Stuart McCall demands bravery in Motherwell defence

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

Stuart McCall is demanding that his Motherwell players show greater commitment to clearing balls that come into their penalty box.

The Steelmen lost 2-0 at table-toppers Inverness having lost an early goal when Graeme Shinnie's free-kick was headed home by Richie Foran.

"With free-kicks into the box, [if] people have to head each other and we get split eyes that maybe has to be the way it is," said the manager.

"It was a disappointing afternoon."

McCall has Stephen McManus and Shaun Hutchinson in central defence, with Stevie Hammell and Simon Ramsden the full-backs, and the former Scotland midfielder made it clear what he expects from them.

He said: "We got off to a really poor start. Inside three minutes we're a goal down to a free-kick.

"When that ball comes into the box you have to do everything to make sure your man doesn't get across you, doesn't get a header.

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"It's a routine cross and we have to pick him up.

"I'm disappointed with the second goal also [Billy McKay firing home David Raven's cut-back].

"It's a good goal from them, well worked, but certain individuals have not done their jobs right to win the ball back.

"When the ball comes in their [Inverness's] box they put their heads on it, they put their bodies on the line."

Motherwell's play improved after the break, with Stuart Carswell and Henri Anier replacing Paul Lawson and Bob McHugh, but they could not find a way past the Caley Thistle rearguard.

"We were better in the second half but we could only get better because the first half wasn't good enough," said the Well manager.

"We've got to work hard at both ends of the park, to get clean sheets and to create more opportunities.

"All round it was just not acceptable."

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