Stephen Robinson has read the riot act to some Motherwell players after his side missed the chance to secure their first win of the season.
The Steelmen were twice pinned back at home as Livingston fought hard to secure a 2-2 draw in Lanarkshire. David Turnbull gave Robinson’s men the lead after eight minutes before an instant reply from Lyndon Dykes two minutes later.
Allan Campbell got Motherwell back in front before Alan Forrest leveled for Livi in the second half. It’s a first point of the season but Robinson was far from happy with some of his players at full time.
Whilst players like Campbell received praise, others were given a dressing down in the changing room. Robinson says he needs a reaction for them at the weekend when they take on Hibs.
“We got a point but that was the only thing I was happy with,” said Robinson. “We battled ok and some players were at the top of their game, guys like Allan Campbell, who it means everything to them when they put that shirt on.
“Give me 11 Allan Campbell’s in the team. Leave him out and that’s the reaction you get. But I have been patient with players in pre-season but some of them were told tonight in no uncertain terms we are playing with seven men each week.
“That won’t keep happening. People have bad games and make mistakes, but I saw some things tonight I simply won’t settle for. This club has been good to people, it’s rescued careers and given them a platform. I don’t know if they are listening to agents, getting their heads filled with rubbish.
“They need to do it here before anyone leaves this football club. I am expecting a big reaction at Hibs on Saturday. We wanted to win but the actual results in the first two games didn’t bother me too much. Of course we want to win but the performances were good.
“People can’t be in the team every single week. We have a very good squad and when I see reactions like I did from people who aren’t in the team, I won’t have it at the football club.
“It needs a lot more respect than that. I’ve told them I expect a reaction. We are a good side but we can’t just turn up and expect it to happen. We had some chances but we didn’t deserve to win the game. They are a really hard side to play against, they put every ball in to the box.
“I thought we dealt with it ok. Jordan White is one of the ones who comes out with some credit. It gives us an alternative but what we have to be better at is not going long every single time.
“We are a good football side, we can play, people need to play around Jordan better. I thought Sherwin Seedorf did well at times, Allan Campbell was terrific, Bevis Mugabi was very good, but we need people to step up.”