’Well ‘must be mentally better’

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee (Pic by John Devlin)
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee (Pic by John Devlin)

Gutted Motherwell boss Mark McGhee believes his team must show more mental awareness to avoid late heartache in matches.

McGhee was talking in the wake of Tam Scobbie’s last minute winner for St Johnstone on Saturday which saw off ’Well 2-1, the seventh time in 2016 that the Steelmen have conceded at the death.

McGhee said: “When it goes as often as it has then I think we have to consider that there is some way that they’re not thinking right.

“It is serious. In those last couple of minutes of games when it’s 0-0 or 1-0 they have got to hear alarm bells ringing in their ears.

“There are certain things that they cannot afford to do.

“It is a concern and we have to talk about it, look at it, see how we’ve lost the goals when we’ve lost them and see if there is a common thread and make sure we do as much as we can to make sure it stops happening.”

The ’Well gaffer said that young Chris Cadden had made a mistake before the first goal by being beaten on his inside after a throw-in. And he said teenage defender Ben Hall had mistakenly got the wrong side of his man before fouling John Sutton for the free-kick which led to the winner.

“Young Ben sticks out a leg and gives away an unnecessary free-kick,” McGhee said.

“I’ve spoken to them often about that.

“We saw it with Arsenal last week. Leicester give away a late free-kick and lose the game.

“On this occasion we didn’t do well enough. We defended the free-kick too deeply and we allowed them to score a winning goal. It’s disappointing.”

McGhee said that ’Well goalie Connor Ripley had also erred a minute before Saints’ winner by trying to launch a long throw out to Cadden on the right wing.

“Connor makes a bad decision to throw it out,” McGhee said.

“In saying that, in the time that I’ve been here, Connor has been brilliant. He’s a fantastic goalie who’s going to go back a better goalie than when he came here.

“But he’s got to learn from that. There’s 89 minutes on the clock, there’s no need to throw it.

“If he kicks the ball up the park then maybe we get the winning goal.”