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The season starts (again) at Kilmarnock
When Motherwell last travelled to Kilmarnock the August sunshine shone on two goals from Murphy and we recorded the first away win of the season. Can we make it a seventh win on the road on Saturday?
Only the foolhardy will be sporting the short sleeved summer strips that were in abundance on that last visit but the away fans will be warmed if we come away from this game with another three points.
Killie have struggled with their league form of late and have to look back six fixtures to find their last win. They came close when they held a two goal lead at Fir Park late in December but our fighting recovery in the last quarter salvaged a draw.Our starting eleven last time at Rugby Park
Our hosts have had a young look about them in recent outings and the trio of O'Hara, Gros and Barbour held their places for last week's cup game against Inverness but they'll miss the contribution from the departed pair of Kelly and Harkins. Sheridan will be a doubt after pulling a hamstring but there could be a return to the starting eleven for Heffernan following his two goals that won the tie when he replaced his injured colleague.
For Motherwell the major concern will be to ensure that the lack of action in the last few weeks does not lead to a faltering of the form that has seen only one loss in the last four. The recent postponement of the game against Dundee United and our early cup exits have resulted in one match in the last five weeks. That 3-0 win over St Johnstone, featuring a hat-trick from Higdon, together with faltering efforts from our close competitors, has left us untroubled sharing second place with Inverness. Randolph has declared himself fit following his hamstring problem that forced a substitution in our last game.
If we suffer no ill effects from the enforced lay off there's every expectation that the return journey up the M77 will be a happy one with a 2-1 win.
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