Can Motherwell beat the odds this weekend?

Last updated : 08 September 2009 By Firparkcorner

Terry Butcher was steering the club through our period of administration and we were at the bottom of the table some 40 points behind Rangers who were leading the league. Three weeks earlier we had thrashed Hearts 6-1 then drawn a couple so our hopes were high that an upset was possible.

The visitors, unbeaten that season, fielded an experienced eleven (Klos, Ricksen, Muscat, Amoruso, Moore, Malcolm, Ferguson, de Boer, Caniggia, Mols, Lovenkrands) and Alex McLeish must have expected that another three points would be Ibrox bound. Our young guns (Dubourdeau, Hammell, Corrigan, Kinniburgh, Cowan, Pearson, Leitch, Partridge, Adams, Lehmann, McFadden) had other ideas.

We had much the better of the first half but no goal was scored before the break. Willie Young had angered the home fans with a few of his decisions but hopes were high that we might make the breakthrough.

The goal came after 65 minutes. Lehmann outfoxed Amoruso in jumping for a crossed ball, Cowan then headed to Faddy and a toe poke from the six yard line had the Cooper Stand on its feet as the ball ran over the line.

Dubordeau had a superb game and he played a major part in fending off the Rangers' onslaught that followed. He was given a standing ovation at the end of the game as Motherwell moved from the foot of the table.

On Saturday, for the first time in a few years, Motherwell fans will be back in the Cooper Stand for the visit of Rangers. Maybe it's time for a repeat performance, this time from Jim Gannon's young guns!