MOTHERWELL manager Stephen Robinson spoke of his ‘relief’ at securing his side’s place in the SPFL Premiership after goals from Carl McHugh, Elliot Frear and Lionel Ainsworth beat Kilmarnock 3-1 at Fir Park last night.

Robinson was brought in to keep Motherwell up with 12 games to go, has succeeded with just one game remaining.

“It’s pure relief. I’m buzzing inside of course and absolutely delighted.

“You carry the weight of everyone inside the football club when you have got the honour of leading the football club, and you know the consequences if you don’t stay up.”

Robinson was hired after the sacking of Mark McGhee in February, a decision which was seen as a gamble at the time but has paid off.

It is now two wins from two games for the Steelmen after their triumph over Hamilton and now, Kilmarnock. These two games were dubbed ‘games of the season’ for the Steelmen.

“There’s a lot pressure comes with that, we have handled it well. The boys stood up to be counted in the last couple of games. Since I have been in here they have, we maybe haven’t had the rub of the green or the results we probably deserved.”

Robinson will be happy that he can look towards the summer and rebuilding the North Lanarkshire club to move away from the relegation places and towards the top half.

Last week, former boss McGhee backed his former employers to beat the drop but insisted that he could have done the job himself.

Meanwhile, Motherwell’s neighbours Hamilton Accies are staring down the relegation barrel after a 3-2 defeat at Ross County. With two games remaining the Accies will have to stay above Inverness to earn a Play-off final spot.

Falkirk  earned an impressive 2-2 draw at Tannadice so Dundee United will have to win at Falkirk to get to the Play-off final.




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