Pat Fenlon tells Hibernian TV that he is hoping to retain all three loan signings, Jorge Claros, Leigh Griffiths and Ryan McGivern in January and he also says he expects a real battle tonight under the floodlights at Fir Park (kick off 7.45pm).
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On the transfer front, the manager reveals he is planning to try and keep defender McGivern, midfielder Claros and striker Griffiths in the New Year.
Fenlon said: "We want to try and hold onto the three of them after January; that's the important thing as they've all been key to the team.
"Obviously Leigh, Ryan and Jorge are playing every week and are key to what we are trying to do.
"So we're exploring that at the moment and we'll try and make progress with that over the next few weeks to make sure that come January we have them for a longer period."
Fir Park was the venue for Fenlon's debut in charge of Hibernian almost exactly 12 months ago before floodlight failure led to the match being abandoned at half-time.
Now nearly a year into his tenure in charge of the team in bottle green the Irishman believes progress has been made on the pitch.
He added: "It's been manic - we've been busy and there have been a lot of changes. Hopefully we've made some progress; that was key as we wanted progress to bring the club forward and we've done that.
"We're not getting carried away but I think we've got a better squad of players and a harder working group of players.
"We've started getting some supporters back in as well that we lost, so I think that's progress, although it is slow progress.
"To continue doing that is really what we are aiming for - just to make sure we improve on the pitch and off it."
The manager explains that right-back Tim Clancy has a strong chance of being available for selection after overcoming a groin injury.
He said: "He's trained today, so we're fairly hopeful that he should be okay for tomorrow, but obviously if there is a reaction in the morning then we'll have to think about it.
"At the moment he's okay and we've got to make a decision now between himself and Alan (Maybury), it's a good problem to have I suppose as they are both decent players, but we'll give Tim up until tomorrow and make a decision then."
Fenlon acknowledges that Motherwell's pace down the flanks is a threat that will need to be nullified in order for Hibernian to come out on top and says the team have been focusing on that in training.
He said: "We've worked on the team and the shape of the team this week and Motherwell have some really positive and pacey wide players and strikers.
"So it's how we counteract that and nullify that from our own point of view. But like I said if Tim or Alan plays then I'm not too concerned as both of them are very good full-backs for us."
Fenlon says that the absence of Gary Deegan has been a blow, but stresses that Tom Taiwo will prove to be an able deputy and show the supporters his qualities with further game-time under his belt.
He said: "I don't think we missed Gary that much, I mean Tom is a quality player and has played a lot of football at a decent level.
"It was his first game and he did okay and just needs time to settle in as well. But Gary has been a big player for us as well since the start of the season but I firmly believe that Tom can come in and fill his boots no problem at all. Like I said he is a quality player and I think you'll see that over the next few weeks."
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