'If you can't fulfil a fixture, tough three points' Motherwell coach on late postponement of St Mirren SPFL match

Motherwell coach Maurice Ross has suggested a three-point penalty be imposed for teams unable to play SPFL Premiership games.

Sunday, 18th October 2020, 4:20 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th October 2020, 4:21 pm
St Mirren Park as the Premiership tie between St Mirren and Motherwell is postponed due to coronavirus cases. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
St Mirren Park as the Premiership tie between St Mirren and Motherwell is postponed due to coronavirus cases. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

The Steelmen were again out of action on Saturday with a late call-off of their match with St Mirren, owing to COVID-19 affecting the Buddies’ squad.

And Ross said the situation “left a lot to be desired” with the players poised and prepared to play, even eating their pre-match meal before the last gasp postponement in Paisley.

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Motherwell were also denied an SPFL fixture on October 2 with Kilmarnock’s entire first-team in isolation. Two cancellations, plus the international break has put the Lanarkshire side in cold storage for almost a month with their next fixture due on October 24 after last playing Rangers on September 27.

Discussing Saturday’s drama on BBC Sportsound, Ross said: “We were preparing as a staff and a squad at 11.45am eating a pre-match meal but the St Mirren players were sent home the previous day at 10am.

"When we got to work at about 11am we were aware the game might be off. Our players were in the stadium eating scrambled eggs thinking they were playing a game in three hours - it leaves a lot to be desired.”

Ross called for a blanket approach, like in the Betfred Cup where Kilmarnock and Forfar have already forfeited points in the group stage by being unable to play.

He added: “I think there needs to be a law change or rule change within the league that if you can’t fulfil a fixture - tough, three points.

"That could affect Motherwell next week, but we’d live by that.”