Another chance

Michael Higdon claims the match ball after his three goals against Inverness in September.
Michael Higdon claims the match ball after his three goals against Inverness in September.

Michael Higdon says Motherwell can’t afford to allow another opportunity to leapfrog Inverness in the SPL table to pass them by.

’Well went into Saturday’s game with Kilmarnock knowing even a point would take them above second placed Caley Thistle who had already lost to Celtic.

However, despite a dominating display the Fir Parkers found themselves on the end of a 2-0 defeat and will be looking to make amends when the Highlanders come calling this Saturday.

Higdon said: “It was a very strange game. At half time we were looking at each other thinking more of the same would be fine in order to get something from the game, but it just seemed to fizzle out.

“They scored two goals, but in the last half hour of the first half it was a joke we didn’t score and sometimes you get games like that.”

’Well hadn’t played for 20 days prior to their trip to Rugby Park and the weather played havoc with their preparations, but Higdon refused to use that as an excuse.

He said: “Everyone could see we were excellent in the first half after a sluggish start.

“It’s not ideal to have had Keith Lasley and Fraser Kerr sent off and I think the referee has been a bit kind to Kilmarnock as I don’t think they were as bad as they looked.

“However, we have lads who can come in for the visit of Inverness and hopefully will do well.”

’Well have already thrashed Inverness 4-1 and 5-1 this season, with Higdon claiming a hat-trick in September, but while he dreams of more of the same he knows it will be tough.

He said: “They know we have put nine goals past them in the previous two meetings and I think we are their bogey team.

“The aim when Inverness got beaten by Celtic was to leapfrog them, so we missed a chance there, but they only picked up a point in midweek so it’s not a bad place to be and we have another oppotunity on Saturday which hopefully we can take.

“Apart from against us, Inverness have been excellent this season so it will be hard, but I’ve scored a few against them and will be looking to take another match ball home.”

’Well will also be in action on Tuesday when Dundee United visit Fir Park complete with new boss Jackie McNamara whom Higdon has tipped to be a great manager.

He said: “I know Jackie from our time playing together at Falkirk and it was clear then he was going to be a future manager. I’m sure he’ll be as good in the dugout as he was on the pitch as a player.”