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‘WE WERE A LITTLE BIT NAIVE,’ WELL BOSS

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DECLAN GALLAGHER was red-carded after picking up two bookings SIXTY SECONDS as Motherwell slumped to a 3-0 Europa League defeat against Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Israel.

The Fir Park side were toiling two minutes from the interval when Miguel Vitor opened the scoring with a free header from a set-piece.

Gallagher was penalised while competing for a high ball at a free-kick and then the Scotland international a penalty-kick only moments later that brought a second yellow card. Josue slot ted in from the spot for the second goal.

Elton Acolatse added a third with seven minutes left to complete the misery for Stephen Robinson and Co.

The Well boss, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “We had so much of the game, we were so disciplined and organised and had chances.

“Their goalkeeper makes a super save from Chris Long at 0-0, Declan should hit the target from a great chance from a header. Tony Watt has a chance just before they score. I thought we did ever so well at times.

“At this level conceding through set-plays is so frustrating. People didn’t do what we asked them to do at the first one and the second one is a penalty.

“Really frustrating because we are not in same hemisphere as these people financially, but we matched them for long periods.

“What you don’t get at domestic football is this experience, how to win games, how to play referees, how to go down extremely easily. Unfortunately, we were a little bit naive.

“Overall, I am pleased with the young players in the team and lots of lessons to be learned. Our boys are so honest at times, they stand up and take kicks.

“And maybe managing the game, with three minutes left in the first-half, people swapped over markers when they shouldn’t have done. But individuals make mistakes and when you play against the quality they have in their delivery, we got punished.”

Well are back in action on Sunday at midday when they welcome Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side to Fir Park.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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