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    Mark O’Hara setting sights on memorable season

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    Ricki Lamie looks ahead to St Johnstone cup tie

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    ‘A cup run would lift fans’ spirits’

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    Storylines: Motherwell v St Johnstone

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    Live stream of Motherwell v St Johnstone cup tie

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    Next up: St Johnstone

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    Manager reacts to St Johnstone draw

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    St Johnstone 1-1 Motherwell

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    ‘We’ve used the time wisely’

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    ‘We will be prepared and ready to go’

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    Mark O’Hara setting sights on memorable season

    Mark O’Hara setting sights on memorable season

    Can you boogie? Mark O’Hara believes he can.

    In the last two weeks, Scottish football has been floating on cloud nine, with the sound of Baccara echoing somewhere in the distance.

    Scotland have ended a wait going back to 1998 for a place at a major finals, and already the nation is gripped by Euro fever. The bug has certainly bitten at Fir Park.

    In Stephen Robinson’s ranks there are two national treasures who may well have been boogying for the last fortnight.

    In Declan Gallagher and Stephen O’Donnell, Motherwell had two representatives on the pitch in Belgrade when Steve Clarke’s side edged out Serbia on penalties, with the former arguably the player who has caught the eye the most over the last two international breaks.

    To have one Well player start regularly for something is remarkable. Two? Incredible. But two being part of the most successful Scotland team for a generation? It’s bordering on fantasy.

    Yet, it’s a fantasy that has allowed players throughout Scotland to dream. Dream that a place in the Scotland team is not reserved for players on either side of the Old Firm or the English leagues, but Clarke’s door is open to anyone who can prove he can make the grade.

    “What Declan and Stephen have done is a terrific achievement, and I reckon every Scottish top flight player right now should be inspired by that,” said O’Hara.

    “It’s a real goal to aim for. There’s a lot of time between now and the end of the season to put a good run of form together to try and catch the eye before the Euros.

    “I’m sure everyone is motivated. If you are doing well, Steve Clarke has shown he’s not afraid to put people into a squad, so it’s a big objective for everyone. Certainly in our club, but probably at others, too.”

    He added: “The pair of them haven’t really mentioned much in way of encouraging us to do what they’ve done, but you get to see them training every day and the levels that they put in. It’s incredible.

    “You see they are very good players and the standard they are at. So it’s only natural when they come back in having helped Scotland qualify that there’s a buzz about the place.

    “Personally, I want to be a part of that as well. It’s inspiring to see what the guys have been doing, and hopefully I’ll be a part of it as well one day.”

    O’Hara’s versatility, coupled with his eye-catching performances of late, is a key factor that may well make him an outside shot to be on the plane to, err, Hampden next summer.

    A full-back in his youth, the 24-year-old has made a name for himself in a central role at Fir Park, both in defence and the engine room.

    He insists he’s happy to be deployed as Robinson sees fit, adding: “I’ve enjoyed playing anywhere the manager has put me if I’m being honest.

    “When I was younger I used to get played at right-back but I’m not a huge fan of that. As long as I’m through the middle, whether at centre half or central midfield, I’m happy. To be honest, I just want to help the team, I’ll go anywhere.”

    The opposition at Fir Park today is a familiar one. Fresh from a 1-1 stalemate last weekend on Scottish Premiership duty in Perth, Callum Davidson’s team arrive in Lanarkshire on Scottish League Cup duty.

    “It’s always hard to go to McDiarmid Park,” reflected O’Hara. “St Johnstone have had a reasonable start to the season and are showing now that they are a decent side, so we just need to take encouragement from the game.

    “For me, it’s a good point and hopefully it will be that when we look back on it at the end of the season. We just need to make sure we turn that draw into a win this weekend.

    “We fancy our chances against anyone. We take confidence, particularly at home, you have to with the pitch the way it is.

    “So yeah, we’re looking forward to the game and we are confident that it will go in our favour.”

    O’Hara needs no history lesson to be motivated by the task this afternoon.

    A mention that Motherwell have only won the competition once is noted, as is the notion that the Steelmen have had to watch other clubs of a similar stature lift the trophy in recent seasons.

    While last season’s third-place finish brought European football, increased prize money and immense satisfaction, disappointing exits in the cups were sorely felt.

    O’Hara hopes all of these elements will be addressed this afternoon.

    “We definitely think we can do something in the cup,” he said.

    “When the season starts I think the objective is normally top six and a decent cup run, whether the Scottish Cup or League Cup. And it’s a real opportunity to do well in a tournament.

    “It doesn’t matter what club you’re at, every player wants to strive for a piece of silverware at the end of the season. We have a very good squad and I think we are more than capable of going far.

    “It’s another achievement we want to shoot for, and we know we have what it takes.”

    By Scott Mullen

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    Ricki Lamie looks ahead to St Johnstone cup tie

    “We want to progress. That’s the objective on Saturday.”

    Ricki Lamie previews the Betfred Cup last 16 tie with St Johnstone.

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    ‘A cup run would lift fans’ spirits’

    “We want to lift our fans’ spirits. A cup run can do that.”

    Stephen Robinson looks ahead to the visit of St Johnstone in the last 16 of the Betfred Cup.

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    Storylines: Motherwell v St Johnstone

    Storylines: Motherwell v St Johnstone

    Motherwell host St Johnstone on Saturday, as the two clubs prepare to face each other in quick succession.

    These are the storylines going into the Betfred Cup last 16 tie.

