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Home Sport Football Scottish

Robinson proud of what he's built at Motherwell

By Will Jackson

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has declared his side as the Millwall of Scottish football - because nobody likes taking them on.

The Ulsterman takes his Fir Park men to Hampden Park today for their second semi-final of the season, and he will be looking to replicate the outcome of the last one when they shocked Rangers in the Betfred Cup.

Now Robinson will be asking his men to conquer Aberdeen this lunchtime in the Scottish Cup to reach their second final of the campaign, and he reckons that Derek McInnes' side won't be looking forward to the battle.

"When I was a player I'd use the phrase 'They're a horrible team to play against' about certain teams you just hated facing," said Robinson.

"You'd go to Millwall away and the whole environment was horrible. Their fans made it a tough afternoon and the players replicated that attitude. That's what we've tried to recreate here.

"We've put a lot of pace into the team as well as young players with passion, who will make mistakes and take the wrong option at times but they're honest mistakes; there's a real drive here.

"For anyone watching us, that makes for quite an exciting game because we don't sit back - we go head-to-head with opponents and try to outrun, outfight and outplay them. In that order."

"Do the boys get enough credit? No, we don't, but we're not too bothered about that. We've created a reputation for ourselves. We're physical and we play with a high tempo and energy, but we do it within the rules.

"However, if people are thinking that way then they're not comfortable about coming up against us, which means once we've won that battle we can concentrate on playing football.

"We've done that on many occasions but I'm not the type of manager who's going to bleat about how we want to be recognised for our ability - we've created an identity for ourselves."

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