Black expects it tough as Motherwell travel to face bogey side

Kenny Black (right) with Motherwell manager Suart McCall
Kenny Black (right) with Motherwell manager Suart McCall

Motherwell head to Paisley (tomorrow) Saturday to take on the only side they failed to beat on their charge to second place in the SPL last season.

’Well have recovered from a disappointing start to the season with back to back wins over Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock prior to the international break to sit third in the Scottish Premiership.

Assistant manager Kenny Black said: “We would probably have preferred had the international break been a little further down the line as when you are on a winning run you don’t want to lose momentum.

“However, it gave some of the players who were carrying niggles a few days to recover and everything if fine now.”

St Mirren don’t have their problems to seek, taking just one point from their opening four league matches and being dumped out of the Scottish League Cup to Championship side Queen of the South.

This has led some sections of the Buddies’ support to call for manager Danny Lennon’s head, but on past experience Black expects a tight game.

He said: “St Mirren have got off to a disappointing start this season, while we have got off to a fairly good start, but I don’t expect there to a be a great deal in it.

“We always seem to be involved in tight games, and the fact they were the only side we failed to beat in the SPL last season just bears that out.

“They beat us just before Christmas at their place in a game we felt we should have taken something from, and the other two games at Fir Park were draws.

“Going further back I remember only a last minute winner by Tom Hateley beating them so we are under no illusions how difficult it will be and maybe the break will have allowed them to regroup and take stock.”

’Well will be without defender Simon Ramsden for the trip to New St Mirren Park following his sending off against Kilmarnock with his place likely to be taken by Fraser Kerr.