Brian Rice and David Moyo post-match at Fir Park
Our web interviewer Mark Gillespie heard from Brian Rice and David Moyo after our victory in the Lanarkshire derby.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for the boys. I don’t think anybody can complain about the outcome. For the first 20 minutes Motherwell were on top but I think after that there was only one team. We deserved it. The second half performance is probably the best I’ve seen since I’ve come to the club. I thought we were totally dominant and scored two good goals. I’m just disappointed we didn’t score more.”
Was the difference desire or fitness in the second half. Because you seemed to steamroller them after the break?
BR: “I think it was a wee bit of everything. We started on the front foot and never got off it. Motherwell dominated the first 15-20 minutes, but when I changed the shape it helped the team. I felt in the last 20 minutes of the first half we were on top. My ‘keeper’s not had too many saves to make, we’ve missed a few chances in the second half. But that’s everything I want out of a team. I’ve got a left back crossing it and a right back scoring.”
Was it just a question of reassuring them at half time that the chances would come?
BR: “It was a matter of asking what do we need to do to win this game? And they just said let’s give it a wee bit more. We’ve got plenty in the tank, their fitness levels are incredible. We believed at half time we could get back in the game. I always believed after 20 minutes we could get something. I don’t think anybody in the stadium could question that we deserved to win the game.”
Two good finishes too?
BR: “Great finishes. Like I say, I’ve got a right back up there, trying to get a goal, and then David Moyo, who I’m absolutely delighted for, getting the goal. I was down in England to watch a game and he was playing as a trialist for Chorley. I liked what I saw and thought I’d give him a wee chance. What I know is he can head the ball, he can jump and he can work.”
It must be buzzing in the dressing room?
BR: “They’re delighted. It’s the last game of the decade and we’re playing our local rivals, who we’ve struggled against recently. We’ve come here today and put on a performance.”
You’re not the biggest fan of the winter break, but is that the perfect result going into it?
BR: “It’s a great way to go into it. Any win’s fantastic, especially against your local rivals. I’m absolutely thrilled with the win, but delighted with the performance, the attitude of the boys and the never say die attitude. Winning every second ball, and tackle, I couldn’t have asked any more. That was a performance right out of the top drawer in the second half.”
“It’s a team performance for me. Somebody makes a mistake, that’s life. We just get on with it. I’ve made a rule at the club- no excuses. We don’t make any excuses about refereeing decisions, injuries, nothing. We just get on with it. We try and be as humble as we can. I don’t usually brag or boast about the team, but I thought today we were absolutely brilliant.”
Five points clear of the bottom too must be a big boost heading into the break?
BR: “Yes, it is, but Hearts aren’t my concern. My concern is Hamilton Accies.”
How are you feeling after scoring the winner in a derby?
David Moyo: “Yeah, buzzing obviously, but most importantly just happy that we got the points.”
Did you feel that a goal was coming in that second half?
DM: “100%- I missed one, the first header that was wide. I just told myself that the next one I’ve just got to bury it.”
What did you think changed in that second half?
DM: “I felt we had a bit more belief. Our quality came out and we just started playing football, playing to our strengths.”
Did the manager say anything specific at half time, because the first and second half were night and day. You totally controlled it after the break.”
DM: “He just said, you show quality every day in training, so go out there and show exactly what I know you can do.”
You had them on the back-foot right from the start and they seemed quite rattled?
DM: “I don’t think they were expecting it, but obviously we knew that we had to start sharper and show what we’re all about.”
And a first away win of the season. Does it make it sweeter coming at the home of your biggest rivals?
DM: “Massively. The fans are going to love it. It was a good atmosphere. I really enjoyed it. I like playing in the big games.”
To come here and beat them convincingly given the run that they’ve been on must give you huge confidence for the season ahead?
DM: “Yeah, it just shows when we apply ourselves and do the right things, and with the quality we’ve got, we can be a handful in this league.”
Do you think fitness levels had anything to with that second half? We seemed to get stronger as the game went on, whereas they ran out of steam a little bit?
DM: “We’re a very fit team, just because of the way we play, the way the gaffer wants it to be. Today it showed. On a personal level I obviously want to keep playing and keep getting more goals, helping the team climb the table.”
Has it been a bit frustrating waiting for that goal?
DM: “Yes, obviously the longer it waits doubt starts to creep in. But I’m glad it’s come and there’s hopefully more.”
The manager says he saw you on trial at Chorley and said this is the guy for me. Did that come as a surprise?
DM: “Yes, it did. I never expected it and I knew nothing about Scottish football, just apart from Celtic and Rangers. The opportunity came and I took it. Now I’ve got my chance, I’ve scored a goal and I’m delighted.”
It’s nice to go into that break with a 5-point gap at the bottom now?
DM: “Our focus isn’t that. It’s to get more points and climb the league.”