Laying down the law

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is joined by players (l-r) Keith Lasley, Nicky Law and Henrik Ojamaa to show their support for Movember.
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is joined by players (l-r) Keith Lasley, Nicky Law and Henrik Ojamaa to show their support for Movember.
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NICKY Law says there is no cause for panic despite Motherwell losing their third SPL game in a row last Friday which leaves them eighth in the table.

Last season ’Well lost three games in a row to Hearts, Rangers and Inverness before losing just one of the next nine games and following defeats to Celtic, Hearts and Hibs, Law is confident they can bounce back again.

He said: “Last season around Christmas we lost three in a row and we bounced back, it’s just the league we are in where you can lose to anyone and beat anyone so if we tighten up at the back we will win games and start shooting up the table again.”

The most recent loss came as ’Well went down 4-0 to Hibs in a game mired with controversy as Stevie Hammell had a legitimate goal chopped off, Hibs were awarded a penalty for a foul outside the box and Michael Higdon missed a spot kick for the home side.

Law said: “Anything that could have gone wrong went wrong, and hopefully that’s all our bad luck for the season out of the way.

“It was a very strange game, we lost 4-0 but created a lot of chances which we didn’t take and that cost us in the end.

“We are not happy with our defending as they goals we lost were poor, so there are things to work on.

“Obviously Shaun Hutchinson being out was big blow as he’s one of our main centre backs. We haven’t really had a settled back four this season with a few injuries and suspensions and last season the results showed how much that helped.”

The Fir Parkers travel to St Johnstone tomorrow (Saturday) and Law would love a repeat of last season’s 3-0 win at McDiarmid Park.

He said: “It has been a disappointing run, especially as we haven’t been scoring, but I’m sure we will be working on it this week to try and start picking up points soon.

“We are snatching at our chances, which a few weeks ago we’d have been putting away, so if there is a positive it’s at least we are creating chances, if we weren’t then it would be even worse.

“St Johnstone are on a great run, but we went there last season and won 3-0 although anything will do in order to turn it round and get the three points.

“This season they probably have a bit more pace about them in the wide areas and up top, but we will be looking to bounce back.

“It’s usually quite open when we play them as they like attacking as much as we do, so I see both teams playing 4-4-2 and going at it to try and score goals.

“It’s quite a big pitch there if I remember rightly, which we enjoyed last year and hopefully will again this time.”

Despite currently being in eighth place Law says the teams in the SPL are so evenly matched that he doesn’t see ’Well occupying such a lowly spot for long.

He said: “From second bottom to second top there is just two wins, everyone is winning games, everyone is losing games, so it’s a very even league and it’s just whoever plays better on the day.

“We are looking to pick up our form like St Johnstone and Inverness did after difficult starts to the season. We had a great start to the season and went unbeaten for seven or eight so aren’t panicking.

“We just need to look back and learn from the defeats and see how we can win the game at St Johnstone, after that we have two home games so things could turn around very quickly.”