Respect is key for Motherwell to progress in cup

Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus

Motherwell defender Stephen McManus is delighted to be back involved in the Scottish Cup as his side face Albion Rovers on Saturday.

McManus lifted the trophy during his time with Celtic, but was also involved in a couple of cup shocks against Clyde and St Mirren during his time at Parkhead.

He said: “It will be a tough game playing on the astroturf at New Douglas Park so few of us will be in a bit of pain for a few days afterwards.

“Anything can happen in cup football, that has been proved many times, so while Albion Rovers might be in League Two we won’t be taking them lightly.

“They will be looking to get into the next round every bit as much as we are so will treat them with the upmost respect and just need to go there and try and win.”

’Well go into the game on the back of a 2-0 win at Kilmarnock on Saturday as the Fir Parkers laid their 4-0 home defeat to Dundee United to rest.

McManus said: “It was good to get the three points and I think we deserved it on chances created.

“It was nice to get the win coming off the back of not only the Dundee United defeat, but also the St Johnstone one in our last away game.

“The St Johnstone one was probably the more disappointing as we had a full team, whereas against United we had three of the back four missing.

“I think we passed the ball better as a team and when you do that you are always more settled.

“When Craig Moore came on a few weeks ago and scored against Hearts it gave us a lift so it was good for him to get his first start and had a match he can be proud of.”