Stephen Robinson is protecting his players after Lanarkshire derby defeat- but it’s not all doom and gloom for Motherwell after a 2-1 loss to Hamilton.

It all started so well for them. Chris Long put them in front with a brilliant finish but they quickly lost control of the game as Accies piled pressure on. They got their prizes in the second half.

Hamilton battled to Motherwell victory. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Aaron McGowan levelled the scoring before David Moyo headed home the winner to seal a 2-1 away victory. It’s a big win for Hamilton in their quest for survival whereas Motherwell remain third.

Robinson says the blame is his for this defeat but positives should be looked at after a good year: “We started really, really well but if you stop doing the simple things well you lose football matches.

 

“We didn’t do those things well enough and credit to Accies. They won every header, every second ball and we seen it coming. We tried to change the shape as they were winning every single header but it didn’t work.

A day to forget for Robinson and Motherwell.

A day to forget for Robinson and Motherwell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I take full responsibility as I picked the team and set them up. I need to be measured though when I put it into perspective of where we are. It’s certainly a kick in the backside and perhaps we aren’t the team we think we are if we don’t do the simple things right.

“Expectation has risen. You didn’t get the Motherwell with the desire and energy you’ve seen this season. We looked tired today and I’m a lot of the blame. It’s a lesson for all staff and players included that we must do the simple things.

“It’s not the way we wanted to end the year. I try and be measured with it, the players have had a lot of plaudits. We’lll take the criticism today and rightly so, we didn’t deserve anything.”

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