Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has warned the club are in the midst of a relegation battle after another bruising Fir Park defeat.

The Well were swept aside 3-0 by St Johnstone on Saturday, which was another bitter blow after a 4-1 home defeat to Hamilton Accies the week previous. There was talk of an outside run at the top six just recently but Alexander has shelved that thought.

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Motherwell were blown away by St Johnstone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He was left unhappy with his players after their latest display: “I’m angry at the performance of the team. There were things I didn’t like to see, just with the basics really. It looked like St Johnstone had the heads up on us in all the situations, all the duels, the intensity, game management and that was a tough one for us to take.

“The last two results have just been completely unacceptable in any shape or form against teams we need to pick up points against. It’s going to be a fight until the end of the season, which I was trying to allude to even after the Kilmarnock game.

“People started talking about the teams above us, but we had to keep putting points on our tally. I think the last two results have brought that into real clarity that we have to make sure we win enough points to stay as a Premiership club.

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A tough afternoon. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I think everyone needs to have a reality check about this season as a whole and where we are. I think all talk of top six should be put to one side. We are in a fight to win points to make sure we are a Premiership club and we have to show that type of fight that it means as much to us as everyone else. This thing hasn’t been a seven-day crisis, it’s been a long time at the club, the issues.”

Motherwell had several players missing for this clash. Captain Declan Gallagher, Stephen O’Donnell, Allan Campbell, Bevis Mugabi, Mark O’Hara, Liam Grimshaw, Liam Donnelly and Sherwin Seedorf were just some of those missing.

Alexander’s delivered an update on some of them: “Stephen O’Donnell was suspended [against St Johnstone], so we’ll welcome him back. Allan Campbell and Mark O’Hara are ill so I hope they get over their illness.

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O’Donnell is back.
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“Declan Gallagher might be training next week, he might not, I’m not sure. But we need those guys back. This result shows that, but if we haven’t got them back then we certainly have to improve on what we showed against St Johnstone.”

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