Stephen Robinson was delighted to see Motherwell get their first win of the season with a fine 5-1 win over Glentoran.
Whilst their Northern Irish opponents did make it difficult in the first half, an early red card in the second for Seanan Clucas changed things. Goals from Callum Lang, Stephen O’Donnell, Liam Polworth, Tony Watt and Chris Long sealed a convincing victory.
It’s one that pleased Robinson as the Motherwell manager says a result like that was coming: “We were under no illusions it would be a tough game, Glentoran battled really hard and were organised and hard to break down.
“I knew if we kept going, kept playing, kept our belief, we would break them down, our quality would show, and that’s what happened. Our quality shone through, five different scorers, and it could have been more.’
“It’s been coming, someone has been going to get it and unfortunately for Glentoran it was them in the closing stages. You could see the belief growing. We changed shape, we have been relying on strikers who maybe weren’t quite on form and maybe no end product in their game at this moment.
“We were putting pressure on them to do that with a 4-3-3 system, so we recognised that, put two up top, released our eights in midfield to go a bit higher, and it worked well. It was really pleasing to see all three forwards score and hopefully we can kick on from here.”
The Turnbull money
Before the game, Robinson lost one of his best players, David Turnbull finally completing a big-money move to Celtic. It nets the Well a record fee with a figure in the region of £3 million thought to be what Motherwell will receive, although it is an undisclosed transfer.
Robinson won’t see a massive influx of cash to his playing budget, rather using it to strengthen the infrastructure at the club. Renovations to the academy and training ground may be where some of the money goes.
“The model of the club is to develop players, it’s the only way the club can survive,” Robinson said. “We are a development football club. We got a huge fee for David, which is fantastic for the football club and we are into another round in Europe, so we need to build on that.
“I’m not expecting any more in my budget. What I want is the infrastructure of the football club, I want the training ground sorted out and I think the club will back that completely because we do develop players and having a better environment to do that has to be the goal of the football club.
“We are in precarious times at the moment, nobody really knows when crowds are going to get back. The board run this football club prudently, they are very good at what they do. Jim McMahon is an excellent chairman and he will make sure the club is right first and foremost.
“We only get 4,000 fans, so it’s not sustainable to invest in the playing budget continually. What you have to do is put the infrastructure in place for the future, keep defying the odds and try to finish higher up the league when you are losing players every year.”