Motherwell’s Lawless delighted to get off mark as he forgets last Firhill visit

Steven Lawless says he was delighted to score Motherwell’s winner against Queen’s Park on his return to Firhill – but he’s already been back!

The Partick Thistle legend played in Kris Doolan’s testimonial in September 2019 and Premier Sports pundit Stephen Craigan – who also played against a Celtic XI – insisted Lawless scored in that game.

Lawless played for the Maryhill side for seven successful seasons and the 30-year-old netted on his competitive return to the ground, which is Queen’s Park’s home until Lesser Hampden is complete.

Motherwell had to work hard for the win against an impressive Spiders side but Lawless was pleased to open his account for the season on familiar ground.

He said: “It must have been written in the stars for a 1-0 Lawless victory. It’s the first time that I’ve been back since I left so it was good to get a goal.

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“I just tried my hardest to get it on target and I think I was quite fortunate that it went in.

“It’s still early doors in the season and I’ll take that to get me off the mark. Hopefully there is much more to come.

Lawless made over 200 appearances for Partick Thistle
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“We knew it was going to be a hard game because it’s always a hard fixture when you come into these group stages.

“We are always the scalp when we are the bigger team. It was a hard-fought victory and the main thing was getting the result and we’ve managed to do that.

“We knew it would be a tough game. We’ve not had many pre-season games so you kind of use these as a half and half.

“It’s a competitive game and you want to win obviously but it’s still about trying to get yourself ready for the season.

Graham Alexander handed Darragh O’Connor and Kaiyne Woolery in the Steelmen’s season opener.

The Motherwell boss hopes to add new faces to his squad and Lawless admits pre-season is all about build relationships with new teammates.

Kaiyne Woolery made his first start for Motherwell
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“It’s been a normal pre-season,” Lawless said. “There are always new players and it’s about trying to get them to gel in quickly and come together as a team.

“We kind of use these games for that because we are still getting to know each other and it will take time for it all to click.

“I’m sure the gaffer will say that as well. We definitely have things that we need to work on so it’s back to training and hopefully, as time goes on, you’ll see a much more positive team out there.”

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