McGhee: 2-0 flattered us

Mark McGhee barks instructions during win over St Johnstone (Pic by Alan Watson)
Mark McGhee barks instructions during win over St Johnstone (Pic by Alan Watson)

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee refused to get carried away by Wednesday night’s 2-0 victory over St Johnstone.

“I didn’t think we deserved to be 2-0 up at half-time,” McGhee said.

“I was a bit concerned at the disjointed training and routine we had had.

“The Dundee United game being off and having to train on astroturf because of the rain, days off and Christmas Day was going to affect us.

“And I thought it did. In the first half we were off the pace a bit compared to what we’ve been.

“You get a wee bit lucky sometimes and we got a bit of luck.”

McGhee said he thought goalscoring teenage centre half Ben Hall was “excellent” against St Johnstone and Aussie striker Scott McDonald had been “outstanding” and “looked as good as he’d ever looked”.

And the Fir Park gaffer lauded goalkeeper Connor Ripley for making key saves during the match.