Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has admitted that his side’s top-six ambitions suffered a blow in yesterday’s 2-0 defeat by Hibs – but challenged his side to win the final three games before the split.

The result moved Hibs five points clear of seventh-placed ‘Well and Robinson praised his players’ performance despite the result.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson arrives prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on February 24, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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The Steelmen will need to hope Hibs lose two of their next three games if they are to reach the top six, and Robinson admits it is “more difficult” after yesterday’s defeat.

“There are just three games to go so, of course, it’s a blow to getting into the top six,” Robinson told STV.

“We wanted a minimum of a point. It makes it more difficult now but why not go and win the next three games?

26th January 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Motherwell; Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson

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“The players gave me everything. Coming to a place like this, we’ve completely changed how we play.”

The Steelmen face St. Johnstone, Aberdeen then Rangers in their final three games before the split so face a tough ask.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 19: Stephen Robinson, manager of Motherwell looks on prior to the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With Livingston and St. Johnstone only a further two points behind then there’s a real risk they could slide down the table with a few poor results.

Robinson now has two weeks to work on the training ground over the winter break to get his team ready for the final games before the split.

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