Stephen Robinson has been left dejected after Motherwell exited the League Cup to St Johnstone.
Tony Watt had put the Well ahead against his former side but goals from Michael O’Halloran and David Wotherspoon secured a 2-1 victory for the Perth Saints.
Overall the Well weren’t at their best and Robinson recognises that. He says that his team had too many players under-par to secure a victory in this fixture.
“I thought we looked fluffy,” said Robinson. “I thought we didn’t look as hungry as them. They came out with every second ball. We’ve got lots of potentially good players in the team.
“But we just need more determination. We need to do the dirty bit of football better than what we’ve done and have done over the two games we’ve played them.
“They’re not a big strong side but they’ve got know how. And we want to have the perfect match, the perfect goal, the perfect passing sequence. But when you don’t do the similar things well you get beat.”
Allan Campbell was once again a miss for Motherwell as his self-isolation stint comes to a close ahead of next week’s match with Hibs.
Robinson says he’s a huge miss: “I said to them afterwards: ‘Do we miss Allan that badly?’ but I’ll answer that myself: Yes we do, because without him, we’ve got no bite.
“We’ve got nobody that wants to put their body on the line, we’ve got nobody that wants to go and get hurt. I singled out four players that I thought did very well and were at the top of their game. And the rest of them were miles off it.
“I thought throughout they were sharper than us. They just looked hungrier, which is something I don’t often say about any of my teams. We didn’t do enough to win the football match, simple as that.
“When we take our first touch backwards and were negative and we got punished for it. The second one’s just such poor communication. We leave Robbie exposed one v one against the quickest player on the pitch and people don’t take responsibility.
“So it’s really disappointing.”