MOTHERWELL assistant manager Kenny Black doesn’t see the point of the winter break as a fortnight after it ended the squad were this week forced to seek shelter from the snow.
With ‘Well set to play their first match in 20 days at Kilmarnock on Saturday, Black had hoped to get the players’ training up to speed before manager Stuart McCall returns from Scotland duty tomorrow (Thursday).
However, with Dalziel Park covered in snow making it impossible to use, the only option was indoors at Ravenscraig.
Black said: “It’s a bit frustrating to say the least as you always want to work on grass, but unfortunately with the snow and frozen ground that was just impossible.
“It is fortunate that we have a great facility like Ravenscraig nearby as at least we could go there and get some work done.”
This was just the latest frustration for ’Well who have played just twice in 2013 so far and saw their match with Dundee United last Tuesday (January 29) called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Fir Park.
Black admits the side are just desperate to get a game, but does accept some of the inactivity is of their own making.
He said: “We never had a winter break when I was playing and to be honest I don’t really see the point of it as the worst of the weather can be at the end of February or even into March.
“I do realise the players like it as it gives them a chance to recharge the batteries, and I suppose if we had done better in the cups then we wouldn’t have been so idle, so that’s our own fault.”
’Well get back to normality with Saturday’s trip to Rugby Park, on the back of winning 2-1 there in August and coming back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Fir Park in December.
Black said: “We showed a lot of character against Killie in December to come back.
“They have lost a few good players in Liam Kelly, Michael Nelson and Gary Harkins, but I have been impressed with some of the youngsters they have brought in.
“Kilmarnock are just like us as we are both at risk of losing our best players and then bring through more of our own. However, everyone knows it is like that and it bodes well for the future at both clubs.”
THE Bellshill and District Motherwell Supporters’ bus for Saturday’s match with Kilmarnock will leave Bellshill’s Carousel Bar at 12.15pm.
It will pick up at Holytown Monument at 12.20pm and Fir Park Club at 12.30pm.
For seats phone 07763 061821 or 01698 747644 after 7pm.