Motherwell are now eight games without a win- and Stephen Robinson is urging for everyone to support each other during this testing time.
Their latest match brought about a disappointing 2-1 Fir Park defeat to St Mirren. It had started so well for them after a dominant first half and Liam Donnelly’s effort from the spot putting them ahead.
But the game was far from finished and the Buddies punished them for missed chances. Jon Obika scored four minutes after the restart before Ilkay Durmus smashed home a Saints winner four minutes from time.
The Well remain in third but their advantage in that position remains just one point after failing to open up a four-point gap. Motherwell are on a challenging run and next Wednesday’s game with Ross County is huge in terms of gaining some belief.
In the meantime Robinson is calling for togetherness. Whilst he concedes that his side should have buried the game before half time, this isn’t a time for the hairdryer treatment quite yet.
“We should have been out of sight in the first half,” said Robinson. “Things aren’t going our way at the moment and it should have been 3-0 or 4-0. There was always going to be a stage where St Mirren came into the game.
“They are a decent side, they had two chances, they scored both. They were clinical and we weren’t. For the second goal we simply don’t do our job right that we work on every day. Players can make you look silly at times.
“But we have to reset. They are a group of boys I have a lot of faith in. We’re in a sticky spell and I’ve been here quite a few times being Motherwell manager, it happens. The only way out of it is to keep believing in what you’re doing.
“Consistency levels come with confidence. Unfortunately young players believe what they read on the internet. Confidence is low at the moment and it’s up to me to get that back.
“We’ve got injuries and suspensions racking up but it’s still no excuse. There’s no point me ranting and raving at them just now, they are just a little bit low on confidence. I think it’s time for an arm round people and for people to stick together to see if we can pull ourselves out of this.
“I won’t lose my belief in them. It’s time to give them a cuddle and make them believe in what they can achieve.”