Preview: Motherwell v St Johnstone

Monday, February 5, 2018
Preview: Motherwell v St Johnstone

Motherwell are straight back in to Ladbrokes Premiership action as St Johnstone make the trip to Fir Park on Tuesday night. 

And with a second home game in just four days, the Steelmen have a chance to extend their unbeaten home start to 2018 to four games. 

It’s been a while since Stephen Robinson’s side went up against Tommy Wright’s Saints outfit, with the 4-1 defeat at McDiarmid Park one of the few blots on the start of the 2017/18 campaign. 

Since that erratic encounter in Perth, when referee Craig Thomson flashed three red cards, Motherwell have gone on to a Betfred Cup final and have picked up some important victories in the league. 

And with three points separating the two teams, the chance to extend that to six points is a big opportunity for the Fir Parkers.

Keith Lasley, who is confident that Motherwell can return to the sort of form that saw them storm to the Betfred Cup final, knows it will be a tough encounter.

“In this division the margins are so fine,” admitted the assistant manager, “it can come down to a set-play or one lapse in concentration.

We need to be on it at every minute of every game to make that crucial difference in those moments, starting with Tuesday’s game.

“I think that’s what we were doing at earlier parts of the season. We maybe just lost that slightly on the back of the cup final and in to the break, but we feel as if we’re back now.

“The group as a whole are showing a real hunger and desire to get back to where we were and at the minute we’re looking good.”

He added: “We certainly feel that we can be one of the teams challenging for the sixth position in such a tight league.”

With some bad memories of the last encounter between the two sides, Charles Dunne is eager to bounce back with a big team performance on Tuesday night.

The defender also has his own personal goals to aim for after being sent off against the Perthshire outfit back in August.

“We didn’t get the rub of the green in some of the games during our bad run that we had towards the end of the year, so we just have to keep going and be positive.”

“The red cards changed the game the last time we played St Johnstone,” Dunne said, “so hopefully we can rectify our poor form against them and put in a good performance on Tuesday night.

And the defender is confident ahead of Tuesday’s game, with spirits high around Fir Park. He said: “Everyone in the changing room is happy, the manager is happy and we just need to keep going. Everyone wrote us off at the beginning of the season so what we’re doing is good at the moment.”

Motherwell v St Johnstone

Tuesday 6th February 2018
Fir Park

Tickets on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office or pay at the gate.

Admission prices are as follows:

ADULTS £23/£19
FAMILY (1 ADULT + 1 JUNIOR) £29/£24
  • Cheaper price is for the John Hunter stand.
  • Concessions are applicable to 60 and over and full time students with a valid matriculation card.
  • Juveniles are applicable to aged 15 and under.
  • Away fans will be housed in the Phil O’Donnell main stand. Cash gates are in operation.

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