Bow­man happy to stop the rot

Ryan hopes point will turn club’s sea­son around

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Ben Ra­m­age

Mother­well striker Ryan Bow­man hopes the point the Steel­men bat­tled to against Liv­ingston can get the club fir­ing back up the ta­ble.

After a dis­ap­point­ing start to the sea­son, the hosts were look­ing to pick up their first league point in five games after a poor run of form.

And hav­ing taken the lead from Bow­man’s strike early on, the Fir Park­ers were left fight­ing to take any­thing from the match after Keaghan Ja­cobs struck a su­perb equaliser and Carl Mchugh saw red late on.

But ‘Well stood up to the task and bagged a cru­cial point as the team en­ter an im­por­tant run of fix­tures against sides in the lower half of the ta­ble.

Bow­man said: “We’ve stopped that rot, four games with­out a win.

“We knew to­day was go­ing to be tough. They’re at the top end of the ta­ble for a rea­son.

“When it went 1-1 and we went down to 10 men it could have been easy for our heads to drop and feel sorry for our­selves and go un­der

“But we showed char­ac­ter, we dug in deep and come out with a point. We’ll never give up.”

Livi started brightly with Scott Robin­son’s shot de­flected wide. The tire­less Dolly Menga then missed a great chance, head­ing wide at the back post. Well took the lead when Al­lan Camp­bell picked up a loose ball and found Bow­man in the box. Liam Kelly looked to have the shot cov­ered but it flicked off Craig Halkett and over the keeper. Be­fore the first pe­riod ended, Lamie’s chalked-off goal was fol­lowed by Well scream­ing for a penalty after a Halkett hand­ball. After the restart, Menga won the free­kick for Ja­cobs to pro­duce a mo­ment of mag­nif­i­cence from 25 yards. Well were rocked fur­ther when Mchugh was sent off. The bat­tler, who was booked for a chal­lenge on De­clan Gal­lagher, was shown a sec­ond yel­low card in seven min­utes when he went through Menga. Stephen Robin­son’s men were on the back foot for the clos­ing stages, but they held firm, de­spite Livi al­most win­ning it with Lamie’s last-gasp close shave. Robin­son was frus­trated by a trio of key in­ci­dents as the Steel­men let their win­ning po­si­tion slip. He said: “It was vi­tal for us to get a point from this. “We dealt with all the ad­ver­sity we There was a spe­cial mo­ment for the Cad­den fam­ily as Livi’s Nicky came off the bench to play against twin bro Chris for the first time. An im­por­tant point for con­fi­dence against a team who’ve al­ready beaten Hibs and Rangers this sea­son. A win is still prov­ing hard to come by at Fir Park, with‘well still look­ing for their first home league win. faced and I have to give credit to the play­ers’ char­ac­ter.

“Of course, some of them are not play­ing as well as last sea­son and that is down to con­fi­dence.

“I thought that Carl’s sec­ond yel­low was ex­tremely harsh. I haven’t spo­ken to the ref­eree as there is no point in do­ing so.

“We could have had a penalty as well. I haven’t seen it back, but it wouldn’t sur­prise me if it was bla­tant. It was a tough game and the big­gest thing for me was the re­silience shown not to get beaten.

“I think you can see the ner­vous­ness in the side be­cause we had lost our last four games. We have stopped the rot and now we have a few weeks to get ready for the St John­stone game.” Hearts Hiber­nian Celtic Kil­marnock Liv­ingston Rangers Aberdeen St John­stone Hamil­ton MOTHER­WELL St Mir­ren Dundee P WDL 8 6 1 1 8 5 2 1 8 5 1 2 8 5 1 2 8 4 3 1 8 4 2 2 8 3 3 2 8 2 2 4 8 2 0 6 8 1 2 5 8 1 1 6 8 1 0 7 PTS 19 17 16 16 15 14 12 8 6 5 4 3

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See­ing dou­ble Livi’s Nicky Cad­den along­side twin brother Chris

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