Stephen Robinson says Motherwell must put their Livingston misery to one side after losing 1-0 in West Lothian.

An Aaron Taylor-Sinclair goal separated the sides on the scoresheet but the performance levels were miles apart. Livi simply outfought the Well, leaving Robinson disappointed.

Livingston eased past Motherwell. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The third place lead has been cut to three points following Aberdeen’s 0-0 draw with Rangers. A tough game lies ahead for Motherwell now as they welcome Celtic to Fir Park on Wednesday.

Robinson admits it would have been a ‘travesty’ if Motherwell took anything from their Tony Macaroni encounter: “We had ten players off bar Mark Gillespie. They didn’t turn up, unrecognisable today.

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“We couldn’t pass the ball so we couldn’t get any ownership in the game. They outfought us, outrun us, and that can’t happen if you want to stay third in the league. You have to do the basics.

An off day. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We didn’t deserve anything out the game. I’d have taken it, but if we had equalised, it would have been a travesty. It’s very unlike us and I thought Lyndon Dykes was outstanding, he bullied us.

“Every change I made went wrong and I’m included in the blame. Livi’s style is not attractive but it’s very, very effective. We didn’t cope with it and that’s not a criticism of Livingston, they deserve all the credit, believe me.

“We have to move on. I’ll analyse it to death but we got bullied all over the park. We put it in a box, we have to be better for Wednesday night if we want to remain where we are.”

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