Graham Alexander ‘can see improvements’ in his Motherwell squad after a settled period of work.
The Scottish Premiership club had pre-season disruptions through injuries and fitness concerns, alongside a high turnover of players. Motherwell are still looking to complete some transfer business this month but Alexander is content with how his squad is shaping up ahead of their Premier Sports Cup last 16 match with Dundee this weekend.
The Motherwell manager explained: “The first three or four weeks of pre-season were difficult, we had a lot of trialists in and players missing through injury and illness, and it took a while to get a consistent squad together to bed down how we want to play.
“We have had that for the last two or three weeks and I can see the improvements in the team and the understanding of what’s required and how their team-mates play. We will be looking for those improvements on Saturday.
“I am really confident in the strength of our squad at the moment. I still think we need to improve it if we can but we have certainly got enough to win games of football. We want to keep clean sheets, we are working hard on the training pitch to improve.”
Motherwell have welcomed Bevis Mugabi, Liam Donnelly and Connor Shields back from injury in recent weeks. Midfielders Liam Grimshaw and Mark O’Hara could return at Dens Park after an illness and hamstring injury respectively.
Alexander said: “I will asses both of them as we have stretched them as much as we can so they could potentially be additions to the squad. We will speak to them and see how they feel as individuals. If we both feel confident, we’ll add them to the squad.”
Motherwell have won their last six matches at Dens Park against Dundee. Alexander added: “We’re playing against a Premiership team, so it will be a tough task, but we want to do well in all the competitions that we compete for, and we qualified top of our group, as we wanted to do, and this is the prize for doing that.
“It’s a tough game away from home, but it’s one we obviously want to try and win. We go into every game looking to perform at our best and take whatever the opponent tries to produce against us and overcome it. This will be no different.”
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