’Well strengthened for return to action

Motherwell's Stevie Hammell and Keith Lasley join Jim Goodwin (St Mirren), Scott Allan and Dylan McGeouch (both Hibernian) to laiunch the Match Attax Trading Card Game at Hampden Park.
Motherwell's Stevie Hammell and Keith Lasley join Jim Goodwin (St Mirren), Scott Allan and Dylan McGeouch (both Hibernian) to laiunch the Match Attax Trading Card Game at Hampden Park.

Motherwell will be a stronger force following the international break, according to assistant manager Kenny Black.

Only Paul Lawson and Adam Cummins remain on the injured list, with even long term casualty Craig Moore now looking to get back playing for the under-20s before pushing for a return to the first team.

Black said: “You want to go into the international break on the back of a good result, but twice this season it hasn’t happened.

“We brought back five players in the last game against Partick Thistle. You might only want to add one or two at a time, but we felt we needed to freshen things up.

“It didn’t really work, but the game time will have done them good as well as another fortnight in training.

“In addition Craig Reid and Jack Leitch, who missed Firhill, are back in contention so we are in a much better place and will be much better prepared ahead of the visit of Dundee on Saturday.”

Black admits that at present ’Well can’t afford to concentrate on anyone but themselves, but knows the Dens Park side will be dangerous.

He said: “The two promoted teams, Dundee and Hamilton Accies, have been a breath of fresh air in the league.

“Hamilton have continued their early season form and although Dundee have tailed off a bit they are a big club and will be looking to establish themselves in the top flight again.

“We really have to just worry about ourselves at the moment. We have been so inconsistent that we can’t afford to be thinking about the opposition too much.

“However, we know they possess threats and we will need to work hard for a win.”