After a hard week on the road Motherwell are back on home turf on Saturday when Livingston make their first visit to Fir Park in twelve years.
Following their exit from the League Cup (thanks to a Danny Johnson goal) and the arrival of Gary Holt in the manager’s job Livingston have surprised us all with their excellent form.
April 2006: Motherwell v Livingston
St Mirren, Hibs, Hamilton and Rangers have been beaten and a goalless draw with Hearts combined to shoot Livingston up to third place in the table. Some may be reconsidering their thoughts about the end of season relegation candidates.
The core of the squad that won promotion last season remain and they seem determined to survive and thrive in the top flight. The key has been their stout defence as five clean sheets testify. They play to get the ball into the opposition penalty area as quickly as possible. Long balls, counter attacks and high energy levels have delivered.
Stephen Robinson suggested in the aftermath of a fourth consecutive defeat that his loyalty to certain players will have to end. Changes will be made.
There seems to be little room for manoeuvre in attack or defence so we can expect a midfield shake up in this last game before yet another international break. Andy Rose was on the bench last week so we can expect to see him start this time. He may be joined by David Turnbull – his two contributions as a substitute this season suggest that a first start may arrive soon.
The eleven picked to start the game will know that they have to match and overcome an opposition that has found success through dogged hard work. The addition of a big vocal support may help to tip the balance in favour of a 2-0 home win.