MORTON manager Kenny Shiels was pleased to see his players given a stern examination by a strong Motherwell side in Friday’s bounce game at Dalziel Park.
Defender Thomas O’Ware gave Ton the lead but the Premiership outfit ran out comfortable 5-1 winners thanks to goals from John Sutton, James McFadden, Craig Moore, Dale Shirkie and a trialist.
The outcome was of no concern to Shiels, pictured, whose focus was on the likes of new signing Rowan Vine and returning wideman David O’Brien getting valuable game time under their belts.
The Ton boss told the Tele: “It was a good game, a really good workout for us.
“We had a lot of youth team players playing while they had their whole first-team on.
“It was very close. Thomas O’Ware put us 1-0 up then it went 1-1.
“They got a free-kick and scored from that to make it 2-1. Then into the second half they scored a few more.
“We hadn’t a balanced team.
“When you have that you have some technical ability, some aggression, and some mobility in your side.
“We didn’t have that because we didn’t have any tacklers to get the ball back — but overall the boys did very well, I thought. Did I prefer to see Motherwell put out a strong team? Definitely.
“Scorelines are not important in these games. We don’t worry about that.
“We’re happy as long as we get something from it, where we do some work on game fitness, defensive organisation, and attacking organisation.
“That’s what they’re for and I was pleased.
“It was good for David O’Brien to get 70 minutes and it was good for Rowan Vine to get the full match.
“Stuart Findlay got just over 45 minutes. So it was pleasing to get game time for the boys.
“Rowan did fine. He did a lot of work.
“We wanted him to get a good 90 minutes in and he managed that. He did well.”
Shiels also ran the rule over a couple of trialists, including an unnamed Norwegian striker, but he revealed nothing will be happening there for the time being.
He added: “There were a couple of trial players, but they were just in for us to have a look and see what they were like with next season in mind.
“There’s nobody signing at the moment.”