Scott McDonald's hamstring injury is the last thing Motherwell need as they build up their preparation. He will be unavailable for the next few weeks and a forced reshuffle will be needed.
It is fair to say that the last two meetings with St Mirren will figure high up on the horror list. Indeed, the 3-0 cup thrashing will live long in the memory of anyone unfortunate enough to be there for all the wrong reasons. The league game this August was also dire but at least that was a bit more expected. However the weight of expectation is now on our shoulders – we have improved significantly in the last month and half and we have a great chance to drag ourselves further towards mid-table. Not only that, a win would pull St Mirren ever closer to the relegation dogfight. It is unlikely changing managers will provide overnight solutions to Dundee United and Dunfermline but just in case they do improve it would be nice to put more points on the board.
St Mirren made a brilliant start to their league campaign but since then they have been inconsistent. Being selective with all the information available allows us to point out they have taken just 9 points from their last 10 league games while we have amassed 8 from our last 5. Despite their higher position we are the form team and as such this is a game we must be looking to win. They may still be without John Potter who broke his foot a few weeks ago. That would mean ancient Andy Millen would continue in their back line but, as good a player as he is, we should be able to take some advantage from his lack of pace.
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David Clarkson will regain a starting place given McDonald's absence and he'll be paired with Elliott. The pair will be able to use their speed to some effect and it could be that Foran could be pushed to an advanced position to build a three pronged attack.
In all likelihood this game won't be pretty and will be a battle. We've shown we can cope with similar teams to us in recent weeks and we emerged with lots of credit (and a point!) from our trips to Glasgow. Let's hope we can keep moving in the right direction despite McDonald's absence with a 2-1 win.