Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

Match report

Lewis Irons at Fir Park

Two is the magic number around Fir Park, as Motherwell made it two wins from two to get 2018 off to a perfect start with yet another 2-0 win.

And it was a second own-goal in two games which got the Steelmen off the mark, before Curtis Main bagged his first goal for the club to wrap up all three points.

Stephen Robinson was forced in to one change from his side’s win over Hamilton Accies following suspension to Richard Tait, so the returning Chris Cadden came in for the defender.

Visitors Ross County arrived in Lanarkshire in search of their first win in ten games, with new arrivals David N’Gog and Harry Souttar on the Staggies bench.

The latter was introduced to the action early on after captain Andrew Davies was forced off the field of play, but the Stoke-loanee got off to a disastrous start when a rather uneventful first 45 sparked in to life on the stroke of half time.

Some clever work down the right hand side between Andy Rose and Craig Tanner allowed the former to work himself a yard before whipping in a terrific cross. It was a tough one to deal with for the centre back but he could only arrow a powerful header in to his own net.

Some inspired words at half time saw the Fir Parkers come out after the break on the front foot, and in the 48th minute, Nadir Çiftçi’s hard-work and terrific ball left Main with a brilliant opportunity to double the hosts lead. Close to goal, but under serious pressure, ‘Well’s number nine lifted a delightful finish over Aaron McCarey.

On an otherwise quiet evening, a resolute and extremely organised ‘Well side held out comfortably, barring an incredible close-range stop from Trevor Carson, to keep a second consecutive clean sheet.

As it happened

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Team Lineups

 

Motherwell   Motherwell
Motherwell   Ross County
Trevor Carson    Aaron McCarey
Chris Cadden    Marcus Fraser
 Carl McHugh    Jason Naismith
(76) Goal Curtis Main    Chris Routis
Andy Rose    Michael Gardyne (75)
Charles Dunne    Inih Effiong (51)
Tom Aldred    Andrew Davies (6)
Goal Cédric Kipré    Ross Draper
 Allan Campbell    Billy McKay
(63) Nadir Ciftci    Jim O’Brien
   (86) Craig Tanner    Kenny Van Der Weg 
Subs   Subs
Russell Griffiths   Scott Fox
(86) Steven Hammell   Harry Souttar Goal(OG) (6)
Liam Grimshaw   Ryan Dow
 Gael Bigirimana   Alex Schalke
(63) Deimantas Petravicius   David N’Gog (51)
Goal (76) Ross MacLean   Chris Eagles
Adam Livingstone   David Keillor-Dunne (75)

 

Match Stats

Motherwell   Motherwell
Motherwell   Ross County
2 Goals 0
46% Possession 54%
1 Shots on target 2
4 Shots off target 10
6 Corners 4
18 Fouls 13
2 Yellow cards 1
0 Red cards 0
     
  Attendance: 3,196  
Referee: Kevin Clancy

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