Motherwell have been nothing short of outstanding since the winter break. They have only suffered defeat once in their past eight games in the Premiership and have won six of those fixtures. Their only defeat came at Parkhead against Celtic.
The Steelmen have eradicated relegation fears and are now looking towards a top six finish. The fact Stephen Robinson’s men are just 10 points off a potential European spot is quite astounding, given how little points Motherwell had picked up in the first half of the campaign.
Throughout the season though, whether the team have performed good or bad, their have always been two consistent performers: Goalkeeper Mark Gillespie and central midfielder turned right back Liam Grimshaw.
Every time Motherwell play, you know these two will perform well. Whilst the likes of David Turnbull and Jake Hastie have grabbed the headlines, Gillespie and Grimshaw deserve a fair chunk of the credit too.
Gillespie and Grimshaw have took their chances
At the start of the season, both players couldn’t get into the team. Well stopper Gillespie was number two behind Northern Ireland international Trevor Carson and Grimshaw was behind Chris Cadden in the pecking order for the right wing back position.
Since the start of November though, both players have played just about every minute for the Well, and it’s paid dividends. Gillespie has bailed Motherwell out on several occasions this term, with excellent shot stopping and distribution key traits of the keeper’s game.
Against Kilmarnock in the rearranged game at Rugby Park, Gillespie once again showed how vital he is to the side. He made two excellent saves to keep Killie at bay, securing a good point in Ayrshire for the Steelmen. Without him, Motherwell may have fell to defeat.
Grimshaw is the tireless runner who does the dirty work for Robinson. A hard tackler, once Grimshaw scraps to win possession off the opposition, it’s not a rarity to see him sprint 60 or 70 yards up the touchline. He can drive his team up the park with ease courtesy of his brilliant engine.
The former Manchester United youngster is key to the form of Jake Hastie as well. Because of Grimshaw’s work, the Well youngster doesn’t have to worry too much about tracking back. The full back allows Hastie to change the game up top, something he doesn’t get enough credit for.
Both of these stars have benefited Motherwell greatly this season. Whilst they perhaps don’t grab the headlines, Gillespie and Grimshaw’s work is well appreciated by the Fir Park faithful. If they keep going the way they are just now, both players will grab those headlines sooner rather than later.