Lionel admires his side’s character

Lionel Ainsworth (far, right) celebrates his goal at Easter Road
Lionel Ainsworth (far, right) celebrates his goal at Easter Road

Lionel Ainsworth admits he felt helpless as he watched Motherwell blow a two goal lead at Easter Road on Saturday.

The winger had been substituted with his side 2-1 up as Hibs came back to lead 3-2 before an injury time header by John Sutton rescued a point for the Fir Park side.

Ainsworth, who scored his side’s second goal, said: “We’re definitely disappointed we didn’t take all three points, we went two goals up, but them pulling a goal back just before half-time hit us.

“They have nothing to lose so are going to come out battling, but we had to stay on top of it, when you go 3-2 down you know you have to show a lot of character and thankfully we got the point.

“When I’m off the pitch I was wondering what I can do, but you can’t do anything, I just wanted the boys to go out for the last 10 minutes and throw themselves around and we got the goal from it so you can’t ask any more than that.”

Ainsworth found himself leading the attack alongside Sutton, but enjoyed his new role.

He said: “It was a bit different, but I played there when I was younger and I enjoyed it.

“We have to play to our strengths and I told the boys just to put the ball in behind and I’ll run, I’ll turn a bad ball into a good ball with my pace.

“If I am picked to play there again I’ll go up there and see what I can do.”

’Well’s next match sees them host Inverness at Fir Park on Wednesday, March 19, as the game has been moved back due to this weekend’s League Cup final.

Ainsworth said: “It doesn’t matter if Inverness win the cup or not we know it will take 100 per cent to beat them regardless.”