They Play Their Way And We Will Play Ours
Stuart McCall recognises that teams will not always employ the tactics he would like. It is down to him to figure out a win to overcome the opposition
Stuart McCall is focussing more on what his side can do rather than worry what Morton will do when the sides meet today at Fir Park. Opposite number, Allan Moore has threatened to 'park the bus' ahead of the Scottish Cup fifth-round tie. Moore claimed he was impressed with Bolton's goalless draw against Arsenal in midweek and Ayr's valiant effort against Kilmarnock in their Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat at Hampden last week. Motherwell manager McCall, however, insists the First Division side are entitled to use whatever tactics they like as it is down to his side to have enough to see them through to the sixth round draw on Monday.He said: "I did see that story but with the players they have got in their team, they can cause us problems if they are at their best. But anyway, you want to try to get through to the next round and if that is the way they decide they will go, then that is down to them. Whatever way they go about it, it is not a problem for me, It's about how we concentrate on our job. We have had two home games with six goals and six points, we've bounced back and we have to focus on that and be on the front foot from the first whistle." McCall's team have not been disrupted by any changes during the transfer window despite a deadline day bid from Championship side Blackpool for highly-rated Jamie Murphy. The club accepted the bid but the player decided a move was not for him at the moment. McCall was pleased that he held on to Murphy and said: "I half-expected that we would lose one player in this window. I was disappointed that we accepted the bid but I understood the club's position and then I was delighted when Jamie decided to stay. It might be in the summer that Jamie moves on but he is an intelligent lad and I believe if he can produce the form that he is capable of more consistently - he has done it in flashes this season - then we will be talking double of what we were offered." Murphy insists that if and when he leaves Motherwell it will only be when he is good and ready. The former Scotland under-21 player's decision to stay in Scotland was something of a surprise but he explained it by simply saying: "I am happy here at the moment. I discussed the offer with my mum and dad and decided it wasn't for me. A big factor is that we are doing well in the league and cup this season so I am just looking forward to the rest of the season here. I think a lot of of people just expected me to go but I am not just going to jump away as soon as I can because there was one bid made on the last day of January. I hope there will be other offers in the future. I have scored eight goals this season and so obviously there is a lot of room for improvement between now and the end of the season and you never know there might be a bid there in the summer. I hope the gaffer is pleased and it is my job to repay him by giving it my best until the end of the season."
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