Motherwell Look To Gain Points From Old Firm Games
Motherwell striker Chris Porter is looking for some bonus points against the Old Firm after the Lanarkshire side held onto third spot in the SPL. A four goal game did not brighten Porter day until Aberdeen's win over Hibs hours later kept Motherwell in pole position for the only UEFA Cup spot available from the SPL. Mark McGhee's men now face an Old Firm double header - welcoming Celtic to their bumpy pitch before travelling to Ibrox for the first of two games against Rangers. And Porter believes they can take points from each of the games. The striker said: "Although we are disappointed, a draw is a better result for us than it is for them. So it's not all doom and gloom. We have beaten Celtic once and drawn with Rangers so I don't see why we can't do it again. I think they will struggle as well on our pitch, so it gives us more of a chance. The big games are obviously against United and Hibs. Anything we get off the Old Firm will be a bonus. They both have to play the Old Firm so hopefully the Old Firm will beat them and help us along the way to third spot. It could well come down to who does better in those games. It could even go down to the last game between ourselves and Hibs. It will go right down to the wire, I think."
Porter scored his first goal from close range after David Clarkson had headed on a Stephen Hughes cross in Motherwell's first attack worthy of the name. Stephen Craigan headed into his own net in the dying seconds of the first half but Motherwell took the initiative after the restart and Porter soon headed Ross McCormack's brilliant free-kick over the line. But, just as Well looked to have closed out the game, Lee Wilkie headed home in the 86th minute after Motherwell failed to deal with a long throw. And the big defender now feels United have every chance of claiming the European prize by overturning a one-point deficit, despite Motherwell's two games in hand. Wilkie said: "We have still definitely got a chance. Three points are a must against Aberdeen and the way we have played against the Old Firm this season, we have got to go into those games positively. It's getting down to the last chance and we need those three points - I think next week is that game. Europe doesn't come around very often so we have to go for i."
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