This was the first SPL game in which Motherwell have not scored against non Old Firm opposition since April and the resultant loss has seen us drop to eighth position in the table.
We controlled the first half entirely and had several excellent opportunities to take the lead.
Clarkson almost made his mark within a couple of minutes of his appearance. He was free in the left hand side of the box but he was off target when it seemed that a goal was certain. Last week’s debut goalscorer,
We started the second half with the same bright, forward going attitude and McDonald had an ambitious volley within minutes.
Eventually the price was paid for our lack of guile in the opposition box. Dargo got their opener much against the run of play just after the hour and we renewed the struggle with the aid of Kinniburgh and McBride. They replaced Craigan and Fagan. Meanwhile, Smith produced a spectacular save to keep us in the game but the tide had turned.
A Clarkson header almost produced the equaliser but he was unlucky to see it come off the post. Foran pitched in with a header on target but Brown was not troubled in the ICT goal. Dargo snatched the second in the dying minutes and there was no way back.
It was a frustrating afternoon.