Motherwell boss seeks response to tame loss in Perth

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

Manager Stuart McCall wants Motherwell to banish the memory of a lacklustre loss to St Johnstone when they face Aberdeen in a League Cup quarter-final.

"We've got a massive game on Wednesday and we need to improve," said McCall after the 2-0 loss in Perth.

"That was unlike us. We lost most of the battles individually and collectively. We were weak.

"Naturally, I'm disappointed. I don't want to accept to performances like that, but we can't get too down."

Stevie May and Nigel Hasselbaink were on target at McDiarmid Park with second-half goals as St Johnstone completely outplayed the visitors.

And the Steelmen will need to pick up their performance levels if they are to win at Fir Park with a semi-final place up for grabs.

"We need to bounce back quickly," said McCall, who was hoping for a win that would have lifted his side into second place in the Premiership.

"When we went a goal behind, we accepted it too easily.

"I can't put my finger on it; you get these days in a season. I had them as a player and I'll get them as a manager.

"I've got to balance it out with what we've done up until now.

"There's not a lot in this division and, if we are below our game, which we were today, then we'll get beaten.

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"St Johnstone were better than us today and full credit to them. We got what we deserved, which was nothing."

Hasselbaink's goal was a gift from Motherwell goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen, who slipped when trying to clear a wayward pass-back from Simon Ramsden.

However, McCall refused to apportion blame on what was a wet and stormy evening.

"It's one of those things," he said. "It's unfortunate when the keeper slips like that."

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