Mark O’Hara says Motherwell must take positives from their second half Scottish Cup showing against St Mirren into the weekend’s Lanarkshire Derby.

The Well were eliminated from the competition after a dramatic night of action at Fir Park. Stephen Robinson’s side battled back from being 4-1 down at half time to salvaging a 4-4 scoreline.

Robinson’s men had battled back. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was all in vain though as a disappointing penalty shootout led to a 3-2 spot kick elimination. The Well have been left with just Premiership action to focus on this term.

Whilst the first half was a complete capitulation, O’Hara insists that Motherwell must take all that was good in the resurgent second half into their derby meeting with Hamilton at the weekend.

“It was surreal, I was sitting watching the first half and I didn’t know what was happening,” said O’Hara. “The second half was one-way traffic, what a feeling it was when it went to 4-4. It’s obviously heartbreak now.

Dejection in the end. (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“I didn’t have any time to think before I went on because Bevis Mugabi went down injured and I was chucked on without any thought. It was just about trying to get some energy back into the team.

“With the second half there we can take all the positives from that into Saturday. Hopefully that will allow us to kickstart our season again.

“As a team we need to get back to working hard and a bit of luck has to start going for us. Our full focus is on the league now which isn’t ideal but we need to start targeting wins and targeting that third place.

A third place race to run for Motherwell and O'Hara.

A third place race to run. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“I think there’s more than enough positives to take from that second half.”

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