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Robinson lauds Motherwell's resilience as losing run ends

The Steelmen stopped the rot by holding out for a point against Livingston.

Steel: Robinson praised the character of his team after Motherwell's draw.
Steel: Robinson praised the character of his team after Motherwell's draw. SNS

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson hailed the resilience of his team after holding out with ten-men to end their losing streak.

The Steelmen were ahead for the majority of a feisty encounter after Ryan Bowman struck early.

Keaghan Jacobs' impressive free-kick drew the in-form Lions level after the break, though, and the hosts had to hold on for a point after Carl McHugh was sent off for two quickfire bookings.

Well haven't won in five, but Robinson took the positives after ending a run of four straight defeats.

"It was a tough game," the Northern Irishman said. "The biggest thing for me was the resilience we showed not to lose the match.

"We've lost our last four games and you can see the nervousness in the team and around the ground.

"We've stopped the rot and it now gives us a couple of weeks to get back into it and ready for the St Johnstone game.

"I thought the players stood up and showed real resilience today. Livingston scored with their only shot on target which was an absolute wonder strike. Sometimes you've got to credit that and move on."

Jacobs' cracker ensured the Lions are still yet to taste defeat under Gary Holt's watch.

"It wasn't the best or the prettiest game but it was robust and energetic," the Livi boss said.

"What you saw out there was two teams fighting and scrapping.

"You're not gonna come here and be allowed to play and dictate the game. We just asked the players to be braver on the ball at half-time and I think we did that. The goal is a one in a hundred strike.

"Looking at it, we could maybe have nicked it at the end. We had the better chances in the game and I think we limited Motherwell to very little. On chances created, we probably shaded it."

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