Motherwell have played better football this season- but they’ve not got many more important results than the one against Aberdeen recently.
Ahead of today’s encounter with Hibs, Stephen Robinson took his flying Well side to Pittodrie.
There, they were met with a fourth v third battle as Aberdeen looked to leapfrog the Northern Irishman’s side. Instead, it was the visitors who dug in and grinded out a huge win, with a Liam Donnelly header granting them a 1-0 victory.
It was a dogged game but Robinson knows it’ll likely be different when Hibs come to Fir Park. Both sides have registered a win over each other in the Premiership this term and recently faced off in a bounce game.
Robinson says he’s looking forward to the Hibs challenge and states that Motherwell’s performance against Aberdeen shows the Steelmen have more than one method of winning football matches.
“We played Hibs in a bounce game during the winter break so I think both teams are aware of each other’s qualities,” said Robinson. “Jack’s got ideas where he thinks can exploit us and we’re the same so it’ll be a really good football match. It’s two teams who have got exciting players and a lot of pace.
“We’ve had situations where we’ve won two games away from home which is fantastic. But then we’ve not capitalised on it at home. We’ve got a better away record than home record and I think that’s because teams sit in and try and hit us on the counter. It’s hard to break teams down but I think Hibs will come out and play.
“The expectations are at home. We’re expected to take the game to teams and break them down. Having the players that can win games for you at the top end of the pitch is the hardest bit of football. I think at times that’s been evident in the home games.
“There’s not massive differences (between Jack Ross and Paul Heckingbottom). It’s the same players, but Jack’s brought a couple players in. Every manager has their own style and Jack’s got a very good record up here. Paul is a very good manager as well.
“Both are different but we’re well aware of how Hibs will play. They have a lot of threats in the team that are very exciting. We’ll be on our guard.
“It was a different type of performance (at Pittodrie). We’ve got a lot of plaudits for the football we’ve played and how exciting we’ve been.
“We ground it out, we looked like men. We were really aggressive in tackles and we defended our box really well.
“It shows we have more strings to our bow than just being a footballing side. That’ll be necessary in the coming months.”