MOTHERWELL boss has issued a rallying cry ahead of  his side’s crucial match away to Hamilton on Saturday. This North Lanarkshire Derby  looks like being the most important one ever as both sit on 32 Premiership points with just one goal separating the teams.

Speaking about the Derby yesterday, Robinson was adamant that his players would be up for it.

“If anyone needs motivation at this football club about how important this game is, that they have to run until they can’t run anymore and battle for every ball then they shouldn’t be at the football club,” the Irishman said.

“The eleven we put out we will make sure they are running into the ground for this football club and hopefully they get a little break.

“If we were coming off games being totally dominated, looking like we were never likely to score a goal then you would be worried.

The Fir Park side have struggled in the past few seasons and were last in relegation trouble in 2015 when they had to survive the Play-offs.

The Fir Park side rallied well to that challenge and hammered Rangers 6-1 on aggregate to retain their Premiership status.

Yet, that shock of finishing second bottom then hasn’t inspired them out of their situation this season.

Robinson, who replaced Scotland Assistant Boss Mark McGhee after a run of poor form, will hope that he can turn around his side’s fortunes starting with a win at Hamilton.

“Listen, of course we are concerned. We know where we are and the implications of that.

“We are dominating large parts of games, we are putting balls into the box. You have to still got to be positive.

“We are playing Hamilton next week and then Kilmarnock and Inverness. It’s still very much in our hands.”

Motherwell’s attacking players like Lionel Ainsworth and Louis Molt, can score and create chances.

The Steelmen will be hoping to utilise them and win the derby at the Superseal stadium on Saturday to push themselves clear of that stressful Play-off spot.


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