Scottish Daily Mail

Robin­son seeks buzz of cup run

- By ALAN DOU­GLAS Sports · Soccer · Motherwell · St Johnstone F.C. · Motherwell F.C. · Southampton F.C. · Perth · Stephen Robinson

MOTHER­WELL boss Stephen Robin­son is de­ter­mined to re­ward their ab­sent fans with a cup run af­ter hear­ing first hand how much they are miss­ing Fir Park. The La­nark­shire club in­vited some sup­port­ers into their ground to hear how they have been get­ting through the pandemic and sur­viv­ing with­out live foot­ball. Robin­son’s side can pro­vide some cheer — and hope of a po­ten­tial trip to Ham­p­den next spring — if they beat St John­stone to­day to reach the Bet­fred Cup quar­ter-fi­nals. The man­ager, whose side reached two cup fi­nals three sea­sons ago, said: ‘We have had that ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore and it cer­tainly lifts ev­ery­one at the club fi­nan­cially and per­son­ally. ‘It would be the per­fect rem­edy for hard times at the mo­ment. I’m sure ev­ery club is think­ing ex­actly the same. ‘We have had some fans in the sta­dium re­cently, talk­ing about their ex­pe­ri­ences over lock­down and say­ing how they are miss­ing the club. ‘If we can give them some­thing to cheer about, then ob­vi­ously a cup run is the per­fect way to do that.’ Mother­well will have to get past a Saints team who stretched their un­beaten run to nine matches when they drew 1-1 with Robin­son’s side in Perth last week­end. ‘They are a good side and I think this game will be bet­ter than last week,’ he added. ‘I don’t think ei­ther team played to their max­i­mum.’

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