Ibrox Stadium

Next Game

Rangers v Motherwell

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 19:45

Scots Prem PO Final Round Play-Offs

Last Game

Motherwell 0 - 0 Partick

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 15:00

Scots Prem

McCall embarrassed by Cup exit

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall admitted he was embarrassed to face his family after Albion Rovers inflicted the biggest upset of his football career.

Last Updated: 30/11/13 at 19:37 Post Comment

Stuart McCall: Embarrassed to face his family after 1-0 loss to Albion Rovers

Stuart McCall: Embarrassed to face his family after 1-0 loss to Albion Rovers

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Gary Phillips' 90th minute strike sent the Coatbridge side into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup thanks to the 1-0 win at New Douglas Park.

Rovers had never beaten Motherwell outside the Lanarkshire Cup in 34 previous competitive matches and McCall found the defeat hard to swallow.

McCall said: "I've been very, very fortunate in my life, certainly in my football life for 34 years now, I can't recall being on the end of an upset anything like that.

"I know they happen in football and you see them happening and you think hopefully that will never come to your door. But it certainly came today and I take full responsibility."

"What can you say to the fans? They are right to have a go. It's one of the worst results we have had. I've been very fortunate since I've been at the club to have had loads of highs.

"Obviously there are disappointments too but this is the worst. You can't do anything but apologise because it's an embarrassing result for the club.

"To be honest I would rather sit here and speak to you for a few hours because I don't really fancy going home and speaking to my family or my friends because it's horrible. There is no getting away from it.

"It was just down to lack of quality. Give Albion Rovers full credit for the way they defended but our possession was woeful at times. We had plenty of it and we just couldn't break them down."

Rovers manager James Ward said: "We have a young team and getting them to do the right things and the simple things all the time is quite frustrating.

"But today we had a game plan and they stuck to it and every one of them did what they were asked to do.

"I think their desire and endeavour in the end got them what they deserved and that was a victory.

"You can wait long enough for these days to come along so I think we will make the most of it and enjoy it."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter lies low as David Cameron joins opposition to FIFA president's re-election

Sepp Blatter held an emergency meeting in Zurich on Thursday morning as David Cameron joined those calling for his head.

David Cameron says that Sepp Blatter should quit FIFA

Prime Minister David Cameron has supported calls for FIFA president Sepp Blatter to quit.

Greg Dyke: Prince Ali can beat Sepp Blatter in FIFA vote

Greg Dyke has told Sky Sports News HQ Sepp Blatter can be beaten if FIFA's presidential election goes ahead on Friday.

Mail Box

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

Vidic Is Part Of United's 'Budget XI'

We have post-2000 budget XIs on behalf of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. Plus gaelic football, FIFA, more awards and the majesty of Il Fenomeno...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company