Motherwell manager Stuart McCall insisted he was paying no attention to rising expectations levels after watching his side move clear in second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a deserved 1-0 win over Hibernian.
The win put Well three points clear of Celtic, but McCall refused to get carried away with talk of splitting the Old Firm come the end of the campaign.
He said: "We're not thinking about that. Before the split we knew we had to go to Tannadice and come to Easter Road. To pick up six points and to deservedly do it is great."
He added: "Expectations grow from outside but we know our aims as a group. We'll get beaten in games but as long as the desire is there to go from the first to the last whistle, that's all you can ask for.
"I'm delighted with the win. We said at half-time that as much as we dominated the game we had not killed them off and they would come at us second half.
"Hibs produced better, but we still had all the chances and (Graham) Stack has been outstanding. We've hit the post and bar."
Hibs manager Colin Calderwood admitted Motherwell thoroughly deserved the win.
He said: "They were terrific, they dominated the first half, that was obvious for everyone to see and that alone makes them deserved winners.
"We didn't get on the front foot, didn't play as the home team and didn't affect Motherwell.
"We didn't cope with what they did and we didn't run hard enough. You have to get them back to work but you have to expose them to the criticism that is deserved on occasions."