Earlier on in the season, it looked as though Motherwell would be rooted to ninth place in the Premiership. The Well were seemingly too good to be involved in a relegation scrap but not quite good enough to be pushing for a top six spot.

Fast forward a few months and Stephen Robinson’s side appear to be in contention to finish up the right end of the table. Their cause has been greatly helped by four league wins on the spin. NTOF previously highlighted their use of academy graduates giving them a new lease of life.

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David Turnbull, in particular, is enjoying an excellent breakthrough campaign. Jake Hastie is the latest young Well prospect to emerge, netting a brace in a routine win over Livingston. The West Lothian side looked uncharacteristically poor, perhaps due to their recent slump in form.

With Curtis Main also breaking his drought, the Steelmen looked superb in their 3-0 win over Gary Holt’s side. The Englishman grabbing his first goal in 12 games, Hastie’s goals coming either side of Main’s effort as the game was over within 21 minutes.

Other positives to consider

With exciting young talent at the heart of the team’s transformation, they are also yet to see the best of Ross McCormack. Their January arrival has scored goals wherever he’s been, most notably rising to prominence at Leeds United.

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Their Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Ross County must also be taken into account. As a result, all the Steelmen have to focus on is their league campaign. Don’t be surprised, therefore, to see them push the likes of St Johnstone, Hibernian and their recently defeated opponents Livingston to try and sneak into the top six.

The defeat to County may well work out to be a blessing in disguise. Dropping out of the cup isn’t as bad as it seems sometimes.

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