Watch your back

Shaun Hutchinson challenges Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths.
Shaun Hutchinson challenges Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths.

SHAUN Hutchinson admits Motherwell’s defending needs to improve despite the joy of coming back from two down to win at Easter Road on Saturday.

It was ’Well’s second 3-2 victory in a row in the SPL as two goals from Jamie Murphy and Bob McHugh’s late winner saw them leave the capital with all three points.

It helped ease the pain of the Scottish Cup replay defeat against Aberdeen four days earlier.

Hutchinson said: “We are absolutely buzzing. After losing to Aberdeen in midweek we were looking to come back strongly. We then found ourselves two down, but to recover and win 3-2 has left everyone delighted.

“We weren’t creating many chances, but felt we had enough in the team to come back and once it was 2-1 we knew we could do it.

“However, I do think we need to look at our defending as we haven’t kept as many clean sheets as we’d like. But, at the other end the guys are doing well so we’ve kept picking up points.”

Hutchinson has missed a number of games in the first half of the season through injury and suspension, but as 2012 comes to an end he hopes to get back to the levels that made him so highly rated in the last two seasons.

FRUSTRATED

He said: “I have been really frustrated of late because you are at your best when you get a few games in a row. Coming back after an absence you don’t feel as sharp or as fit.

“With suspensions and injuries I haven’t really had that run, but this is my third regular first team season and despite the small setbacks I am still enjoying it. Hopefully the setbacks are all behind me now.”

’Well travel to Paisley for their second Friday night clash of the season, hoping for better than their previous Friday fixture when they lost 4-0 to Hibs at Fir Park in October.

St Mirren sit second bottom, but having already earned a point in Lanarkshire this season Hutchinson knows they will be no soft touch.

He said: “We will be going into the game high on confidence after Saturday.

“St Mirren haven’t done the best this season, but they have some good players and are tough to play against. However we will definitely be going there looking to win.

“It is disappointing to be out of the cup, but now we must concentrate on the league and aim to finish as high as we can.

“We have a small squad, but it’s a strong one and guys like Bob McHugh prove we have some back up, so I see no reason why we can’t be up there challenging.”