Stephen Robinson has urged his Motherwell side to get sharper in front of goal after a 1-0 defeat to Dundee United.
The Well were looking for their first points of the season after an opening day defeat to Ross County. Whilst they dominated possession in Dingwall, they couldn’t find the net despite a flurry of chances. It was a similar story at Fir Park, only this time opportunities on the goal front dried up.
Mark Reynolds haunted his former club with a tap-in at the backpost to secure a big win for Micky Mellon’s United side. It leaves Motherwell needing a win against Livingston on Wednesday to kickstart their season, with away trips to Hibs and Celtic looming.
“Listen, I’m dealing with young footballers who are naïve,” said Robinson. “We had loads of possession, dominated the game again, but no end product. How many times did we make the goalkeeper work? How many balls did we put in the box when we had opportunities to? Not enough certainly.
“It has to be the perfect goal at the moment, it has to be total football. We brought Jordan (White) on only for me screaming at the sideline to hit him, we had two up front and then you have to change your game and start gambling.
“It’s a little bit of inexperience, a lack of a team being streetwise. They put one ball into the box from a second phase of a set-play and they score. There’s a lot of lessons and they need to learn them very quickly and I’m determined to do that.
“I’m toying about with the front three and I’ve lost four left-backs. The front three is my problem finding the right combination. Callum Lang gives us that balance on the left-hand side so he solves that problem for me. It’s up to other people to step up.
“I just needed more (from Jake Hastie). We needed change, we were getting nothing at that moment in time from Jake and I haven’t got time for that. I needed to make a decision and I made that decision.
“We haven’t got the ultimate solution on the left-hand side. Jermaine Hylton has to get fitter to play in the team. Harry (Robinson) is a young boy. We have got options but they need to get fitter and more streetwise.”