Levein shrugs off Well thrashing

13 March 2009 01:52
The Steelmen thrashed United 4-0 at Tannadice the last time the sides met in January.

But the Tangerines manager will not be mentioning that in the build-up to this weekend's Scottish Premier League trip to Fir Park.

Not because he is keen to forget it, but he is happy with the fact his team have picked themselves up since then and got back into the race for third place with a win over Falkirk last time out.

United are five points behind Hearts in the battle for European football and - with the split now looming large - know getting a maximum haul from Saturday's fixture would be significant.

Levein said: "Motherwell got a great result against us last time but thoughts of revenge do not come into it.

"In the SPL we play each other quite often so it's pointless dwelling on one result.

"This weekend is all about us focusing on doing our jobs properly because if enough of our players do that we'll give ourselves a chance of winning the game.

"We won our last game against Falkirk and I was delighted with that because they have a decent record against us lately.

"But we went down there, got the three points and kept a clean sheet as well which really pleased me.

"Although we've been defending okay lately we have lost the odd goal but it will do the lads at the back good to get a clean sheet on the road.

"Falkirk then went up to Inverness and won there so that just backs up what I keep saying about everyone being capable of beating everyone at this level.

"This weekend is no different. Motherwell are a good side with good players so we know it's going to be tough."

Fir Park is widely regarded as the worst playing surface in Scotland, but while Levein would clearly prefer to send his players out to perform on a good pitch, he will not be altering his plans just because of the lack of grass.

He said: "Obviously, the pitch is a talking point when you play at Fir Park but it won't change the way we approach it.

"Just because the surface is not as good as the one we usually play on, we're not going to dwell on that.

"It is the same for both teams and won't be a deciding factor in deciding who wins the game."

United will have Danny Swanson back in the side after he made a surprise recovery from a knee injury.

The midfielder was expected to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after damaging his medial ligament but he has bounced back within three weeks.

One player unlikely to feature is Scott Robertson, who has been out for two months with a groin injury, but James Wesolowski is pushing for selection.

Levein revealed: "James has trained away well and is in contention.

"Scott probably won't make it, but we're expecting him back soon as well.

"Danny Swanson was very good in the reserves the other day and is over his injury so we're glad to have him back."

Source: Team_Talk