’Well stay on target to finish in second

James McFadden

James McFadden

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James McFadden takes no issue with Motherwell being overlooked this season despite still being on target to finish ‘best of the rest’.

The forward made his comeback from injury in Saturday’s win over St Johnstone and victories over Inverness (tonight) and Aberdeen on Sunday would see the Fir Park side secure second place in the league for the second season in a row.

He said: “It’s the old cliché, but we are taking one game at a time, we wanted to win the last three games and that is one down with two to go.

“If we play like we did we did in the first half against St Johnstone then I’m sure we’ll be fine, but it was important to get the performance levels back up after the defeat to Dundee United.

“The top six are all kind of similar and you need to win these games to earn the right to finish in the European spots.

“It’s back in our own hands so we keep going, our aim at the start of the season was the finish second and have a good run in the cups.

“Obviously it didn’t happen for us in the cups, but we can still be best of the rest in the league and that is a huge incentive.

“We’ve been a bit patchy at times, and while Aberdeen have dropped points in recent weeks we are where we are on merit.

“We haven’t received the same plaudits as them, but that comes with the territory as the club has done really well for several years now and I think it’s just expected we’ll be up there.

“The fact Aberdeen are back challenging and Dundee United have some great young talent is something new to talk about and just makes the league more exciting.”