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    Fitzpatrick offered terms

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    McCall keen to build on Dee triumph

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    Scottish Cup fifth-round draw

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    Officials appointed for Arabs clash

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    Semi Final tickets on sale

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    McCall delighted with ‘Well win

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    Dundee win in pictures

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    Dundee 0 – 4 Motherwell

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    Humphrey desperate for another run

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    Fitzpatrick offered terms

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall has confirmed that Marc Fitzpatrick has been offered a new contract after his deal expired yesterday.

    The 24-year-old, who has had a torrid time with injuries in recent years, has fought his way back into contention in recent weeks and started games at both Celtic Park and last Sunday at Dens Park.

    [onlymembers]His previous contract, signed during the summer, was designed to allow the Lanark-born midfielder time to get himself fully fit after an injury sustained against Hamilton last February.

    And McCall told the gathered media this afternoon that the club have made the player another offer.

    “We’ve offered Mark a deal and we hope to hear back from him in the next 24-hours or so,” said McCall.

    “He does have an offer from another club on the table though so it’s something he will have to consider carefully and we are respectful of that.”[/onlymembers]

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    McCall keen to build on Dee triumph

    Stuart McCall is keen for another vital win in Dundee, a matter of days after his Scottish Cup success in the City of Discovery.

    The comprehensive 4-0 win over Dundee ensured the run of six games without a win came to a spectacular end, and the gaffer is now keen to kick on and get back to winning ways in the SPL.

    [onlymembers]“I’m delighted with the result against Dundee at the weekend; it has breathed confidence back into the lads after the run without a win,” McCall praised. “But the league is where we need to get back to winning ways – especially when there are so many teams close to each other.

    “I watched United at the weekend and they would be disappointed to draw with Ross County, but they were without David Goodwillie and we know he will make a massive difference on Wednesday.

    “We know they are a very good side – they did brilliantly last season – but we are close in the table and it is vital we keep them below us.”

    The former Bradford City boss was speaking to the press from the depths of Hampden, as he attended the draw for the Scottish Cup fifth round – a competition he knows well, having lifted the trophy three times with Rangers as a player.

    Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro made the draw and handed The Steelmen a tie with Stenhousemuir, Threave Rovers or Stranraer.

    ‘Well will find out their exact opponents after Threave Rovers face Stenny in the re-arranged third round tie, and then the winners of that face Stranraer in the fourth round.

    “You always want a home draw, however if you don’t get a home draw then you want to avoid the Old Firm of Hearts because they are the toughest ties.” The 46-year old insisted.

    “I know it will be a tricky tie, whoever we get out of the three sides, but we will hope to progress.

    “It’s brilliant to have these Cup games. I’m fortunate in the fact I have come to Motherwell when they are already in one Semi-Final; that’s fantastic, but for now we must concentrate on the league games – the tough league games – that we have coming up.”[/onlymembers]

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    Scottish Cup fifth-round draw

    Motherwell will face lower league opposition in the fifth-round of the Scottish Cup following today’s draw at Hampden.

    Stuart McCall’s side, who overcame Dundee on Sunday, will play either Stenhousemuir, Threave Rovers or Stranraer.

    [onlymembers]This season’s competition has been disrupted by the bad weather and some teams have yet to complete their third-round matches.

    Indeed, the replay between Threave and Stenhousemuir was postponed for a fourth time today and is now scheduled to take place on Wednesday night.

    The winners of that tie will then host Stranraer later this month with Motherwell lying in wait in the next round.

    Elsewhere, Rangers have been drawn against Celtic and Hamilton Accies will play either holders Dundee United or Ross County.

    The full draw is as follows:

    • Aberdeen v Montrose or Dunfermline
    • Inverness CT v Morton or Airdrie
    • Hamilton v Dundee United or Ross County
    • Stenhousemuir or Threave Rovers or Stranraer v Motherwell
    • East Stirlingshire or Buckie v Queen of the South or Brechin
    • Rangers v Celtic
    • Hibernian or Ayr v St Mirren or Peterhead
    • Hearts or St Johnstone v Falkirk or Partick Thistle

    All ties are due to take place on 5th and 6th of February.[/onlymembers]

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    Officials appointed for Arabs clash

    Referee for Wednesday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee Utd at Tannadice is the familiar face of Iain Brines.

    Incredibly, Brines will be taking charge of his fourth ‘Well game of the current SPL campaign, having been the man in the middle for the games against St Johnstone in early September, St Mirren at Fir Park one month later and Rangers on Boxing Day.

