MOTHERWELL captain Keith Lasley isn’t surprised Aberdeen are challenging for the SPL title this term, but hopes to bring their William Hill Scottish Cup dreams crashing down at Pittodrie on Saturday.
After years languishing at the wrong end of the table the Dons have been rejuvenated under former Motherwell management duo Craig Brown and Archie Knox.
However, Lasley takes heart from ’Well’s showing in the north east in September despite them blowing a 3-1 lead to allow the home side to grab a point.
He said: “It’s no surprise that Aberdeen are doing well this season, we know how Craig Brown and Archie Knox work from their time here, and I have a lot of respect for them both.
“They are slowly turning Aberdeen around and have them challenging at the top end of the table. I’m sure that will continue, but hopefully on Saturday while they may be having a good league campaign, we can ensure they don’t enjoy the same success in the cup.
“We have been up there already in the league and put in a great performance and could, and probably should, have really seen out the game, but lost a couple of late goals.
”As such it almost felt like a defeat, but if we play in a similar manner I’m sure we can get a result.”
Most teams hope for a home draw in the cups, but Lasley admits it might be better for ’Well to be on their travels having won just one game at Fir Park all season.
He said: ”Normally you are looking to be at home, but given our present form maybe being away is better for us so we go there with confidence.
“We’d definitely have preferred something different to the regular weekly schedule as when you are coming up against the same guys all the time you do become rather familiar with them.
“It’s nice to test yourself against teams from outwith your own division and go to other grounds, but it’s not to be.
“Our away form on the whole has been great and we know we can score goals and be a real threat so Aberdeen will be wary of that.
“I think we’ll take a good crowd up with us and being the Scottish Cup it will be a good occasion, which we’ll look forward to.”
’Well reached the final of the competition two seasons ago, just failing to get their hands on the silverwear by losing 3-0 to Celtic, but Lasley says it remains a highlight of his career and one he wants to relive.
He said: “Obviously we have good memories of getting to the final two years ago and that is something we aspire to again.
“The game itself never went the way we wanted it to, but the whole journey was such a great thing to be involved in. Being in the final was certainly one of the highlights of my career and Saturday is the first step towards getting back there.”
’Well will be without Darren Randolph for the match, and next week’s SPL game against Ross County, after the SFA handed him a two game ban for kicking Hearts striker Callum Paterson in Saturday’s 0-0 draw.
The club had rejected the offer of a two game ban for the goalkeeper, but it was upheld at a Fast Track Tribunal on Thursday.