McCall: Squad will keep working

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Stuart McCall

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is confident his players are too grounded to become intoxicated by the praise that has come their way following their impressive start to the season.

Second-placed Well will close the gap on Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers to four points if they beat Kilmarnock at Fir Park.

And McCall said: "We just have to work as hard as we have been doing. It's the work ethic that has got us where we are."

Visiting manager Kenny Shiels this week claimed Motherwell deserve to be second, if not first, as they have played as well as Rangers in most games.

Shiels also argued they had the best two full-backs in the SPL in Tom Hateley and Stevie Hammell. But McCall has been consistent in warning his players that hard work has been the key to their seven wins in 11 SPL games.

And the Fir Park manager, whose side are going for a fourth consecutive victory, said: "There is no doubt the players deserve all the plaudits for the way they have gone about their business.

"The one good thing this season, when we have had setbacks - and we have had three heavy defeats - then we always bounce back well.

"That's full credit to the character of the players. But they know as well as I know there is not a lot in this division.

"In fairness we have got what we have deserved in this first third before the split, a really healthy amount of points but all probably deserved. But the players won't be getting carried away, they are a tight-knit group.

"Obviously we have got talented players but first and foremost we need to defend well as a unit, which we have done in the last three games, which gives us the solid base to go forward and get our attack-minded players on the ball high up the park, and hopefully they can create and we can take the chances."

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