Saints v Motherwell preview

Last updated : 22 October 2009 By Stuart Gillespie
With a tough November coming up, getting as many points as possible from October's league games has to be the priority. If you offered me four points from the next two games I'd take them, but another home league win would be nice after breaking our duck last time out. Don't get me wrong, I still want us to win on Tuesday night, but if I had to pick between the two I'd go for a league win every time. Sure, a cup win would set up a trip to Hampden - but it would be half empty on a cold winter's night.

Anyway, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Tomorrow is all that matters at the moment. Things have been going well recently - almost too well. Two wins from two games, one of them at home, has put everyone in a good mood and the moaners (myself included) have quietened down for a bit. However, how many times have we been here before? Pressure mounts, we win a couple of games, then we don't win another for months. Last December suggested things had finally changed when we won all four games - then didn't win another until April! With two trips to the Old Firm coming up it's vital we get some points on the board now to keep alive the feel good factor and widen the gap to the woeful Falkirk before they improve or change manager.

Things will be a bit harder with the absence of Craig Dargo. We look a completely different team when he is fully fit and on form, with Andy Dorman often the main beneficiary. Fortunately, he is only out for a few games, but it would still have been better if we could have kept him in the team. Tom Brighton will probably start alongside Billy Mehmet, although Michael Higdon is back, with the rest of the team staying the same - we have won the last two games with it after all. However, it is possible Hugh Murray could be dropped, with Allan Johnston getting his first start. Initial impressions on the veteran seem to be positive and he might add a bit more creativity to the midfield. Joining Dargo in the stands will be Mo Camara and Steven Robb.

Motherwell lost Mark McGhee to Aberdeen during the summer, meaning there isn't quite as much reason for Saints fans to hate the Steelmen as there was before. Rather disappointingly, new gaffer Jim Gannon seems to be rather good. He has an excellent knowledge of the lower leagues  down south and signed some random players that most of us have never heard of, like Giles Coke and Chris Humprey, who have turned out to be decent acquisitions. With their form this season, you'd hardly think they'd lost a manager or regulars David Clarkson, Graeme Smith and Paul Quinn over the summer.

Gannon has also been giving a few of the youngsters who were already at Fir Park their chance. Pick of the bunch has been Ross Forbes, who hadn't even played for the first team before this season but has been in outstanding form since being handed his debut. Also still at the club are former Saints John Sutton and Steven McGarry, who were both part of different title winning squads at Love Street. Sutton then went one better by helping us stay in the SPL when he scored two goals in a dramatic comeback in 2007 - ironically against Motherwell!