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    Rangers defeat in pictures

    Pictures from the 4-1 defeat to Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Fir Park. These action shots and more are available to buy online at www.motherwellpics.com.

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    Rangers 4 – 1 Motherwell

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    Motherwell suffered their first away defeat of the season after Rangers came from behind to win at Ibrox.

    On-loan Blackburn striker Nick Blackman got on the end of a Murphy cross from the left to head the Steelmen in-front with just two minutes of the first-half remaining.

    But Rangers levelled two minutes after the interval when Steven Naismith got a lucky bounce of Darren Randolph.

    Smith’s men then went goal crazy with three strikes in a devastating four minute spell. Steve Davis smashed in the second before Kenny Miller and Vladimir Weiss added a third and fourth to hand Rangers all three points.

    Craig Brown made just one change from the team that won against St Mirren two weeks ago. Steven Saunders, who picked up a groin injury in that game, hadn’t recovered and was replaced by Stevie Hammell.

    Motherwell started relativity confidently but it was Rangers who would threaten first. A fairly innocuous looking ball towards the edge of the box fell kindly for Davis. The Northern Irishman smashed a first-time shot that was deflected over the bar, just, by the foot of Mark Reynolds.

    Kyle Lafferty, Naismith and Weiss all fired long-range shots over the bar but nothing really threatened Darren Randolph’s goal.

    It took ‘Well 20 minutes to create something but when they did Keith Lasley almost put his side ahead with a half-volley that zipped just wide of Alexander’s right hand post.

    Blackman followed that with a dipping strike from distance then a low shot from the edge of the box but neither troubled Neil Alexander in the Rangers goal.

    Then at the other end, Steven Whittaker went close to breaking the deadlock. Getting on to a long ball over the top and outpacing John Sutton, the Scotland full-back cut inside and struck a shot that was well saved by Randolph. The rebounded landed back at the same player but his header looped harmlessly over the bar.

    Rangers were being restricted to efforts from distance but, incredibly, it was Motherwell who took the lead just two minutes before the interval. Jamie Murphy roasted Whittaker on the right flank and his fired cross found Blackman at the back post who headed into the net from close range to send the small band of ‘Well fans in the far corner into delirium.

    Despite a couple of corners, Motherwell managed to hold on to the interval. However, the lead was short lived as the home side drew level just three minutes into the second period.

    Lafferty picked up on the edge before sending a neat reverse pass into the path of Naismith. The Scotland International hit a shot that hit Randolph before cannoning back off the strikers and rolling into the net. It was a cruel blow for the Steelmen and one that would prove crucial.

    Despite the set-back, Motherwell still looked comfortable enough. However, a crazy four minute spell turned the game on its head and consign the Steelmen to their first away defeat of the campaign.

    Davis set Rangers on their way, charging 40 yards before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner leaving Randolph helpless.

    It quickly went from bad to worse for the Fir Parkers when Miller added another, heading home a cross from the in-form Naismith.

    And incredibly, less than sixty-seconds after Miller had made it three, on-loan Man City winger Weiss added a fourth. The Slovak played a neat one-two with Kyle Lafferty on the edge of the area before rounded the outrushing Randolph and coolly tucking into an empty net.

    Craig Brown’s men were shell-shocked but they regained their composure and almost pulled one back ten minutes from time when Murphy forced a decent save from Alexander with a stinging low drive.

    However it wasn’t to be and it remained 4-1 to the home side, who maintained their 100% record this season.

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    90’+3 FULL TIME The referee ends the match.

    90’+2 Foul by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) on Alan Gow (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from left channel (18 yards), over the bar.

    90’+2 Booking Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) booked for unsporting behaviour.

    89′ Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    88′ Foul by Steven Naismith (Rangers) on Steve Jennings (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Ross Forbes (Motherwell) from right channel (12 yards), hit wall.

    87′ Foul by Rory Loy (Rangers) on Ross Forbes (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) from own half, passed.

    86′ Foul by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) on Steven Naismith (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) from own half, passed.

    86′ SUB Rangers substitution: Maurice Edu replaced by Kyle Hutton (tactical).

    84′ Shot by Gregg Wylde (Rangers) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).

    83′ Attacking throw-in by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell).

    81′ Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

    80′ Foul by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) on Steven Davis (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Sasa Papac (Rangers) from own half, passed.

