Motherwell set to show no fear after horror show

Zaine Francis-Angol and Stuart McCall show their frustration against Accies
Zaine Francis-Angol and Stuart McCall show their frustration against Accies

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall likened watching last week’s defeat to Hamilton Accies to a horror movie, but says his side will show no fear at Firhill tomorrow (Saturday).

’Well look to bounce back from their 4-0 derby disaster against Partick Thistle who they beat in all three meetings last season, including a 5-1 victory in Maryhill.

McCall said: “A result like the one we had against Accies sticks with you, but you just have to look to the next game.

“I have watched the match back three times and it’s like a horror show, but in the cold light of day Accies are on a good run and you can’t legislate for individual errors.

“You can’t afford to feel sorry for yourself, there is always another three points to be won and the good things from last week is we have Keith Lasley, Stevie Hammell, Stephen McManus, Iain Vigurs and Mark O’Brien all back in the fold, although we have lost Craig Reid, Jack Leitch and Paul Lawson.

“It’s a positive that we have some of the lads back as it’s no coincidence that our best result of the season came at Celtic Park when we had training with almost everyone involved.

“In an ideal world what you want consistency of selection and you get them by having a minimum of injuries and by having consistent displays and we haven’t had that.

“We have chopped and changed and I take responsibility for last week, we played a different system at Celtic which did the job, but against Accies we had to try something different because of injuries and it didn’t really work.

“Looking at tomorrow we have two teams coming off the back of disappointing results so I’m sure there will be two groups of players desperate to make amends.

“Normally we are up to double figures in goals by now so we have been struggling in that area, but we are going there to win.

“We went there on the back of a bad run last year, and that’s not to say it will happen again, but that day we put in a really good performance to win 5-1 and that set us on the road to winning six on the bounce.

“I’ve only been there once as a manager and got a good result so we will be looking for, maybe not the same scoreline, but certainly a win.

“I’m sure they’ll be in the same boat, any time you see Thistle they try to play football, so I don’t think it will be tight, I think it will be pretty open and has the makings of a good game.”