Evening Times

Draw picture is not pretty reckons Coke

- By CHRIS JACK

MOTHERWELL midfielder Giles Coke is confident his side will soon be able to turn draws into victories as they look to hang on to Hibs and Dundee United in the race for Europe.

The Steelmen have drawn their last three Scottish Premier League games and frustratio­ns have grown that they have not been able to kill off teams when handed a numerical advantage.

Motherwell failed to overcome the 10 men of Hamilton during the Lanarkshir­e derby, drew 1-1 with Aberdeen after Gary McDonald was sent off and then dropped another two points as Prince Buaben and Danny Swanson saw red during last weekend’s controvers­ial stalemate with Dundee United.

Well make the trip to Easter Road this afternoon to face the side who have inflicted their only league defeat of the season. Hibs secured a comfortabl­e 3-1 win at Fir Park in September and Coke knows that the players owe their fans for a poor second-half showing that saw them picked off by a free-flowing Hibs side.

There would be no better time to get their first win since victory over Hearts in October than today, and the English man believes results will eventually come their way.

“It’s definitely been points dropped in the last few weeks,” Coke said. “When a team goes down to 10 men we should be able to kick on and get the win. We should be seeing these games out.

“That said, we’re not losing games and I still believe the wins will come. It’s all about turning these draws into wins. We’re not that far away.

“Hibs were impressive against us at Fir Park. They are one of the best teams we have faced so far this season. But we want to go to Easter Road and put in a really good performanc­e. We let the club down in a way during the second half against them when they were through here. We want to put that right and get a result.”

Coke was Jim Gannon’s third signing of the summer when he joined from Northampto­n in July and the 23-year-old has been impressed by the meticulous nature in which the Irishman operates.

The midfielder has made an impressive start to life in the SPL and reckons that Gannon has been the reason behind their success. Many would have tipped the Steelmen for a relegation fight but Coke is aiming as high as possible.

He said: “The manager has got to take a lot of credit for the fact we’ve lost only one game this season. He had to put a team together very quickly and he’s been able to instill a belief and a team spirit.

“He’s a very serious man when it comes to his work and that is a good thing. He leaves nothing to chance and always does his homework. We as players are learning all the time.

“I take it one game at a time, but the way we’re playing we can be around the top five I’m sure.”

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Giles Coke is aiming high

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