Motherwell return to Premiership action on Saturday, with Hamilton visiting Fir Park for the second Lanarkshire derby of the season.
It is a welcome return to home comforts for Stephen Robinson and his squad, who have endured a difficult run on the road of late.
Motherwell won the only encounter between the two sides this season, with Peter Hartley’s finish from a corner enough for the win at New Douglas Park.
And manager Stephen Robinson is confident of drawing a close to the year with three points on Saturday.
Not only could ‘Well extend the gap over Accies in ninth, but there is the potential of sealing a spot in the top six going in to 2018.
“We’re looking forward to it, it’s a local derby and obviously for the fans it’s something to get the bragging rights for.
“We need to turn our form around now. We’ve been away from home a lot so it gives us another opportunity to get the fans right behind us and we go in to the game confident again.”
One man in particular who is relishing the derby clash is Craig Tanner – who insists the Steelmen have not been short of determination despite a poor run of results in recent weeks.
The Englishman aims to head in to the winter break on the back of a win and is ready to continue his positive run of form, having notched five goals and six assists this term.
Speaking to the broadcast press this afternoon, the 23-year-old looked ahead to the game against Accies and also discussed the imminent departure of Louis Moult.
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“When you watch us in training I think our determination is there and even in the performances against Kilmarnock and Rangers you could see it. “
Hamilton will be without captain Michael Devlin through injury and Giannis Skondras through suspension, whilst the Steelmen will be missing Chris Cadden, Elliott Frear and Louis Moult through injury, whilst Carl McHugh is suspended.
Motherwell v Hamilton Academical
|Saturday 30th December 2017|
Tickets on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office or pay at the gate.
Admission prices are as follows:
- 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.
If you can’t make it on Saturday, don’t miss the action by tuning in to mixlr.com/motherwellfc for live commentary or follow the match on Twitter @MotherwellFC
You can see the match highlights on MFC TV’s YouTube channel, as well as full reaction and a match report right here on the official website.
The Cooper Bar is open for both sets of supporters to enjoy pre-match food and drink from 11am. Children are welcome.
Chris Cadden and Elliot Frear will also be in the bar from 12.45pm in the Signing Zone. Come along and get your photograph taken and get an autograph.