Mark O’Hara has come in for praise after the Motherwell star’s stellar performances at centre-back.

Manager Stephen Robinson isn’t short of worries at the back, the likes of Ricki Lamie, Liam Grimshaw and Bevis Mugabi all out injured, alongside long-term goalkeeper injuries for Trevor Carson and Scott Fox.

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Robinson has problems at the back. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

With options limited, midfielder O’Hara has stepped into centre-half alongside captain Declan Gallagher. He’s been a top performer as Motherwell hit form, beating Ross County 4-0 before a 2-0 away win to Livingston at the weekend.

Robinson is delighted with the former Peterborough midfielder’s defensive progress: “It is certainly a position he is doing very well in. That’s two clean sheets now since he has played there and four altogether in the last five games. He has been excellent.


“He has an old-fashioned mentality; if you ask him to do a job he does it. He is a brilliant professional. Mark can play anywhere you ask him to play.

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Delighted with his battler.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We had eight academy players on the pitch or on the bench – we are really, really low on numbers and picked up another couple of knocks. So to have someone like Mark who can play in any position is great.”

New goalkeeper Aaron Chapman was with O’Hara at Peterborough United but never envisioned him as a centre-back. The towering stopper says it has been a welcome surprise.

“I knew him from Peterborough,” he said. “I never saw Mark as a centre-half, if I’m honest, but he has been brilliant for me.

Knows him from his Peterborough days. (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images )

“It looks like he has always played in that position.”

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