Ramsden sets sights on Europe

Motherwell celebrate Michael Higdon's 21st goal of the season
Motherwell celebrate Michael Higdon's 21st goal of the season

MOTHERWELL have secured a top six SPL place and Simon Ramsden now has his sights set on European qualification.

The Fir Park side came from 1-0 down to beats Hibs on Friday night with a scintillating second half display as goals from Michael Higdon, James McFadden, Kallum Higginbotham and Tom Hateley cancelled out Tom Taiwo’s opener.

Ramsden said: “It was one of those games that you just love being involved in.

“We felt hard done by at half time being one down as I felt we had played some decent stuff.

“But once we got the first goal the forwards were on fire and it was a joy to watch from the back.

“I’d put the second half right up there with anything we’ve done this season, and it was important to go into the international break on the back of a win.”

Ramsden has played more than 280 games for Sunderland, Notts County, Grimsby Town, Rochdale, Bradford City and Motherwell, and he’s delighted with his side’s recovery after the recent loss at Ross County.

He said: “I would put Ross County as one of the two or three worst games of my career. Not one individual was anywhere near it.

“You have to credit the manager and staff. We don’t play like that very often, so it was just a case of getting back to what we do best. We beat Celtic at Fir Park the following Wednesday and have kicked on since.”

Ramsden says not letting Hibs scoring get to them, especially with the loss of Keith Lasley and Nicky Law to injury, indicated the confidence in the camp.

He said: “Keith and Nicky going off was a blow, but the young lads came on and Stuart Carswell was magnificent in midfield.

“Winning breeds confidence so we want to finish as high as we can.

“We’re looking at top three and have given ourselves a massive chance when we come back after the break.”

’Well are out of action this weekend due to Scotland’s World Cup qualifiers with Wales and Serbia, and Ramsden believes team mate McFadden will soon be adding to his 48 caps.

He said: “I can only speak for what I see every day, but you saw on Friday the ability he has.

“He’d probably be the first to admit he’s not match fit yet, but his footwork against Hibs was tremendous and he’s a threat. I’m sure that once he’s up to speed he’ll be called up again and I’ve no doubt he’ll do the business for Scotland.”

Motherwell return to action on Saturday, March 30, with an away trip to bottom side Dundee.