Interim manager Keith Lasley has been left dejected after Motherwell slumped to a bitter defeat in the Lanarkshire derby, losing 3-0 away to Hamilton.
Lee Hodson put Accies ahead in the first half before Ross Callachan and Callum Smith fired Brian Rice’s side to victory on a day where the Well were below-par at best. The result came off the back of Stephen Robinson’s shock resignation as manager at Fir Park.
Motherwell are now joint-bottom and without a win in 10, Lasley concerned by the lack of fight from the team: “I am angry, I am gutted, it’s not good enough, there’s a few more adjectives I could use. I have been at this club a long time and it’s a difficult afternoon.
“But on saying that it’s up to me at the moment to drive this club forward as best I can, certainly in the interim, and I plan on doing that. We are gutted. We have had a couple of days to work with the players and pick them up.
“It’s been a difficult week but we need better than that, that’s the bottom line. We had a couple of chances, particularly Tony Watt’s early in the game, where if you get in front things could be different. But it’s something we have struggled with all season, once we’ve gone behind, in terms of punching back.
“That gets to me, not having that ability to fight back. Certainly since I’ve been at this football club, it’s something we have always had the ability to do, fight and overcome adversity. That’s just not quite happening at the moment.”
Motherwell’s interim boss is aware that changes need to be made to the squad: “There has to be some changes, there’s no doubt about that. January gives us a chance to do that. But saying that, there’s still some boys I really believe in.
“I know they have this club at heart and there’s also some good players in there. But we are on this run we are on at the moment and it’s up to me and the staff to get the best out of them, starting next week at St Mirren.”
Lasley also admits the 3-0 defeat hasn’t helped his chances of getting the manager’s job on a permanent basis: “I don’t think it helps, there’s no doubt about that. I’m going to be honest enough to say that. But I hope it’s not the defining factor.
“I don’t really want to speak too much about the longer term because my thoughts really are on the short term. I’m more gutted for the fans and everybody connected with the club to be honest. It has been a difficult week.
“I have been here a long time, my feeling for the club is just so strong and I’m really angry and gutted about that. That’s all I want to say on that. Things that are going to happen further down the line, that will happen.”
Number one keeper Trevor Carson was again missing through injury after picking up another knock in the midweek defeat to Kilmarnock. Motherwell will find out early next week the extent of his knee issue.
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