    [onlymembers]A Nick Blackman wonder strike and an own-goal from Kevin Rutkiewicz was enough to earn the Steelmen all three points in Perth and late goals from Tom Hateley and Jamie Murphy gave ‘Well a 3-1 against Danny Lennon’s men.

    Last time out, managerless ‘Well were thumped by Rangers despite John Sutton’s goal early in the second half. A Kenny Miller double along with goals from Vladmir Weiss and a Steven Saunders own goal gave Rangers a comfortable 4-1 win.

    To his credit, Brines was excellent in all three matches with the game at McDiarmid Park passing off without a single caution; a rarity in modern football.

    He will be a more than familiar face to ‘Well fans over the years. Last season, he looked after the games at Easter Road in December (2-0 defeat), the 1-0 home win against Kilmarnock in February and the 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park in April.

    The 43-year-old, who has been a top-flight official for a decade and amongst FIFA’s elite group for five years, has had a busy campaign with Saturday being his tenth SPL fixture of the season.

    His overall record in charge of the Steelmen is a bit of a mix bag. Of the 26 games he has taken charge of, Motherwell have won nine, draw four and lost thirteen.

    In those games, 97 players have seen yellow, 45 of which in claret and amber, while three have been sent for an early bath.

    Iain will be assisted by Alasdair Ross and Ross Haswell with Frank McDermott on fourth official duties.[/onlymembers]

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    Semi Final tickets on sale

    Tickets for the Co-operative Insurance Cup Semi Final with Rangers at the end of the month have gone on sale from Fir Park this morning.

    Motherwell have a sizeable allocation of 9,000 tickets, which will go on full general sale, priced at:

    Section I:

    Adults: £20

    Section G (Family Section):

    Adult: £15
    Under 16s: £5

    Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Elaine MacDonald at the club on 01698 338009 or email tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Please note that tickets ARE NOT available online, only in person at the Ticket Office or via telephone on 01698 333333 (Click Here for Ticket Office opening times).

    Hospitality packages are also available on the day priced at just £65

    Highlights include:

    • Arrive at 11am to Centenary Suite in the Phil O’Donnell Stand.
    • Succulent two course buffet served for 11.30am.
    • Full pay bar facilities from 12.30pm.
    • Private Coach transfers to Hampden, leaving Fir Park at 1.30pm.
    • Match ticket and complimentary Programme.
    • Private Coach returns to Fir Park after the match.
    • Full pay bar facilities available on return.

    For information and bookings, contact the commercial department now on 01698 338008 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    McCall delighted with ‘Well win

    Stuart McCall was full of praise for his side after they avoided a cup shock by convincingly dispatching of Dundee at Dens Park.

    With Dundee on a spectacular run of ten games unbeaten – with six wins on the bounce – many saw this as a stick-on giant-killing, especially given The Steelmen’s recent form of six games without a win.

    Yet the formbook was turned on its head as McCall claimed his first win as Motherwell gaffer thanks to a John Sutton brace and strikes from Jamie Murphy and the excellent Steve Jennings.

    “We’ve certainly bust a few coupons today; I think with the excellent run Dundee have been on, combined with us not winning in six games, made some people see this as a likely shock of this round,” the former Bradford boss conceded.

    “The early goal was vital for us and it really settled the lads down. We said before the game that we would try to work the channels, like Jamie Murphy did for the first goal. We would try to work them like that and then we knew we would have to be up for the physical battle.

    “I’m glad our quality shone through at the end, and you could see the talent we have from the goals we scored tonight.

    “Scoring four goals, keeping a clean sheet, a place in the next round and getting no new injuries has to be considered a really good day for us.”

    The boss was particularly fulsome in his praise for two-goal hero John Sutton and the returning Steve Jennings.

    Sutton was starting his first match since the 10th November and grasped the opportunity with both hands, with two clinical finishes, while Steve Jennings returned following a three-match suspension to boss the midfield sublimely, even scoring a header to cap his afternoon off.

    “Jennings quality is no surprise to me,” the 46-year old boss praised. “I tried to sign him when I was manager of Bradford and he put in the type of excellent performance I expect from him week-in week-out. He has good quality and he is a great leader.

    “I was always going to play John Sutton today, regardless of whether Nick and Alan were still here. John has been terrific this week and deserves his chance.

    “I know John has played out wide and a little deeper, but for me he is a centre-forward. Likewise I think Murph (Jamie Murphy) is a front-man and we are keen to get people playing in their best positions.

    “However we had a few really good performances today.”

