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Butcher challenges Motherwell to 'kick on' after Morton defeat

Calum Butcher believes the togetherness in the Motherwell squad will serve them well as they look to put Friday's Scottish Cup exit to Morton behind them.

Stuart Kettlewell's side went 15 games without a win earlier this season, but nine points from their last five league games has seen the Fir Park side climb to eighth in the league.

Motherwell face Aberdeen on Wednesday in the Scottish Premiership, and Butcher says they are now looking up the league rather than over their shoulder.

“We’ve had difficult periods this year but we’ve stuck together and we’ll do that again,” he said.

“Nobody’s shying away from the fact we need to be better than we were on Friday. But there’s still a lot to play for this season.

“We are in a good position to kick on now. The league is really, really tight. You only have to look at the league from us up to sixth so we need to focus on the league and try and get as high as we can.”

Well’s 2-1 defeat at Morton came just three nights after they had thrashed top-flight rivals Ross County 5-0 and Butcher admitted it came as a shock.

“It was a tough one, we were really, really disappointed,” he said.

“There was a lot of frustration and anger in the dressing room.

“I didn’t really see it coming after the run we had been on and the performances we had.

“But it’s about taking it on the chin and accepting that we weren’t good enough.

“Collectively we’ve done that and we need to reset again, which we’ve done multiple times this year, and we’ll look to put it right.”