Motherwell: Stuart McCall frustrated by slump

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall accepts that his side are in a slump following their 3-1 defeat by Partick Thistle.

The Lanarkshire side have won only won two of their nine Premiership matches this season, although McCall is hopeful they can mount a recovery.

"We need a result to turn for us," said McCall.

"We are where we deserve to be right now. We've just got to dig in, dig deep, have belief in each other and stick together."

Thistle's goals from Stuart Bannigan, Kris Doolan and Stephen O'Donnell compounded Motherwell's miserable start to the season, even though Lionel Ainsworth crashed in a 30-yard rocket for the visitors.

The Steelmen are now languishing in second-bottom spot in the table after their second league defeat in succession, but McCall insists it is not down to a a drop in ambition from his players.

"When things aren't going well, they're not going well," said McCall.

"I don't think it was lack of effort or desire. We got done on a counter-attack goal and it gave them a lead.

"I think when you're in a run like we are, you need to get the first goal, and we didn't do that.

"We believed at half time we could come out and win the game - we got back in it, and we put corners in and forced pressure.

"The crowd were behind us - but it was lack of communication, lack of organisation."

McCall also praised the club's fans for their continued support and insisted he was doing everything he could to turn the fortunes on the pitch around and reward their loyalty.

"We got good backing again today. All I can say is rest assured, we're doing everything we can.

"Work-wise, organisation-wise, we just need people to step up to the plate."