It was another great result after a below par performance. The five hundred 'Well fans could not believe their eyes as we grabbed two goals in the last five minutes to come from behind to race up the table and become real contenders for a top six place.
The team lined up with two changes from the last outing. Spencer and Kemble were missing, both injured. They were replaced with Goodman and Leitch. The gap in the back four was filled with McMillan who started in central defence on Strong's right.
The first half had few goalmouth incidents and not a lot of flowing football from either team. Early on, our only flurry resulted in an Adams shot over the bar. Then the Pars got a goal - their only chance of the half. McMillan conceded a needless shy on the right and the resultant cross to the back post saw Moss (getting his third headed goal against us this season) rise above Strong and Hammell to head back across goal and over Woods into the net.
We started the grind to get back into the game and a Brannan cross enabled Lee to head in on goal. Their ‘keeper pushed the ball on to the post and past.
Twenty minutes gone and Studs had a great run from the halfway line - he beat a couple and had a one-two with Goodman before firing a good effort on target from twenty five yards.
The next chance came after Elliott got his first break and managed a cut back to Goodman who flicked across goal narrowly missing the far post with the goalie beaten.
Skinner was booked for a foul on Elliott and McCulloch was fortunate not to follow a minute later - unbelievably Underhill failed to produce the yellow card after a lunging tackle.
We went in at half time one down. A scrappy affair with not much in the way of football - thankfully the East End pies were worth the pain of a poor half. No changes at the break but we came more and more into prominence. The Pars were forced back for long spells though we rarely troubled Ruitenbeek in their goal.
Nicholson received a yellow for a foul on Elliott and Leitch joined him in the book five minutes later.
Goodman was everywhere. At times he was clearing up, defending corners and making tackles then he was leading the line, knocking down balls and chasing lost causes. But he got no breaks, as and it was beginning to look as though we would never score.
Townsley came on for Leitch and Nicholas replaced McCulloch.
It looked like petering out one down but we kept at it.
With four minutes to go we got the break our persistence deserved. It looked like Ruitenbeek was going to lift a ball in the box when Nicholas sneaked in and robbed him. The ball broke to Townsley who curled it first time into the net from just outside the box. It was with his weaker left foot too - and he's supposed to be lacking confidence! Everyone in the 'Well camp was delighted at his success, and so was he. In fact he was booked for his celebration - telling the Pars fans to ssssshhhh is all very well but I daresay the message was meant for those closer to home.
We were delighted to be back on level terms and deserved to be too.
Almost full time and we had Stevie Woods to thank for keeping us alive. Moss met a header six yards out and it had goal written all over it before Woods held onto it after the slightest hint of a juggle on the line.
But there was more to come. The fourth official had already shown that there were two added minutes when Elliott robbed Skerla in the box. The defender should have cleared but in his attempt to regain possession he managed to bring Stuart down. Penalty! The trusty Brannan did the business again by sending the 'keeper the wrong way to claim his fourth goal in the last five games.
The silence which engulfed the home supporters was contrasted by the wild scenes of celebration by the Motherwell players and supporters.
After the match, Billy expressed his delight that the team had kept fighting. Both managers felt we deserved to take something and BD believed that over the ninety minutes we had earned our win. Derek Townsley denied that he felt the fans were putting extra pressure on him and the joy on the big man's face was a pleasure to see.
Our good run is continuing - interestingly enough it started when Woods got his chance. Billy Davies has indicated in public that he still believes the Goalie is our number one - but will he risk changing a winning team?
Team: Woods, Corrigan, McMillan, Brannan, Strong, McCulloch(S 85 Nicholas), Goodman, Adams, Hammell, Elliott, Leitch(S80 Townsley) Subs unused: , Connolly, Oueifio, Ramsay
Referee: J Underhill
Score: Dunfermline 1 'Well 2
11 November 2000