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  1. At Johnstone only play one style - rough ‘em up football. In that context Lanier will more than hold his own. I just hope we learned from the pace and movement that gave us the goal last time. We should be putting 3 away against this lot and starting a cup run in style.COYW!
  2. I don’t agree that Celtic have better players all over the park. At least defensively we are more compact and robust. That is the platform we build on. Celtic need a result today more than we do and while that might spur them on to do better than Thursday night, if we can keep it tight that will build more pressure on them and work in our favour. They are seriously short in confidence. Not that I’m advocating sitting deep and letting them come on to us; rather, don’t go all out, expansive and try to slaughter them. Somewhere in between will do me. The important thing is to press them all over the pitch, run at their defence when the opportunity arrives and take our chances if they come. For the first time in a while I think we can hurt this lot but it is important we get that idea into their heads too. COYW!!
  3. The worst senior pitch in Scotland, a horrible windy day and a new goalie: this is a game with mistakes and goals likely but I think our growing confidence should let us keep our noses in front. 3-1 the Well.
  4. There’s no pretending we played well but not we’re we outplayed by a determined but limited Coleraine. We lost our lead to two very, very soft penalties and instead of pushing harder at the start of the second half we did not impose ourselves on them. But after Mugabi was sent off our superior fitness was actually more obvious and I fully expected us to be better set to win the shootout. There are better times not far round the corner. We have a good squad and with a bit mor organisation and leadership on the park and a bit more savvy in the tactics we adopt then with good players coming back to fitness we will kick on. The draw has been very kind to us and we need to capitalise on this. It wouldn’t be the first time we made progress without setting the heather on fire (remember Morton in 91?). Time to support your team and enjoy where we are in Europe
  5. I remember Willie as a slight but wiry and tough player who was so gifted. He was one of those clever and generous inside forwards who must have been a centre forward’s dream to play with. RIP, Willie.
  6. Hi Blue, Welcome to Motherwell and glad you have made such an astute choice. Like you, we have enjoyed ups and downs but the ups are simply brilliant and we’re good at sticking together to get through the downs. Hope you enjoy following the Steelmen. Is your English team from in or around Birmingham?
  7. This is really the only test of fitness, signings, tactics and team selection: a competitive match. I’ve been impressed by the quality and number of our signings, however, and I see this as a clear statement of ambition and intent. So I hope to see this translate into an attacking and ruthless approach that delivers the goals that this squad looks to have in it. Ever the optimist, I think we’ll win this by a couple of goals - 3-1 The Well!
  8. We have not been so good since the winter break but Hearts have been sooo poor all season. Two results - one against a dreadfully mediocre Rangers and another in a game against local rivals that needs no motivation - doesn’t transform them into anything we should fear. I think it might be close but if our midfield is as good as they were this week I think Long is due a goal or two and we should just about edge it. COYW!
  9. A strong lineup on paper although I hope Turnbull and Watt manage a decent spell on the park. A two goal margin at least would do our confidence no end of good. So 3-0 the Well.
  10. Heaven forbid we should be promoting ourselves as a club or our most valuable player. The media folk did a splendid job and gave our fans an insight into the professionalism and dedication and coherence of our club. Regardless of (some) if its intention to quash the rumours and doubts around David Turnbull’s recovery and to put him squarely back in the market place at a time when a contract extension is increasingly unlikely, this was a polished piece of work that made me take pride in the way our club goes about its business. So congratulations to everyone - everyone - involved in this documentary and please keep up the good work.
  11. The high wind, rubbish pitch and intermittent sleet and snow make this a lottery. Realistically no one should contemplate playing football in this. However, since it is going ahead, I’d want all the space in midfield squeezed and a relatively nimble back three. Given that Long is back and if Watt has recovered from Tuesday’s exertions, I’d be interested to see what they can do together against a fairly raw and depleted Accies. 2-0 the Steelmen!
  12. Good transfer window: retained Gallagher, Campbell et al; removed wage burners (Sloth); sold a promising, entertaining but far from fully developed talent (Scott) for in excess of a million ( and if he continues to develop we make more if not we have a million); and we take a punt on a couple of useful looking talents we can refurbish ( Ndjoli and Aarons). Can’t see any of that slowing our momentum as we push for Cup and Europe. COUW
  13. Illic was badly supported by Grimmy who had a poor game and did not link up with Illic well. I think there is more to Illic and he can still make a better impact if he gets a couple more starts. McIver also showed enough promise and should not be dismissed out of hand. Doubt if Seedorf has enough of a clue - he doesn’t seem to read the game well and often looks pretty lost really
  14. Alan Campbell by a fair distance. Never gives up, combative and creative, he never put a foot wrong and showed for everything. Gallacher might have run him closer had he not got a bit too casual at the end and nearly gifted them a goal.

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