Brown marvels at amazing Motherwell comeback in 12 goal thriller
Craig Brown praises his side for a spectacular comeback despite being four goals down to Hibernian.
Motherwell boss Craig Brown was amazed by his side’s comeback from four goals down to draw 6-6 with Hibernian and admitted he had never seen anything like it in his life. The match was a crucial encounter to claim the final European spot in the SPL and set the record number of goals for a Scottish top flight match.
Brown was proud of his players for the fight they showed right up until the final whistle despite missing a late penalty. The injury time equaliser was scored by Lukas Jutkiewicz whose spectacular volley secured the Well a point.
The game was the highest scoring match in Scottish Premier League history, beating a previous encounter at Fir Park in 1999, with Well on the losing, side by one goal.
"They tell me there was a game here before between Motherwell and Aberdeen that finished 6-5 and the goalkeepers were Jim Leighton and Andy Goram," said the 69-year-old Brown. "So it's not uncommon here. But I can't recall anything like it.
"When I was coach of the Under-21s we were 4-1 down against Germany and won 5-4 in a quarter-final but I can't recall a game quite like this one."
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The Steelmen were behind 6-2 with 23 minutes remaining after Anthony Stokes struck a quick-fire double to add to Colin Nish's first-half hat-trick and Derek Riordan's goal. But Giles Coke and John Sutton both netted their second goals and Tom Hateley's free-kick helped set up an unforgettable finale.
"At 6-2 I thought it was gone but I had said to the players at half-time, the most worrying thing in sport is a losing lead. It was only 4-2 at the time but it's a psychological thing,” explained the manager.
"Another five minutes and I think we'd have won. I think they were out on their feet. I did say after Hibs lost to Hearts at the weekend they tend to lose goals late. Jutkiewicz’s goal was like van Basten's."
Brown added: "At four goals down you have got to commend the character of the team and we have got to be proud of them."
Hibs boss John Hughes spoke about his team's character in the dressing room after the match and singled out his strikers for criticism despite bagging six goals.
"You need to dig deep and train like world champions," said Hughes. "If we had trained like that we would have seen that game out."
He added: "To be 6-2 up with 25 minutes to go, I think it's self-explanatory. But I felt at 6-2 my strikers stopped working and it brought them on top of us. And add that on to one or two individual mistakes."