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Derby bust up at Motherwell no big deal

Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-0 in the local derby but it was the angry exchanges between both benches at the final whistle which provoked most comment. Hamilton boss Billy Reid and Motherwell assistant Scott Leitch were separated by a police officer and fourth official Willie Collum towards the end of the game and continued after the final whistle before Leitch dragged his manager away from a heated exchange.

However both managers sought to downplay the incident.

"I was being a diplomat and ended up falling out with someone," Motherwell boss Mark McGhee said. "To be honest, I don't know the name of the guy I fell out with.

"It stemmed from Scott Leitch shouting something at the linesman and Billy Reid taking offence at it. I think he thought he was talking to him. Then those two fell out.

"So at the end of the game I tried to be a diplomat between those two and make sure they shook hands and went down the tunnel content.

"We shook all their hands and invited them in for a drink. We have no problems.

"I was trying to sort that out and the rest of their crew got a bit involved."

When asked if they would settle their differences over a cup of tea, he added: "I hope so. There are about 200 pies to be eaten." Reid was reluctant to make much of the dispute.

He said: "There were just a couple of tasty things. It was a derby game, you expect that. It was nothing serious."

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