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McCall hails Well character

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Motherwell manager Stuart McCall felt character was the main facet of their victory at Aberdeen after his team bounced back from the loss of an early goal to win 2-1.

Goals from Francis Jeffers and Jamie Murphy overturned Sone Aluko's second-minute strike to move Motherwell back into the top six of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

McCall said: "It was all about character. We had a good word in the dressing room about not coming for a point and having a go."

He added: "We knew if we won tonight we could go fifth, albeit having played a couple of games more.

"When you go a goal behind so early it's easy to cave in, obviously after what happened on Saturday, but I thought in the first half we bounced back superbly.

"There were a lot of big, big performances from a lot of players, even more so when we went a goal behind against a resurgent Aberdeen side, so character was the key."

McCall hailed the "excellent movement" of Jeffers on his first start for the club and dismissed suggestions that Keith Lasley should have followed Aberdeen skipper Paul Hartley down the tunnel following an ugly altercation.

Lasley appeared to lead with his elbow in an aerial challenge with Hartley, who responded by kicking the Motherwell midfielder.

"I haven't seen it again but I didn't even think it was a free-kick," McCall said. "Lasley challenged for the ball and won it and both players fell on the ground. I didn't see what happened after that but I think Paul lashed out with his feet."

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