The Edinburgh outfit have failed to hit the back of the net in three competitive matches following their 9-0 aggregate defeat to Malmo in Europa League qualifying and manager Pat Fenlon was again downcast after the loss to the Steelmen although he was happy with some semblance if improvement.
"It's a sore one to take, I didn't think we deserved to lose," he said after Henri Anier netted the only goal in the 83rd minute.
"There was some positive stuff but we lost the game to a poor goal and I'm disappointed that the good stuff will be forgotten.
"Defensively we were solid. I thought we had dealt with Motherwell's shape and (James) McFadden coming into the hole to pick things up, and then we got done by a long ball over the top when we were attacking.
"They were the only two real chances they had, the first came from us losing the ball at our throw-in and then a punt over the top. We were ball-watching and Ben (Williams) made a good save."