Second place is still the target

Zaine Francis-Angol came off the bench against Nottingham Forest to set up Motherwell's goal.
Zaine Francis-Angol came off the bench against Nottingham Forest to set up Motherwell's goal.
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Zaine Francis-Angol says there is no reason why Motherwell can’t match last season’s second place in the Scottish Premiership.

Kuban Krasnodar come calling in the Europa League qualifiers tomorrow (Thursday), but on Sunday there is the small matter of a trip to Hibs to kick-off the league campaign.

Francis-Angol said: “We have lost a lot of players from last season, but those who have come in are top quality so we have to do the best we can and finish as high as possible to keep the same standard.

“We know what happened to Hibs in Europe last week so hopefully can continue their misery and win the game to get the season started off in the right manner.

“The games against Hibs last season were pretty eventful, everyone remembers us coming back from 2-0 down at Easter Road to win 3-2, but they beat us 4-0 at Fir Park and we beat them 4-1 here.

“Last year we got a good start that put us on the front foot, but it was very much down to the away down form, it took us until December to start winning consistently at home.

“Imagine where we might have been if we had been able to marry our home and away form, where we might have ended up? And that has to be the aim this season - consistency has to be the key!”

Francis-Angol set up Bob McHugh’s equaliser against Nottingham Forest on Friday night and hopes that sort of impact can add to his eight starts for ’Well.

He said: “It’s good to come on and have an effect on the game as I did against Forest and hopefully if I can continue to do that will lead to more opportunities to start games.”