    79′ SUB Motherwell substitution: Stevie Hammell replaced by Jonathan Page (injury).

    79′ Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Ross Forbes (Motherwell) to centre, clearance by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).

    78′ Shot by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), fantastic save (parried) by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    77′ Substitution Rangers substitution: Vladimir Weiss replaced by Gregg Wylde (tactical).

    76′ Shot by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    74′ Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

    73′ Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

    72′ Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Sasa Papac (Rangers) from own half, passed.

    72′ SUB Rangers substitution: Kenny Miller replaced by Rory Loy (tactical).

    70′ Cross by Tom Hateley (Motherwell), fantastic save (caught) by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    68′ SUB Motherwell substitution: Nick Blackman replaced by Ross Forbes (tactical).

    68′ SUB Motherwell substitution: John Sutton replaced by Alan Gow (tactical).

    66′ Assist (pass) by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) from left channel.

    66′ GOAL – Vladimir Weiss: Rangers 4 – 1 Motherwell Goal by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) right-footed (top-right of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Rangers 4-1 Motherwell.

    64′ Assist (pass) by Steven Naismith (Rangers) from right channel.

    64′ GOAL – Kenny Miller: Rangers 3 – 1 Motherwell Headed goal by Kenny Miller (Rangers) (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Rangers 3-1 Motherwell.

    63′ Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    61′ Assist (pass) by Steven Naismith (Rangers) from right channel.

    61′ GOAL – Steven Davis: Rangers 2 – 1 Motherwell Goal by Steven Davis (Rangers) right-footed (top-left of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Rangers 2-1 Motherwell.

    61′ Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    60′ Shot by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) drilled left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.

    58′ BOOKING Maurice Edu (Rangers) booked for unsporting behaviour.

    55′ BOOKING Keith Lasley (Motherwell) booked for unsporting behaviour.

    54′ Shot by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

    53′ Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).

    53′ Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

    52′ Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).

    50′ Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell) on Steven Naismith (Rangers). Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) from right wing, clearance by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).

    46′ Assist (pass) by Steven Davis (Rangers) from right channel.

    46′ GOAL – Steven Naismith: Rangers 1 – 1 Motherwell Goal by Steven Naismith (Rangers) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (6 yards).Rangers 1-1 Motherwell.

    46′ Cross by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers), resulting in open play.

    45′ KICK OFF The second half kicks off.

    45+6 HALF TIME It is the end of the first-half.

    45+3 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Steven Davis (Rangers) to centre, clearance by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

    45+3 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Steven Davis (Rangers) to far post, resulting in open play.

    45+2 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

    45+2 Header by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.

    43′ Assist (cross) by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) from left channel.

    43′ GOAL – Nick Blackman: Rangers 0 – 1 Motherwell Headed goal by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) (low centre of goal) from right side of penalty area (6 yards).Rangers 0-1 Motherwell.

    42′ Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

    41′ Sasa Papac (Rangers) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

    39′ Header by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers).

    35′ Cross by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell), fantastic save (caught) by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    34′ Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

    34′ Shot by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.

    33′ Attacking throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).

    30′ Shot by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell). Header by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), foul by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) on Madjid Bougherra (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by David Weir (Rangers) from own half, passed. Blocked by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).

    29′ Defending throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).

    29′ Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

    28′ Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

    28′ Cross by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers), resulting in ball out of play.

    27′ Shot by Kenny Miller (Rangers) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).

    27′ Shot by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

    25′ Defending throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).

    25′ Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    25′ Shot by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.

    24′ Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

    23′ Shot by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) left-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed right.

    23′ Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    23′ Shot by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.

    21′ Foul by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) on Kenny Miller (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Davis (Rangers) from left channel, passed.

    19′ Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    19′ Shot by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

    18′ Attacking throw-in by Nick Blackman (Motherwell).

    17′ Foul by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) on Steve Jennings (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.

    17′ Defending throw-in by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell).

    17′ Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

    16′ Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) to centre, clearance by Kenny Miller (Rangers).

    16′ Shot by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers).

    16′ Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) to far post, resulting in open play.

    15′ Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

    15′ Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

    14′ Shot by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.

    13′ Shot by Steven Naismith (Rangers) right-footed from right wing (20 yards), over the bar.

    12′ Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

    12′ Shot by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.

    11′ Attacking throw-in by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers).

    9′ Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) on Vladimir Weiss (Rangers). Free kick taken left-footed by Steven Davis (Rangers) from left channel, passed.

