Next up - St Johnstone

Motherwell travel to Perth on Saturday in search of a result to brighten up the dark winter days.  McDiarmid Park has not been a happy hunting ground for the Fir Park side in recent seasons.  Can we turn the tide?

Our hosts are on the best run in Tommy Wright’s reign with six wins and two draws in the last eight games.  It was no surprise to see the manager rewarded with a further extension to his contract.  Confidence is high as shown by the two goal win at Pittodrie last weekend.

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Lasley leads out the last Motherwell team to win in Perth

In contrast Motherwell’s mixed bag of results this season illustrates the lack of consistency that has frustrated players and fans alike  A look at our record in Perth does nothing to cheer us those who will head north from Lanarkshire.   Since Jamie Murphy’s brace and a Nicky Law goal delivered a win in November 2012 we have endured a horrible time in the Fair City.  Only two draws have broken the run of defeats in the nine visits since then.

On a more positive note there are signs of a return to a more determined Motherwell attitude.  Our draw against Celtic was followed by a decent showing at Tynecastle.  The blunt nature of our attack was the only flaw.

Throughout the campaign Stephen Robinson has experimented with all permutations of his four main strikers but the introduction of James Scott in the closing minutes last Saturday may influence his attacking plans on Perth.

Charles Dunne seems to have completed his first full match since his long lay-off without mishap and his return to regular duty must be an advantage.

Few of the travelling support will return home unhappy if we take a point after a 1-1 draw.

Remember our last visit to McDiarmid?