And finally - St Johnstone

16 May 2013 11:45
Motherwell's season will draw to a close in Perth on Sunday. We've already had our end of term party so can the players rise to the challenge of a home team desperate for a win?

If St Johnstone are to join us in next season's Europa League they have to take three points from this match and hope that Inverness fail to win in Dingwall.  Our incentive to have the team add to the 63 points already in the bag, to secure a 10th away win for the season and to supply Michael Higdon enough chances to let him extend his goal scoring record.

Last time at McDiarmid Park

Stuart McCall is aware of the importance of the game as far as European qualification is concerned and he has spoken of the expectation of a call from Terry Butcher.   But our manager has the rare chance to look beyond this final fixture and with that in mind there are bound to be a few changes from the settled eleven that served us so well for much of the season.

Who will be in goal?  With Randolph on his way to Birmingham and all the chatter about Samson coming or going it would seem to be an ideal time to give Hollis another outing if he's fit.  Young Ross Stewart made a fleeting debut last weekend and the 18 year old will be hoping for a place on the bench at least.

Carswell's steady development marks him as a replacement for Law and McHugh will be keen to remind the manager of his commitment to the club.  Ojamaa's one match suspension is complete and he'll probably be back to support Higdon.  Anyone who forecasts the starting eleven might be well advised to by a lottery ticket.

Our hosts have different issues.  Frazer Wright received a two match ban at Thursday's Fast Track hearing for the clash with Lustig and that gives Lomas a problem.  They have injury concerns to add to their worries and it's a guessing game what their back four will be. 

This will be Motherwell's 45th game in 2012/13 and given the big pitch in Perth it should give plenty of scope for McFadden and Humphrey finish the season in style.  There will be no need for fans of St Johnstone to plan a European Tour as the Mighty 'Well finish the season with a 2-1 win.

Remember our last trip to McDiarmid Park?  

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