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New Motherwell manager McCall sees room for improvement

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall
McCall got a point on the board in his first game as Motherwell boss

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall felt a draw was a fair result in his first match in charge of the Fir Park side.

Well and Accies played out a scoreless stalemate at New Douglas Park, with McCall feeling his side could have offered a more creative force.

"It was a fair result," McCall said. "You take positives, a clean sheet, but we can be better and we will be better.

"I would've been a little bit happier if we had created a bit more and we'll work on that this week."

McCall was appointed Craig Brown's successor on Thursday, with the Steelmen having lost to Hearts, Rangers and Celtic during the vacancy.

"We can improve, there's no doubt about that," said McCall.

"I was quite happy with the way we started the game. We probably controlled most of the first half. Having said that, we didn't create enough. They had a couple of chances. I thought we played some nice stuff at times.

"In the second half, we didn't seem to get going. They had a few shots from long range.

"I've managed to see the last three games. For the players we've got middle-to-front, we've not created enough chances in recent games, albeit apart from today against the top three sides.

"It's a point, it's something to build on."

Top scorer Nick Blackman is due to return from his loan spell from parent club Blackburn but McCall said before kick-off at New Douglas Park that he hopes to extend the striker's stay in Scotland.

"With the situation at Blackburn, (manager) Stevie Kean's got the job till the end of the season," said McCall.

He's scored 10 goals this season, we'd be looking to keep him if we could and that's what we aim to do

Stuart McCall on Nick Blackman

"Nick and his agent will be speaking to Blackburn on Monday and then we'll have to see what the outcome is from there.

"He's scored 10 goals this season, we'd be looking to keep him if we could and that's what we aim to do."

However, McCall has not made his mind up about Alan Gow and Marc Fitzpatrick, whose contracts are coming to an end.

"We'll have to look at that over the next few days," added the former Scotland international. "We'll wait and see what transpires."

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