John Sutton has challenged Motherwell’s youngsters to become the next Jamie Murphy and make a contribution to the first team.
Not for the first time this season ’Well were forced to name five teenagers on the bench against Dundee United as Ross Stewart, Euan Murray and Scott Leitch, who have a handful of substitute appearances between them were joined by the completely untested Dale Shirkie and Dom Thomas.
However, far from seeing it as a negative Sutton wants them to seize any opportunity presented to them and make a name for themselves like Sheffield United winger Murphy.
He said: “I don’t think the squad being stretched is an issue, rather I think there is a great opportunity for the young boys.
“During my first spell at the club players like Jamie Murphy were put in the same position and grabbed that chance, and everyone knows how well he has done.
“There are boys there desperate to get their shot and I’m sure they will give a good account of themselves when they are given it.”
’Well travel to Dundee United on Friday night and Sutton is eager to put November’s 4-0 defeat to the men in tangerine behind them.
He said: “We have a tough away game at Dundee United on Friday night, and while we have had a pretty good record at Tannadice in recent seasons I think they are a different proposition under Jackie McNamara.
“They’ve certainly always been a hard side to face, but their style has changed a bit, and I’m sure they will be confident given what they managed to do to us in November
“However, we go there in good spirits and determined to show we are a better team than we did last time.”
Following the trip to Tannadice ’Well then travel to Perth as they face St Johnstone on Tuesday.
Sutton struck his 13th goal of the season on Saturday, but says only the team winning keeps him happy.
He said: “The main thing is we keep winning, it doesn’t matter who scores or gets the plaudits.
“It was a nice goal to get against Partick, but only because we then went on to win the game.”