Motherwell showed plenty of endeavour at Celtic Park but they couldn’t get a result against the Hoops, losing 2-0 in Glasgow.
Their resistance was broken after 18 minutes when Odsonne Edouard tucked away a gilt-edged chance. Richard Tait put one in his own net during the second 45 to end the game.
Celtic were widely tipped to win prior to this clash, so it’s unsurprising to see Motherwell come away with nothing.
It doesn’t make it any less disappointing though, with the club now in fourth heading into the international break. Here are three things we learned.
The away plan
Robinson returned to the two striker formation away to Celtic. It worked well away to Rangers a few weeks ago so the Northern Irishman was hoping for similar at Parkhead.
It was a workmanlike Well performance, with high pressing from the front setting the tone for Robinson. They exerted themselves throughout the match but it could only be maintained for so long.
Naturally the Steelmen tired and Celtic took advantage. This system has proven though that Motherwell can challenge big teams on the road.
Again their efforts were rewarded with nothing, however, following this defeat.
Versatile Tait has an unfortunate end
In this five at the back formation, Tait looked to be filling in on the left hand side of a back three. It’s another position for him to add to his arsenal, with both full-back and winger positions already banked.
It’ll be pleasing for Robinson that the Well stalwart can fill so many holes. Tait’s proven himself to be a reliable member of the defensive department over the past few seasons and his versatility is a real plus.
After a decent first half though, Tait had a disappointing second. He scored an own goal to put the game beyond Motherwell before he was hooked with 20 minutes to go.
Early goal all but ends the game
Motherwell clearly set up to be compact, physical and counter attacking. With seven recognised defenders on the park, it was hardly going to be an attacking show.
That plan was out the window after 18 minutes when Edouard scored. It left Motherwell chasing the game with a defensive plan, which was clearly hard to execute.
Robinson’s men were positive in their play where possible but the early setback had them chasing an uphill task.