'They are a fantastic team' - After 4-0 Celtic humbling, Motherwell manager Graham Alexander stresses magnitude of task for his side

'Well boss Graham Alexander saw his side well beaten by Celtic (Pic by Ian McFadyen)'Well boss Graham Alexander saw his side well beaten by Celtic (Pic by Ian McFadyen)
'Well boss Graham Alexander saw his side well beaten by Celtic (Pic by Ian McFadyen)
After being humbled 4-0 by Celtic at Fir Park in a one sided Scottish Premiership encounter on Sunday, Motherwell manager Graham Alexander stressed the magnitude of the task which had been facing his side.

Celtic are flying just now under gaffer Ange Postecoglou, who has led them to the top of the league after a stunning run which included beating arch rivals Rangers 3-0 at Parkhead four days before the ’Well game.

Alexander said: "It was difficult on all levels. First and foremost, they are a quality team who work their socks off and they have a great humility about how they go about it.

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“It’s not just about when they’ve got the ball. It’s how they make you feel when you’ve got the ball.

“We are trying to aspire to being a better team and I’d rather my team went like that than just sit back and wait to get beat.

"I actually thought we had our best spell when we conceded the first goal. We had a decent amount of pressure in their final third. We had some opportunities in their box but couldn’t quite get the final shot off.

“We were growing into the game but they had the quality to hit us on the counter.

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“I know we could have defended the first goal a lot better but we have to acknowledge they are a fantastic team with a lot of good players. They just beat a team on Wednesday which had lost just one in 60-odd matches, so they can do it against anyone.”

Alexander stressed that his players had committed to a game plan they have been trying to implement for the last three months.

He added: “For me it is a choice you make - you either go and play how we always play, while acknowledging the quality of the opposition, or you just completely go the other way and sit in front of your goal for 90 minutes and wait to get beat.

“I think we’re better than that. I think we have to try to aspire to be better than that for the long term future of us as a team.

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“We know it’s not fool-proof but we have to go and compete at the level we did.

“We told the players at half time that it was a test of character. And to a man, they didn’t give in and kept going to the end.”

Motherwell, fourth with 33 points from 25 games, visit Dundee United in the league on Wednesday, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

They then host Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup fifth round this Saturday, with kick-off at 3pm.

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