Hammy wants big push for Europe

Stevie Hammell looks on as Zaine Francis-Angol challenges Sean Clohessy in 'Well's first defeat  to bottom six opposition this season.

Stevie Hammell looks on as Zaine Francis-Angol challenges Sean Clohessy in 'Well's first defeat to bottom six opposition this season.

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Motherwell vice-captain Stevie Hammell has called on his side to make one last big push to secure second place in the Scottish Premiership.

’Well had won just three of their matches against top six opposition this season ahead of their trip to Inverness on Tuesday, but a win there moved them up to second place for 24 hours.

With Saturday’s visit to St Mirren being the last of the regular season and only five post-split fixtures between ’Well and a place in Europe, Hammell says that record must improve.

He said: “We suffered a bad defeat to Kilmarnock on Saturday, but there haven’t been too many this season and hopefully can regain our form between now and the end of the season and the Inverness victory was the first step in that.

“The fact we have only four wins against top six opposition is far from ideal, but isn’t something we have really thought about.

“We approach every game the same and there hasn’t been a noticeable difference in the levels across the league, they are all hard games.

“We’ve had an incredible record against the bottom six, but it could be better against the top six and will need to be if we are to meet our aim for the season.

“Top three would be an great achievement, but given we just missed the chance to go second on Saturday, that is really what we are looking for.

“We have a good bunch of lads here, very rarely are there falling outs or having to grab people ‘to have a word’, we speak every day and know one last big push will be required in the coming weeks.

“We will be playing all the top sides in the league so it will be tough, but if we can maintain the togetherness we’ve had all season that will go a long way to getting us to where we want to be.”

’Well kick off their post-split fixtures with a home match against Celtic on Saturday, April 19, at 12.45pm.

This is followed by an away trip to Dundee Utd on Saturday, April 26, at 3pm, then a home double header against St Johnstone on Saturday, May 3, at 3pm and Inverness on Wednesday, May 7, at 7.45pm.

They complete the 2013/14 season with an away trip to Aberdeen on Sunday, May 11, at 12.15pm.