Updated Thursday, 13th January 2005
Last week at Rugby Park saw a fairly uninspired match won by Kilmarnock after we made defensive lapses. Can Motherwell tighten up at the back and force them into mistakes this week?
Nobody really knows the answer to that question. In truth, we have not being playing as well as we can for a long time. It is only in recent weeks that results have started to go against us and Terry Butcher seems unsure of how to change things. In fairness to him, he does have his hands tied somewhat. Our squad is just about big enough to cope with a few injuries but it does leave Terry with few options to freshen things up. The midfield is clearly missing Phil O’Donnell and the defence has looked as shaky as it has done in months. Up front we have managed just one goal in our last three games. There are some problems to solve!
Steven Craigan’s new contract has hopefully settled him down and McBride is still learning some of the tricks about playing in the middle rather than out wide. We do miss his link up play with Corrigan and Foran on the right and that could be another reason why the chances have not been flowing quite so freely recently.
We have been strongly linked to Tam McManus of Hibs but it seems unlikely he would be able to play against Killie. And even if he was, what’s to say we would stop thumping balls up to our forwards anyway?
Kilmarnock are a typical Jim Jefferies side, they are big, strong and don’t give away anything at the back. Sadly, this is exactly the type of side we struggle against. Is there anything to suggest we can improve on last weeks showing? Not really. But we’ll only lose 1-0 this time.