Stephen Robinson has hailed his Motherwell players for pulling Chris Long out of hot water during a Lanarkshire derby draw.

The Well grinded out a goalless stalemate with Hamilton in South Lanarkshire. They were forced to play out the second half with ten men after Long was sent off for two bookings.

Long was dismissed. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

His first was for kicking the ball away and a second was given for lunging into David Templeton. There were no qualms over his dismissal but Robinson’s side held on for a point.

It puts them back into third, impressive considering they haven’t won in seven and also have a game in hand. Robinson hadn’t asked if Long had apologised after the game but he was keen to focus on those who battled for a point, setting up a big clash with St Mirren on Tuesday.

“The players have pulled Chris Long out of the mire,” said Robinson “It was definitely a red card. I’m really disappointed but I’m going to concentrate on the boys who were very, very good for me.

Out of hot water. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“They were excellent and should have had three points if we’re being honest. They had a bit more possession when we went down to ten but what the fans have seen is a team full of desire and back to our defensive best after the St Mirren ‘excitement’ should I say.

“We are really positive about that performance, we feel that we’ve turned a corner. When you go down to ten men, you have to dig in, and the boys were ever-so disciplined

“You could see the reaction from the fans at the end, begging us to go and win the game. But it’s been a tough week with extra time and penalties psychologically and physically on their legs.

Praise for his men. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“Results have very much went our way and if I’d said we’d be sitting third on the 22nd of February you wouldn’t have believed me. We believe, I believe, wholeheartedly in the boys we’ve got and I know they’ll make mistakes because they are honest boys but they give me everything.

“Every game is a big game but Tuesday is certainly an incentive to get a little bit of distance. St Mirren have proved difficult opposition for us in the last few games but there’s no reason we can’t stay in third if we show that character and organisation.”

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