STAND-IN SKIPPER Richard Tait revealed Motherwell were determined to give Aberdeen a hammering in the Scottish Cup semi-final yesterday.

The Fir Park outfit blitzed Derek McInnes’ dismal Dons 3-0 – and exacted sweet revenge for the Pittodrie side’s recent 2-0  Premiership win over them.

Tait said: “It was a great honour to lead the guys out and win the game as captain. I’m delighted. I’m buzzing to win 3-0.

“I think we beat them up from start to finish. They did that to us last Tuesday night when they beat us 2-0 and we weren’t going to let it happen again.

“We knew what we had to do and went and did it. When we’re at our best, we’re a physical team.

“We have quality in the final third and we get it up there early doors.”

Tait admits fortune did shine on Well after the ball hit the top of his arm as he set up the opener for Curtis Main. Defender Dominic Ball  stopped to appeal for the handball while Tait just carried on.

He said: “It hit me on the shoulder at the first goal. Maybe it’s the way I leaned, I don’t know. I’ve not seen it back.

“I just carried on playing. That’s what you are always told as a boy – to play to the whistle.

“I carried on and luckily the ref played on and we scored.”

The left-back is now looking forward to next month’s Cup Final and added: “We have a real belief in ourselves and whoever we play, we definitely fancy it.

“We pushed Celtic close in the League Cup Final and this is one we really want to win. It doesn’t matter who we get.

“We were desperate to get back to a Hampden Final after what happened in the last one.

“We’re not content with just getting to a Final. We want to go and win it.”

Meanwhile, Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has been linked with a move for Well keeper Trevor Carson, who was on Brendan Rodgers’ wish-list in January.

The veteran boss views Carson as a summer capture and is ready to pay a bargain £100,000 fee for him. That is way short of the figure Stephen Robinson quoted Celtic for the Northern Ireland international shotstopper.

THREE AND EASY…two-goal Curtis Main runs away after hitting the killer third.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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