No ‘magic’ secret to away success

Kenny Black
Kenny Black

Motherwell assistant manager Kenny Black has dismissed a suggestion of ‘magic‘ strips and says that playing away from home may just suit the team better.

The Fir Parkers have lost just one game away from home this season, and won every time they have been kitted out in silver, but have suffered three league defeats at home.

They continued their excellent form at McDiarmid Park on Saturday with a 3-0 win over St Johnstone, who coincidentally had won the corresponding fixture at Fir Park by the same scoreline earlier in the season.

Black said: “We have been very comfortable playing away from home and I don’t think it has anything to do with magic strips or any such nonsense.

“The home team generally is expecting to press the play and we have players who can exploit that and hit quickly on the break.

“I think the problem is that when we are at home we aren’t quite as good at dictating the play, but having said that our record hasn’t been all that bad as our only defeats have come against the Old Firm and St Johnstone, who have a pretty impressive away record in their own right.”

St Mirren are 12 points behind ’Well in the SPL table but Black doesn’t expect an easy task when they face the Paisley side at Fir Park on Saturday.

He said: “They are a team who have aspirations of breaking into the top six and we’re under no illusions. We will be in for a tough game.

“The only difference is we’ve been on a good run, whereas they’ve struggled a bit with consistency, but this is the side who went to Ibrox a couple of months ago and got a very good 1-1 draw so they can be dangerous.”

Full story in December 15 edition of Times & Speaker