Don’t blame James hype for our flops

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Darren Randolph refused to blame the hype surrounding the return of James McFadden for Motherwell losing their last two games.

The Scotland striker came off the bench against Dundee United last week and Ross County on Saturday, but could do nothing to stop the Fir Parkers losing both.

Randolph said: “It’s great to have him around the place, but the players didn’t get caught up in the hype of his return.

“We did hope there might be a bit of a fairytale return against Dundee United when he came off the bench, but it wasn’t to be, and I don’t think he had a chance to make any difference in Dingwall.

“It’s not as if he is in the team from the start at the moment, we’re the ones out there, not him.”

’Well will need to get back on form quickly with Celtic visiting tonight (Wednesday).

Randolph said: “Although we lost to Dundee United I don’t think we played terribly, but we were just horrendous on Saturday.

“You can get away with maybe one or two not playing well, but to have all 11 not at the races is going to make it tough. We don’t have those days often and we owe everyone a performance against Celtic.”

Randolph is out of contract in the summer, like many of his team mates, but is quite happy to wait to decide his future.

He said: “I don’t think anyone has been spoken to. I just need to wait and see where we finish and take it from there. You can’t just expect things to be handed to you, you have to earn them, and maybe it is better this way.”

Meanwhile, manager Stuart McCall couldn’t bring himself to rewatch a DVD of Saturday’s Highland horror show.

He said: “I spoke to the players about it and now they need to prove it was a one-off, starting against Celtic.”

It wasn’t just the ’Well players who let themselves down in Dingwall and the club have condemned a group of supporters who set off smokebombs during the game.

A statement read: “There were several incidents before and during the match that caused difficulty and embarrassment for the club, including five separate smoke canisters.

“We recognise that it was only a very small minority of our support and that our fans normally enjoy away trips without incident. Events on Saturday fall way below the usual impeccable standards.”

After hosting Celtic, ’Well are back on the road on Saturday when they visit Tynecastle.