Hutch out to steer road-worthy Well into pole position

SHAUN HUTCHINSON today backed Motherwell to continue their impressive away form by mounting a William Hill Scottish Cup raid on Aberdeen.

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n Shaun Hutchinson is looking forward to facing Aberdeen in Scottish Cup action
n Shaun Hutchinson is looking forward to facing Aberdeen in Scottish Cup action

Well go into Saturday's trip to the Granite City on the back of a four- game unbeaten stint that includes successes on the road at Inverness and Dundee United in the SPL.

Stuart McCall's men also brought to an end St Johnstone's winning run at McDiarmid Park and the stopper believes all of that will send the Steelmen to the north- east with spirits high.

The Well star also reckons his mates have a score to settle with the Dons after they blew a two-goal lead in the last six minutes to be pegged back for a 3-3 draw on league duty at Pittodrie.

Hutchinson said: "The SPL game we had with Aberdeen up there has really equipped us to deal with coming to these difficult venues and getting something.

"Put it this way, I would say that if we were to go 3-1 up on Saturday we would have a far better chance of holding onto that lead because of what we learned in that league game.

"If you look at our record on the road we have now got wins under our belt at St Johnstone, Inverness and now United and they must be three of the hardest places to go in the SPL and get a result.

"The great thing about the win at Tannadice was that we had to really dig deep and defend well in the second half and we showed how hard we can be to beat.

"So that sets us up nicely for the cup game with Aberdeen and we will travel up the road really up for the tie."

With the Well back four at Tannadice averaging 20 years of age, Hutchinson, 22, has become something of an elder statesman given he is the most experienced member of the Fir Park rearguard.

The Well star said: "It is amazing to think how young the lads were in the back four but they all stuck to their jobs.

"We are all growing up fast though and I think young Adam Cummins has done a great job since he came in at the beginning of the season.

"But we are going to have to be solid again at Pittodrie if we want to make the next round."

The Motherwell stopper also believes the Steelmen have the firepower to hurt Craig Brown's men.

He said: "If you look at how well Jamie Murphy, Michael Higdon and Henrik Ojamaa have all been playing and the quality of the goal that Chris Humphrey scored in midweek against United, then we have a goal threat in a lot of places right now.

"If we score first then we are a very hard side to peg back and keep out.

"We have a score to settle with Aberdeen as they knocked us out of the cup last season. There is plenty of motivation."


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