First Team

Paterson's fighting talk

30th November 2015

Full back makes no excuses as he admits performance at Motherwell not good enough.

Callum Paterson was in no mood for excuses as he gave an honest assessment of his side’s performance against Motherwell on Saturday.

The Jam Tarts drew 2-2 with last season’s SPFL Premiership play-off winners, having twice scored after falling behind against the Lanarkshire outfit.

Lewis Moult put ‘Well ahead on 2 minutes, before Osman Sow’s through ball found Juanma who beat Connor Ripley with a delicate chip.

Marvin Johnson restored the home side’s advantage on 65 minutes, before Sow levelled the match immediately with a thunderbolt from 30 yards.

Paterson admitted claims of a potential title challenge would be worthless if the team couldn’t win matches against teams lower down the league table.

“It was a terrible start. I don’t think we’ve ever lost a goal that quickly in my time at the club,” said Paterson. “It’s bad that we can’t keep clean sheets in games like these. We have to do much better.

“That wasn’t an enjoyable match at all. It was just a bad game, a bad performance, bad weather, a bad result, bad everything. Nothing to enjoy whatsoever.

“It’s two dropped points,” he continued. “It doesn’t matter that we recovered twice. We shouldn’t have been behind twice to begin with. That’s four dropped in two games, that’s not good enough.

“We can’t have people talking about us winning the title and then not go and win a game like today, or last week at home to Dundee.”

When asked if words had been exchanged, or any fingers pointed, Callum simply stated that the team knew which players hadn’t done their job correctly on the day.

Additionally, the full-back confessed the wintry conditions had no bearing on the performance, with the ‘style of play’ coming in for criticism in particular.

“There were no words exchanged in the dressing room, everyone knows their job and knows what they did wrong today.

“We didn’t pass the ball at all. We’re supposed to be a passing team, we break teams down. We were brought down to a different level of football.

“We were playing the ball long, looking for flick-ons in gale force winds. That’s just a bad standard of football and not how we play at all.

“And make no mistake, the weather and the pitch are no excuse for that. We can’t blame the elements for playing bad football.”

An animated Paterson also claimed the standards set in last season’s triumphant SPFL Championship campaign were not being met at the moment.

“Last year we went and won the league with ten games to spare, and with a record points total. Those were the standards set.

“We wanted to take that into this season and, in my opinion, we haven’t done that this season, so we need to look at ourselves and sort things out.”