We can still be the best

Jamie Murphy skips away from Celtic's Efe Ambrose.
Jamie Murphy skips away from Celtic's Efe Ambrose.

MOTHERWELL were knocked off the top of the SPL tree on Saturday, but forward Jamie Murphy is still determined to prove they are the best side in Scotland.

’Well boss Stuart McCall has said on several occasions the title will head to Parkhead and Celtic ended the Fir Park side’s unbeaten record.

However, despite the comfortable 2-0 win for the visitors and new league leaders, Murphy isn’t willing to give up anything without a fight. He said: “We want to win every game, especially at home, so we are disappointed not to have won.

“There are a lot of decent in teams in the SPL and we are one of the better ones, so we must prepare for this Saturday against Dundee United and focus on getting back to winning ways.”

’Well being knocked off the top of the SPL might be seen as some as a sign of where the true power lies in Scottish football, but Murphy says he and his team mates are determined to continue to give supporters something to cheer about this season.

He said: “I don’t know if reality check is the right phrase.

“Fans get excited and that’s what football is all about - you want to get your supporters to feel that way.

“There are good and bad times throughout the season for any team and to lose two games, against Celtic at the weekend and Rangers last midweek, is not what we wanted.

“But the players are still upbeat, we believe we are better than the rest of the teams in the SPL and we need to go out on Saturday and prove it.”

Dundee United slipped to second bottom of the table after Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Inverness and lost 3-0 to Hearts the week before, but despite their own confidence and the opposition’s woes, Murphy said: “We expect nothing less than a hard game. United are still a good team with decent players. If they are feeling wounded then we must try to take advantage of that.

“We feel despite the losses to the Old Firm we are still in good form.”

Murphy hasn’t found the target since his double at Kilmarnock in August. He said: “You want to score goals and from the left it’s harder, but I’m in the team to create as well as score and hopefully I can do both.”