Our woeful record against Rangers remains unchanged (save for an additional loss). The defeat was hardly unexpected. The makeshift defence, lightweight midfield and the uncertainly of selection up front made it certain that only those watching the game through claret and amber spectacles could consider a Motherwell win a possibility.
The phrase ‘men and boys' comes to mind when attempting to describe the gulf between the teams. It is no exaggeration to suggest that Buffel could have had a hat trick by the time Sionko scored the opener – in eight minutes. We seemed to be taken aback by the pace of the game and unable to hold the ball long enough to build any meaningful attack. It was a relief to reach forty five minutes only one goal behind.
It was not until the second half that we showed some of the fight and determination which normally typifies our games against the old firm. However, the pressing game failed to materialise and we were unable to knock them off their stride.
As Malpas said in his post match interview, there are another thirty seven games to go. The first of those is at