Mar 24 2011 by Paul Thomson, Hamilton Advertiser
MOTHERWELL boss Stuart McCall was left fuming with his side at the weekend – locking them in the dressing room for almost an hour after their defeat at Kilmarnock.
The Steelmen’s inconsistency continued at Rugby Park as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat.
After taking an early lead through in-form striker John Sutton, ‘Well capitulated allowing Killie to gain a half-time lead before Liam Kelly killed the game off with a third six minutes into the second half.
And McCall blasted his players at full-time, keeping them in the dressing room for 45 minutes after the final whistle.
He told motherwellfc.co.uk this week: “I just had to get a few home truths through to them, I didn’t ‘lock them in’ per se.
“But it’s frustrating. They showed in the first half that on our day we can match anyone. It is not acceptable when to go three one down and capitulate.
“We had a breakaway with three versus one and didn’t get a shot on goal. That is down to belief.
“I have talked about inconsistency since I came to the club and I think you saw that in two halves.
“After an excellent goal we played well in the first half and we were quite comfortable. We know how Kilmarnock play; you can talk about many good players they have but we lost three goals from set pieces and when you get beat with a simple corner it’s not good enough, particularly with the height we have in our team.”
The defeat means the Steelmen have lost ground on Killie in the battle for fifth place, but now must turn their attentions to ensuring a top-six finish.
They are currently level on 30 points with Inverness, but have a superior goal difference and with games running out before the split, next Saturday’s game at home to Aberdeen will be a must-win for McCall and his men.