Keith Lasley has said that Motherwell striker Chris Long has taken full responsibility for his actions during the weekend’s draw with Hamilton.
The Well face St Mirren tonight in their rearranged Premiership fixture but will be without the former Everton youngster. He was sent off in the 0-0 Lanarkshire derby after picking up two bookings in quick succession.
Assistant boss Lasley says that Long has owned up to the red card. He says that the striker is well aware of what he did wrong and that an apology has been issued to his fellow players.
“The manager spoke to him, he has apologised to his teammates,” said Lasley. “He knows he has made a mistake but has been man enough to own up to that.
“The players pulled together really well with 10 men and to go to your local rivals and dig out that result shows you the strength of the group as a whole. Chris knows he made the mistake, he has apologised for it and we move on.”
Long will likely return for next Wednesday’s match against Ross County. In the meantime, Stephen Robinson and Lasley are working on their plans to beat St Mirren. A win could take them four points clear in third.
They’ve faced off twice already this month, most recently last Tuesday in a Scottish Cup Fifth Round replay, which Motherwell found themselves on the losing side of after a 3-2 penalty shootout defeat.
The 4-4 drama that occurred in regular time though won’t fully affect the Well’s preparations but it does make them aware of St Mirren’s strengths says Lasley.
“St Mirren are a familiar foe over the last few weeks and we know their threats,” the assistant Well manager said. “You only have to look at the game last week to realise if we give their dangerous players too much space they can hurt you.
“But likewise, they know our threats and in the previous meetings we have shown that and it is up to us to show that again in front of our own fans. It’s up to us to take the game to St Mirren.
“If anything, last week’s game highlighted what we already knew. More important to us is winning the game, it’s pretty simple.”