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Stephen Robinson wants Motherwell to match Northern Ireland's feel-good factor

Published 18/09/2015 | 16:10

Stephen Robinson, far left, has had much more to celebrate with Northern Ireland than Motherwell this year
Stephen Robinson, far left, has had much more to celebrate with Northern Ireland than Motherwell this year

Stephen Robinson believes he can help Motherwell prosper this season by sharing the secrets of Northern Ireland's success.

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He has had a campaign of mixed fortunes so far in his dual roles as assistant boss at Fir Park and first-team coach with his country.

While Northern Ireland are riding high at the top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group, Well have yet to really hit their stride in the Ladbrokes Premiership this term.

And Robinson feels Motherwell could benefit from picking up a few tips and hints from his own national team.

He said: "We have a real structure to how we play with Michael O'Neill and we are very good defensively.

"We don't give a lot of goals away and we are very organised. We've got pace up front and we hit people on the break at times.

"Definitely, I think a lot of things can be learned from that.

"We are sitting top of the group so there are definitely a lot of good things we can take into what's happening here.

"There is a feel-good factor with Northern Ireland at the moment and, when you have that around you, things seem to happen for you.

"People work harder, they want to be involved, and that's what we are trying to create here at Motherwell, too."

Next up for Motherwell is Saturday's visit to local rivals Hamilton.

Robinson admits New Douglas Park has not been a happy hunting ground for him so far and he is looking for a big improvement.

He said: "In my time here so far, the most disappointing game was probably the one away to Hamilton last year.

"We took a lot of fans with us and we didn't perform as well as we know we can do in the second half.

"We know how important it is to the fans and to the players.

"We've had them watched and we know what kind of team they are. They are a big, physical, strong team - and we aim to match them."

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