Back in the hunt after Perth win

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CHRIS Humphrey says this could be an important week as Motherwell look to get back into the SPL title hunt.

Without a win since the middle of September, ’Well had dropped to eighth in the table, but Saturday’s victory at St Johnstone saw them climb to sixth and they could end up third with a win over Dundee United tonight (Wednesday).

The match at Fir Park is a game in hand for both sides after the original fixture was called off last month due to a power cut. It will be followed by United’s neighbours, bottom of the table Dundee, calling at Fir Park on Saturday.

Humphrey says the main difference between Saturday and previous weeks was his side took their chances, with a Jamie Murphy double and a Nicky Law strike enough to claim the win in Perth.

He said: “We needed the three points. I think we looked sharper and better than we had done in previous weeks and the main thing was that our shots were going in. We had a lot of chances over the previous four games, but just couldn’t score.

“St Johnstone had won five on the bounce in the SPL so we couldn’t underestimate them. It was very important we showed them they were in for a game.

“The way we started and getting the goal so early gave us a lot of confidence and released the pressure. The boys stuck together and defended very well.”

Humphrey now hopes that the victory at McDiarmid Park is the catalyst for the rest of the season.

He said: “We’ve been through a blip but everyone does at some point and it’s how you come through it.

“Hopefully that’s the end of it and the game in hand against United is a chance to get another three points and start climbing back to the top end of the table.

“It’s important to win at home and play like we did against St Johstone.

“United are a good side and have a few threats, particularly Johnny Russell up front, while Dundee had a good win over Hearts at the weekend so know in both games we won’t find it easy.”

Meanwhile, ’Well have been drawn away to Aberdeen in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup, with the match set for Saturday, December 1.