Mark McGhee’s side host Dundee at Fir Park on Saturday in the Steelmen’s fourth league game of the season.
And after leaving Ibrox last weekend feeling hard done by, Motherwell will be eager to bounce back.
Scott McDonald gave the ‘Well a first-half lead in front of 48,00o onlookers, but in heart-breaking fashion the hosts levelled on the hour mark before snatching all three points in the dying minutes.
But with the performances of every player in the starting eleven encouraging the manager, the players and the fans – Motherwell will look to set the record straight back in front of the home support.
Dundee currently sit sixth in the Ladbrokes Premiership, just a point ahead of the Fir Parkers, and Saturday’s match could prove to be a huge factor on both sides push for a top-half finish later in the season.
The Dark Blues, like Motherwell, lost narrowly to Rangers after getting their campaign off to a flying start away to Ross County, coming away with a 3-1 win.
Frustrated by Hamilton Accies in their last fixture, Paul Hartley’s men, like McGhee’s, will be keen to improve on recent results.
Tickets for the match are available from the Fir Park Ticket Office now priced at:
|ADULTS:|| £23/£19 |
|CONCESSIONS || £16/£15|
- Concessions are listed as 60 and over, 16-18 year olds and over and full time students with a valid matriculation card
- Juveniles are listed as 15 & under
- The Cheaper priced ticket is for the East Stand only
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- Away fans are located in the South Stand
- HOSPITALITY IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS FIXTURE
6ft 4in English defender Ben Heneghan believes Motherwell can bounce back to winning ways on Saturday.
The summer signing admitted that the Steelmen can afford to focus on their own performances and challenge any team in the top-flight.
Speaking to the press this morning, Heneghan said: “[The Rangers defeat] was heart-breaking in a way – the last kick of the game and especially when you play the way we played, I thought we were brilliant and to lose at the end was a kick in the stomach.”
Despite the loss, the centre-back felt it was still a learning curve in his career so far.
He said: “It was brilliant to play in a game like that and I’ve never played in a stadium like that where there was 48,000 fans watching on.
“That was massive for me and my development and I thoroughly enjoyed it – but next time we go there hopefully we can get the three points.”
[pullquote]We’ve learned from the Rangers game and each match I just try to get better and better and learn from the players like McManus.[/pullquote]
He added: “We’ve learned from the Rangers game and each match I just try to get better and better and learn from the players like McManus to get better in my career.”
And on Saturday’s opponents Dundee, Heneghan admits that he aims to stick to doing what he does best for the team, alongside McManus, who the Englishman has formed a solid partnership with.
He said: “I’ll look over clips of Dundee before we face them, then from there I just have to play my way and do what I can for the team.
“We have to go into any game believing that we can challenge anyone, do what we have worked on and see if teams can deal with us.”
Today’s visitors Dundee arrive on the back of a 1-1 draw with Hamilton Academical and currently occupy sixth spot in the table.
And for manager Paul Hartley, it was a disappointing showing from his side, as he claimed post match that he “couldn’t accept” the performance from his team, despite the fact that they moved joint-top of the league, albeit just for a matter of hours.
Darren Lyon stunned Dundee with a incredible 25-yard strike, but Mark O’Hara responded after he was left unmarked to side-foot home Danny Williams’ corner almost immediately afterwards.
Darian MacKinnon missed a sitter on the resumption for Accies, but Rory Loy, Yordi Tejsse and Danny Williams all missed chances to win it for Dundee.
The hosts dominated all afternoon but couldn’t find the winning goal as they were unable to take their chances.
The 2016/17 season represents an opportunity to return the club to a top half finish.
Appointed in 2014, the ex-Hearts midfielder got off to a brilliant start to his Dee managerial career – guiding the club to the Championship title followed by a sixth placed spot in the top flight in the 2014/15 season.
‘Well fans need no reminder that that was the season the club slumped into the Premiership play-offs and survived in stunning fashion by beating Rangers 6-1 on aggregate.
Last season though, Dundee finished eighth as the Steelmen surged to fifth, and matches like today’s are huge for both sides who have set their sights on the top-six.
For the Dark Blues though, it won’t be plain sailing after they lost a number of key players from their squad.
Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings both left for the English leagues and are the biggest losses in terms of goals.
Two such important players will always be hard to replace, but with the captures of Faisal El Bakhtaoui from Dunfermline and Michael Duffy on loan from champions Celtic, Paul Hartley may have found a source of goals for his side. James Vincent swapped Inverness CT for the Dark Blues and could bring a creative spark in midfield.
Both Mark McGhee and Paul Hartley will be confident in their sides chances this weekend, as in the three games last season the ‘Well won once, drew once and lost once – making this one tough to call for the neutrals.
The last time the two sides met at Fir Park though, Dundee couldn’t deal with McGhee’s men going forward and the Steelmen dominated and won 3-1.
With a big season ahead for Paul Hartley and his side, they will be coming in to today’s match fired up for the occasion and will prove to be a tough test for McGhee’s Motherwell