Feb 13 2013 By Andrew Weston
Striker Michael Higdon hopes to continue his fine goal scoring run against Inverness on Saturday and at the same time help Motherwell leapfrog Caley into second place.
Higdon has netted four times in two games against the Highlanders, including a hat-trick at Fir Park back in September and is desperate to continue that form this weekend.
Victory would also take the pressure off the Steelmen following defeat at Kimarnock last time out as the battle for a top six place heats up.
The 29-year-old Higdon is on a rich vain of form having scored 16 times already this season and he is keen on making it a hat-trick of hat-tricks having claimed a treble against both Caley and St Johnstone.
“I have scored a few against Inverness and hopefully I can take home another match ball again,” the hitman said this week.
“It is a big game and they will be coming to our place knowing that we put nine goals past them in the two games we have played against them.
“I think we are their bogey team but we need to bounce back from Kilmarnock.
“They have been excellent and playing for a manager like Terry Butcher, he gets the best out of you and players like playing for him. It is going to be difficult because they can be a hard team to break down and they work really hard.
“But if we play to our maximum I am sure we can get a result.”
He added: “The aim on Saturday when Inverness lost to Celtic was to leapfrog them but we are still up there with them and it’s not a bad place to be.”
Higgy felt Motherwell were unlucky not to take something from the game at Rugby Park last Saturday as they missed a string of chances in the first half to get back on level terms following Stevie Hammell's early own goal.
Shaun Hutchinson and Keith Lasley passed up a number of opportunites and the big striker hopes similar chances will come his way this weekend.
He said: “I said at half time I think the chances had fallen to the wrong people but it was good endevour by the guys to get in the positions.
“It was just one of these days. The last half hour of the first half was a joke. How we haven’t scored I don’t know but sometimes you get games like that.
“We were bitterly disappointed because we felt we could go on and win the game. I think we were excellent and more than happy with the way we played.”
Following this Saturday’s clash Higdon expects a stern test on Tuesday when the Well take on Dundee United in their re-arranged SPL fixture.
United have begun well under new boss Jackie McNamara but Higdon is hoping to put one over his former team-mate at Falkirk saying: “Jackie is a good lad and I am sure he will be as good a manager as he was a player. He will have good training methods and the boys will enjoy playing for him. But we will look after ourselves and hopefully get that second spot.
“We have already been on our bad run I think earlier on in the season and I think that’s it out the way.”