Stephen Robinson believes Saturday’s clash with Kilmarnock is a big game for a number of reasons.
The ‘Well boss admits that three points could not only stretch the club away from any potential relegation worries, but could present the ‘Well with real top six aspirations.
In Kilmarnock though, Robinson’s side come up against tough opposition.
“I was at Kilmarnock’s game against Dundee and it was a good game, an exciting game and Killie have been on a fantastic run,” the manager said.
[pullquote]But so have we. We’ve won four, drawn two and lost just once since the break, so we’ve been quietly doing it whilst other sides have maybe got plaudits.[/pullquote]
“That’s fine though,” he added. “We did the same in the first half of the season and we don’t mind doing that – picking up results and people not making too much of it.”
With Motherwell and Kilmarnock level on points and with the same goal difference, the Steelmen only find themselves ahead of Killie due to goals scored.
And the manager is aware that Saturday is a big match.
“My first priority is to stay in the division,” the Northern Irishman said. “So this is the potential of another three points and making sure that’s a reality.
[pullquote]Obviously we can look up the way too because it will be a big game in the battle for the top six and keeping our run going.[/pullquote]
“We’re looking forward to it, Killie are on a good run and Steve Clarke’s done a good job there, a really, really good job.”
The manager addressed team news ahead of the Premiership encounter, revealing the extent of Peter Hartley’s injury lay-off.
He said: “Peter won’t require surgery but he will be out for a minimum of two months. He has a problem with his foot that was rather innocuous when he was jogging in training.”