    Familiar foes

    A second meeting in the space of seven days will see a game with a different complexion to the one at McDiarmid Park.

    Fir Park will play host to the opportunity to progress to the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup, with just one further tie to play before a trip to Hampden Park.

    A rare cup encounter

    A journey back to April 2011 is required to find the last cup meeting between the two sides.

    It was a memorable occasion for Motherwell, as the 3-0 victory at Hampden Park sealed a place in the 2010/11 Scottish Cup final.

    The last League Cup fixture between the two came in 1969. It was another semi-final at Hampden, with the Saints winning through before being defeated by Celtic in the final.

    Two games from Hampden

    The last 16 tie represents an opportunity for both sides to play their way to within one game of an appearance at Hampden Park.

    Motherwell’s last outing at the national stadium came in the 2018 Scottish Cup final, having also contested the Betfred Cup final in the same season in Mount Florida.

    St Johnstone’s last trip to Hampden came in the 2011 Scottish Cup semi-final, where they lost 3-0 to Motherwell.

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    Live stream of Motherwell v St Johnstone cup tie

    Live stream of Motherwell v St Johnstone cup tie

    You can watch a live stream of our Betfred Cup last 16 match with St Johnstone on Saturday.

    If you’re in the UK or Republic of Ireland, a live stream of the game is available to buy on a pay-per-view basis for £12. This match is not covered by your season ticket.

    International-based supporters can watch via their usual subscription at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    If you require any support with your streaming account, please email motherwelltv@streamdigital.tv.

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    Next up: St Johnstone

    Next up: St Johnstone

    St Johnstone are our opponents for the second weekend running, as they visit Fir Park in the Betfred Cup last 16.

    If you’re in the UK or Republic of Ireland, a live stream of the game is available to buy on a pay-per-view basis for £12.

    International-based supporters can watch via their usual subscription at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Kick-off on Saturday at Fir Park is at 3pm.

    Tale of the tape

    Saturday’s 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park saw Motherwell take the lead through Mark O’Hara, before Stevie May’s penalty ensured a share of the spoils.

    Earlier in the season, Allan Campbell’s early goal gave the Steelmen all three points in a 1-0 victory at Fir Park.

    Motherwell have won the last three encounters between the two sides in ML1, with Saints’ last victory coming courtesy of a stoppage-time Jason Kerr winner in October 2018.

    Form guide

    You have to go back to 22 August to find the last time the Steelmen lost domestically to a team outside of Celtic and Rangers.

    Hamilton’s victory that day was the precursor to wins over St Johnstone, Aberdeen, Ross County and Livingston, and then the weekend draw at McDiarmid Park.

    St Johnstone suffered a slew of defeats at the start of the season but have since recovered to go on an eight-game unbeaten run in league and cup competitions.

    Watch live

    If you’re in the UK or Republic of Ireland, a live stream of the game is available to buy on a pay-per-view basis for £12. This game is not available on the season ticket.

    International-based supporters can watch via their usual subscription at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    Manager reacts to St Johnstone draw

    “There will be better performances than that. But we’ll take a point.”

    Stephen Robinson reacts to the point gained in Perth.

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    St Johnstone 1-1 Motherwell

    St Johnstone 1-1 Motherwell

    Motherwell returned from the break with a well-earned point away at St Johnstone.

    Mark O’Hara’s goal from a flowing team move was cancelled out in the first half by Stevie May’s penalty.

    The enforced absence of Allan Campbell and Barry Maguire saw Bevis Mugabi return at central defence, with Robbie Crawford making his first start alongside O’Hara and Liam Polworth in midfield.

    The hosts dominated the bulk of the earlier possession, looking to craft opportunities down the flanks.

    But it would be Motherwell who would take the lead. With 17 minutes played, Stephen O’Donnell set off down the right hand side.

    Moving the ball infield, combination play between O’Hara, Watt and then Polworth saw the latter’s shot ricochet up into the path of the onrushing O’Hara, who powered home his shot from just inside the area.

    The goal settled the Steelmen as the game settled into a more even affair. But they would be pegged back with 10 minutes left in the half.

    Bursting into the box, May went down under the attentions of Bevis Mugabi. The referee immediately pointed to the spot, with May stepping up to take the kick.

    Chapman went the right way at the penalty but the ferocity of the shot saw it bulge the net and bring the Saints level.

    Wotherspoon saw a shot blocked by Cole and O’Hara saw a header drop wide as both sides traded half chances as the half wore on, but they would go in level at the break.

    An even start to the second half saw both sides trading possession, but chances were few and far between.

    Chapman dealt with efforts from May and Bryson, while Christopher Long made a short-lived sub appearance for 15 minutes, before being forced off injured.

    Both sides pressed on in the latter stages but a draw was a fair reflection.

    Motherwell: Chapman, O’Donnell, Mugabi, Gallagher, McGinley, Crawford, O’Hara, Polworth, Cole (Long 62, Lamie 77), Lang (White 87), Watt.

    Subs not used: Archer, Grimshaw, Devine, Cornelius, Hastie, Seedorf.

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    ‘We’ve used the time wisely’

    “We’ve used the time wisely. Hopefully it shows on Saturday.”

    Stephen Robinson previews the trip to face St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.

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    ‘We will be prepared and ready to go’

    “The games are going to come thick and fast now. We will be prepared and ready to go.”

    Allan Campbell previews Saturday’s return to action away to St Johnstone.