McCALL DELIGHTED FOR HIGDON
Stuart McCall expressed his delight for Michael Higdon after the Motherwell top-scorer bagged at hat-trick in the 4-3 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Hibernian at Fir Park.
Motherwell moved within three points of second-placed Rangers with victory in a pulsating encounter.
Isaiah Osbourne fired Hibs into a half-time lead, before Higdon (penalty) and Jamie Murphy put the hosts ahead - only for the visitors to respond immediately through Matt Doherty.
Motherwell took the lead for the second time through a wonderful overhead kick from Higdon on 70 minutes and the Englishman then added his third from penalty spot five minutes later.
Ivan Sproule blasted Hibs' third beyond Darren Randolph after the home side had failed to deal with George Francomb's corner
"Obviously as a centre-forward he is judged on goals, but although he hasn't been scoring recently, he has been a big part of our team," said McCall.
"I am delighted for him, he has received a bit of unfair criticism from a minority of the support but he has got on with things and given everything.
"He's never let us down and even if he hadn't scored tonight I thought his all round play was excellent."
McCall was keen to stress that despite closing the gap on second-placed Rangers, his side's focus is firmly on their next match with runaway leaders Celtic on Saturday.
"It's a fact we are three points behind Rangers, but we go to the toughest place in the league on Saturday," McCall added.
"We have to just focus on the next game and see where it takes us, but if we keep producing performances like that and amassing points like we are it would be natural to look up."
Hibs boss Pat Fenlon believes that nerves played a part in their second-half collapse at Fir Park.
The Easter Road outfit only lead Dunfermline at the foot of the SPL on goal difference and the Dubliner believes that is causing unrest amongst his players.
"When you have been at the bottom of the table for a long time, which the club has been, you can get a little edgy," said Fenlon.
"We can't continue to give away the goals that we are, it's ludicrous stuff. We did well to get back into the game at 2-2 and hoped we could hold on and take a point, but couldn't do that.
"The work-rate and effort is there, but we must stick to the game plan and not go away from that."
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