Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson will tomorrow night (Wednesday) try to continue his pursuit of getting the team to an unprecedented third consecutive national cup final, writes Craig Goldthorp.
Last season’s Betfred Cup and William Hill Scottish Cup runners-up travel to Tynecastle to take on Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts in the quarter-finals of this season’s Betfred tournament.
“If I had a crystal ball I’d be able to tell you why we’re such a good cup team!” Robinson said.
“They’re one off games, there’s no fear. I think we are actually a good team no matter what.
“We haven’t quite got the results to back that up in the league so far but I’m confident we’ll turn that around.
“We will go and play with no fear and perhaps we need to take that into the league games a little bit where we do go and press, play in behind teams and take chances.
“It’s something that we don’t do consciously but in the cup competitions things have just come up for us.
“The motivation is to get to Hampden again. We are one game from Hampden.
“When you drive up there and the tingling feeling that you get, that’s why you want to be a footballer.
“To play in front of a full house at Tynecastle, to win the game and get to Hampden.
“We go to Tynecastle with no fear. You saw what Livingston did on Saturday, they played with no fear, they played in areas of the pitch that Hearts didn’t want to play in and we can do exactly the same.
“We are looking forward to it. People say it’s a tough game, it’s a great game.
“Going to Tynecastle with 20,000 people and it’s one of the best atmospheres in Scotland.
“So we have to make sure we take a big crowd there and we put on a performance because that’s what you’re in football for.
“You’re in football for nights like this, to go to places like that and defy the odds because everybody expects you to get beat.”
Motherwell are taking on the Jambos again just 11 days after losing 1-0 to the same opposition in a league game at Fir Park.
“There was not very much in it,” Robbo added. “We lost the game on one decision, something that we can cut out ourselves, a poor backpass and a referee’s decision that he didn’t have the benefit of watching it 50 times like I did to make the right call.
“So there’s very little in the game between the two teams.
“We’ve tweaked a couple of little things this week after the Aberdeen game and I’m confident we can get back to being a really hard team to play against.”
Robbo said that his side have nightmare injury problems going into the match, with Andy Rose and Alex Rodriguez Gorrin joining Craig Tanner and Charles Dunne in definitely being out and Curtis Main and Peter Hartley both major doubts to play at Tynecastle.
“It would be easier to say who’s fit,” the gaffer added.
“In the last lot of games we’ve had a lot of possession of the ball.
“A lot more possession than we did last season, but possession doesn’t win you football matches.
“We need to get back to putting balls in areas that teams don’t want to play in, don’t want to defend in.
“And that’s the small percentages that win you football matches.
“We have to do that, we’ve worked on that and we’ve spoken about it. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.”