Motherwell Men Must Make Sure

20 November 2010 11:40
Motherwell manager Craig Brown does not want to live life on the edge, he wants convincing wins Craig Brown has told his Motherwell players to for for a convincing win over the Buddies at St Mirren Park to protect them from falling foul of dubious decisions again. Motherwell had a Steven Saunders goal chalked off last week against Hibs when he was considered to be offside by the officials. The game ended with Brown's men losing by the odd goal which would have been avoided if Saunders effort had stood. Motherwell's previous reverse came after Hamilton defender Martin Canning was bafflingly spared a sending off after conceding a penalty when he pushed over Nick Blackman as the striker prepared to knock the ball into an empty net. The Steelmen bounced back from the Accies setback by winning two games on the trot - and Brown has urged his players to react in the same way again. He said: "The last time we lost was to Hamilton and I think it was an unfortunate defeat similar to the one against Hibs. It was in a controversial manner and we bounced back against Inverness and St Johnstone. Our play wasn't bad. In the second half I felt we were well on top, the statistics gave 58% possession to Motherwell, which is very good for an away side at Easter Road. If we do that at Paisley I will be quite happy and I think we can manage to go there and get something." After the games against Hamilton and Hibs Brown refused to comment on the controversial decisions and wants his players to ensure there is no need to look for excuses in Paisley. He said: "All we want is fairness. I do genuinely believe referees try to be fair. They don't deliberately make errors such as some people think. We have been a bit unfortunate. What we have to make sure is that we are not in a situation where a disputed decision is critical. If you are well ahead, as we managed to be recently against St Johnstone, I can cope with that. When it's a knife-edge situation you just want to get an honest, fair decision." St Mirren will not be easy touches today as their form has improved in recent weeks, with wins over Aberdeen and Dundee United, and were seconds away from taking a point against Celtic on Sunday. Brown believes manager Danny Lennon will take St Mirren further up the SPL table, although he disputed the assumption that the former Cowdenbeath boss, his rival for the signing of Alan Gow, was working on lesser resources. Brown said: "You're saying a lower budget but he was able to offer players more than we were able to offer them when we were looking for the same players. Everyone has a low budget in this league. But credit to Danny, he has brought in some good signings and he has promoted Kenny McLean, who I think is an outstanding young midfield player. In the fullness of time St Mirren will be a force to be reckoned with. They are at the moment, but in terms of league position I would expect them to improve it dramatically." Editor Ger Harley ( Team ( is Scottish-Fitba.Net