Motherwell played out a tight 0-0 draw with Livingston on the opening weekend of league action, with Mark Gillespie between the sticks.
There wasn’t much to separate either side in West Lothian. In the end, both teams lacked a bit of cutting edge to win the game.
Stephen Robinson seems to have answered one key question during this game. It looks as if Gillespie will be the Well’s number one for the time being.
Motherwell boss Robinson can’t really drop Gillespie
It was a big question that Robinson had to answer prior to the start of the league campaign. Trevor Carson had been the club’s number one prior to his DVT injury last year.
Gillespie replaced him in the team and hasn’t put a foot wrong since. Game after game, the Englishman constantly delivers reassuring performances for the Well.
Against Livi he proved why Robinson simply can’t drop him. He made a brilliant save to deny Aymen Souda scoring a spectacular bicycle kick. He made another terrific save in the second half to deny Nicky Devlin from close range.
His saves helped Motherwell take a point from their Livi clash, securing their fifth clean sheet in a row this season.
It’s a shame for Carson. He’s a great keeper and if it wasn’t for his injury, he’d likely be the Well number one right now. As things stand though, he’ll need to settle for a place on the bench.
Whether he’ll be content with that at 31-years-old is another thing. One thing is certain though. Gillespie simply can’t be dropped from the Well side just now, after establishing himself as one of Motherwell’s unsung players.