Ross County manager Derek Adams does not expect Motherwell's confidence to be dented too much by their midweek European defeat when the two sides meet in this weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener.
The Highlanders play host to the Steelmen in Dingwall on Saturday in what will be their SPL debut, after cruising to the Irn-Bru First Division title last season.
Motherwell head into the clash with one competitive outing under their belts already, having lost Tuesday's Champions League qualifier against Panathinaikos.
However, Adams expects their opponents to be in good spirits as they turn their focus to league business, before next week's return leg in Athens.
He said: "I thought they played well. They created openings, they created chances, but they lost 2-0. Panathinaikos are a good side, a team with great tradition. Motherwell are now coming up here and I'm sure they will be in confident mood."
Adams spent a number of years as a player at Fir Park and is relishing the visit of his former club.
He added: "I was six years at Motherwell and a lot of people are still there from when I was there.
"We had a lot of good times through different managers - Billy Davies, Eric Black, Terry Butcher, Harri Kampman. I look forward to welcoming the staff."
Adams urged his players to continue their unbeaten run for as long as possible, after they went an impressive 34 games without defeat last season.
He said: "We are looking to push on and keep an unbeaten run going. That's the main focus on Saturday. If we could win the match, it would be a terrific opener for us. It's important to get a good start. We will be trying to do that, as every other club will be."
- Derek Adams