Motherwell 1-5 Rangers: 'Well gaffer Stephen Robinson says his team were "completely jaded"

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson (Pic by Ian McFadyen)Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson (Pic by Ian McFadyen)
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson (Pic by Ian McFadyen)
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson says his “completely jaded” side was killed off by the early concession of a penalty in Sunday’s humbling 5-1 home defeat by Rangers.

Bevis Mugabi’s handball gave Rangers a spot kick which James Tavernier scored, with the same player netting from 12 yards again after a handball by Liam Grimshaw.

Further goals by Jordan Jones and Cedric Itten (2) killed off the Steelmen before George Edmundson’s own goal pulled the deficit back to four goals in a one sided Scottish Premiership encounter.

“We probably got what we deserved,” Robinson said.

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“Rangers were the better side. They didn’t have to work very hard for it, I have to be honest.

“When we were one goal down we were beat already. We looked completely jaded, extremely tired both mentally and physically.

“We half pressed them at times and if you half press a team as good as Rangers they pick you off.

“The penalty early on kills us. I think that’s nine penalties now we’ve conceded.

“It’s a statistic that doesn’t read very well at all.

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“That’s the third or fourth handball (for a penalty conceded by Motherwell this season).

“The rule itself is very, very difficult for the referees so I’m not going to criticise them.

“There are people making changes to our game that have probably never kicked a ball in their lives.

“It makes life difficult.

“But we did not lose the game because of the penalties. We lost the game because we weren’t at the races.

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“Outside of Allan (Campbell) I probably could have taken off most of the outfield players.

“We didn’t do the basics well, so as tired as the players were if you don’t win headers, and you don’t win tackles, you don’t see Tavernier lose that header at the front post from corners and you don’t see Goldson lose people in the box.

“That’s the difference, they’re a very good football side, probably the best Rangers side since I’ve been manager. We made it relatively easy for them.”

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