His team were faced with a physically and mentally demanding 10 days – and their last match on this run against Rangers proved to be a harsh lesson.

Motherwell lost 5-1 to Rangers at Fir Park on Sunday. Two James Tavernier penalty kicks, a Cedric Itten double and a solo Jordan Jones goal had Stephen Robinson looking at a heavy defeat for his team.

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Motherwell were hammered by Rangers. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

After the highs of beating Coleraine on penalties in the Europa League and storming to victory against Aberdeen over a week ago, Motherwell have been faced with lows in the form of Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Rangers defeats.

It’s a run that has asked plenty of his players and Sunday’s task was just one game too many according to Robinson. He says the match was over at 1-0 as he admits his Well players were ‘completely jaded.’


“We probably got what we deserved,” Robinson said. “Rangers were the better side. They didn’t have to work very hard for it, I have to be honest.

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Bettered on the day. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“When we were one goal down we were beat already. We looked completely jaded, extremely tired both mentally and physically. We half pressed them at times and if you half press a team as good as Rangers they pick you off.

“The penalty early on kills us. I think that’s nine penalties now we’ve conceded. It’s a statistic that doesn’t read very well at all. But we did not lose the game because of the penalties. We lost the game because we weren’t at the races.

“Outside of Allan (Campbell) I probably could have taken off most of the outfield players. We didn’t do the basics well, so as tired as the players were if you don’t win headers, and you don’t win tackles, you don’t see Tavernier lose that header at the front post from corners and you don’t see Goldson lose people in the box.

“That’s the difference, they’re a very good football side, probably the best Rangers side since I’ve been manager. We made it relatively easy for them. It’s a step too far for us, we don’t have a squad equipped to deal with this.”

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