Motherwell host Greenock Morton in arguably the toughest fixture of the Fir Parkers Betfred Cup group.
Following the 5-1 victory over Queen’s Park, Stephen Robinson’s men prepare for Jim Duffy’s Morton – who come in to the clash on the back of a penalty victory over the Spiders midweek.
And with things starting to gel in the Fir Park camp, Robinson is feeling optimistic, but knows the Ton will be a difficult challenge.
“It’s been good this week,” Robinson said, “because it goes a lot easier and a lot quicker when you’ve won a game and we won the game comfortably – it was a good performance.
“It’s still very much pre-season and I know the competitive games have started but people are still finding their feet and still finding an understanding for each other.”
He added: “I went to watch Morton the other night – it was a good game and Queen’s Park did well against them.
“But I’m expecting a tough challenge from Jim Duffy’s side who are always up for it, will be aggressive and put balls in behind and they’ll be well organised too.”
With the likes of Michael Tidser, Gary Harkins and ex-Well man Ross Forbes, the middle of the park will be a key area of the park tomorrow afternoon.
And one man who could play a crucial role is summer signing Andy Rose, who is relishing the challenge awaiting him this season.
The 27-year-old ex-Seattle Sounder’s star said: “It’s been a really enjoyable month full of hard work, as you’d expect. Everybody at the club has been very supportive so it’s been a really easy transition.
“Hampden was a fantastic experience last week. It’s obviously an amazing stadium to play in with a beautiful pitch so to kick the season off there was a great experience.”
When asked about the competition for a spot in the starting eleven, the Australian added: “It’s hugely important for any club and I expected that coming in. I’m excited about that and I think that pushes you as a player.
“I’m at a point in my career now where I really want to take a step forward and I think the only way you do that is by developing and getting better every single day.
“Being pushed to your limit in training every day, that’s something the manager certainly does here – the training is very intense – and as long as you have guys pushing you for a spot you’re going to get better so it’s a great squad to be a part of.”
|Motherwell V Greenock Morton|
|Saturday 22nd July 2017|
|Fir Park, Motherwell|
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