    8′ Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).

    8′ Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).

    8′ Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) to centre, resulting in open play.

    7′ Shot by Steven Naismith (Rangers) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

    7′ Foul by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) on Kyle Lafferty (Rangers). Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) from right wing, clearance by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

    6′ Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).

    5′ Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).

    4′ Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

    4′ Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).

    4′ Cross by Steven Whittaker (Rangers), clearance by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell).

    3′ Handball decision goes against John Sutton. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.

    2′ Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell) on Madjid Bougherra (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) from own half, resulting in open play.

    1′ Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers).

    1′ Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) to near post, clearance by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).

    0′ The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    Motherwell boss Craig Brown:

    “I wonder about the resolve of some of the lads, whether they really felt they could win this match. At half-time I said ‘prove you can win it and show you are determined and that you have the conviction required here’.

    “You need a winning mentality at Ibrox or Celtic Park. Unfortunately we seemed, for a spell, not to have that.

    “I felt the lads played well in the first half and for good parts of the second half were OK. The keeper (Darren Randolph) has not really had a save in the match but we have lost four goals. In the first half we did a competent job and came in a goal up.

    “We warned our lads that they would have to be up for it in the second half and have conviction that they could win the game. Then we lost three goals in four minutes. It was quite a disaster in that period.”

    Rangers manager Walter Smith:

    “There has to be an understanding that when we have players at international level it is hard for them to come back immediately and kick-stark. It’s not always a physical thing; it’s a mental thing. The Scotland players were playing the world champions.

    “The intensity of that game is a big thing for them.

    “We were certainly slow to start today but give credit to Motherwell – they played really well, they keep possession of the ball well, they get players behind the ball but are quite willing to get them up the pitch, they have got really good balance in the team.”

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    Motherwell U19s 0 – 5 Rangers U19s

    Motherwell’s excellent run of form came to an abrupt end as Rangers ran out comfortable 5-0 winners at Bathgate this morning.

    ‘Well, who had been sitting comfortable at the top of the table, were overpowered by a much more experienced Rangers side playing at the top of their game.

    Billy Kirkwood’s men came out the traps and it only took seven minutes for them to take the lead. Max Wright picked up the ball thirty yards out and smashed a curling effort at goal. Tom Bradley done well to make the initial save but the ball cruelly bounced into the net despite the best efforts of the young Welshman.

    Two minutes later and Rangers doubled their advantage giving Motherwell a mountain to climb. The visitors done well to work space on the left flank but the ball towards the back post looked hopeful at best.

    That was, however, until captain Ross McKinnon slipped allowing Dylan McGeough a clear shot at goal. The winger certainly wasn’t wasteful, blasting a shot that beat Bradley, despite the keeper getting a solid touch.

    Rangers continued to dominate early possession and a Cole header almost made it three but for a solid save from Bradley. Down the other end, ‘Well registered their first real shot at goal when Josh Watt cut inside from the right but his shot flew over the bar and out for a goal kick.

    Two minutes later, the same player again took up good position and got on the end of a deep McGachie cross from the left but his low, goal-bound looking shot was blocked by the boot of Kyle McAusland.

    The next goal would be vital and it was Rangers who would get it, securing the game and killing off any chance of a Motherwell comeback. Incredibly,

    it came from a Motherwell free-kick on the edge of the visitor’s box. An attempt to move the wall with a clever free-kick didn’t work out and Rangers broke at pace. Three passes later, the ball once again found McGeough in space and from twelve yards out, he blasted the ball high past Bradley leaving the Motherwell stopper with no chance.

    Motherwell were shell-shocked and Young had to remove one of his strikers, Keiran McGachie, to get more numbers into the middle of the park. His replacement was Bradley Halsman.

    However, it didn’t stem the flow of the Rangers attack and they added a fourth, six minutes before the interval. Gordon Dick found space on the right and his lovely ball across the face was inviting for substitute Robbie Crawford, who turned it home from almost underneath the bar.

    Into the second half and Rangers continued to control the play, and almost added a fifth when Wright fired a low shot from the edge of the box that forced another good save from the Motherwell keeper.

    Thirteen minutes later, it was the same story, this time Rhys McCabe was the man having a pop from distance but, despite an awkward deflection, Bradley was on hand to make the stop.

