Football - McCall has positive mindset

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall hopes his side can build on their stylish display against St Mirren - but he would be happy with a battling victory against Aberdeen on Boxing Day.

Motherwell produced their most fluent display of the season to beat St Mirren 3-0 on Saturday with Lionel Ainsworth and Henri Anier, twice, finishing off flowing moves.

But, while Motherwell have not received the plaudits that the likes of Dundee United, Inverness and Aberdeen have this season, they sit just one point behind the northern teams in the Scottish Premiership thanks to a perfect 10 wins over teams in the bottom six.

And while McCall is aiming for another vibrant display at Pittodrie, he will not be greedy.

McCall said: "There are a lot of different ways to win games but when you do it in the style that we did it on Saturday, it can only give you confidence because there were a lot of players probably had their best performances for a wee while.

"We go up there in a real positive mood. We had a good chat last week prior to the game on Saturday against St Mirren about what we needed to do, and the lads went out there and did it. Hopefully we can do the same on Boxing Day.

"We all realise, players and staff and everyone that sees us day in, day out, that we have had little patches and shown how good we can be in certain parts of games, but not really put it together in a consistent run.

"But, having said that, give me 10 wins out the next 17 league games and I'll snap your hand off.

"They have done a lot of things right. I just felt Saturday was the perfect game. We did it with style - three good goals, we were strong, could have scored more, had a good desire about us, and everything just fitted into place.

"We need to now take that and go up to Pittodrie and put in the same type of performance.

"But if it means us just going up and scrapping and battling and fighting and running and showing desire and energy and getting points that way, then so be it. But if you want the icing on the cake, it's to play as well as we did on Saturday."