'Motherwell crave cutting edge in difficult market'

Behind the Mic
Behind the Mic

Jane Lewis, BBC Sport Scotland

Motherwell have now gone four matches unbeaten, and in their draw at St Johnstone on Saturday, turned in one of their "better performances of the season," in the words of Stuart Kettlewell.

His side still struggled in front of goal, with a lack of cutting edge continuing to be an issue. There’s still time for a striker to walk through the Fir Park front door, but it needs to be a player who’s going to make a real difference in front of goal. Let's face it, during the January window, they’re hard to come by.

You either splash the cash (which Motherwell can’t do) or you turn to the loan market hoping another club is on the lookout for a side to give one of their goal-hungry fringe players some game time.

They could also do with getting a break on the injury front. Losing Adam Montgomery after a really promising debut, was the worst of luck for both Motherwell and the player. On a positive note, it’s great to see Lennon Miller making his comeback from injury in the last two games. Kettlewell will be cautious about his return though, managing him will be crucial.

Next up for is Kilmarnock at home in what is sure to be a tricky test! Dereik McInnes' side are going strong, with a defeat at Ibrox their only loss in the last eight outings. Previous games have been close between the sides this season, although form certainly favours the Ayrshire side this time around.

While preparing his side for the weekend, Kettlewell would have been keeping a keen eye on events in West Lothian as Livingston faced Ross County on Tuesday night... Not just because Motherwell face the Staggies next Tuesday.

A share of the spoils probably suited the Steelmen. If Ross County had come away with a win, they’d have moved level on points with 'Well.

Their meeting in North Lanarkshire nect week was always likely to be significant, so ahead of that one, taking something against Killie would be more than favourable.