Sitting approximately an arm’s length away from him prior to questions from the broadcast media, Stephen Robinson was staring directly at the Scottish Cup trophy he could have claimed in 2018.
Robinson delivered two cup finals during that 2017/18 season, falling just short of making him and his Motherwell squad legends. For almost 29 years now the club have waited for a trophy and not many have got as close as the Northern Irishman.
The Steelmen return to the competition they last one in 1991 today, taking on Dundee in Scottish Cup fourth round action. Motherwell have a good record of late at Dens Park, winning their last five with just one goal conceded.
The cups are massive to a club like Motherwell and Robinson is well aware of this. He’s pining for another shot at trying to claim the famous trophy following positive signs and lessons learned.
“The last three weeks we’ve trained really hard. We had a bounce game against Hibs on Tuesday which sharpened the players. I feel we’re ready to go,” said Robinson. “We did make changes to what we did when we came back against Ross County.
“It’s important that we’ve learned our lesson from that and we’re ready to go. We came against a very confident County side who had continued to play for three weeks and we’d introduced new players. The signs I seen against Hibs on Tuesday were excellent.
“Some of our football was very good but our energy levels were very high. That’s the important thing going into Saturday’s game.
“I think it (The 2018 Scottish Cup run) inspires you. What it brought for the club in terms of finances and recognition, it was beneficial for everyone involved. It’s certainly a motivational factor because the boys who are still here know how good it was. There’s lots of media attention and it’s highlighted when you do well.
“It’s a great opportunity for us. I think the semi-final when we beat Aberdeen 3-0 was a highlight. We were terrific on the day and it was fantastic to know you’re getting to another final. The bits that come after that are the ones you can enjoy.
“It was a fantastic experience that some players and managers never get. We’ve experienced it once and we’d love to do it again.”