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Ian Baraclough

Ian Baraclough

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Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough has warned his players they need to up their game if they want to play for him or anyone else.

While refusing to single out indivduals Baraclough is clearly frustrated by the malaise around his squad as they slumped to their third defeat in row at Dens Park.

He said: “When you have access to the players you have to get across to them that livelihoods are at stake for everyone.

“Players are telling me they want to be in this team and at this football club, where they get looked after very, very well, but they’ve got to showcase themselves

“Whether it’s to be in my team or for another manager to take them they’ve got to show they’ve got the desire and talent to go and get picked by anybody and at the moment that is not happening enough.

“They need to be demanding of themselves and each other, I think there is almost an acceptance at times that someone is not in the right place or not doing their job and we have to be big enough to tell them.”

Since joining the club last month Baraclough has given debuts to youngsters Dom Thomas, Luke Watt, and on Saturday it was the turn of Ross MacLean, and has no fear of turning to youth.

He said: “I love their enthusiasm and they will give their all, they’ve shown me in training they want to be involved in the fight.

“Ideally you wouldn’t expose them at the moment, but we’ve been forced to due to a need for freshness and a need for a change of mindset.”

’Well will be looking for their first win of 2015 when Kilmarnock visit Fir Park on Saturday.