A lot of hard work is the only answer

Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus

Stephen McManus is confident Motherwell will get back to form, but it will take a lot of hard work to start climbing the table.

Saturday’s defeat to Partick Thistle was ’Well’s seventh defeat in the league this season and saw them sink into the play-off spot.

McManus said: “We are in the position we are in because we deserve to be, but we need to dust ourselves down and get back on the training pitch and work on what we are doing wrong.

“Working as hard as you can is the only way to get through tough times and hopefully turn thing around.

“Our problem is we aren’t scoring enough goals, while conceding too many at the other end which is a recipe for disaster.”

’Well will be without manager Stuart McCall this week as he is on Scotland duty, and McManus admits he’d prefer that wasn’t the case.

He said: “You would rather have a full squad and have the manager here with a game in midweek, but unfortunately we’ve not.

“The manager is away, when I’m sure he’d rather have us out on the training field, but it’s one of those circumstances you feel more when you aren’t playing well.

“Last season when he went away no one thought about it, but when you’re struggling suddenly the ball isn’t round enough and the grass isn’t green enough, everything gets scrutinised.

After the international break ’Well host Dundee.

McManus said: “The Dundee game will be massive, however there isn’t much between the teams in this league. We aren’t looking at the table wondering where we’ll pick up points, we are confident we can win games.”