’Well defeated 2-1 by Aberdeen

Connor Ripley appeared to be barged out of position for Aberdeen's winner (Pic Ken Macpherson)
Connor Ripley appeared to be barged out of position for Aberdeen's winner (Pic Ken Macpherson)

Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough refused to be downhearted after his side lost their third league game out of four when going down 2-1 to Aberdeen at Fir Park on Saturday.

Marvin Johnson put ’Well ahead early on against last season’s Scottish Premiership runners-up, but the Dons hit back to win via goals from Niall McGinn and Ash Taylor.

“Blow for blow, shot for shot we were the same as them,” Baraclough said. “I’m annoyed that the game’s been decided on a set play.

“Three out of the four performances have been very good. The third one in the space of seven days shows the character we’ve got.

“You’ll win more games than you’ll lose if you play like that.”

Motherwell took the lead inside five minutes after Lionel Ainsworth had cut in from the right and passed to Scott McDonald. Although the Aussie’s powerful shot was saved by Danny Ward, JOHNSON followed up to net the rebound.

Aberdeen were always looking dangerous and Ryan Jack, McGinn and Kenny McLean all shot wide in the hunt for an equaliser.

But the visitors did level in fortuitous circumstances on 24 minutes when McGinn’s cross from the left beat everybody and went in at the far post.

’Well’s Jake Taylor shot over from 18 yards before Aberdeen’s Shay Logan was booked for bringing down Johnson 22 yards out. Josh Law’s resultant free-kick was saved and it was 1-1 at half-time.

David Goodwillie headed straight at ’Well keeper Connor Grant before Johnson’s cross from the left at the other end was headed just wide by McDonald.

Taylor was booked for scything down McDonald on the hour mark before Aberdeen netted the winner a minute later when a left wing free-kick was headed in by Taylor with Grant on the deck after being hit by team-mate Louis Laing who’d apparently been barged by Taylor.

In what was an entertaining contest, Aberdeen’s Johnny Hayes had a 15-yard shot saved before sub Dom Thomas’s run and cross at the other end was headed wide by the hard-working Louis Moult.

McGinn shot against the far post in the final action of what was a pulsating contest.

Motherwell: Ripley, Hammell, Laing, McManus, Ainsworth, Johnson (Thomas 69), Lasley, Law, Moult (Clarkson 84), Taylor (Cadden 88), McDonald.

Aberdeen: Ward, Logan, Shinnie, Considine, Taylor, McLean, Flood (Rooney 45), McGinn, Hayes, Goodwillie (Quinn 71), Jack.

Attendance: 5437.

Referee: Willie Collum.