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How Stephen Robinson used Northern Ireland's Euro heroics to inspire Motherwell to Scottish Cup final berth

Well in: Stephen Robinson and NI goalkeeper Trevor Carson
Well in: Stephen Robinson and NI goalkeeper Trevor Carson

By Gavin McCafferty

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson compared winning the Scottish Cup to Northern Ireland qualifying for the European Championships.

After watching Well ruthlessly dismantle Aberdeen in Saturday's semi-final, Robinson tipped his men to match the feats of the Steelmen's 1991 Scottish Cup heroes.

"We can now make history like the '91 guys," he said.

"Before the game, I used the analogy about the Northern Ireland squad that got to the Euros (in 2016). All we heard was about the 1982 and '86 (World Cup) squad. It's all they talked about and rightly so, they deserved it.

"But now there are new heroes in town with the squad that qualified.

"And these boys have such a terrific chance here now. They're honest boys who aren't earning millions of pounds but give you everything. I'd love to see it."

Two-goal hero Curtis Main insists the same belief that helped them sweep the Dons aside at Hampden can take them all the way to glory.

"Before we went out, the dressing room was rocking," the former Middlesbrough and Portsmouth striker said. "We all had a real belief in ourselves. We know what we are capable of, we have shown it many times this season."

Motherwell have already proven they can compete with Celtic this season, having drawn twice with the Hoops, and Main added: "We are not there to make the numbers up. We are in the final because we deserve to be in the final.

"So when that day comes around, we will go out with the same hunger and the same drive and we will look to lift that cup."

Main tapped home a 20th-minute opener and Motherwell were two ahead through Ryan Bowman two minutes later.

And Main put the result beyond any doubt midway through the second half when he charged down Kari Arnason's clearance on the halfway line and raced through to finish.

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