Scottish Premier League Motherwell v Hamilton
October 29, 2010 | In: Articles
For those unaware, Motherwell and Hamilton have a fierce rivalry in Scottish football so tomorrow’s match at Fir Park has all the hallmarks of being a battle more than anything else.
Craig Brown has done a fantastic job since taking over the Motherwell manager’s role at Christmas last season; leading them from a relegation struggle to currently sitting in clear third place heading into November. Brown has only ever managed one side in Scottish football (20 years ago) before taking the hot seat at Fir Park in December 2009, so it was something of a risk for him to be given the reins at a club who had serious problems last term. He has, however, rebuilt an ailing side with a lot of younger and inexperienced players. One such addition is Nick Blackman who is on loan for the season from Blackburn Rovers. Just 22, Blackman has been a real gem of a signing with four goals already to his name. He’s linked up well with both John Sutton and Jamie Murphy, both of whom have benefited from the attributes that Blackman brings to the side with his pace, power and strength.
Hamilton have had to contend with the sale of their key players over the last couple of years. The likes of James McCarthy, James McArthur and Brian Easton have all departed for the English Premier League. Their loss has also been added to with injuries to Alex Neil and Mark McLaughlin, experienced campaigners who form the backbone of Accies team. Despite those losses and absences, Billy Reid has managed to keep his side competitive and in the SPL since 2008. This season has very much followed the previous one’s in terms of points and position in the table with six points out of a possible 27, and rooted to second point, just a point of bottom place. That being said, some of their performances have been pretty decent. They went ahead against Parkhead, lost out to Rangers in the very last minute and were 2-0 up away to St Mirren before only leaving with a point. Silly individual mistakes added to a lack of concentration are costly ingredients which Reid will have to expel from his players if they wish to survive in the SPL for another reason.
Motherwell have won two and drawn one of their last three home games, whilst their only defeat in the last eight games in all competitions was away to Rangers. They are in good form and they are difficult to beat. ‘Well also have the edge on their opponents in the derby games in recent years at Fir Park with 4 wins from their last 5 in all competitions. I think there will be goals in tomorrow’s game as Hamilton have managed to score at Parkhead and at home to Rangers, and both teams have scored in the last 6 matches involving Hamilton. I also believe Motherwell have the ammunition to gain all three points however, in their attempt to solidify third position.