Stephen McManus, Motherwell

Motherwell need to go back to basics, says McManus

Stephen McManus says Motherwell boss Mark McGhee has told his players to go back to basics as they attempt to extract themselves out of relegation trouble.

McGhee took over the Steelmen in October but it has been a difficult start with just one win in his opening six games back at Fir Park.

However, there has been cause for optimism ahead of the game against Dundee following their 2-2 draw with Hearts, and McManus revealed the key to pushing themselves up the table.

“With Mark McGhee coming in it’s been different but it’s been very good,” he told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.

“I think you can see the similarities between both Mark and Gordon Strachan; it’s about working as hard as you possibly can.

“He’s went back to basics: he wants more crosses in the box and more shots from the strikers because I think when you see our goal tally this season that’s been our biggest problem.

“There’s more confidence within the group too and that comes because you can see the progression on a Saturday.”

Motherwell sit in the relegation play-off spot but are only five points off Dundee who are seventh, and McManus knows the importance of the game.

“We spoke about it earlier about how tight it is at the bottom. All the games are hard and tomorrow will be no different. Dundee will come full of confidence,” he said.

“We played them at their place and they beat us but we felt we deserved something out of the game. It’s just trying to find that level of consistency that’s been the hardest point for us.”

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