MOTHERWELL boss Stephen Robinson had nothing but praise for his Motherwell players, despite the 2-0 defeat against Celtic at Parkhead.
The Fir Parkers went down to a defensive slip that allowed Odsonne Edouard to wallop in his 13th goal of the season and the unfortunate Richard Tait turned a low left-wing cross from Jonny Hayes past keeper Mark Gillespie and into his own net for the effort that sealed their defeat.
However, Robinson hailed the visitors for holding their own against the eight-in-a-row champions on their own patch.
The Irishman’s starting line-up was upset when skipper Peter Hartley joined the list of players injured and on the sidelines such as Liam Donnelly and Charles Dunne.
Robinson, speaking to the Daily Record, admitted: “When you lose you captain on the day of the game and your top goalscorer in Liam Donnelly, who also gives us that defensive backbone, of course, (it’s a setback).
“I asked Richard Tait to come in and do a job at the left of the back three because we’d worked all week on a shape and he was terrific, as was Barry Maguire.
“That’s where we are as a football club, we have to put young kids into the team. They are bringing Ryan Christie on, we’re bringing on kids.
“The positive aspects, though, certainly outweigh any negativity. I take things from the performance, but not the result. We are never happy getting beat.
“I have to give a lot of credit to the players, they worked their socks off for me.
“I thought we were very good on the ball from the back to the middle and I put two attacking subs on to try and got for it.
“We go away, take the positives and we learn again. At Rangers, we lost a goal from our free-kick, too.
“We’ll go on to the next set of games with a positive mind-set.”
Robinson added: “There was a lot of positives for us, we were very organised and the boys carried it out to the letter.
“Could we have held more of a threat in the final third? Yeah, but they wear you down.
“You don’t beat Lazio if you’re not a top-class side.”
The Hoops have now completed back-to-back Premiership wins over the Lanarkshire outfit this season following their 5-2 success at Fir Park earlier in the campaign.