Mark Gillespie was Motherwell’s wonderwall against Livingston- and he realises what the Well have got to do in order to bounce back from defeat against Celtic.
The Fir Park stopper almost single-handedly prevented a loss at the weekend. But Aaron-Taylor Sinclair eventually put one past him to hand Livingston a 1-0 win and a sixth-straight home win.
Gillespie made five or six top-drawer saves, keeping the scoreline down as his Well teammates suffered an off-day. It doesn’t get much easier for them next, as they face Celtic at Fir Park.
Another great Gillespie performance will likely be needed if Motherwell are to grab a huge result. The Geordie goalkeeper says his side must pick themselves up for the Celtic clash, otherwise the champions could cut through them in ruthless fashion.
“You get games like that when you’re busier than usual,” said Gillespie. “I made some saves and tried to cover as much as I can. Coming here is tough, they’ve got such a good home record for a reason.
“We didn’t handle it. We’ll all admit that, they put us under some serious pressure and it told in the end. I actually thought we dealt with the long-throws ok, but when you have to deal with like 20 in a game, chances are they are going to get on the end of one.
“We didn’t play well as a team and I’m disappointed with that. When you get in 0-0 at half time, you’re happy, it’s a reset. We changed the shape and made subs so you’re thinking we can maybe turn the game around.
“But we didn’t really handle what they threw at us. I’m not taking any pleasure out my own performance but when I analyse and watch my clips back I’ll be pleased with a lot of my performance.
“But I’d rather have nothing to do and win 2-0 every day of the week. We need to get back to basics for Wednesday. We know if we turn up like that, Celtic have the quality to put five or six past us.
“If we do get a result on Wednesday we can quickly move onto the cup game. We’re third in the league for a reason but we’ll have a good look at ourselves.”