Graham Alexander says there’s not a magic formula Motherwell can use to get better after a shock 2-0 defeat to North Lanarkshire rivals Airdrieonians.

Rhys McCabe and Scott McGill strikes downed Motherwell on a night where they weren’t at the races in Premier Sports Cup Group F. It means Airdrie can win the section on Saturday with a victory over Queen of the South. ‘Well need maximum points against Annan Athletic in their final group match.

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Manager Alexander said: “First half I thought we were ok without causing too many problems for the opposition but second half we lost way too many physical duels and we lost the game on the competitive side. You have to earn the right to win in any game of football, in any sport. You have to earn the right through endeavour, through work rate.

“We have gymnasiums to build our bodies strong for a reason – so we are competitive. Everyone will understand that tonight was nowhere near good enough and none of us are happy about it, but we are the ones who have the opportunity to change it. We have another game in two days’ time to put it right and that’s what we have to do.

“We need to start with people taking their work seriously and they need to do it every day. There is no magic fairy at the end of the garden to give you a rub and make you better. We need to make sure we don’t ever have a repeat of this second half performance again.”

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