    Motherwell face Dundee United on Wednesday, as The Steelmen enter a hectic phase of their season, but McCall insists he will continue to juggle coaching his squad with searching for bargains to strengthen his squad.

    “We have a small squad and we’ve lost Alan Gow and Nick Blackman this week. We’ll try to bring in a few people this month if we can.

    “I’m keen to get a left-sided player in to allow Murph and Sutton to play in their best positions. I’ve been down so many dead ends and then you think you are close, and someone else offers a few extra quid – but I had this at Bradford, I won’t let it get me down and I’ll work hard.”

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    Dundee win in pictures

    Pictures from the 4-0 win over Dundee in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round at Dens Park. These action shots and more are available to buy online at www.motherwellpics.com.

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    Dundee 0 – 4 Motherwell

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    Stuart McCall claimed his first win as Motherwell boss in style as the Steelmen hammered Dundee 4-0 at Dens Park.

    John Sutton opened the scoring inside three minutes when he found a yard of space inside the six-yard area to turn in a fine Jamie Murphy cross.

    The former Dundee man made it a personal brace and 2-0 to Motherwell minutes into the second half when he slotted home from inside the area following some sublime approach work from Jamie Murphy.

    Goals late on from Steve Jennings and Jamie Murphy ensured ‘Well went home with a handsome victory, and a late lunge from Leigh Griffiths on the reliable Steven Hammell meant the home side ended the match with ten men.

    Motherwell welcomed back influential midfielder Steve Jennings after his three-match ban. John Sutton and Marc Fitzpatrick also returned to the starting line-up in place of departed duo Nick Blackman and Alan Gow as ‘Well looked to halt a six-match run without a win,

    It didn’t take long for big Sutton to mark his return to the starting line-up with a goal. Jamie Murphy hared onto a lobbed through-ball and outpaced Craig McKeown in the left channel of the box. The Scotland Under 21 star proceeded to provide a perfect cutback for the former Dee, who fired in at the near post.

    Minutes later Chris Humphrey cut inside from his right-hand berth and fired a left-footed shot just over Rab Douglas’ bar as Motherwell started in blistering fashion. In particular, the pace of Humphrey and Murphy was testing the home defence.

    Following a whirlwind start from the Fir Park men Dundee started to come into the game as the half progressed, forcing a series of corners, although the Steelmen defence dealt with the Dark Blue threat with aplomb, with Darren Randolph in particularly commanding form.

    Despite some enterprising stuff from the home side, Motherwell were the next to create a clear-cut chance. Stevie Hammell floated in a superb corner kick and the excellent John Sutton rose highest to head towards the corner, forcing a top save from Douglas low to this left.

    A shot from distance five minutes before the break proved to be the closest Barry Smith’s men would come in the first period. Gary Harkins surged towards the edge of the area and fired a shot low, wide of Darren Randolph’s left-hand post.

    It was a case of déjà vu all over again in the second half as Motherwell once again flew out of the traps and scored within three minutes. The goal was a thing of beauty as Jamie Muphy dinked a delightful through pass over the stationary Dundee backline for John Sutton, and the English front-man calmly slotted home from eight yards.

    With their cup dreams dissipating, Dundee were quick to attempt a response and came within a matter of inches of halving the deficit moments later. The Dens Park side were given a disputed free-kick on the edge of the area, and sought-after Leigh Griffiths’ effort from the edge of the box took a massive deflection off the wall and struck the underside of the bar and was cleared off the line.

    Dee pushed and put a degree of pressure on the ‘Well defence, but McCall’s side showed admirable organization and resoluteness to keep out the energetic hosts.

    ‘Well survived a penalty shout as an uproarious Dens Park claimed for a spot-kick when Leigh Griffiths appeared to be running clear. The young striker fell to the ground in the box, with Craigan and Reynolds in close attention, and appealed in vain for the decision as Steve Conroy waved play on. 

    That decision was to come back to haunt the home side as Steve Jennings put the tie to bed with eight minutes left on the clock. Tom Hateley found space on the right flank and the former Reading man swung in a super ball for the returning Jennings, who bulleted his header past the helpless Rab Douglas.

    Icing was applied to the cake in the 87th minutes as the superb Jennings fed Jamie Murphy through on goal, and the 21-year old finished coolly to make it 4-0. The afternoon was soured further for Dundee as Leigh Griffiths stupidly lunged into a high, dangerous challenge on Stevie Hammell. Steve Conroy rightly sent Griffith packing to round off a nightmare for the hosts, and a more than satisfactory afternoon for McCall’s troops.

