Team motivated by Hampden memories

Friday, February 9, 2018

It’s little over two months since Motherwell took to the pitch at Hampden in the first major cup final this season.

While the Betfred Cup final didn’t end with the outcome hoped for the Steelmen, the journey to another trip to the national stadium continues in the Scottish Cup with a visit to face Dundee on Saturday.

“We are highly motivated to do that,” said the manager when asked about the team’s attempts to return to Mount Florida. “The last run raised the profile of the football club.

It helps to attract players, which we saw in January, and it gives everything a lift around the place. Financially and for morale as well.

“It’s a big, big game for us. It will be a tough game for us away from home but we are confident, based on recent form.”

January signing Curtis Main has been in the goals since his arrival from Portsmouth, netting four in his first six matches.

The striker was visibly annoyed when he left the pitch after scoring one and setting up the other in the 2-0 midweek win over St Johnstone, later saying he was disappointed he hadn’t netted more from his other chances.

“Yeah, disappointed he’s only scored four goals in six,” joked the manager. “But I think that’s testament to him and the other players. We have created a lot of chances.

“Curtis has done great since he’s come up. He feels he can do even better and so do I.

“The fitter he gets and the stronger he gets, I think we will see more from both him and Nadir.”

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