“Shocking Statistic” but Motherwell boss “Thinking about nothing but winning”

Motherwell are looking to win the match against Celtic this afternoon at Fir Park and hopefully that means we’ll see a decent game of football with both sides going for goals. An adventurous approach from the home side will of course test yet again Celtic’s defensive frailties but on the other hand will provide more space for the Celtic attack to exploit. Looks like it could be a high scoring encounter then!

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander, speaking to the media yesterday afternoon, outlined his thoughts on the match and confirmed that his side will be going all out to get the three points. Can Motherwell get the win, the hacks wanted to know?  It would after all, make their weekend!

“Yeah, of course. If I didn’t think that, what’s the point in me being here? There’s no point. I know the challenges. I know the toughness. But if we don’t win the game, I will 100% be disappointed,” Alexander replied. “If you go and play for a Celtic or (the)Rangers, you are expected to win every game. That expectancy is there from the moment you walk in the door.

“So why can’t other clubs have that expectancy within their four walls? We have to put ourselves under pressure. We want to be under pressure. You can either be scared of that pressure or you can engage with it. You can show why you want to be a professional player, or a manager.

“For me, it’s an expectancy. I’ve managed clubs where there is an expectancy to win. But if that wasn’t there, I probably don’t join those clubs.”

Alexander’s remarks yesterday has gone down well with the club’s supporters, judging by some of the comments on social media.

“Exactly the type of mentalty we should be hearing from a manager against the Old Firm (sic), if we don’t think we can win then what’s the point in being there? Absolutely spot on.”

“Great point. I’d rather we give them a fight and lose than defend for 90 mins waiting to lose.”

“Brilliant attitude. What a difference compared to previous incumbents.”

“Refreshing to hear rather than the usual ‘we’re punching above our weight’ rubbish.”

“Or like McGhee and Butcher who spent the entire lead-up week telling us how brilliant Rangers/Celtic were and how lucky we were to be playing them.”

“Butcher and McGhee had better records against the old firm than most. Or last league win against Celtic was McGhee. Our last league win against Rangers was Butcher.”

“Shocking statistic!”

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