MOTHERWELL’S Chris Humphrey believes his impressive cameo performances off the bench recently can help him secure a place in the starting line-up when Aberdeen return to Fir Park on league duty this weekend.
The winger has cut a rather frustrated figure on the sidelines this season but inspired the Steelmen to victory over Dunfermline in their last league clash before setting up Nicky Law for Motherwell’s only goal in the 2-1 Scottish Cup defeat by Aberdeen on Sunday.
Now the 23-year-old is hoping gaffer Stuart McCall puts faith in him by playing him from the start as they seek swift revenge over the Dons.
“In the past week, I’ve looked at myself and analysed my performances and I think that I have done more than enough to start the game,” the player said this week.
“But that is down to the gaffer. It is his decision and you respect that.
“Whatever team he thinks is the best team to pick, he will put out there.
“If my name is on the teamsheet then great, but if not you just have to get on with the game.”
He added: “It is pleasing coming on and playing well no matter how long you get.
“If you get five minutes or a half like the Dunfermline game, or 20 minutes, you have got to do what you can in that time. I think that I have proved I am worthy of trying to get back in that team.”
Humphrey admits the squad were devastated to be knocked out the Scottish Cup last weekend at home to Craig Brown’s Aberdeen, the first time the Pittodrie outfit have beaten Motherwell in more than three years.
However the Jamaican-born player is delighted they now have an opportunity to exact revenge so soon after that defeat.
“We can look at the positives from the Scottish Cup game and take it into the league clash,” he said.
“It was very disappointing to lose, especially after the way we played having gone down to 10 men when I think we dominated the game.
“But we have got the players to bounce back and win.
“We are at home again and hopefully the fans can get behind us.
“I expect it to be another end-to-end game and I am really looking forward to it.”