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    90+2 The referee ends the match.

    90+1 Stephen O’Donnell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley. Chris Humphrey restarts play with the free kick.

    90mins The ball is swung over by Chris Humphrey, clearance made by Craig McKeown.

    88mins Substitution Jamie Murphy goes off and Robert McHugh comes on.

    87mins Sent off The referee shows Leigh Griffiths a red card for serious foul play.

    87mins Unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell by Leigh Griffiths results in a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

    86mins GOAL – Jamie Murphy: Dundee 0 – 4 Motherwell Jamie Murphy finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee 0-4 Motherwell.

    84mins Substitution Ross Forbes on for Keith Lasley.

    80mins GOAL – Steve Jennings: Dundee 0 – 3 Motherwell Steve Jennings finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Dundee 0-3 Motherwell.

    79mins Jamie Murphy produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

    78mins Gary Harkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Steve Jennings takes the direct free kick.

    77mins Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen O’Donnell. Gary Harkins has an effort direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Darren Randolph.

    76mins Stephen O’Donnell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Direct free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

    76mins Stephen O’Donnell crosses the ball, save made by Darren Randolph.

    73mins John Sutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen O’Donnell. Rhys Weston restarts play with the free kick.

    72mins Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Forsyth on Chris Humphrey. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.

    71mins Kyle Benedictis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

    69mins Stephen O’Donnell concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Reynolds. Marc Fitzpatrick restarts play with the free kick.

    67mins Booking Booking for Gary Harkins for dissent.

    66mins Sean Higgins concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Reynolds. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

    66mins Booking Steve Jennings receives a yellow card.

    66mins Booking Darren Randolph is cautioned by the ref for dissent.

    65mins Booking Sean Higgins goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

    63mins Foul by Stephen Craigan on Leigh Griffiths, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gary Harkins.

    62mins Substitution Kyle Benedictis comes on in place of Johnny Stewart.

    61mins The ball is sent over by Craig Forsyth, clearance by Stevie Hammell.

    59mins Handball by John Sutton. Robert Douglas takes the free kick.

    58mins John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Forsyth. Matthew Lockwood restarts play with the free kick.

    57mins Stephen O’Donnell fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig McKeown.

    56mins Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lockwood by John Sutton. Rhys Weston takes the free kick.

    55mins The offside flag is raised against Leigh Griffiths. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

    54mins The official flags Leigh Griffiths offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

    53mins Corner taken by Stephen O’Donnell, clearance by Steve Jennings.

    52mins Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Forsyth, clearance by Stephen Craigan.

    49mins Inswinging corner taken by Stephen O’Donnell from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Tom Hateley.

    48mins Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Harkins by Keith Lasley. Strike on goal comes in from Leigh Griffiths from the free kick, blocked by Stephen Craigan.

    46mins GOAL – John Sutton: Dundee 0 – 2 Motherwell A goal is scored by John Sutton from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Dundee 0-2 Motherwell.

    46mins Matthew Lockwood challenges Marc Fitzpatrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

    45mins The referee starts the second half.

    45+1 Half Time – Dundee 0 – 1 Motherwel

    43mins Stephen O’Donnell takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

    43mins Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Reynolds on Sean Higgins. Stephen O’Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

    42mins Effort from 18 yards by Tom Hateley. Save by Robert Douglas.

    42mins Jamie Murphy delivers the ball, Matthew Lockwood manages to make a clearance.

    40mins Stephen O’Donnell has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

    32mins Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Matthew Lockwood. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

    31mins The offside flag is raised against Leigh Griffiths. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

    30mins Corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line, John Sutton takes a shot. Robert Douglas makes a fantastic save.

    29mins Jamie Murphy crosses the ball, Marc Fitzpatrick has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Craig McKeown gets a block in.

    27mins Foul by John Sutton on Craig Forsyth, free kick awarded. Gary Harkins restarts play with the free kick, Steve Jennings crosses the ball.

    26mins Centre by Mark Reynolds, clearance made by Rhys Weston.

    26mins Gary Irvine takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

    26mins Stephen O’Donnell decides to take the corner short.

    25mins Johnny Stewart sends in a cross, clearance by Stevie Hammell.

    25mins Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Forsyth, save made by Darren Randolph.

    22mins The ball is swung over by Tom Hateley, save by Robert Douglas.

    20mins Corner taken right-footed by Stephen O’Donnell to the near post.

