The Fir Park side travel today to face a buoyant Inverness Caledonian Thistle who have won both of their SPFL Premiership games without conceding a goal. Motherwell's only sole defeat, on the other hand, came just two days after their latest European misadventure in Russia.
The visitors' pre-season was another of overhaul and adjustment; even for a club accustomed to perpetually losing its best players, though, this summer's clear-out and clear-in has been watched worryingly by fans. "The changes this year have been a bit more drastic than previous years; this season pretty much six of the starting XI have changed," Hammell admitted. "
It might take a bit more time to click and play a different style of football but the players we have got in are high quality. It won't be long before we are back to our best."
Despite losing the likes of Michael Higdon, Henrik Ojamaa, Chris Humphrey, Tom Hateley, Darren Randolph and Nicky Law, though, Hammell believes his side still have enough attacking talent to damage any Scottish opposition. "If you've got good players then you are going to cause teams problems. The style of play might be a little bit different but it can still be effective. The players we have got are enough to cause any team in this league problems."
Stuart McCall, his manager, feels the week of rest and lack of a mid-week fixture means his side are much better prepared for this weekend's action. "I'm sure there will be a few doom-and-gloom merchants out because we got beat at home," he also said. "You never like to get beat, and certainly you never like to get beat at home. On the day Aberdeen were the better side; we made a couple of individual errors that cost us goals."
Richie Foran, the Inverness captain, agrees with Hammell that Motherwell possess the attacking capacity to hurt his side's so-far unbreached defence. The visitors scored 12 goals - conceding only two - in the first three games between the sides last season, although today's hosts did a bit better in the final fixture, winning a close game 4-3. "Motherwell more or less battered us three games out of four last year," he said, "so they are a tough side to play against. They have lost a bit of pace and big Michael Higdon is a loss for them, although they brought in some good replacements.
"We will probably be favourites which we don't mind, so we are looking forward to getting three out of three. But you have that little worry that they can put four or five past us and Motherwell players will have the same; that we can do it to them."