Ross County 0 – 0 Motherwell

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Ross County 0 – 0 Motherwell

Grant Russell at the Global Energy Stadium

Motherwell claimed another point on the road in a battling performance away to relegation-threatened Ross County.

Stephen Robinson’s men slightly edged a tight affair in terms of chances, with Curtis Main, Chris Cadden and Ryan Bowman all going agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock.

The clean sheet also marked the 18th shutout of the season for the ‘Well defence, putting them just one off the club record.

The Steelmen were unchanged from their emphatic 3-0 William Hill Scottish Cup semi final over Aberdeen. Carl McHugh returned from suspension to take up a spot on the bench.

After the initial exchanges, both teams were forced into early changes through injury.

Chris Routis was withdrawn for the hosts, with Jason Naismith taking his place, while Andy Rose was withdrawn shortly afterwards with a collarbone injury. McHugh took his place.

Both sides had half chances in a scrappy first period. Harry Souttar tested Trevor Carson with a free header from a set play on the half hour mark for the hosts, while Curtis Main hit the side netting with a long-range shot as the first period wore to a close.

Immediately County went on the offensive again. Schalk picked the ball up in the centre of the park 30 yards from goal but his ambitious drive sailed over the bar.

Motherwell upped their intensity as they went in the search of an opener before the close of the first half. The end result was a corner kick which eventually found its way to Main whose header cannoned back off the far post, only for referee Alan Muir to adjudge a foul had been committed.

County then almost took the lead on the stroke of the interval. Billy McKay found himself in acres of space 12 yards out with a potential shot at Carson but he chose to move the ball further right to Fraser. The recovering Charles Dunne, fortunately, was on hand to lunge in bravely to block the shot.

The second half saw the game open up in spells, with Motherwell creating a succession of chances.

Tom Aldred was first to give the visitors hope, with his header from a corner kick being headed clear of the line by Max Melbourne.

Bowman then thought he had done enough to put Motherwell into the lead. Chris Cadden’s burst down the right led to the ball getting into the feet of Main. The big striker then laid off his strike partner, but his snap shot from the edge of the area was turned around the post by Scott Fox.

Immediately from the corner Main met the ball at the back post, with his header across the face of goal bouncing just past the left post.

County grew back into the game but as they pressed as pressed, it was Motherwell who nearly broke the deadlock with five mintues to spare.

Main used his strength superbly to hold off the attentions of Souttar from a long ball, but his shot from outside the area went wide.

Immediately County were back on the front foot. Schalk was next to trouble the travelling defence, but his ferocious shot from 20 yards was just over.

The game flew from end to end. Next it was Cadden who came close, with his shot from the edge of the area, after being teed up by Aldred, agonisningly failing to dip in time as it cleared the crossbar.

There was time for a late debut for James Scott in the 90th minute as he replaced Main, but he wasn’t presented with a scoring chance to make it a maiden appearance to remember.

Team Lineups


Motherwell   Motherwell
Ross County   Motherwell
Scott Fox    Trevor Carson
Marcus Fraser    Richard Tait 
 Chris Routis (16)   Liam Grimshaw (75)
Harry Souttar    Chris Cadden
Michael Gardyne (80)    Curtis Main (90)
Alex Schalk Goal    Ryan Bowman
Ross Draper    Andy Rose (20)
Jamie Lindsay Goal   Charles Dunne
Billy McKay (65)    Tom Aldred
Liam Fontaine Goal    Cédric Kipré Goal
Max Melbourne    Allan Campbell
Subs   Subs
Mark Foden    Russell Griffiths
Jason Naismith (16)    Gael Bigirimana (75)
Ryan Dow    Carl McHugh (20)
Craig Curran (65)   Elliott Frear
David Ngog (80)    Ross MacLean
Jim O’Brien    Barry Maguire
Mattias Kait   James Scott (90)


Match Stats

Motherwell   Motherwell
Ross County   Motherwell
0 Goals 0
% Possession %
Shots on target
Shots off target
3 Yellow cards 1
0 Red cards 0
  Attendance: TBC  
Referee: Willie Collum

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