MATCH PREVIEW | Motherwell vs Saints

Tuesday 6th February

Saints look to regain ground in the Premiership as they travel to Motherwell on tonight to play one of their league games in hand.

Various fixture postponements have led to Saints holding a number of games in hand. A win over Stephen Robinson’s Well side would see Saints go level on points with the Steelmen in 7th but with an extra match still to play.

Tuesday will see the first meeting between the teams since last August when Saints ran out 4-1 winners in a heated encounter at McDiarmid Park.

Despite a valiant performance, Saints slipped to their third straight Premiership defeat this past Saturday away at Hearts. The match saw Tommy try out a new 3-5-2 formation which led to Saints dominating much of the proceedings. It’s likely that we may see the manager employ similar tactics at Fir Park.

Speaking after the game on Saturday, Tommy laid praise on his players for how quickly they adapted to the new system:

“It’s a formation we’ve been trying to work on and today I thought it worked really well.” said Wright.

“We have really good, strong centre halves and good defenders at the back. We have that creativity in midfield now with Matty [Willock] coming in and we have two frontmen that were working their socks off so the system worked, the players gave everything and they should be proud of their performance.”

Fresh from making his debut at Tynecastle, we may see more of new loanee Matty Willock in Lanarkshire on Tuesday night. Tommy believes that he could become an crucial player for Saints towards the end of the season:

“That’s his first game in a while so we have to be careful with him because we don’t want him picking up an injury.

“It has to be remembered that he’s still only a young player. I think he’s going to be an important signing for us.

“People have to realise I’ve been trying to get a player off Manchester United for about four years and I haven’t got one so it’s a big coup for us to get someone of his quality to come into the club.”

Saints fans should note that they will be accommodated in the Main Stand at Fir Park tonight - not the South Stand behind the goal.