Ricki Lamie watched his side concede another two penalties at the weekend during defeat to Rangers – and he’s bemused as to why it keeps happening.
Motherwell were given a tough lesson on Sunday afternoon, Rangers hammering them 5-1 at Fir Park. James Tavernier scored two penalties alongside a double for Cedric Itten and Jordan Jones’ solo goal.
After four games in ten days, this one was always going to be tough for Stephen Robinson’s side and so it proved. But in this match they conceded another two penalty kicks, eight of the 18 goals they’ve conceded this term coming from the spot.
It’s something that can’t be a coincidence at this stage according to the Well defender. He says he and his teammates may be ‘guilty’ of bringing things upon themselves as he says tiredness was ‘inevitable’ against Rangers.
“I don’t think anyone can put their finger on it,” said. Lamie. “It would be easy to just say it’s misfortune but there’s been too many to say that. There are errors at every penalty you can pinpoint. But I think collectively that sometimes we are guilty of inviting it.
“On Sunday, if you concede numerous amounts of set pieces or invite balls into your box, then the likelihood of a ricochet or something going against you is heightened. We’ll need to put it right as we can’t keep conceding goals like that.
“It feels like for the most part we are defensively strong but if you are giving away set pieces and penalties, you will be up against it. We’ve lost 18 goals this season – and eight of them have been penalties.
“Trevor Carson is an amazing goalkeeper but it’s a free shot at goal from 12 yards and nine times out of 10 it’s in the back of the net. If you keep giving them away you are leaving yourself with a mountain to climb. Unfortunately for us it was a double from the penalty spot on Sunday and it doesn’t make it any easier.
“It’s maybe easy to turn to the tiredness and use it as an excuse, but it is inevitable. There was a bit of fatigue. We’ve played in midweek for the last few weeks, but so have Rangers.