Say what you want about Hearts right now, but Motherwell conquered their Tynecastle fears to go third in the league with victory in Edinburgh.
Goals from Declan Gallagher, Sherwin Seedorf and Jermiane Hylton secured an excellent victory, which piles the pressure on Jambos boss Craig Levein.
Astoundingly, it’s just the fourth time in 58 years the Well have netted three at Tynecastle and won. It was their first victory in Gorgie since 2014.
It wasn’t just the victory though, it was the manner of the win. With other teams failing to live up to expectation, Motherwell fans have the right to dream big this season.
Strength in all areas
A noticeable difference between this season and last is strength in depth. Motherwell were often left relying on the starting XI to do the business last year, but this term, it’s a different ball game.
Hylton has now scored two Premiership goals from the bench. His pace and trickery is almost unstoppable if opposing full-backs are on their last legs. You even have options like Chris Long, who seems fairly reliable.
In defence you have the experienced Richard Tait to tighten things up and Mark O’Hara looked solid on his Motherwell debut from the bench. It’s quality strength that the Steelmen haven’t had for years.
Not only that, but there are goals coming from everywhere. Declan Gallagher’s header made it nine different goalscorers this season for the Well. There were 12 throughout the whole of last season.
Motherwell fans should dream big after Tynecastle showing
Motherwell aren’t around the top three much these days. There was a spell in 2017/18 where the club were in that bracket, but they soon tailed off.
Of course it’s early days yet, but there’s something about this Motherwell team. It has shades of the Stuart McCall era, where the likes of Henrik Ojamaa and Chris Humphrey terrorised teams on the flanks, whilst the likes of Keith Lasley did the dirty work in the middle.
Perhaps they don’t have that Michael Higdon figure who’ll score 20 plus goal a season, but they don’t seem to need it. They’ve scored more than three on six occasions already this season.
With Hearts and Hibs struggling, Aberdeen seemingly stalling and Kilmarnock regressing after a golden age under Steve Clarke, Motherwell have a big chance to make the top six.
Why not go one further, at this stage, Motherwell are the in form team in Scotland outside Celtic. The way they are playing just now makes you believe they could take on anyone.
Is it time to get the passports out? Not quite, but Well fans can certainly dream about it with a bit of hope for the season ahead.