Killie v Motherwell reaction

Murphy opened the scoring after 11 minutes when he drove at the

home defence and slotted the ball beyond Cammy Bell.

Gary Harkins restored parity for the home side on the half-hour

mark, however the deadlock was only to last five minutes, Murphy

racing on to Michael Higdon’s excellent through ball before

rounding Bell and slotting into the net.

McCall was pleased to see Murphy notch his first two goals of

the season and believes that he has coped well with the pressure

placed on him over the last few years.

“I’m really pleased for that kid, he’s a cracking lad and is

totally committed to do his best for Motherwell,” he said.

“I was hoping Jamie would come back from his summer break fresh

and energised and that has been exactly the case.

“We tried him out in a different position today behind Henrik

(Ojamaa) and Higgy (Higdon), it worked well and he got two terrific

goals.

“He’s had a lot of pressure over the last two seasons in regards

to will he move? Will he be picked for Scotland? And for a young

guy that can be a lot of pressure, so he has just got to focus on

his football.”

Motherwell sit joint top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League

table after registering their first win of the season.

McCall was pleased at the threat his side presented on the

counter-attack as well as the way in which the younger players

within his squad have blended into the first-team.

“I’m delighted, not only with the victory but the way we went

about it, I was informed after the game that we finished the game

with eight players under the age of 22,” said McCall.

“We always get good games against Kilmarnock and that was my

first win against them in my time here as manager – it’s good to

get that monkey off my back.

“I felt we were always a threat on the break and I think we

deserved the victory in the game.”

Despite his satisfaction at picking up all three points, McCall

was disappointed to lose the services of Simon Ramsden who hobbled

off in the first-half with a hamstring injury.

The former Bradford defender will now miss Motherwell’s Europa

League fourth round qualifying clash with La Liga side Levante.

“Simon has strained his hamstring, we are not sure how long that

will rule him out for but he certainly won’t make the Levante

game,” added the former Bradford boss.

“We also had to take off Chris Humphrey and Nicky Law as they

had slight injuries, but they will be ok for Thursday evening.”

Kenny Shiels felt Kilmarnock lacked a cutting edge as they fell

to defeat.

The Northern Irishman believes the absence of Paul Heffernan has

come as a big loss for Killie’s attacking threat.

“I think it could have went either way, we were playing against

a counter-attack team and we knew going into the game that

Motherwell are a dangerous team away from home,” said Shiels.

“It was poor play for the first goal and the second the player

wasn’t tracked, we have to look at the imagination side and work on

that in the next week.

“We need someone to hold up the ball a bit better and link it

up, we are missing Heffernan and you can see how it has an impact

on our performance.

“It’s early yet and too early to make assessments, it could have

so easily been a draw today but I still feel if you take Harkins

out then we lack creativity.”