ALLAN CAMPBELL reports that as they head to Hamilton for the Lanarkshire derby this afternoon, Motherwell’s players will have to stand up and be counted.
The Fir Park club is still struggling with manager Stephen Robinson’s resignation following Kilmarnock’s loss on Wednesday night, while his assistant Keith Lasley leads the Steelmen around the Clyde.
And Campbell thinks the losing players owe a big debt of gratitude to the club and the fans after a season of forgetting so far.
“I’ve played in a few derbies and it’s always the same,”I have played in a few derbies, and it’s always the same. “It’s always a confrontation, always a fight.
We’ve got to plan for it, we’ve got to stand up and count, and if we do it all together as a team, then we’re going to be able to get the result.
A good performance needs to be seen. We owe it to the supporters and all the spectators. We need to get results and win soccer matches.
“As a team, as a squad and for the fans, it’s not good enough. It’s disappointing and all we have to do is pull ourselves together and make sure we put on a good weekend show.
I don’t know what we’re missing, but the only thing that matters is that we’re not winning soccer games.
“We need games to win. It doesn’t mean anything when results are okay if you don’t win, so we have to come back and win games.
That’s soccer, the ups and downs. This year we weren’t good enough, and that’s what happened.
“We’re not winning games. You’re an expert and you want to win games, so there’s a lot of frustration and rage.
“You win soccer games by scoring goals and not conceding goals, and we have to get better at both.
“Listen, this is soccer, sometimes it works out for you and sometimes it doesn’t, and you have to be strong.
“We’re professionals, we have to deal with it. We have to come together as a team and be ready to put in a performance for ourselves and the fans on Saturday.”
Motherwell could finish bottom of the Premier League should they lose at Hamilton and Ross County win against St Johnstone, but Campbell says they can only focus on the task ahead, which is to get a much-needed three points against Accies.
“I’m not thinking about that at all,” he said. “We just need to put in a better performance than we did in the Kilmarnock game and get a win.”