. Subs not used: Nielsen, Carswell, Lawson, McHugh, Francis-Angol, Moore.
Dundee United: Cierzniak, Townsend, Souttar (Morris 78), Fojut, Paton, Rankin, Armstrong, Erskine, Dow, Connolly (Ciftci 59), Spittal (Mackay-Steven 59). Subs not used: Szromnik, Dillon, Butcher, Telfer.
Referee: Steven McLean.