Motherwell ended 2013 second in the Scottish Premiership after back-to-back wins over Aberdeen and Partick Thistle.
Lionel Ainsworth was the hero on Boxing Day in a 1-0 win at Pittodrie, and was on the scoresheet again as ’Well ran rampant at Firhill on Sunday in a 5-1 victory.
Thistle took the lead as former Fir Park winger Steven Lawless gave the home side the lead in the eighth minute.
However, it didn’t take ’Well long to get level as on 15 minutes James McFadden jinked into the box and set up Keith Lasley to score from an acute angle.
On 21 minutes they took the lead as Zaine Francis-Angol played a one-two with Stevie Hammell and beat Scott Fox at the near post for his first goal in claret and amber.
McFadden lobbed in number three on 36 minutes after Gabriel Piccolo’s fresh air scissor kick at Henri Anier’s ball forward
The goals continued after the break and on 56 minutes Aaron Taylor-Sinclair’s loose pass was seized upon by Lasley who fed Ainsworth to shoot home.
Number five came on 65 minutes as Iain Vigurs smacked the ball high into the air, Piccolo lost its flight and it came off the back of his head for substitute John Sutton to thump the ball past Fox.
It was McFadden’s first start for over a month and he admitted asking for a chance through the middle.
He said: “It was a great result and a great performance by the lads, over the last few weeks the performances have got better and better so hopefully can keep it going into the next couple of games.
“It’s was great to get back on the scoresheet, I’ve been harassing the manager to give me a chance up front and thankfully got a game against Partick and I really enjoyed it.
“That’s four wins in a row and I think we just need to carry on with what we have been doing and hopefully this winning run can continue.
“Earlier on we were getting results without really performing, but now we are getting both the performances and the results and we just need to take that on.
“The confidence is high, the manager has shown he is going to use the squad and chop and change it, using different systems and different players so we all have to have to be ready when called upon and we are definitely up for the challenge.
“As I say we didn’t play well at the start of the season, but we are starting to gel and just need to enjoy it while it lasts.”
There is no let up in ’Well’s festive fixtures, but after two away trips come two home matches.
First up St Johnstone come calling on New Year’s Day and then on Saturday it’s Inverness Caledonian Thistle.