01 Feb Motherwell with lofty ambitions
Mark McGhee believes there is more to come from Motherwell after victory over Ross County took them into the top six.
Goals in either half from Scott McDonald and Louis Moult, either side of a Jay McEveley header, were enough for Motherwell to move into sixth place in the table.
Manager McGhee said: “It made me smile when I was told we were in the top six.
“But we want to be in the top six the day after the split, not 15 games before it. Maybe we can build on this and have the season we are capable of having.”
The Well boss was delighted with the contribution of McDonald, who has been the centre of some transfer speculation.
He said: “Unless there is something strange happens in the next hour or two I can’t see him going anywhere. He led the line brilliantly tonight with all the activity surrounding him, whether he is going or not going.
“He played very well.”
On the possibility of a move for Celtic forward Nadir Ciftci, McGhee admitted: “We are waiting for an answer from Celtic. There is still a possibility, but not an inevitability.”
McEveley’s error let McDonald in for the opener while Moult headed County’s winner from close range.
County boss Jim McIntyre said: “The types of goals we are giving away are absolutely gutting.
“Even when we have been winning games lately we have been giving teams presents. They are calamitous mistakes.
“At this level you have to make sure you do the job that is assigned to you, until we get back to doing that we are going to struggle to wins games, because we are always having to chase. That’s never a good position to be in, giving teams lifts like we are doing makes it hard work.
“I can’t question their endeavour or effort, you could see it in the second half, we created some good opportunities. That side of the game has to be better as well, we should have scored a couple of goals.”