Ricki Lamie has had a stop-start season at Motherwell – but now with QPR loanee Liam Kelly behind him, a consistent run and Chris Lucketti’s tips on defending, he’s in a good place.
The defender has switched between left-back and centre-back this season for Motherwell since signing from Livingston. He mostly played left-back at the start of the term before injury but has now found himself in the middle of defence more regularly, the Well set to face Kilmarnock tonight.
Lamie is now targeting a consistent starting run in the side, filling in for Declan Gallagher at present, who is out with a grade one muscle injury: “On a personal note, it has been a wee bit frustrating this season in terms of I’ve played a few different positions and filled in.
“When the manager came in I had a wee niggling injury and was out for a week or two, so it disrupts that as well. I was back in the team and then when the gaffer came in I was on the sidelines for a week or two, so it was good to have a wee bit of luck in my favour this time, go back in and get a couple of positive results.
“Hopefully we can keep that going. I’ve not had a consistent run since I came to the club, so hopefully there’s a chance to get that.”
Another inconsistent position at Fir Park this term has been goalkeeper. Number one Trevor Carson has struggled with injury while number two Scott Fox picked up a season-ending knee problem in the summer. Aaron Chapman and Jordan Archer have also featured for the Well between the sticks this term.
But Lamie’s former Livingston teammate Kelly has arrived from QPR and the defender says he’s been a huge boost: “Liam has been massive. A couple of years prior to now at Livingston he was a massive figure for us and quite rightly got the recognition for that, going down south.
“It has been really frustrating in terms of the injuries we’ve experienced, because we have really good goalkeepers at the club, but injuries are a part of the game and Liam has come in and been terrific. As any manager tells you, the basis for a solid team starts at the back, and I think his distribution has always been a strength of his.
“He has come in and added to us, so he has been brilliant. It’s something you always need if you want to go and pick up points and results. There has been some real bad luck this season with the number of goalkeepers and the amount of injuries, and we’ve got plenty quality, it’s just the luck in terms of staying fit.
“Consistency, has also been a problem, in terms of chopping and changing the team, and it’s not an excuse, it’s part of football, but hopefully now we can stay consistent. That then leads to better results.”
New Well boss Graham Alexander and his assistant Chris Lucketti were both renowned defenders down south, 1,439 appearances between the two of them over their playing careers. Lucketti predominantly played centre-back and he’s been a big help for Lamie.
He says the Well’s new assistant has taken time out to provide him with tips: “I’ve been lucky throughout my career in that I’ve worked with a few defenders, like Jim Duffy, the gaffer and Chris Lucketti as his assistant, so it’s good in terms of that.
“I had a meeting with Chris yesterday (Monday), going over clips from the games, and it’s good to get that insight because both of them played at a really good level and played a monumental amount of games down the road. It’s good to impart that bit of experience and knowledge, and throughout my career I’ve tried to soak up as much as I can from everybody.”
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