Northern Ireland defender Stephen Craigan has revealed the secret behind Motherwell’s astonishing comeback against Hibs.
Motherwell were trailing 6-2 in Wednesday’s Scottish Premier League clash but somehow found the inspiration to fight back and draw 6-6!
It was the highest scoring game in SPL history — beating the previous highest when Aberdeen beat Motherwell 6-5 in the late 90s. Amazingly Craigan was involved in that one too.
“Maybe I am the common denominator,” said the defender.
Asked what was behind the comeback, Craigan said: “I think we were all a bit embarrassed to have conceded six goals at home. Once we got it to 6-3 and 6-4 we gained momentum and Hibs looked rattled.”
The last goal of the night typified the game. It was stunning, a volley from a tight angle scored by Lukas Jutkiewicz in injury time.
“It was a great strike,” said Craigan. “The boss (Craig Brown) said it was like Marco Van Basten’s goal in the 1988 European Championship final.”
For Jutkiewicz he has never scored a better or more important goal. It kept Motherwell ahead of Hibs in the battle to secure a Europa League place.
Motherwell travel to Rangers on Sunday while Hibs are away to Dundee United. Craigan and co must secure the same result as Hibs or a better one to qualify for Europe.