Stu happy with home comforts...

MOTHERWELL manager Stuart McCall believes his side's improving home form can pave the way for a Euro surge.

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Stuart McCall is braced for St Johnstone's visit
Stuart McCall is braced for St Johnstone's visit

The Steelmen have put behind them a series of disappointing home results to go on a five-game unbeaten run on home soil, racking up three draws and two wins in that sequence.

With a home double- header next for McCall's men, starting with the visit of St Johnstone this Sunday which will be followed by Dundee United a week on Wednesday, the Well boss is keen to make the most of his home comforts.

He said: "The results at home have improved and that has been very pleasing.

"The frustrating thing for me was that although we were not getting the results we deserved, the performances at home were not that bad by any manner of means.

"In fact, the last time we lost at home was against Dundee United back on November 7, and the only thing that was wrong with that one was that we did not cash in on any of the chances we created.

"But really we couldn't have done any more. We hit the woodwork on a couple of occasions while the United keeper was outstanding that night.

"So even although results were not going our way at that time at home, I was always confident that if we kept playing the way we were we would get the results.

"But now we have St Johnstone coming to us on Sunday and it's a great chance to really get going again after the defeat at Celtic, where I thought we were very unlucky not to get a point."

McCall has a full complement to select from and warns his men will face a St Johnstone side determined to provide pay back for the 3-1 hammering Well handed out to them at McDiarmid Park back in November.

The Well gaffer said: "We have produced some great performances and football away from home and that one up at McDiarmid was certainly one of our best.

"The key, as is often the case, is that we started really well and got the early goal and then it all flowed from there. But St Johnstone are a good side with a lot of experienced players in their ranks and they will want to pay us back.

"There is no doubt that they are one of our main rivals for European football and with the gap between us at just four points this is a huge game for both sides in that regard.

"They have a quality set of strikers at their disposal who could cause any side problems.

"That means we will have to be at our most resolute on Sunday but I think it will also make for a good open game of football."


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