Motherwell manager Stuart McCall was far from downbeat after watching his side struggle in a 2-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League loss at Hearts.
Hearts again defied their off-field troubles by moving within six points of third-placed Well, with Ian Black and Stephen Elliott on target. The result was Motherwell's second away loss of the season, but McCall was philosophical as David Templeton and Mehdi Taouil were influential in the hosts' success.
McCall said: "We've no divine right just to go anywhere and, because we've been doing okay away from home, expect to win the game. It's disappointing, but there's no disgrace coming to Hearts and getting beaten by the side they can put out on the park."
He added: "We defended poorly for the two goals, we didn't do enough creatively to really cause them a problem."
The result saw Hearts manager Paulo Sergio celebrate his return to the dugout following a five-match touchline ban with a third win from nine matches since the first team initially suffered delayed payment of their wages. December's pay remains overdue.
McCall added: "You've got to give Hearts full credit, the players and management staff for coming out and putting on a performance like that.
"But with the squad they've got - I thought Taouil and Templeton were excellent - it's not a disgrace.
"We probably had two or three lads who have probably had as poor a game as they've had for Motherwell since I've been here but I can't be over-critical of them. They've been excellent up until now.
"We just weren't good enough on today's performance and the best team won."
Hearts' media blackout continued.
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