Omar DALEY justified the confidence of himself and manager Stuart McCall by scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Aberdeen in his first start for Motherwell.
Daley replaced Chris Humphrey in the starting line-up as McCall changed his tactics to play the Jamaican up front alongside Michael Higdon, with Jamie Murphy just behind.
Although Motherwell generally struggled to find their normal attacking fluency, the tactic to utilise Daley’s pace paid off handsomely in the 53rd minute. Higdon headed on a goal kick and Murphy instantly helped the ball over the top of the Dons defence for Daley to run onto. The former Bradford winger checked back onto his right foot with the home defence backing off and shot into the bottom corner.
“I said when I came to the club I could get goals if I get the opportunity,” said Daley, who joined Motherwell in September. “I’ve been working hard and waiting patiently for my opportunity.”
Daley’s winner came after Higdon’s glancing header in the fifth minute had been cancelled out just five minutes later by a Scott Vernon header.