Graham Alexander urges Motherwell to forget the table and focus on the next game

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander will be urging his players to focus on the game against Livingston next weekend and not on table swaps.

Moved well up to fifth in the Premiership thanks to a 4-2 win over St Mirren at Fir Park.

The Steelmen can guarantee top-six football with a win at West Lothian, while a draw will suffice if Hibernian fail to beat Hearts and Ross County fail to beat Aberdeen.

Even a loss might not wipe out Motherwell’s chances, but they would need multiple results to go their way.

Alexander won’t get bogged down in possibilities as he looks to build on Motherwell’s first league win since beating Livi on Boxing Day.

Well behind on Eamonn Brophy’s opener following an unfortunate ricochet from their vantage point, but they were ahead seven minutes later thanks to goals from Sean Goss and Connor Shields.

Dean Cornelius regained the lead just before the break after Conor McCarthy equalized and Shields claimed a second after brilliant play from Kevin van Veen.

Alexander said: “You just watch the league and nobody can call anything.

“We just have to do what we did last week and just focus on the result and not what it might mean.

“It’s tough because we’re going into the last game before the split, but we just have to focus on what’s right in front of us. And that’s what the players did on Saturday.

“At 1-0 it wasn’t about looking at the big picture, it was about focusing on the next five minutes and that’s what got us back into the game.”

Alexander recalled Goss and Callum Slattery and restored a three-man midfield.

“We know we have a competitive team and the players have to earn their place,” said Alexander.

“All the players know what I expect from them and what the team expects from them and if they don’t produce it they are in danger because there is another player knocking on the door.

“If we play 11 v 11 in training it’s hard to see which team is stronger and hopefully that will be very helpful to us.”

St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson has slammed his side’s defence, warned they are in a relegation battle and claimed some have lost focus because ‘a lot’ of players have told him they would leave this summer.

The Buddies are just six points clear of St Johnstone and their first six hopes should end before they host Rangers on Sunday.

“There are players whose minds may have already left the club,” added Robinson. “It’s up to me to make sure I have a 100% committed team and to make sure we stay in this division.

“The club have been very good with people and we owe it to the football club and the fans to make sure there is better defensive performance than that. The four goals were pathetic.

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