Now we should aim for a top six finish

Marvin Johnson scores his first goal for Motherwell
Marvin Johnson scores his first goal for Motherwell

Marvin Johnson says Motherwell should be aiming for a top six finish next season after ensuring their top-flight status.

Johnson scored his first goal in claret and amber as he set ’Well on their way to a 3-0 second leg win and a 6-1 aggregate win over Rangers.

He said: “We kept our shape, we kept our discipline and showed we had too much for them on the break.

“I had a close one in the first half. I had been putting in the hard work and it felt like only a matter of time before a goal game, and I’m delighted it came on Sunday.

“Motherwell staying up means everything to me. When I first arrived here I thought if we worked hard there was no way we would go down and the boys showed that against Rangers.

“We were written off by everyone over the past week. Rangers were supposed to give us a battering, but we proved them all wrong and I think that’s what means the most to the lads.

“We dropped a lot of points in the last five games of the season, but the manager stuck with it, gave us character and showed us what we needed to do.

“There are mixed emotions, both joy and relief. You are happy you have won the game, and even more happy to be playing the top flight next season, but everyone knows we shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place.

“However, we showed character and courage to step up and get out of it and if we keep most of the lads we have here then there’s no reason for us to be down there again next season. We will be in the top six rather than the bottom six.”