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Motherwell manager Brown hopeful of keeping Blackman

Motherwell striker Nick Blackman
Blackman fired a first-half hat-trick against St Johnstone

Motherwell manager Craig Brown hopes he can extend hat-trick hero Nick Blackman's stay at Fir Park.

The on-loan Blackburn striker scored three times in the first half as Well ran out 4-0 winners over Scottish Premier League rivals St Johnstone.

But the 20-year-old is due to return to his parent club in January.

"I'm hopeful that we'll manage to retain his services because he's already got eight goals this season," Brown told BBC Scotland.

"(Blackburn manager) Sam Allardyce has asked for DVDs but fortunatley the DVDs were sent away before the hat-trick was scored. I hope Sam doesn't look and see that and think, 'well I'll get him back for the Premier League in England'.

"We thought Lukas Jutkiewicz had done well for us last season with 11 in the entire season. Blackman's got eight already."

John Sutton got Motherwell's fourth against Saints but Brown felt side could have played better.

"It was a comfortable 90 minutes but it wasn't the best we've played," said Brown. "I'm not complaining too much about the performance but we did get every break possible in the match.

"Great credit to Blackman for his hat-trick, he took them very well. Every time we shot, we scored in the early part of the game.

"At the other end our goalkeeper was making good saves. We were conceding corner kicks. The result flattered us but we'll be glad to accept it.

"We're delighted we've got good pace down the flanks with Jamie Murphy and Chris Humphrey. You can't ask for better than that and we can penetrate very well. We've got four out and out strikers in the team and six players who defend very well.

"So, all's looking good at the moment but there's a long way to go this season and there's a lot of work to be done.

"We're fortunate in that we've been steering clear of injuries and suspensions. We certainly will avoid suspensions because they know better than to get in trouble but we can't legislate for injuries. If we stay clear of injuries, I think we've a chance of maintaining our reasonable start to this season."

Motherwell's win bolsters their third-place position in the SPL, with both leaders Rangers and second-place Celtic losing their respective midweek fixtures.

"Our objective was to equal or better last season. We were fifth last season and I think we were a bit unfortunate to be fifth.

"The objective is to be at least fifth in the league. We're not getting carried away. We realise a top six is good for Motherwell with the resources we've got and the attendances we get so anything better than that will be highly creditable."



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Motherwell 4-0 St Johnstone
10 Nov 10 |  Scottish Premier


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