Hammell refuses to give up on rest of the field

Stevie Hammell (left) rushes over to help Iain Vigurs deal with Jordan McGhee of Hearts at Tynecastle
Stevie Hammell (left) rushes over to help Iain Vigurs deal with Jordan McGhee of Hearts at Tynecastle
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Stevie Hammell denies it‘s a two-horse race between Motherwell and Aberdeen to finish second in the Scottish Premiership.

’Well made it six wins in a row at Tynecastle and lie third, a point behind the Dons and nine ahead of Dundee United and Inverness.

However, Hammell believes neither side should be discounted just yet.

He said: “Given the run we’ve been on and given Hearts’s form a lot of people tipped us to win, but we knew ourselves it was never going to be easy.

“We’ve won some games ugly and that’s just as important as the 4-0s and 5-1s, so it’s good even when we aren’t playing well we’re still victorious and it’s excellent to be part of.

“League wise we are well ahead of where we were last season and everyone said how well we did then, so we are delighted, but we aren’t getting carried away.

“Right now it’s between us and Aberdeen, but I think there will be a few twists and turns to come and all Dundee United and Inverness need to do is go on a similar run to ourselves and they will be right back in it.”

’Well’s last tasted defeat in a 5-0 home defeat to Celtic, and Hammell wants to erase that memory at Parkhead on Saturday.

He said: “We’ll work hard as we always do to be prepared for the game and we couldn’t be going there with any more confidence.

“We realise it is the toughest game that you get in Scotland so we’ll be ready for it and hopefully our form can continue.”