Oct 31 2012 By Andrew Weston
Midfielder Nicky Law is refusing to panic despite Motherwell’s disappointing run of form — but admits they need a return to
winning ways quickly.
Last Friday’s morale-sapping 4-0 home defeat to Hibernian means the Steelmen are without a win in four league and cup games, with their last victory back in mid September at Dundee.
Things don’t get any easier for Motherwell as they travel to in-form St Johnstone this Saturday but Law feels they can take confidence from their fine win at
McDiarmid Park last season.
“St Johnstone are on a great run and are the form team in the league,” he said this week.
“We know that it will be tough. But we went there last season and won 3-0 and played very well.
“Hopefully we can do that again. It is a big pitch there and we enjoyed it last year but they have probably got a wee bit more pace about them in the wide areas.
“It’s usually quite open when we play them and I would imagine both teams will play a 4-4-2 and go at each other.”
He continued: “Coming off the defeats we will be looking to turn that around and hopefully get three points.
“We are not panicking, we had a great start to the season.
“We will look back on the defeats and learn from them, work on things this week in training and look to see how we can win the game at St Johnstone.”
The former Sheffield United ace admits Motherwell’s recent poor run can be put down to deficiencies all over the park but thinks things can turn around quickly.
The Fir Parkers have conceded nine goals in their last four games having failed to find the back of the net themselves.
However Stevie Hammell did have a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out for offside on Friday and top scorer Michael Higdon missed a penalty.
Law said: “Hopefully that is the bad luck out the way. It was a very strange game and that’s as well as you can play losing 4-0.
“But there are things to work on obviously. We have been snatching at our chances and I think two or three weeks ago we would have been putting them in the back of the net.
“It is a positive that we are creating chances, if we were not it would be even worse.”
The Nottingham-born midfielder
added: “We have also had a few niggles and suspensions and not really had a settled back four. It doesn’t help.
“Last season we had a settled defence and the results showed. Hutchy (Shaun Hutchinson) is one of our main centre backs so it’s a big loss to us when he doesn’t play.”
Despite their recent run Motherwell are still just five points off second placed Hibs with a game in hand and Law feels it will be a battle right to the end of the season in the race for second.
“You can see it’s really tight,” the 24-year-old said.
“Everybody is losing and winning games and there are plenty of draws.
“It’s a very even league. There are 11 similar sides and whoever plays better on the day wins the game. After St Johnstone we have two homes game to look forward to so it can all change in two or three weeks.”