Mike's Moan: Look At Me… I'm Mark McGhee
Updated Tuesday, 7th August 2007
Has Mark McGhee got a magic wand - or was the previous management team just extremely inept???
Even the most pessimistic of Motherwell fans must have been pleasantly surprised, or damn well shocked, by the team's performance on Saturday. We were well organised, we passed the ball, we interchanged positions and most of all… we actually played quite well.
When I heard the team line-up for
I thought Porter also showed very encouraging signs, as he held the ball up well and linked the play superbly at times. In fact, I thought the front three were so good in the first half that I think McGhee has to stick with them for Saturday, even if McCormack is fit.
The rest of our team also showed signs of a dramatic improvement, so much so that I am finding it hard to find someone to moan about. The defence looked strong, with even Quinn coming on to some sort of a game in the second half. Lasley was excellent, although he should have been sent off, and O'Donnell put in a good shift for fifty minutes.
The only weak point in the team was Fitz, I don't like to single him out but he has been around for long enough now that he needs to start fulfilling his promise. I was almost oblivious to him playing in the first half, as he did very little. I would start with Mensing on Saturday, and if we can get more players in I would send Fitz out on loan - he isn't cutting it at this level and against the better teams he will definitely be found out.
We now have four home games in a row, or nearly, so we have to be looking at picking up a good few points. I know we can't get carried away, but the difference in the team was such that I think it will be hard to avoid.. If we can add a few more quality players to the pool, stay clear of injuries, surely we are going to have a good season.
Then again it is Motherwell, so I'll probably be moaning again next week.
MM Player Ratings:
G Smith - 6 (hopefully confidence is coming back)
P Quinn - 6 (I wouldn't play him but did ok)
J Paterson - 6 (half the man he used to be)
M Reynolds - 7 (getting better and better)
S Craigan - 8 (stand-out for me in defence)
P O'Donnell - 6 (still not sure)
K Lasley - 7 (very important to us)
M Fitzpatrick - 4 (in a word… duff!)
S McGarry - 8 (he showed signs of pace!)
D Clarkson - 8 (who would have believed it)
C Porter - 7 (very encouraging)