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Lasley: Motherwell not distracted by final despite defeat

The Steelmen lost 3-2 to Ross County after losing three first-half goals.

Keith Lasley was in charge against Ross County in Stephen Robinson's absence.
Keith Lasley was in charge against Ross County in Stephen Robinson's absence. SNS

Keith Lasley does not believe his Motherwell side were distracted by the upcoming League Cup final despite them losing three first half goals to Ross County.

The Steelmen reduced the deficit to 3-2 with goals from Ryan Bowman and Louis Moult and mounted a late, frenzied challenge to find an equaliser in the dying stages.

But the damage had already been done early in the match and they fell to their first defeat since September.

Assistant manager Lasley, who was standing in for Stephen Robinson as he served his one-match ban from the dugout, insists they are not distracted by the Hampden showdown against Celtic at the end of the month.

He does, however, say it's vital they now start to rebuild momentum again with just one game remaining before the final.

"Not at all," he said when asked if it was creeping into the players' minds already.

"We've hardly spoken about [the final] to be honest with you. We have too many big games in between that time so that will obviously take care of itself.

"I'm sure the build up that week will be enough to do us so there's no point even thinking about it at the moment.

"What we do want to do is arrive in that week with a good, full mind, off the back of winning football matches so that's what we have to focus on going to Aberdeen. That will be our only focus now.

"We've had a great start to the season and last week at Hibs we felt our energy levels were that little bit down.

"Today I didn't think there was much in the game, if anything we felt we were possibly the stronger team even in that first half, bizarrely, being 3-0 down.

"But it does teach us that we need to get back to defending set plays the way we have been the majority of this season because we know how massive they are on the outcome of matches."

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