Baraclough: we’ve got to be more ruthless

Lionel Ainsworth attempts a long pass against Accies (Pic by Alan Watson)
Lionel Ainsworth attempts a long pass against Accies (Pic by Alan Watson)

Motherwell are languishing in 10th in the Scottish Premiership after Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 derby defeat at Hamilton Accies.

Dougie Imrie’s looping header over ’Well keeper Connor Ripley in the 72nd minute was all that separated the sides at New Douglas Park.

“It certainly should not have been a case of us losing this game,” said Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough.

“We have got to be more ruthless in both boxes.

“If you get yourself in good situations, you’ve got to put those situations to bed.

“In our own box as well, ruthlessness is making sure that if a player is going to get a chance on goal he’s going to get hurt, which I didn’t feel was the case today.”

Motherwell started promisingly enough with striker Theo Robinson – making his first league start – missing two early chances.

’Well defender Kieran Kennedy had to leave the field to get a bloodied head knock bandaged before Accies’ Ali Crawford provided the first half highlight on 35 minutes with a powerful left foot shot from 22 yards which bounced off the crossbar.

The first half ended with ’Well skipper Keith Lasley being booked after a foul on Carlton Morris.

Early second half Accies pressure saw Grant Gillespie shoot narrowly over and Gramoz Kurtaj have a shot saved by Ripley.

After Accies’ Docherty had been booked, ’Well came agonisingly close to taking the lead when Theo Robinson’s right footed shot from the edge of the box was deflectd just wide.

Crawford shot just over with his left foot on 67 minutes, five minutes before the goal arrived when Imrie headed home Kurakins’ cross from the left.

Accies continued to look the more likely side with Greg Docherty and Kurtaj missing chances to extend their lead.

The visitors were denied an injury time penalty for an apparent handball by Lucas Tagliapietra.

Accies manager Martin Canning revealed after the game that first choice centre half Jesus Garcia Tena hadn’t been selected after arriving late due to an M8 traffic jam.

If Motherwell are to get top six this year they’ll need to ‘motor’ to a few wins – starting with Partick on Saturday.

Hamilton: McGovern, Gordon, Kurakins, Gillespie, Imrie, Crawford, Kurtaj, Morris (Nade 54), Docherty (Longridge 83), Lyon (Tena 76), Tagliapietra.

Motherwell: Ripley, Grimshaw, Law, Chalmers, McManus, Lasley (McDonald 77), Kennedy, Taylor, Ainsworth (Thomas 82), Robinson (Johnson 69), Moult.

Crowd: 3325

Referee: Craig Thomson