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Motherwell manager Craig Brown amazed with 12-goal draw

Motherwell v Hibernian

Highlights - Motherwell 6-6 Hibernian

Motherwell manager Craig Brown admitted he has never been involved in a match quite like the 6-6 thriller with John Hughes's Hibernian at Fir Park.

"I spoke to John afterwards and he was very philosophical; he said he had never seen a game like that ever," Brown told BBC Scotland.

"I can't remember being involved in a match that was quite so close with so many goals scored.

"I'm proud of our players because of their capability to fight back."

An incredible 12 goals on the night, including a comeback from Motherwell who were 6-2 down at one stage, produced the highest-ever scoring match in the Scottish Premier League.

The result gave Motherwell the advantage in their challenge for a Europa League qualifying slot, putting them one point ahead of fifth-placed Hibernian.

Brown insisted he was composed during the non-stop goal-fest and encouraged his players to battle back during the interval despite the overwhelming deficit.

"I was quite calm throughout," said Brown. "I was very pleased with the response from the players when they went behind.

"I said to them that the worst thing in any sport is a losing lead.

"We were behind at half time, and I said if we pull Hibs back they would have a fit of the jitters, and that's how it transpired.

We scored some very good goals and the final goal was as good as you'll see anywhere

Motherwell manager Craig Brown

"I said, 'if any of you sitting in this dressing room believes that we can't come back, get the jersey off and we'll get one of the subs on'.

"I didn't believe for a minute they would go out and lose two and have to come back from four behind.

"But they showed great resilience, terrific character. The team spirit is tremendous in Motherwell Football Club.

"I've got to compliment the chairman for reducing the price to get the fans in, and they played their part, they were magnificent; they got the adrenaline going and the guys responded."

Motherwell's season started back in July 2009 with their first round qualifier in the Europa League against Llanelli Town and Brown only took charge of the Lanarkshire side in January following the departure of Jim Gannon.

The former Scotland manager said he was proud of the way his players have responded since he arrived with assistant manager Archie Knox and would like to see a fourth-place finish on Sunday away to Rangers.

"There's good character, there's good inspiration and they're fighters," said Brown.

"The legs have gone a little in many of the lads, so we've tried our best to keep them up in training.

"But you can see the determination and the willingness is there, but physically, they're a bit tired.

"Every time Hibs went forward, we were poor defensively. Hibs deserved to be ahead, they started better than we did - but we finished much better than Hibs.

"The lads fought back and we can only congratulate them on their effort. We scored some very good goals and the final goal was as good as you'll see anywhere.

"It keeps us in with a chance for fourth place if we can match Hibs' result, or better it, at the weekend."



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Motherwell 6-6 Hibernian
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