Oct 24 2012 By Andrew Weston
Defender Simon Ramsden is desperate for Motherwell to return to winning ways on Friday night and end a run of four games without a win.
The Well’s last victory was back in mid-September against Dundee at Dens Park with Sunday’s narrow defeat to Hearts seeing them drop down to sixth place in the SPL.
The 30-year-old expects a tricky encounter this weekend as Hibs come to town but insists they have the firepower to trouble the capital outfit.
He said: “We are looking forward to bouncing back on Friday but know it is going to be a tough challenge.
“They have got a very good squad but so do we and it should be a decent game. I have not played against Hibs but from what I’ve heard they like to play and are a threat going forward with Leigh Griffiths up front.
“We have to be on our toes at the back but feel we can cause them problems going forward. It makes for a good encounter.”
With defensive mainstay Shaun Hutchinson set to be sidelined having limped off with a hamstring strain at Tynecastle on Sunday, Motherwell will have to reshuffle their back four against Hibs.
However Ramsden does not think it will prove problematic saying: “I think up until now we have coped pretty well with different personal.
"I have had a spell out, Hutch is going to be out now. But the lads who come in have done a good job.
"We have got a few young guys who are inexperienced but have risen to the challenge. They are going to be needed now if Hutch is out.”
The English stopper is on board with the experiment of playing SPL games on a Friday night and feels the players will easily adapt to it.
He said: “I have had the odd game in England on a Friday but it is pretty new to me as well. Like most of the lads I am used to playing Saturday and Sunday but once you get out there it is just another game and it won’t make a big difference.
“It sets the weekend up nicely if you win on the Friday night and you can go home and relax I guess.”
Meanwhile Ramsden defended the state of the game here claiming those who knock it down south do so purely on hearsay.
Ramsden signed for Motherwell in the summer after leaving League Two Bradford. “The people saying these things have not seen a lot of Scottish football,” he claimed. “I have been impressed with the standard.
"There is a lot more football played compared to the division I was playing in.”