Stephen Robinson: Motherwell are going to Hampden to win

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Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has told his players that winning at Hampden is everything as he demanded no let-up in their approach.

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha claimed his side’s only two options were to “win or win” ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final but Robinson is not content to just savour the occasion either.

Robinson’s men have won six of their last eight games and have scored two goals or more in all but one of those matches.

And the Northern Irishman has stressed to his players that they need to keep their focus on playing the same way when they run out at Hampden on Sunday.

The former Luton and Bournemouth midfielder said: “I don’t think you can play it down, it’s a big, big game for us, one that we are very much going to enjoy, and we’ll enjoy the occasion, but playing-wise I have never enjoyed any game that I ever lost.

“So our intention is to go there and make sure we get a result.

“But it would be huge for the football club. We have spent a lot of years fighting relegation and that’s all the fans have had to look forward to. So a trip to Hampden, which we are making sure is not our last of the season, and we maybe give them something to really shout about.”

Robinson is confident the hype over the club’s first semi-final since 2011 will not distract his players.

He said: “We have very much concentrated on what we have been doing, what we have been successful at doing, and made the players aware of Rangers’ threats, as we do with every other team, no more or no less.

“We just try to keep our feet on the ground that this isn’t the last game in this cup competition, and make sure we reiterate that throughout the week.

“They are a very grounded bunch of players. They are good boys to work with. Obviously when you are winning football matches, it helps the atmosphere around the place. But they are boys that are not going to get carried away. I won’t let them.

“Before the Hamilton game there was a lot of talk of the semi-final and I said to them, ‘if you don’t perform against Hamilton you won’t play in the semi-final’.

“We take everything as it comes, I have said numerous times, once you start getting ahead of yourself in football, it has a habit of biting you in the bum.

“We are a team that is used to winning football matches. We are strong, physical, want to battle and then get the ball down and play. Nothing really changes for us.

“We’ll turn up and do the simple things as well as we possibly can, and see where it takes us.”

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