A sore point for Stevie

Zaine-Francis Angol takes on the Dundee defence having replaced the injured Stevie Hammell.
Zaine-Francis Angol takes on the Dundee defence having replaced the injured Stevie Hammell.

STEVIE Hammell says he isn’t concerned about a niggling ankle injury that has plagued him all season despite being forced off before the hour mark in the draw with Dundee on Saturday.

Hammell believes having to play two games in four days as well as some heavy treatment from the Dens Park side was more to blame for his ankle swelling up at half time than any major problems.

He hopes a few days rest will see him regain fitness in time for the trip Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday, with Zaine Francis-Angol waiting for his opportunity.

Hammell said: “The ankle is sore. I’ve been playing on it pretty much the whole season and it’s just not going away.

“I think having had the game in midweek and then playing again on Saturday was just a little bit too much for it.

“At half time it was giving me problems and while I tried to play on it got to the point where I wasn’t helping anyone out there by playing with an injury.

“I’ve been able to train fine so I’m not worried. With the game schedule and a few tackles coming in, it became sore again, but the good thing is we’ve got eight days between matches so if I stay off it for a few days hopefully it will be fine by Sunday.”

’Well had been looking to kick on from last week’s excellent win against St Johnstone, but taking one only point from a possible six against the Dundee sides means they sit seventh in the SPL, seven points behind leaders Hibs.

Hammell said: “We went into the games with the two Dundee clubs looking for six points, so to come away with one is really frustrating.

“I think we played better against United and lost, and then against Dundee we lacked a cutting edge. They got the first goal, which was their game plan, and then we struggled to create a lot of chances.

“That said, I think we did cause them problems, but it seems to be the way things are going at the moment. If we keep working hard hopefully the results will come.

“The league is still really tight and we would like to be closer to the top given the fixtures we’ve had, but if we beat Inverness we’ll be right back up there.

“Our aim is to be in the top three and the league is wide open - every week there is proof that everyone can beat everyone else - so we’ll take the point from Saturday and hope to build on it.”

’Well thumped Inverness 4-1 when the Highlanders visited Fir Park in September, but this time Hammell would be happy with the kind of scrappy win they achieved regularly last season.

He said: “Inverness is a tough place to go and although we’ve had not a bad record up there recently it seems since we beat them they’ve been in good form and are flying high.

“On Sunday we’ll take any result if it means three points. You look at the United game where we played well and picked up nothing whereas last season even when we didn’t play well we were getting results.

“I remember last season Tom Hateley scoring in almost the last minute at Inverness to win the game, so that’s the kind of thing we need to happen again.”