Wright and Robin­son out to make their points

Scottish Daily Mail - - FOOTBALL - By ALAN DOU­GLAS

THEY are both ri­vals to be the next North­ern Ire­land man­ager but at Fir Park to­day, it’s all about the three points as Stephen Robin­son and Tommy Wright go head to head. The pair are among the favourites to suc­ceed Michael O’Neill next year and have been neck and neck in the Pre­mier­ship over the past two sea­sons, shar­ing sev­enth and eighth spot be­tween them. St John­stone are cur­rently bot­tom of the league but level on points with three other teams — Hearts, St Mir­ren and Hamil­ton — but Mother­well boss Robin­son knows his side will need to be clin­i­cal if they are to bounce back from de­feats at Celtic and Hibernian to con­sol­i­date their place in the top four. On fac­ing Wright, Robin­son said: ‘Tommy’s record speaks for it­self over the years at what he has done with St John­stone. He has mas­sively over­achieved. ‘He has signed some very good play­ers. They have a good squad on pa­per and he will be look­ing to turn that into re­sults. Hope­fully, though, that won’t start against us. ‘He al­ways has his team well or­gan­ised and I don’t think their league po­si­tion sug­gests how they have played at times. ‘It is tight down there, with very lit­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween bot­tom and sixth place. ‘I think they will sit in, so once again we will have to break down a team. ‘But we have to take that as a com­pli­ment. Teams didn’t used to come to Mother­well and sit in — but they do now.’ Wright is look­ing to avenge a 1-0 home de­feat by Robin­son’s side ear­lier in the sea­son, say­ing: ‘I don’t think there is much be­tween the two teams. In the game we played here, we should have won. ‘We know we are ev­ery bit as good as Mother­well on our day. We’re bot­tom of the league but I try not to look at that. We need to fo­cus on get­ting off that spot.’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.