McCall plays down talk of second

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Stuart McCall remains reluctant to dream of Motherwell leapfrogging Rangers to take second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

McCall's Motherwell enjoyed a 3-0 win over Hearts on Saturday which took them to a position six points behind the beleaguered champions with a game in hand.

However, when asked if he was allowing himself to look at a Champions League place, the Motherwell boss said: "We can't get carried away because we lost three games on the bounce not so long ago and it looked as if the wheels came off."

He added: "But the way we have turned the home form around and the goals we are scoring, the confidence we are playing with, we just have to look to each game.

"All a manager can ask is to keep playing like that and if it brings us the points to edge close to Rangers then great."

Hearts boss Paulo Sergio insists his side's hectic recent schedule has left the squad with nothing in the tank.

"I am very happy that we will have seven days before our next game, we really need that," he said.

"In the second half there was a lack of explosion, of speed and aggression.

"We need to recover, we have been playing a game every three days and we are feeling that because we don't have the squad to do that.

"You shouldn't forget that three important players left in January (Ryan Stevenson, Eggert Jonsson and John Sutton) and we have been affected."

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