No time off as Fir Parkers get ready for Aberdeen rematch

Mark Reynolds and Aberdeen make a quick return to Fir Park on Saturday for a rematch with Jamie Murphy and Motherwell
Mark Reynolds and Aberdeen make a quick return to Fir Park on Saturday for a rematch with Jamie Murphy and Motherwell

Motherwell’s players had no time to feel sorry for themselves over Sunday’s Scottish Cup exit as they went straight back into training on Monday ahead of the same opposition, Aberdeen, coming calling in the SPL this Saturday.

‘Well assistant boss Kenny Black insisted there was no time to give the players a day off if they are to be ready for the rematch.

He said: “Last week was a long week so we had more time to prepare, but this time with the game on Saturday we felt it was better just to get the players back in as quickly as possible.

“There isn’t anything particularly unusual in that as while those who were on the bench or didn’t feature did a full session. The guys who were in action just did a light session with physio.”

The Dons went through to a semi-final tie with Hibernian courtesy of two Rory Fallon goals as Black felt nothing went right for his side.

He said: “It was really disappointing as we thought we had a great chance to get through to the semi-final, but everything that could go wrong did.

“Stephen Craigan got injured in the warm-up, then we had the controversy surrounding their first goal, we missed a penalty, Shaun Hutchinson went off with a head knock and Keith Lasley was red carded.

“Even then we came really close and with 10 men could have nicked an equaliser towards the end.”

’Well will be without the suspended Hutchinson, Lasley and Tim Clancy for Saturday’s match and Black called on the fringe players to make an impact.

He said: “We have always said we were okay if we kept with the same 11, 12, 13 players, but now it is time for the rest of the squad to step up for the cause.”

Black insists despite facing Aberdeen for the second time in less than a week three points are more important than revenge.

He said: “Yes, it’s the same opposition, but we aren’t thinking about ‘revenge’, all we are interested in is the three points to maintain our position in the table.

“We haven’t spoken about the Champions League or finishing second or anything like that, we are still looking behind us.

“Hearts won at Ibrox, Dundee United are on an unbelievable run and St Johnstone aren’t that far behind us, so with two or three bad results everything could change.”