Motherwell might be edging towards Scottish Premiership safety – but Ricki Lamie says there’s still plenty for the Steelmen to play for this season.
Graham Alexander’s side travel to Kilmarnock in the final pre-split game of the 2020/21 season this afternoon. Victory for the Well over bottom club Killie would put them 13 points clear of bottom with five games to go, 12 clear of the relegation play-off place if Hamilton lose to St Mirren.
But the Steelmen can’t afford to lose focus says Lamie as players start to return from injury and competition for starting places increases: “Regardless of the opposition it’s about trying to increase that gap and prolong that good run we have been on.
“Obviously Kilmarnock are below us in the league and it would be a big game to get three points to keep that gap going. It’s not just about increasing that gap, it’s about taking positives into each game and into next season as well.
“It’s been a rollercoaster season but if we can end on a high then that would be great. Regardless of who you play in the league, everybody has got quality in their squad and everyone is looking for points. You need to be on top of your game, you get punished if not.
“With the injuries we have had this season, it’s been chopping and changing a lot, which doesn’t help. I’m not using it as an excuse in terms of results but a lot of guys have been playing out of position at times.
“Now, the numbers are looking healthy and on a personal note it’s been great to get that central role and get a run in the team. It allows you to add the consistency to your game and show what I can do in what I feel is my strongest position.”
With the Scottish Cup returning after the international break, Motherwell set to play League Two Annan Athletic or Highland League side Formartine United away from home, Lamie says the Steelmen head into the final stage of the season with plenty of incentive.
He said: “It was a disappointing run in terms of the League Cup, and there was bit of uncertainty if the Scottish Cup was going to go ahead, but it’s great that it is. The lower leagues are back in action and I think we find out opponents in the next week or two, so it would be great to go and have a run.
“You can take positives and confidence into that if you apply yourself right in the next couple of league games. Good defensive performances leads to a chance to go and pick up points. We’re playing for places, with the size of our squad, and there are even more numbers coming into the fold now.”
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