The dust has hardly settled from Wednesday’s clash with Celtic but attention now has to focus on Saturday’s trip to Tynecastle. The team can be pleased with the attitude that earned an unexpected point and more of the same will be needed when we face Hearts.
Motherwell fans left Fir Park happy that we managed to snatch a point from a game that always looked like a defeat. The early loss of two central defenders forced a reorganisation and cost the opening goal. Celtic dominated possession but spurred on by Gillespie’s penalty save we matched the Glasgow team.
The wall held
David Turnbull had another fine game. He has the ability to be calm and confident with the ball at his feet as well as an eye for the pass. Add to that a decent shot and a healthy attitude in the tackle and we have a prized asset. Let’s hope he can be persuaded to stay for a few more years.
The equaliser combined good work from Main and Turnbull with a pinpoint shot from Johnson. The strike had us off our seats and drew an avalanche of praise from the pundits.
The spirit shown against Aberdeen and Celtic only highlights the mystery of the insipid showing at Livingston. The contrast in belief and attitude must drive the management mad with frustration.
We have three away fixtures (Hearts, St Johnstone and Celtic) before a return home for the visit of St Mirren on 22 December. If we are to have any hope of adding to our 15 points the fight shown in home games must be taken on the road.
Much has been made of the injury problems faced by Craig Levein’s side but there will be no sympathy from Stephen Robinson. Our manager saw three defenders limp off early on Wednesday.
Connor Sammon will not play against his home club so we’ll have two from Main, Johnson and Bowman up front. There will be some late decisions about our back line.
Another strong showing may produce another 1-1 draw.