Motherwell secured their first league win of the season this weekend – and Stephen Robinson reckons it tees them up nicely for a big Europa League clash this week.

The Well grinded out a 1-0 victory over St Johnstone, a brilliant strike after four minutes from Allan Campbell handing Robinson a much-needed three points. Whilst still bottom, they now sit just three points off fifth.

It’s a confidence booster ahead of a trip to Northern Ireland to face Coleraine this coming Thursday. Whilst former St Mirren boss Oran Kearney’s side are part-time, a stunning win away to Maribor in the last round shows this will be no easy trip home for Robinson.

“It certainly sets us up. It’s a huge game, which will be very tough against Coleraine,” said Robinson. “But we’ll be well prepared and if we could win on Thursday it would be three wins from four with the only loss against Celtic.

“We will have to approach the game in the same manner and the same work-rate and same desire, and our football will shine through. We’ll play better than we did but winning ugly is sometimes (what you need).

Motherwell v Glentoran - UEFA Europa League: First Qualifying Round

Big game next for Motherwell and Stephen Robinson. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“You could see the atmosphere in the dressing room, the players enjoyed putting their bodies in front of the ball and dying to win a football match. That’s what you need to do.

“Winning football matches obviously eases pressure but there was a real belief that we’re a really good side. Sometimes just a little bit of luck goes against you. I can say that now we’ve won.

“A lot of things went against us, penalties, penalties missed, injuries in key areas, which everyone suffers at some stage. We suffered it early on. We haven’t had the rub of the green, but we showed a different side of ourselves. “We’re three points off fifth and I never thought there was any kind of crisis.”

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