I WON'T BE SO HASTIE; ST JOHNSTONE 2 MOTHERWELL 0Robbo can't ditch Gers-bound Jake yet.
Byline: Gavin Berry Gavin Berry
Stephen Robinson insists he had no hesitation in asking Jake Hastie to try to rescue the game - despite the Rangers-bound winger being targeted by boo boys.
The Motherwell boss threw Hastie on with 17 minutes left as they trailed 2-0 and eventually slumped to the defeat that cost them the chance of finishing in seventh spot for an extra PS60,000 in prize money.
Robinson claimed he had no choice but to introduce the 20-yearold following Scott Tanser's first-half spot-kick and Murray
Davidson's strike for Saints. The Well boss (below) has no fears over playing Hastie or any other departing stars in the final game of the season against Livingston at Fir Park next week.
Asked about the treatment of a player who has been at the club since he was nine, Robinson said: "Nothing surprises me in football.
"Jake has gone to a club where he's going to have to deal with that throughout his football.
"He's a super boy and I 4-2 think the world of him. It's unfortunate it's something he's going to have to deal with.
"From my point of view I want to win the match so if I think Jake is going to win it for me I'll put him on. We were 2-0 down and had a boy on the bench who has scored seven goals.
"There are a lot of players other than Jake Hastie not staying at the club and I'll use any player available to me until they're not involved with us any more."
The Steelmen had a huge penalty shout turned down after 21 minutes when Tanser appeared to handle Gboly Ariyibi's net-bound effort.
Rookie ref Colin Steven turned down the claim and Tanser rubbed salt in Well's wounds when he netted from the spot at the other end 10 minutes before the break after Charles Dunne had hauled down Chris Kane.
Man-of-the-match Davidson then added a second when he buried a Michael O'Halloran cross.
Robinson refused to point the finger at the young ref for the loss.
He said: "I'm not going to blame refs. Our defending was poor for the first goal so even if people seem to think it was a definite penalty we still need to defend better.
"Then we lost the ball in a comfortable position before a runner runs off us from midfield for the second so the game's effectively over three minutes into the second half."
At last we've done it Wright Tommy Wright was relieved to see his St Johnstone side end their penalty pain on a day they finished best of the rest in the Premiership's bottom half.
Saints have missed five spot-kicks this season and the McDiarmid Park boss said: "The biggest relief was scoring a penalty. Scott Tanser was put on them so I'm glad we were able to score. If we had missed another one I'd have been up the tunnel."
Murray Davidson capped a fine display with the clincher and Wright said: "That was his best performance of the season. He did the defensive side and showed quality at the other end."
Contract rebel Joe Shaughnessy was given the last few minutes but Wright said: "It wasn't necessarily a farewell. If Joe and his advisor want to speak to the chairman we are here."
SPOT SLICK Tanser scores penalty and (left) Davidson is on hand for second