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Craigan responds to critic Gannon

Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan
Craigan endured a frustrating evening against Llanelli

Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan will be speaking to new manager Jim Gannon after being singled out for criticism after the 1-0 defeat by Llanelli.

But Craigan believes that Motherwell should have enough quality to win the first-round qualifier's second leg.

"You have to take it on the chin," Craigan told BBC Scotland.

"I haven't spoken to him since, but I'm sure over the course of the next few days there might be a conversation taking place."

Gannon said of Craigan after the shock defeat: "We have got an experienced centre-half who doesn't compete for the ball and they get a free header.

"Players have responsibilities on the pitch and they have to carry them out to the best of their ability."

But Craigan insists he is big enough to cope with the criticism of his role in Stuart Jones' winner from a free header at the back post.

Yes, I have a little point to prove, but similar to the Andy Murray situation, you turn it into a positive

Motherwell defender Stephen Craigan

"I'm a big boy, I'm not shying away from anything," said the Northern Ireland defender, who was hopeful that Motherwell would still progress after Thursday's second leg in Wales.

"I'm quite happy to put my head out there and say 'come and have a swing at it if you want`.

"There's nobody more disappointed than myself when we lose a game.

"Yes, I have a little point to prove, but similar to the Andy Murray situation, you turn it into a positive, you try and learn from it and try and make yourself a better person."

Craigan was speaking moments after the £300,000 transfer of Paul Quinn to Cardiff was confirmed, making the right-back the ninth first-team player to leave Fir Park this summer.

But the Motherwell captain insists the club, who sold striker David Clarkson to Bristol City earlier in the week, had no choice but to sell two of their prized assets despite their European campaign.

"The fact is they were entering the last year of their contracts and the players had indicated they would not sign a long-term contract," he said.

"Motherwell lost out on money for Mark Reynolds when they turned down a £1m bid from Rangers because they thought Rangers or another club would come back with a bigger bid.

"They haven't, so the club thought they couldn't hedge their bets."



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see also
Defender Quinn seals Cardiff move
04 Jul 09 |  Cardiff
Gannon upbeat despite Europa loss
02 Jul 09 |  Motherwell
Motherwell 0-1 Llanelli
02 Jul 09 |  Europe
Gannon targets England for talent
30 Jun 09 |  Motherwell


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