Motherwell’s focus is entirely on securing Premiership top-six, says striker

Connor Shields says Motherwell will focus on trying to secure a top-six Premiership finish against Livingston today before even thinking about a Euro spot.

But the 24-year-old former Albion Rovers and Sunderland striker says it’s ‘massive’ that the Steelmen are a win away from securing the target they set themselves last summer.

Shields bagged his third goal of the season in Saturday’s 4-2 win over St Mirren that put Motherwell fifth in the table, and they know victory at Almondvale today will guarantee their place, regardless of results elsewhere.

With 2-1 wins over Livingston home and away this season, Shields hopes to get a similar result today, and that he scores as well.

The Coatbridge star said: “The top six is ​​the main focus just now. If we get top six then we can focus on that [Europe] but just now it’s about winning on Saturday and then taking it from there.

“But it’s massive for us and the club. At the start of the season that was probably the main objective, to get into the top six.

“Now, going into the last game before the split it’s in our hands to make that happen. Hopefully we can put in a good performance.

Shields grabbed his third goal of the season in Saturday’s 4-2 win over St Mirren

“It’s in our own hands, that’s what we wanted to make sure was the case, that we weren’t waiting on somebody else’s result.

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“We’ve played Livingston twice this season, we’ll hopefully get another good result against them again.

“It will be tough, they’re fighting for top-six as well. I think whoever wins is guaranteed top six, so it will be a tough game.

“They’re at home, but we’ll give it our all, that’s all we can do, and hopefully it will be enough.”

Shields says it was only a matter of time before Motherwell grabbed their first league win of 2022, though it only arrived when they beat St Mirren 4-2 last weekend.

However, he says it has given them a boost, and at a good time.

“This is a good time for us to hit form,” he said. “I think the break in January came at the wrong time, we were on a good bit of form, so hopefully that break there came at a good time and we can kick on again.

“Confidence is high after the win last week. It took a while to happen, but now that it has, hopefully we can put in another good performance and hopefully it [the result] takes care of itself.

Shields would love to score at Livingston today and help his side achieve their aim
Shields would love to score at Livingston today and help his side achieve their aim

“It was only a matter of time before we got that first win. We had got a few draws and weren’t on the best run but I think it has come at the perfect time, pushed us right up to fifth, and we can hopefully kick on again.

“It was a good win, it was probably the perfect time for it to happen, but we don’t want to get too caught up in it.

“It doesn’t mean anything if we don’t get a good result on Saturday.”

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