The display on the superb surface on Saturday was very impressive. The team were composed, confident and not intimidated by the big names in the Rangers' team. They resisted the temptation to lump the ball up the park whenever possible and showed good control during both short and long passing moves.
One of the many revelations which is now apparent is the flexibility which the manager has introduced. Not only do we seem comfortable in a variety of formations but the players seem able to switch positions whenever the need arises. Saunders, Hateley and Reynolds spring to mind as examples.
Ross has a bash
Our new right back looks like a good find. Moutaouakil has plenty of speed and a willingness to move up the wing at every opportunity. He provided a few tasty crosses and it seems only a matter of time before he lays on a goal.
Motherwell conceded only seven fouls during the game. It is obvious that the best way to defend set pieces is to deny them to the opposition and our tactic worked a treat. We tackled and pressed when Rangers had possession but we were sensible and resisted the temptation to trip and tug the jersey.
We play Dundee United, Hibs and Falkirk before meeting the other half of the Old Firm in the middle of October. If we are still in the top six after that quartet of games then it will be difficult to resist the expectation that this could be a season to remember. Our first thoughts that 09/10 would be a season of reconstruction will be cast aside as we urge the team on to a European spot.
In the meantime we have the diversion of another Cup competition to amuse us. Both clubs are to be congratulated for posting gate prices of £10 & £5 for the tie on 22 September. Given that the full priced affair against Rangers attracted only 9355 through the turnstiles it might be that financial realism could win the day. Let's hope that the same policy applied if we reach the quarter and semi-finals.