‘Well boss Stuart McCall was far from happy after watching his ‘Well side crumble in the last thirty minutes at Fir Park.
After a fairly even first forty-five minutes, ‘Well were never at the races in the second half which allowed Walter Smith’s men to cruise to a 5-0 victory.
And the ‘Well boss was left scratching his head as to why his players couldn’t lift themselves in the same manner as last week at Tynecastle
“I was disappointed with the second half,” said McCall. “If you come up against Rangers or Celtic at the top of their form they are hard to beat.”
“First half we more than matched them and had 59% of the possession but didn’t do enough with it although (Allan) McGregor has had two outstanding saves.
“I don’t think there was any way we deserved to be a goal down at half time; we restricted them to very little. I am not going to start moaning about decisions, when you get beaten five-nil you can’t look at decisions, although sometimes you say officials can be too close as (David) Weir had a hold of Sutton’s shirt and it should be a free kick, they go up the other end and score!
“That didn’t change the game, what changed the game was the second goal. Last week when we went behind we looked as though we had the belief that we could come back; I didn’t see that today. I am really disappointed and the last thirty minutes were embarrassing.
“They kicked on, we had said at half time the next goal was important, we should have been able to go out with no pressure; they would be edgy. But they got the goal and from then on they looked the stronger side.”
The 46-year old former Bradford boss did reflect on an interval of opportunity, when, at half-time, he urged his troops to go at the SPL Champions.
However, a combination of no breaks in the right areas and clinical finishing from the visitors meant ‘Well were sunk by the hour mark.
McCall continued: “I thought it was an open game in the first half.”
“The keeper’s had a great save from Jones, Jeffers had been through and tried to square it and McGregor got a touch, we had a free kick in a great position at the edge of the box which, on another day, might have been a penalty.
“And we don’t want people sent off but Lafferty could have so easily have been shown a second yellow card. The whistle had gone; he carried on and had a shot.
“But I can’t be too critical of the players as they have been fantastic since I came here. That said, you have lads who are playing for a new contract in front of a host of scouts, and others playing for Cup Final places but you wouldn’t have thought that in the last half an hour.
“I don’t want to be over critical but, as I’ve said, it is embarrassing to lose five goals at home to anyone.
“Rangers were clinical, I think they only had two other chances in the second half, if we could have been a bit more clinical in the first half and gone in level at half time it could have been a tense game but that was all taken from the game with the second goal.”