Lionel confident about the run-in

Lionel Ainsworth
Lionel Ainsworth

Lionel Ainsworth sees no reason why Motherwell can’t win all their remaining games this season to avoid relegation.

’Well take on Partick Thistle on Saturday in the final game before the split as they look to continue their recent revival in fortunes.

Ainsworth said: “We aren’t looking back, we are looking forward and doing all we can to get as many points on the board as we can.

“I think if we stick in and play the way we can then we can pull Thistle into it, but we just have to focus on each game as it comes.

“It would be brilliant if we take 15 points out of 15 after the split and I’m sure that would certainly take us out of the position we are in now.

“As a footballer you want the games thick and fast, the way we are playing at the moment I don’t think it matters what the fixtures throw up although home or away they will all be tough so we’ll need to ensure we continue to fire on all cylinders.”

Ainsworth was thrilled for young striker Lee Erwin finding the target for the first time in eight months at Killie.

He said: “It was great for Lee to find the target, he’s been chopping cabbages, tomatoes, everything, but when he had the opportunity I was begging him to shoot because I knew he has that ability in him.”

’Well have been boosted after Stephen Pearson signed a new two-year deal.

He said: “I am really pleased we have got this all done and dusted so early.

“I’ve really enjoyed working under the manager and with this group of players. Our first priority is to stay in the Premiership and then rebuild again for next year.”