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O’Donnell hopes poor run is over for ’Well


Stephen O’Donnell hopes Motherwell’s 1-1 draw at Celtic Park means their run of poor results is over – but warned his side not to get carried away.

The Steelmen head into a vital run of games, with home games against Dundee and St Johnstone either side of a Tuesday trip to Ross County and a visit to St Mirren in Paisley on December 16.

While O’Donnell concedes that could yield points that can push them back up the Premiershi­p table, he says the focus has to be on Dundee on Saturday alone.

“I think on a run of 10 games without a win, it’s important that we don’t get carried away,” he said.

“We’ve got Dundee, which is a game we want to compete in.

“It’s at home, and I think we obviously want to be winning our home games, so let’s take the Dundee game [in isolation].

“I’m hoping the run is over, we’re looking for positive results, but it’s one game at a time.

“When you find yourself on a bad run it’s always important to try and stop it as soon as you can, and we need that win.

“But what we lost after the first couple of games, is that we had very good performanc­es against

St Mirren, Rangers and Celtic, and then we started to lose that.

“Saturday was a very good performanc­e, as a team, which is the most important thing.

“Motherwell need to be a team to compete, and I think we have been, so hopefully we can do that against Dundee.”

O’Donnell hopes fans will get right behind the team at Fir Park on Saturday.

He said: “We’ve been under a bit of pressure, hopefully the fans will get behind us after that performanc­e and result.

“It’s great to see the fans that come. They’ve came a lot of times at Parkhead and we’ve been turned over, so it’s good to give them something back.”

Boss Stuart Kettlewell says his side must use the draw at Celtic as a springboar­d.

He said: “I believe this has to become a benchmark for us, coming to a place like this, getting a result.

“It has to give us great confidence, but that’s only the case if we act on it. It has to be that milestone for us where we can use it as a springboar­d, kick on, and start to amass more points, because it has been a tough stretch.

“We need to come out the other side of it and start to compete with teams that are probably in a ballpark with ourselves.”

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