Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has heaped praise on Tony Watt and Kaiyne Woolery after the pair proved key to a 1-0 Premiership win over Dundee United.

Woolery picked up the ball in midfield and eventually got the ball to Watt early in the first half, who curled a sublime effort into the top corner to seal the victory.

It was a much-needed response to a 3-0 loss against Dundee on Saturday and victory moves the Steelmen one point off the Premiership's top four, remaining in fifth.

Asked if it was Watt's best finish of the season, Alexander said: “Yeah, definitely. It was a fantastic finish. He started this season scoring quite a few in quick succession. He’s had a little dry spell.

Watt netted a fantastic goal on a damp night at Fir Park.
Watt netted a fantastic goal on a damp night at Fir Park.

"His play for the team has still been excellent. The goal was a brilliant one to win any game of football – a fantastic finish against a top goalkeeper.

“I was a bit concerned the game wouldn’t finish but I’ve seen and played in worse. I don’t know the pitch that well in these conditions but I do know how much the groundsmen look after it.

"And it held up great. We deserved the win. It would have been unjust if we didn’t.”

Alexander was also full of praise for Woolery, who's become a key player in recent weeks for Motherwell. The Fir Park side have won three of their last four games.

He added: "I spoke with Kaiyne as I thought it was his best game for us. He told me how hard it was making those 50-yard sprints.

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"He had three guys hanging off him at points too but he's a strong boy. It was really tough.

"We knew they had quality and we knew the challenge we were going to face. It was a contrast to how we approached the game on Saturday.

"We were very hard to break down in recent matches but in Dundee, we came off it 5 per cent and got a heavy slap for it. It was a hard lesson for us but the players have learned, it seems."

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