Stephen O'Donnell: Hopefully Motherwell can right a few wrongs against Hamilton Accies this Wednesday
After his heroics in scoring in extra time and then netting the winning penalty in a 5-3 Scottish Cup fourth round shootout success over Morton following a 1-1 draw after extra time at Fir Park on Friday night, Stephen O’Donnell is gearing up for another massive few days of action.
It’s local rivals Hamilton Accies away in the Premiership for O’Donnell and co tonight (Wednesday, KO 6pm) before a trip to Hibs in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals this Saturday, KO 5pm.
The Accies match represents a chance for ’Well to improve upon a terrible record in local derbies this season, with Hamilton having won all three played so far.
O’Donnell told the Times and Speaker: "We’ve got a big game on Wednesday, hoefully we can right some wrongs there.
"We have lost three times against them, that’s fact. We need to do what we do best, have a better performance, more like spells against St Mirren second half and spells in the Morton game.
"We need to start bringing consistency as a squad and that is very important. If we want to beat Hamilton, that’s what we need to do.
"With it being a derby it means a wee bit more to the fans. It will be another big three points for us to hopefully kind of show a bit more in the league and get a bit more promising position for us because it’s been a frustrating season.”
’Well at least go into this week’s double header on the back of the win over Morton, in which O’Donnell netted a deflected shot near the end of extra time before going on to score the winning penalty.
"It’s the first time I’ve been on the fifth,” he said. “I was probably still a wee bit annoyed from the goal getting conceded so I don’t think the nerves really hit me.
"It’s nice to be in the next round of the cup.
"I think it was deserved but we made it hell of a hard for ourselves and that’s not good enough.
"A cup run’s important every season because it’s one the fans can get excited about the most I think.
"But if we play like that I don’t think there will be a cup run.”
It’s 30 years since Motherwell last won the cup with a sensational 4-3 final victory over Dundee United after extra time at Hampden Park. En route to that 1991 final, they beat Morton 5-4 on penalties in a quarter-final replay.