Brown hoping for third time lucky with Motherwell

Craig Brown is desperate to lead Motherwell into a cup final at the third time of asking after Alan Gow's late strike against Dundee United sent them into the last four of the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

Now they are 90 minutes away from taking Motherwell into what would be only their third major cup final since 1954.

The total would have been higher but for two bitter experiences in the mid-1970s when Brown was assistant to Willie McLean at Fir Park.

"I was in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup twice with Motherwell before in the '70s as assistant manager," Brown said.

"We were two up against Rangers and lost 3-2. Then we lost 1-0 to Airdrie from an indirect free-kick. So I'm hoping it's third time lucky."