Declan Gallagher says Motherwell must get going at both ends of the park and stop letting down their manager Stephen Robinson.
The Well were beaten on Saturday, losing 1-0 to rivals Hamilton at Fir Park in a bitterly disappointing Lanarkshire derby. It wasn’t ideal preparation ahead of a big Europa League qualifier against Glentoran this week.
It’s been a poor start to the campaign for last season’s third-place finishers and new captain Gallagher knows this. It’s now five games without a win for Motherwell, despite dominating large spells in each of those games.
They haven’t got firing in the final third, scoring twice in five games, and have kept one clean sheet. It’s disappointing the Fir Park players as the Well skipper says they must put things right soon for Robinson.
“I think you could have written the story at half time with the amount of possession and chances we had,” said Gallagher of the Accies defeat. “It’s one of they typical tales of football. You’re in control of a game then you get beat by the sucker punch.
“I don’t think it’s a worry, we are only five games in. But we need to recognise it’s not good enough. There has to be a will and desire to win games, score goals. We’re letting ourselves down in those categories. The way we are playing we aren’t letting ourselves down. But at the end of the day, it isn’t about dominating or possession, it’s about three points.
“There were five of six set-pieces where we could have gotten a goal. There’s no point blaming the strikers or midfielders, it’s a team game. We aren’t keeping clean sheets and they aren’t scoring. Collectively we aren’t doing enough.
“I don’ think we have that killer instinct right now. I think once we get that goal things could change but right now it isn’t going in our way. It’s not just going to be given to us, the full team needs to step up.
“As captain it’s killing me. I want to get my team back up to third place and part of my job as captain is to get the heads up and ready for the next game. You need 11 captains on the park. I can’t turn around and say I’ve been great and other boys haven’t because that’s simply not the case. We need to stick together as a team.
“It’s killing the boys as we know how bad it’s affecting the manager as well. He’s given us all the information and you can see the way we are dominating games. Right now I feel we are letting him down.”