Aberdeen - 24h On

Last updated : 13 August 2006 By Firparkcorner

We have managed only one win since April Fool's Day and that triumph was over a doomed Livi side. Our new manager is well aware of the strengths and weakness he inherited from Terry Butcher but in the two months since the handover only Ross McCormack has joined up.

The transfer window closes in just over a fortnight and the pressure to find new faces increases. Mo has let it be known that he seeks a left back and at least one midfielder. But we need more than a couple of new faces. We need to find the winning mentality which carried most of the present squad to the success they enjoyed in recent seasons. Finding the way to raise the spirits and instil self belief could be the manager's first major test.

Despite the loss on Saturday it has to be acknowledged that we saw an improvement over the fiasco at Paisley. McDonald pressed defenders and forced them to lose possession several times. He looked more involved than in recent games and playing for ninety minutes should help him to reach his peak condition.

Reynolds inclusion at centre back proved to be a revelation. He looked more than competent in the role and though he was rarely under pressure from a fairly poor Aberdeen side, he should have done his chances of a recall next week no harm.

The misunderstanding between Craigan and Smith for the first goal should not give rise for too much concern. It was an unusual mistake and not typical of the pair. The goal gave the Dons the confidence they had been lacking up to that point and had they not received the gift the final outcome could have been different. At least there was no shouting match in the style of Philliben and Dykstra!

So what of our chances next week? Easter Road has never been a happy hunting ground for Motherwell but there are always grounds for optimism. Hibs are without a win this season and they don't seem to be the force they were last year. An away win would lift us off the bottom. That would lift the spirits!