New boss keen to avoid quick cup upset

NEW Motherwell manager Stuart McCall faces an early test this weekend as he tries to prevent a Scottish Cup upset.

The Fir Parkers play Dundee at Dens Park on Sunday in one of the third round's top ties.

'Well haven't won since thumping St Johhstone 4-0 in the league on November 10 and, while several games have been postponed because of snow, they have lost three and drawn two of their last five fixtures.

Dundee, on the other hand, have enjoyed a fine run of form which has taken them to second place in the Division 1 table, just one point behind leaders Dunfermline, though do face a 25-point penalty for going into administration.

McCall became 'Well's 22nd manager when his appointment was announced last week following the departure in early December of Craig Brown, now at Aberdeen.

McCall, who was in charge for the 0-0 draw at Hamilton on New Year's Day, added: "I am excited by the job and will give it my all. I know Motherwell very well as a club and have long respected what they are about.

"I have inherited a good squad with a proven system for identifying new and young talent."

Full story in January 6 edition of Times & Speaker I want to build on that, starting today, to ensure we compete for success in league, cup and Europe."

WINNER of our contest for a pair of tickets to watch Motherwell play Dundee on Sunday is K MacGregor, of Elvan Street, Motherwell.

MOTHERWELL were hoping to have striker Nick Blackman, pictured right, available for Sunday's cup tie as we went to press.

The player's loan from Blackburn Rovers was due to end this week , but the Fir Parkers were hoping to extend it to the end of the season.

Blackman has been a huge success, netting 10 goals in the SPL so far this season, and new manager Stuart McCall could do with his firepower as the team try to recover from a five-game winless run that has seen them drop from third place to mid-table.

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