Maurice Ross says he watched his reserves side with a smile on his face, after seeing hard work in training come to life in the 2-0 win over Queen of the South.
A second straight win in the Reserve League saw a youthful team emerge victorious, thanks for second half goals from Cole Starrs and Liam Donnelly.
James Scott was the creator on the hour mark, holding off his marker and sliding in Starrs to slot home from eight yards.
Adam Livingstone’s free kick from the left then found Donnelly at the back post, with the defender doing well to keep his header from a bouncing ball under the bar.
Motherwell dominated large spells of the first half, having a host of chances, with Scott in particular being denied on three occasions by the Queens ‘keeper.
“We struggled a wee bit with the final ball because we weren’t getting enough penetration from our good play in the first half,” he said.
“We re-emphasised it for the second half and it ended up that I’m sitting at the side of the pitch smiling.
“Anyone who saw us against Hamilton and then this game, they will see there is good football being played.
“It is controlled football. That for me, as a coach, is great to see.”
The first few weeks of Ross’ time at Fir Park has been working on getting his young charges to play without fear.
“I just want them to play, but to act on instinct based on what we’ve done in training through what we can control,” he added.
“What if you’ve not got that day where you are on fire? Your thought process should correct you.
“It’s about keeping a level of consistency in that you need to be aware of what you are doing instinctively.”