Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson rues ref call in 3-0 Hibs defeat

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson says he’s waiting for an apology off Andrew Dallas after the Well went down 3-0 to Hibs.

A tight first-half had one particularly big moment, Bevis Mugabi’s header chopped off for a foul in the build-up to his effort which hit the net.


A great victory for Hibs. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hibs were much stronger in the second half and scored three through Martin Boyle, Christian Doidge and Stephen McGinn to move into third spot and eight points clear of the Steelmen

But the first-half ref call irked Robinson: “The disallowed goal changes the whole game. Hopefully I will get an apology from the referee.

“He said it was a push in the box. I’m not one that comes out and criticises referees, we all make mistakes, but that was a goal. There’s no push. I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost but it certainly changes the momentum of the game.

Wants a ref apology. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Going in at half-time 1-0, Hibs are a good side, they have some very, very good forward players, and they would have to come out and chase the game and that leaves us to expose them at the back. They didn’t have to do that.”

In the end though, Robinson admits errors at both ends cost his side: “We didn’t defend well enough in one-v-one situations against their good players like Martin Boyle and they have the luxury of bringing Doidge off the bench, who they have paid a lot of money for. The front boys were probably the difference in the game.

“We had chances, Tony had two great chances, Bevis hit the post and we had a goal disallowed. We got punished for errors and their quality up top told and we didn’t quite have the rub of the green.”

Robinson’s Motherwell were well beaten in the end. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Jordan Archer made his debut between the sticks for Motherwell, replacing Aaron Chapman. Robinson says it was a goalkeeper change he wanted to make in last weekend’s 2-1 League Cup exit to St Johnstone.

“I was going to do it last week,” said Robinson of the keeper switch. “I’ve got two boys who are very close to each other in terms of talent. There isn’t a set number one.

“I thought Jordan was decent. His distribution was decent and I would have did it last week but he had a slight strain and we didn’t have to take the risk.”

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