PREVIEW | Saints v Motherwell

We welcome Motherwell to McDiarmid Park tomorrow in our final home match of the season and the penultimate Ladbrokes Premiership fixture of the 2018/19 campaign.

Victory for Saints tomorrow will secure 7th place in the league but the visitors could leapfrog Tommy Wright's side if they come out on top this weekend.

It's the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season with Saints winning once and losing the other two matches against Stephen Robinson's men.

Looking ahead to the game, the manager is confident his players can come away with the three points required but says that they must maintain their focus for the full 90 minutes to ensure they don't concede any more late goals.

"Our performances over the past few weeks have been good," Tommy said, "but where we need to improve is seeing games out.

"The past two games we've been well on our way to all three points only to concede very late on.

"Although they were two good strikes with a little bit better concentration and organisation they were definitely preventable.

"We go into the game knowing what we have to do. It's simple - win the game and we finish 7th. It's been another good season for us and we want to finish it strongly by cementing our position with a game to spare.

"That's the focus and we've been working hard in training all week. We're ready to go tomorrow for the final home match of the season and I'm confident we can get the result."

The last time the two sides met was back in March when three second-half goals for Motherwell meant Tommy Wright's men fell to a 3-0 defeat at Fir Park.

And the manager knows that tomorrow's opponents will be arriving in Perth up for the challenge in the battle to finish as the best of the rest.

"It's going to be a difficult game and we all know that," Tommy said.

"They beat us back in March and also here at McDiarmid Park in December. Before the winter break they were struggling a little but since the turn of the year they've been in excellent form. They changed formation and since then they've done well.

"They're coming here to win because they know a draw doesn't really help them although it does take things to the last day of the season.

"In the main this season we've started games well at home and managed to get on the front foot so that's what we'll be looking to do tomorrow.

"We've got to be ready from the first whistle and if we can put in a performance that I know we're capable of then we can get the victory we need to cement our place in 7th."

On the injury front, the manager had slight concerns over Matty Kennedy and Scott Tanser who were carrying knocks but both have trained today and will be fit and available for selection on Saturday.

That means that the only player unavailable for selection through injury is Drey Wright who continues his recovery from his knee operation.


Tomorrow's match will be shown LIVE to overseas subscribers on Saints TV. UK/Ireland subscribers will pick-up live audio commentary of the match before the full match replay and highlights available from midnight.

Co-commentator tomorrow making his second appearance for Saints TV is former defender Callum Davidson!