He said: “It’s a Fraserburgh team that are flying high so it’s a great result. “But when captain Cammy Bowden, Kevin Flett, Russell Mc Bride and Darren Wood play through the pain barrier and declare themselves fit when they had all been ruled out. “They are all quality leaders and they stepped up very well.

“It was a very late decision to pick my team but they had the adrenaline pumping and said they could play so I had to put them in and they were superb.

Chris Cadden and Elliott Frear relented though, leaving them with just 10 men for much of the second half.

“That says everything you need to know about him as a person, he just got on with it despite barely being able to run at the end.

“So we are the walking wounded at the moment but it sums up our character that we just dig in and help each other out.” If there is one side that may not have sympathy for Motherwell’s plight, it will be Rangers, who were vocal in their criticisms of the physical approach adopted by Stephen Robinson’s side in their Betfred Cup semi-final triumph over the Ibrox side.

Wayne Mackintosh levelled before Ross Still was sent off for Huntly with goals from Craig Mc Keown, Graeme Rodger and player-manager Paul Lawson (2) sealing United’s win.

Formartine assistant manager Russell Anderson said: “In a tough game to win 6-2 away from home I think you are happpy just to get through to the next round.

“I hurt my shoulder at Celtic a few weeks ago and it’s been niggling ever since,” the keeper said.

“My aim is to get through the next couple of games and then I can chill out for a few weeks over the winter break. Big Peter Hartley was cramping up towards the end of the game because he hasn’t rally trained for two weeks.

Turriff United manager Ross Jack praised his players for playing through the pain to beat Fraserburgh in the Aberdeenshire Shield second round.

Turra beat the Broch 3-0 to book a semi-final spot.

Trevor Carson thinks that Motherwell’s walking wounded can inflict further pain upon Rangers tomorrow evening, and he is banking on turning the already restless Ibrox legions against their young team in order to get his own side back to winning ways.