For the first time this term, Motherwell are enduring a small run of disappointing results- but Stephen Robinson says it’s not time for the panic button.
With a win over St Mirren at Fir Park today, Motherwell could return to third place after losing that spot to Aberdeen midweek. It occurred due to Aberdeen’s win over Hamilton and the Well’s 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone.
Robinson’s side are winless in five with three straight defeats in league action. This run is the first real blip in what has been a very positive season for those concerned with claret and amber.
It’s something the Fir Park boss is well aware of. Whilst the negative voices might be getting louder, he’s urging his squad to block them out as the Well strive for third.
To achieve a first win in six with a game against St Mirren, Motherwell will be without Chris Long and Bournemouth loanee Mikael Ndjoli. Both have picked up injuries, one being a thigh strain and the other a knee problem.
“Chris Long won’t be available, probably be out for a couple of weeks,” said Robinson. “Unfortunately Mikael Ndjoli, whom we thought would get a little run in the side now, got injured in training.
“He felt a lot better this morning (Friday) which is positive but we will get a scan. We’ll work with Bournemouth on that one. We know that we are a good side, that’s not changing. On Wednesday, we were 20 seconds away from the narrative being a great point. Things have just transpired against us a little bit in the last two games.
“You have to put that into perspective. We are joint-third, a win can take us back there and we could be in the quarter final of the cup. I don’t get too down when we lose or carried away when we win.
“We know that we have very good players and we obviously want to get a win quickly to get us back on track again. When we played St Mirren last time, we were flying, we were the best team in the world, apparently. Now we will probably be the worst team in the world with the negative voices that seem to get louder all of a sudden.
“But I said to the boys that we are not interested in outside noise, we will concentrate on doing what we are doing. I said to them to remember how good a side we are. We are not doing a whole lot wrong, we are being punished for little things at the moment.
“We are not going to rip up the script, not ripping up what we have done.”
O’Hara looks ahead
Meanwhile, Mark O’Hara is looking forward to another tussle with St Mirren. He started in the cup game against the Buddies last weekend before retaining his place against St Johnstone.
The Peterborough loanee is expecting another Buddies battle today: “It was a very competitive game last week, A kind of typical cup game. Both teams could have nicked it in the end.
“I don’t think we were under any illusions it was going to be a tough game there but we feel at Fir Park we can put things right. The manager’s spoke to us and if we we win our next couple of games we are still on track.
“We just need to trust ourselves and the managers, the system we are playing. We certainly believe that will happen. I think we just need to keep believing that things will get pushed in the right direction.”