Motherwell travel to Hamilton on Saturday for the third league game of the new season. An away win will allow us to leapfrog our neighbours and lift some of the gloom brought on by recent falterings.
Both teams said farewell to any lingering League Cup dreams last weekend. Motherwell lost to Hearts while the Accies departed thanks to a Dom Thomas goal for Kilmarnock in extra-time.
Our hosts have had some joy in the league. Their 2-0 win over Kilmarnock was impressive given that they were reduced to ten players for much of the game but Brian Easton has yet to complete his two match suspension and he will be a spectator on Saturday.
Brian Rice kept Accies above the play-off spot last season then followed that with the usual close season shuffle. A few well kent faces have moved on, notably Dougie Imrie and Ziggy Gordon.
Hamilton scored eight in the Betfred group stage and another two at Rugby Park last Saturday. On the downside they conceded three in Dingwall in the league opener.
Stephen Robinson made his displeasure abundantly clear following the team’s display last Friday. He let the players know that an improvement was needed if certain individuals wished to retain a place in the eleven.
Jake Carroll is now clear of suspension and we can assume he will resume duties at left back. Richard Tait will revert to the right side of the defence. Chris Long scored the consolation goal against Hearts and he will hope to start. Will the manager start with Sherwin Seedorf and Jermaine Hylton? We will have to wait until the team lines are revealed.
Motherwell were unbeaten in Hamilton last season with a win and a draw giving four points from a possible six. Travelling fans will outnumber the home support and they will be delighted to take away three points after a 2-0 win.