Ross County were denied a third straight league victory, as Motherwell struck late to rescue a point at Fir Park.
Michael Gardyne deservedly put the Staggies ahead in a first-half of few chances, and although Motherwell’s threat increased as the second-half wore on, County looked set to hold on until Louis Moult struck in stoppage time to earn his side a point.
Jim McIntyre’s only change for the Staggies saw forward Craig Curran drop out of the squad altogether, with Rafa De Vita restored to the starting line-up in his place.
Motherwell made three changes from the side that defeated Kilmarnock 1-0 in their last outing. Vastly experienced defender Steven Hammell returned, along with Louis Laing and Jake Taylor, with Kieran Kennedy, Joe Chalmers and Jack Leitch dropping out.
Well threatened after just four minutes, when attacker Louis Moult volleyed inches wide following Jamie Reckord’s poor headed clearance.
At the other end, Jackson Irvine and skipper Andrew Davies both saw headers flash narrowly off target from set-pieces.
Moult was presented with another opportunity following Marcus Fraser’s loose pass, with his low shot well saved at the second attempt by Scott Fox.
County took the lead on 33 minutes however, which on the balance of play they deserved. Reckord swung in a deep free-kick from the left channel, with Davies knocking the ball down for Gardyne to send a low turn-and-shot into the bottom corner from eight yards.
Having edged a first-half of few chances, County faced a Well outfit determined to restore parity after the break, with Marvin Johnson a particular threat, firstly seeing a shot blocked by Fraser, before striking into the side netting.
Irvine had a fizzing long-range effort well saved by Well goalkeeper Connor Ripley through a ruck of bodies, while substitute Theo Robinson tested Fox from the edge of the area for the hosts.
County looked to have weathered the home side’s efforts, and came close themselves when Woods teed up Boyce to bend an effort just over.
However, the Steelmen grabbed the leveller in the first minute of stoppage time, when Johnson sent a low cross to the far post, where Moult was left untracked to bundle into the empty net from close-range.