Stuart McCall is confident of making his first signing next week after losing England-bound Mark Reynolds before the 0-0 draw with Inverness.
McCall confirmed Reynolds had travelled to Sheffield after the club accepted an improved offer from the npower League One club (Sheffield Wednesday), who previously had a five-figure bid rejected.
[onlymembers]Shaun Hutchinson stepped into central defence for an impressive first start in 13 months, although a slip nearly allowed Richie Foran to net a late winner.
McCall has now lost four players, leaving him with only eight players over the age of 21, before his Fir Park managerial debut ended in a Clydesdale Bank Premier League stalemate.
“Mark’s on his way down to Sheffield Wednesday to sign for them,” McCall admitted. “We wish him all the best, he’s been a great servant for Motherwell.
“The fee is what the club said they would sell him for before I came here. I won’t be seeing anything of it but I knew that. It’s not a problem, I’ll get his wages.
“If you’re asking me can I replace Mark for what he was, at this stage of the season? Probably not. But I’ll be doing my best.
“It’s good business for the kid and good business for Motherwell. We are getting money that we wouldn’t get at the end of the season and it’s better happening two weeks before the transfer window shuts than two days.”
McCall, who saw Keith Lasley limp off with a hamstring problem, did not want to promise new signings before the visit of Hibernian next Saturday but he is working to bring in a striker, left winger and defender.
He said: “I got told yesterday the Mark Reynolds deal was dead in the water and one phonecall later and it’s happened.
“There are a couple of things I feel close to but then I look at the television and they have moved to the Championship.
“But I’m very hopeful we’ll have a couple of fresh faces in before next week.”
McCall was pleased with his team’s second-half performance after goalkeeper Darren Randolph kept them level as Inverness created several chances for Adam Rooney and also Graeme Shinnie.
With the fierce wind and rain largely at their backs in the second period, Well created more opportunities without troubling Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson too much.
“I think they played the conditions better in the first half,” McCall said. “I was happy to go in at 0-0 at half-time.
“I had a few words and I was really proud of the second-half performance.
“If you consider the heavy pitch and the fact we had a cup tie in Dundee on Saturday and a game at Dundee United on Wednesday night, they showed good desire and determination no to get beat.
“That’s three clean sheets in four games, we just need to start finding the net.”[/onlymembers]