Motherwell defender Peter Hartley believes it is a ‘challenging’ time to be facing Hearts, with the Jambos having won back-to-back games.

Daniel Stendel’s side dumped Rangers out of the Scottish Cup last week, and followed the result up with an excellent 3-1 win over Hibs at Easter Road on Tuesday.

Stendel’s men have hit form. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

They briefly moved up to 11th with that victory, but Hamilton beating the Gers on Wednesday means they’re now back at the bottom.

There is real potential though for this to be a turning point for Hearts, and Hartley knows the Well will have a game on their hands when the sides meet at Tynecastle.


He said: “It’s a challenging time to play them. Hearts are always a good team and they’ve got some quality players.

Hartley suggests it’s a ‘challenging’ time to play Hearts (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We’ve played them twice and beaten them twice, hopefully we can get another three points, but they had a good result against Hibs – a convincing victory at Easter Road. We’ve got to make sure we bring out best game.

“You’ve got to be ruthless in both boxes. We’ve got to keep the backdoor shut and take our chances when they come.”

Motherwell’s 4-1 disposal of Ross County at Fir Park meant victory for the first time in eight matches for Stephen Robinson’s men, and Hartley suggested fatigue might have been a factor for the poor form.

Played plenty of games. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He added: “It feels like a team that’s clicked again. A team that’s got back into the gear we were in before Christmas. We were playing with a good rhythm and controlling a lot of games and then we sort of hit a little bit of a blip.

“I don’t know whether it was new players coming in or the games in quick succession – we played a lot of games in a short space of time and it took it’s toll a little bit.”

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