It’s time to regroup and move forward

Keith Lasley and Stephen McManus's frustration at losing a fourth Scottish Premiership match in a row is obvious.
Keith Lasley and Stephen McManus's frustration at losing a fourth Scottish Premiership match in a row is obvious.

Keith Lasley says the players will have to redouble their efforts during the international break to arrest Motherwell’s dismal start to the campaign.

Saturday’s defeat to St Johnstone was the fourth in a row for ’Well who have just three points and scored one goal so far in five games this season.

The Fir Park side have been hampered by a number of injuries, but Lasley refused to solely lay the blame there.

He said: “I think a draw against St Johnstone would have been a fairer result and given us a point to build on, but the fact we’ve lost again is bitterly disappointing.

“It seems to be one of those periods for us, injuries have hampered us again with Zaine Francis-Angol going off and Stephen McManus picking up a hamstring injury, and having already shuffled our backline due to injuries it isn’t easy.

“Everything that can go wrong is going wrong at the moment, the injuries are a factor, but it’s not just down to that, we are simply not playing to the level we have been.

“Losing matches dents your confidence, but we are professionals and it’s up to us to work our way through it and get ourselves going.

“We have a little break now and maybe that is a good thing to get back on the training pitch and work doubly hard ahead of the Ross County game next week.”

Lasley was pleased to see Paul Lawson return to the starting line-up after eight months and tipped new loan signing Mark O’Brien to have a positive impact.

He said: “There are some bright spots there, Mark was excellent on his debut and I think he will be a real asset to us, while Paul has been out a long time so it’s great to have him back.”