Stephen Robinson has called for better defending from his players after Motherwell exited the Scottish Cup, with one of his key men picking up a bad injury.

The Steelmen were left reeling before half time. Jonathan Obika opened the scoring for St Mirren before Liam Polworth equalised. Nobody could have predicted what was to come next.

First half meltdown. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jim Goodwin’s side made it 4-1 before the break through Obika, Sam Foley and a Peter Hartley own goal. A few Well changes were made and they managed to pull it back through Tony Watt and crosses from Rolando Aarons and Allan Campbell.

It wasn’t enough though. The game eventually went to spot kicks and the Steelmen were eliminated 3-2. Robinson has lamented the first half defending whilst praising the second half performance, detailing an injury to Jake Carroll after the defender was taken off with a suspected achilles injury.

“Jake’s not good, we’ll need to assess it but it looks like a real serious one,” said Robinson. “I’m so disappointed in the first half performance, it’s night and day. It was really poor defending.

A bad injury for Carroll. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“Centre forward gets in between the two centre-halfs, we don’t mark from a set play, even though we walked through it ten times beforehand. That’s the problem when players decide to do what they want.

“We had to shake it up and what I will say is the fans saw a team playing for the badge. The boys we brought on changed the game for us and we deservedly got back into the game.

“Penalties are a lottery and ours weren’t good enough. Whatever way you dress it up, it’s a brilliant performance second half. We had loads of chances to win the game, we just didn’t take them.

“Goals don’t look like a problem but we have a problem at the back, we are conceding too many goals.”

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