Football - McCall revels in Well honours

Manager Stuart McCall is delighted to see others share his appreciation of his team's performances as a week of accolades continued at Motherwell.

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Henrik Ojamaa was named Clydesdale Bank Premier League player of the month for April, days after McCall was shortlisted for the PFA Scotland manager of the year award.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph, for the second year running, was named in the PFA Scotland team of the year alongside Shaun Hutchinson, Nicky Law and Michael Higdon, who is hoping to scoop the player of the year award on Sunday night.

Motherwell secured their Europa League place with a 3-1 victory over Celtic on Sunday and they will guarantee second place at Inverness if they extend their eight-match unbeaten run.

Motherwell have scored 15 goals in five games and McCall admits he has been watching in admiration rather than suffering the anxiety managers normally experience on the touchline.

"We have managed to win six and draw two of the last eight," he said. "We have scored some terrific goals. With some of the play, I wish there were a couple more months of the season. We have got targets, individuals have targets as well. We want to get another three points to beat our tally from last season (62). The lads are enjoying it.

"Managers aren't supposed to enjoy it, but the 2-2 draw with St Mirren was a great game, the Dundee United game when you have a three-goal cushion and then two-goal, you can enjoy it a bit more.

"People talk about the SPL dying and maybe that's because of the crowds, the crowds are certainly going down. But from what I've seen, certainly from the lads at Motherwell, the entertainment value and quality has been far better than last season.

"Some of the goals and play has been terrific to watch - and sometimes you get a little bit relaxed and start enjoying it. And that's what football is about.

"As a manager, player and football team, the first priority is to win games. But if you can do it putting smiles on people's faces and make it a product that they want to come back to and bring their friends, I think from a players' point of view they couldn't have done any more this season."

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