Motherwell have been hit with criticism for their approach away to Rangers – but Mark O’Hara reckons it was a display that provides the Well with encouragement.

Stephen Robinson’s side head into tonight’s match with Aberdeen on a poor run of form, with no wins in seven. They came close to a big shock on Saturday, leading 1-0 away to Rangers for a large period of the game.

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Motherwell were beaten by Rangers. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Eventually a 3-1 defeat was had, Motherwell putting plenty of bodies behind the ball. O’Hara has explained how he found the match: “We showed real fight and desire and I don’t think we ever doubted that it was there, and we kept on it for so long.

“I think it was encouraging, there was a real togetherness, and we will be aiming to show that again in these coming games. It was obviously a very difficult shift, but from what I’ve seen there has been a lot of negativity around it, but we were so close to getting a result.


“We were 17 or 18 minutes away from pulling off a win and if we had got that result I don’t think people would have questioned the way we played.

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A battling display. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“When you go to places like Ibrox, and with Rangers being so good, there are different ways to win, but we’ve tried that, and it nearly worked, so we’re encouraged by how we did.”

A busy period awaits Motherwell, four games to come between now and January 2nd. Ahead of the match against the Dons, who O’Hara scored against in a 3-0 win at Pittodrie earlier this season, the midfielder says the festive schedule could be vital.

“All footballers love this period because of how many games there are coming,” said O’Hara. “It’s a real opportunity for us to bring back some positive results. The games are coming thick and fast.

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Motherwell can go on a run says O’Hara. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It’s a good opportunity to get some points back on the table. If you can get the momentum it’s a really good chance to put a good bit of form together, get as many points as we can.

“It’s an opportunity in these next four games to solidify our place in that top six.  Aberdeen are a very dangerous side, but they’ve been up there for so long every season there’s no surprises that they’re one of the top teams in Scotland.

“It will be a very tough game, but we proved the last time we played against them that we’re more than capable of getting a result.”

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