Stephen Robinson says his Motherwell side have gained a point rather than dropped two against Hamilton after a positive Saturday for the Steelmen.

The Northern Irishman watched as his side dug in for a 0-0 draw during the Lanarkshire derby. Chris Long was sent off in the first half after two silly bookings but the ten remaining players grafted for a point.

Long was dismissed. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

After Aberdeen’s 2-1 defeat to Ross County and a 1-1 draw between Hibs and Livingston, the Steelmen are better off in the race for European football. They have moved a point clear in third spot.

Robinson says it’s a good result all things considered and reckons his side could have perhaps won the match in South Lanarkshire.

“It’s definitely a point gained, we should have had all three,” said Robinson. “We were positive when we went down to ten men and went 4-3-2. I thought the boys’ discipline was excellent.

Robinson is pleased with the Motherwell performance against Hamilton

Robinson is pleased with the Motherwell performance against Hamilton. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We reduced them to literally nothing, I don’t think Mark Gillespie’s had a save to make. Liam Polworth had a great chance to win it for us, Declan Gallagher has a chance inside the six-yard box and Jermaine Hylton had one at the end.

“There has to be credit to the boys. We’re back into third place with an opportunity to go four points clear. I believe the tide’s turned, we’ve got boys playing 80% fit with injuries and illness.

“It does take it’s toll on the squad but I think it shows the character of the boys we’ve got.”

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