Raging Motherwell boss Graham Alexander tore a strip off his side and said it shouldn’t need to be a big game for them to want to win.
The Steelmen go into their final Premier Sports Cup Group F game against Annan Athletic at Fir Park on Saturday needing a win to progress from the group, and Alexander says that should never have been the case.
He said: “Tonight was nowhere near good enough and none of us are happy about it, but we’re the ones that have the opportunity to change it.
“We need to work on the training pitch, people taking their work seriously, people doing it every single day so it becomes a habit, instead of just when they decided to do it, and that’s what it is, that’s where it lies.
“There’s no magic fairy at the end of the garden, to rub a lamp and come and make it better.
“It’s about being on the training pitch, making sure you do your work to the best of your ability and then taking it into a game.
“That’s what professional football and professional sport is, so what we have to do is show instead of talk, what we’re about as a football team, as an individual and make sure we don’t repeat that performance in the second half ever again.
“You have to earn the right to win in any game of football, in any sport, through endeavour, through work-rate. We have gymnasiums to build our bodies strong for a reason, so we’re competitive.
“Every game is massive for us, we represent Motherwell. There’s no difference between any game of football when you’ve got a shirt on.
“Even if we won this and won the group, Saturday’s game is still massive anyway.
“We’re representing everything we’re about; the club, the supporters, our families, ourselves… why would you want to turn the tap off and play at any less than 100 per cent, I don’t get it.
“For me, every game is massive and every game is full commitment. Every game you put your lot in.
“You don’t always win, but you walk off with your head held high saying you tried your best, but I don’t think we can say that tonight. I don’t think we can say that.”