    18mins Foul by Stephen Craigan on Matthew Lockwood, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen O’Donnell.

    17mins Centre by Tom Hateley, Rhys Weston makes a clearance.

    16mins Stephen O’Donnell takes a corner.

    16mins Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen O’Donnell. Free kick taken by Rhys Weston.

    12mins The assistant referee signals for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

    11mins Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stevie Hammell, Robert Douglas makes a save.

    9mins Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stevie Hammell, Matthew Lockwood makes a clearance.

    8mins The ball is crossed by Stevie Hammell, Rhys Weston manages to make a clearance.

    7mins The ball is delivered by Stevie Hammell, Gary Irvine makes a clearance.

    7mins Chris Humphrey decides to take a short corner.

    5mins Chris Humphrey produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

    2mins GOAL – John Sutton: Dundee 0 – 1 Motherwell John Sutton grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee 0-1 Motherwell.

    2mins Gary Harkins challenges Marc Fitzpatrick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.

    1mins The assistant referee signals for offside against Sean Higgins. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.

    1mins Sean Higgins concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lasley. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

    0mins The game gets underway.

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “We’ve certainly bust a few coupons today; I think with the excellent run Dundee have been on, combined with us not winning in six games, made some people see this as a likely shock of this round.

    “The early goal was vital for us and it really settled the lads down. We said before the game that we would try to work the channels, like Jamie Murphy did for the first goal. We would try to work them like that and then we knew we would have to be up for the physical battle.

    “I’m glad our quality shone through at the end, and you could see the talent we have from the goals we scored tonight.

    “Scoring four goals, keeping a clean sheet, a place in the next round and getting no new injuries has to be considered a really good day for us.”

    Dundee manager Barry Smith:

    “We’re very disappointed with the result. I don’t think the team becomes bad overnight so it’s a result we’re not happy with but, all-in-all, Motherwell deserved their victory.

    “They were more clinical than us; they defended better than us so they fully deserved the win.

    “The first goal was disappointing to lose, just when we were trying to bed us in. Motherwell’s experience meant they could sit and pick us off and, being a better side, they pressed us high up the park and didn’t give us any time on the ball but that’s something our players have to cope with.”

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    Dundee Fan Information

    Fans travelling to Dens Park tomorrow should attempt to arrive as early as possible with the anticipated large crowd potentially causing congestion at the turnstiles.

    Dundee fans have rallied magnificently around their club since plunging into administration for a second time and ‘Well fans always turn out in huge numbers on Scottish Cup weekends.

    Turnstiles will open at 12.15pm, one hour before kick-off, with Motherwell fans house in the Bob Shankly Stand behind the goals.

    Tickets, available on the turnstile, are priced at:

    ADULTS:   £15
    CONCESSIONS:                                               £5
    • Concessions are listed as Under 16s and over 60s
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Elaine MacDonald at the club on 01698 338009 or email tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk.
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    Humphrey desperate for another run

    Chris Humphrey grew up watching storied FA Cup runs in England, and the flying winger admits he is keen to create some cup history of his own.

    The Steelmen are already in the semi-final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup and will face Rangers later this month, and Humphrey believes ‘Well can replicate that achievement in the Scottish Cup.

    “Cup’s are a massive thing for this club, and we are lucky enough to be in the Semi-Finals of one cup and facing Dundee this weekend in the other,” the 21-year old said. “It would be nice to get equally far in this cup and create some good memories for the players and fans.

    “I used to watch all the Cup Finals down south when I was growing up and it is a special occasion. As a player you want to be on the winning side of cup matches and you want to become a hero.

    “Everybody wants to play in this game, have a good run, and be remembered at this football club.

    “We need to get a win after the recent run, and hopefully the new manager – and everyone trying to impress him – will mean that we can get a victory on the board.

    The former Shrewsbury Town winger also took time to praise the new boss Stuart McCall in front of the assembled press at Fir Park.

    McCall has been in charge of the club for a full week now and Humphrey, along with the rest of the squad, is already excited about the ideas and methods being implemented by the former Bradford City manager.

    “Training so far has been excellent with the gaffer. He has made it really enjoyable for all the lads and we are all desperate to come in and train and work hard,” Humphrey praised.

    “It’s clear from his sessions so far – and the type of player he was – that he wants people tight and people closing down and working hard. He says that as long as people do their best then he will be happy with us.”

    “I can’t wait to do more proper sessions with the new manager – and he’s already said that if any of the boys want to do extra sessions then he will take them so that’s brilliant because there are a lot of lads that like to do extra work.”