What's Going On?
In the middle of last year I applied to spend a year of my university degree in
Of course after a week away from Scottish newspapers, Irn Bru and square sausage, I was desperate to find out how we did against
This is when the twighlight zone music started. As most Motherwell fans know, we do not win at Easter Road. Ever. Even when we pounded them for the first half and went in one up at the break, I would have settled for a point. However, the team were beginning to show a maturity which was lacking last season. The players were comfortable on the ball and whilst we were not making chances like before, we were comfortable in possession and easily containing our hosts. Clarkson's second wrapped it up and we had our first victory at Easter Road in nine years.
The Celtic match was a predictable throw back to last season, as was Forfar. This is a positive, if slightly stunned, article though so those performances will not be dwelt on. Things began to get really bizarre when we visited Tannadice. By a strange quirk of fate, my best mate over here is an Arab. He shared my view that no matter how good we were or how bad they were, a home win was the most probable outcome. Having recently seen the highlights of the game, I think that this match, rather than Hibs, was when things really started to go right. Last year every bit of luck we received was bad and things went wrong whenever possible. This time we were awarded the soft penalty against the run of play and even when the referee evened things up, McIntyre fluffed his kick. Owen Coyle is getting on a bit but you would have put your mortgage on him equalising late on - instead, he missed the unmissable.
It is worth remembering that the last time we had a season when we felt lucky was 1999 / 2000. Our season was filled with late goals and flukey moments - none more so than the late 2-1 win over St Johnstone in April to keep us fourth when a loss would have dropped us to sixth. It is clear that this year we are much better side than we were before for a variety of reasons but perhaps we are getting the breaks we previously found so hard to find.
The 1-1 draw against Rangers was another pleasing performance but, as arrogant as it sounds, we have grown accustomed to shocking the Old Firm at
It has occured to me on several occasions that our good run of form has coincided with me leaving the country. You will all be sad to hear that I do plan to return for the crucial Christmas period although I do feel that losses to Celtic and Hearts should not earn me a life ban from
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