Stephen Robinson says the Fir Park surface is ‘touch and go’ for Motherwell’s Scottish Cup tie tomorrow as he sends his regards to Hull City striker James Scott.
The Well’s home meeting with St Mirren in league action at the weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitched. They are due to play Jim Goodwin’s side in the Scottish Cup tomorrow night.
Robinson is hopeful that the game will go ahead. Another postponement would lead to fixture congestion after the weekend’s decision and it’s an outcome the Northern Irishman would like to avoid
“It’ll be touch and go again,” said Robinson. “The forecast isn’t great but it is meant to calm down towards the game. But we’ve got a superb groundsman and groundstaff who’ll do everything to get it on.
“We are desperate to play the game to make sure we progress. It would cause us a lot of problems in terms of I don’t know when they’d fit the fixture in. I think it would become the Saturday night instead.
“Let’s just hope we can get it done and dusted and we’re into the next round. Saturday was a wee bit different, it was right in the middle of that storm and the pitch was taking so much water.
“I believe it was the right decision on Saturday. We did 11 v 11 between ourselves on the astro on Saturday so we got another 45 minutes into Tony Watt. He becomes a live option but Chris Long is still unavailable. Mikael Ndjoli is still out.”
Motherwell’s boss has also sent a message to Hull new boy Scott. The teenager left the Steelmen for the Tigers in January but has since picked up a season ending ankle injury.
“Nobody has mentioned Devante Cole or James Scott,” said Robinson. “A lot of physical presence has been taken out of a very successful front three so we’re still trying to find the right combination.
“We feel we are getting there again. James was at the St Mirren game in the cup and he was on crutches. We were hoping it wasn’t going to be as bad as he feared but it’s very unfortunate.
“He’s a young boy who I have no doubt will be very successful for Hull, a fantastic signing. It’s not the start he wanted but I’m always at the other end of the phone if he needs anything.
“He’s got a great manager in Grant McCann and I’m sure he will be fine.”