Motherwell left-back Matt Penney vowed they would work hard to sort out the finer details of their game after the most frustrating defeat of his career.
Steven Hammell’s side hit the post three times and were denied a goal as they fell to a 3-0 home defeat to Hearts in the Cinch Premiership on Sunday.
Penney endured personal exasperation late in the game when he hit the goal frame from 25 yards out moments after Craig Gordon denied him with an acrobatic save from a similar effort.
Motherwell have now managed 46 shots on goal in their last two matches but failed to score – they missed a penalty in a goalless draw with Dundee United in their previous game.
Penney said: “I think it’s the most frustrating game I’ve ever been in, let alone the game. But football is about taking your chances and keeping the ball in the back of the net.
“From a distance it doesn’t look great, but anyone who was at the game will know we were the best team and deserved to win.
“If we take those risks, that’s a whole other story. These are the finer details, but there are plenty of positives to be had.
“It’s not possible that we need to score five goals to win a game. Defensively we have to be much, much better. We conceded three very poor goals which we will watch. There are a lot of positives but a lot of work to do.
“The Hearts are supposed to be the third best team in the league and we beat them for 90 minutes.”
The loanee from Ipswich appears to be gaining confidence after his recent arrival and is looking forward to a trip to face Celtic on October 1 following the champions’ loss to St Mirren.
“Celtic will be a tough game but I’m confident we can go there and get a result,” said the 24-year-old.
“The way we played against Hearts, if we sort out those details, that’s another story.
“There’s no reason we can’t go to Celtic and put on a performance, and put our foot in the league.
“They are going to have a point to prove, but so are we. We have just lost 3-0 at home, which is unacceptable.
“It will be a great game for the neutral but with the boys here and the manager there is no reason we can’t go there and get a result.”