Robbie Neilson wants to end this season’s winless run at Fir Park as the Jambos gear up for the final Premiership away match of the season.
The JTs slipped to defeat in our last trip to North Lanarkshire to face the Steelmen back in November. Connor Shields and Ricki Lamie scored to condemn Hearts to just a second league defeat at the time.
With some of the key players set to return to the fold from injury at Fir Park, the manager says it's a perfect time to get a win over Motherwell on their own patch.
“First and foremost, we’re going to be putting out our strongest team and we’ll have a few guys coming back from injury who’ll get minutes at Fir Park,” he told the media in his press conference.
“Smith, Halliday, McEneff and Devlin are all back in the fold.
“I expect it to be a hard game, we got beat 2-0 down there last time. It’s always difficult at Motherwell and they’re going into it in a position where they can still qualify for Europe. The players are only focused on tomorrow and Saturday.
“Once we get these out of the way – only then will we allow ourselves to think about the final. I’m not even thinking about it. We haven’t won at Fir Park this season so we want to go down there and try and get the win.
“We have to respect the other teams in the top six who are all vying for Europe. We need to put out a strong team, and our fans will expect us to win the game as well. There’s no chance we’re going to take our eyes off the ball.
“There’s a Scottish Cup final of the horizon and everyone is desperate to play in it. Everyone’s motivated.”