    The ‘Well keeper was keeping it respectable as he pulled off another brilliant save, again from McCabe, his curling effort turned on to the bar and eventually out for a corner. However, Rangers wouldn’t be denied as the resulting kick from the quadrant wasn’t properly dealt with and Crawford was once again on hand to tuck home from close range.

    Motherwell, to their credit, continued to battle on and Steve Howarth almost added his sixth of the season fourteen minutes from time. Bursting through the middle of the defence, the former Clyde man was in one-on-one with Wayne Drummond. However, the Rangers keeper wasn’t in a forgiving mood and stood up long enough to make a good save, denying ‘Well the consolation goal.

    It was the last action of an otherwise forgettable afternoon for the youths who face Hearts next week, fresh from a 7-0 thrashing from Hamilton Accies.

    Motherwell: Bradley, Sloan, Murray, McKinnon, Lynch, Carswell, Watt (Moore – 75mins), McGachie (Halsman – 29mins), Howarth, Pollock, Erwin (Connor – 65mins)

    Subs Not Used: Muir, Griffin, Scanlan, Brown

    Booked: Halsman

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    Hateley ready to shock the champions

    Tom Hateley reckons Motherwell have a great chance of taking a positive result from Saturday’s daunting trip to Ibrox.

    Walter Smith’s men are unbeaten in all competitions this season and will be looking to make it eight SPL wins on the trot against Craig Brown’s troops this weekend.

    “Since Archie and the gaffer have come in they’ve drummed into us that we are all very good footballers and we can go anywhere and get a result. We have a great group of lads and there is a lot of belief; we know Rangers will be favourites but we think we have a chance,” the former Reading man said confidently.

    “Of course Rangers and Celtic are tough places to go, but if you go there expecting to get beat then that is the kind of defeatist attitude then you’ve lost the match already.”

    Motherwell’s 09/10 Young Player of the Year seemed visibly refreshed after the short international break, and he admits everyone at the club was buoyed by going into the short hiatus sitting in third spot in the SPL.

    “I’m feeling really good after the break, we had an early start to the season with the European games so it was nice to get a little break – and the boys have come back in firing this week,” he praised.

    “It’s especially good when you’re sitting in third. It’s a great feeling to look at the table and see yourself in that position and know you don’t have a game for a couple of weeks and that won’t change for a while.

    It is clear third spot is something everyone at Motherwell is keen to retain, with Hateley confidently proclaiming:  “I don’t see why we can’t finish third. Of course there are clubs around us who are perhaps considered bigger clubs, but we feel more than capable of winning every match we go out and play.

    “We have Dundee United coming up later in the month and have a massive League Cup tie coming up too, so there are big tests to come and we are ready – but we won’t get ahead of ourselves.”

    Another reason to be cheerful for ‘Well is the clubs extraordinary away form of the club this season. The Steelmen head to Govan defending a 100% record on the road, and the player admits that breeds confidence – even though Ibrox is a different proposition from Perth, Kilmarnock or Edinburgh.

    Tom recalled: “We’ve got a good away record, and that’s down to the gaffer.”

    “That’s not something we think about. We get told to do a job and we’ll go out and do what we’re told and exact the tactics which we are given.

    “We’ve got some massive games coming up in the next few weeks that can make a massive difference to our season, and we go into the games with our heads screwed on and looking to do whatever we need to do in order to get the result.

    Hateley admits that there is a special feeling to returning to his father’s old stomping ground, and the stadium where he grew up watching his football – but that won’t cause him to lose his focus.

    The versatile midfielder insisted: “You shouldn’t be a football player if you’re not excited about going somewhere like Glasgow. It’s somewhere I went to regularly growing up and for me to go there and play is very special.

    “It’s a massive football club but I’m not going there to enjoy the memories; I’m going there as a Motherwell player to get three points.

    Tom has set about writing his own history regarding Rangers, starting with a stunning 30-yard free-kick to give ‘Well the lead against the Ibrox club back in February. It was Hateley’s first strike for The Steelmen, and the 21-year old fancies another on Saturday.

    “If I score another free-kick like that I will be delighted; it was my first goal for Motherwell and it wasn’t a bad one!” Monte Carlo-born Hateley laughed.

    “Sometimes you feel like you are just striking the ball well, and I feel like that this week, so if we get another free-kick tomorrow I’ll feel confident of doing the same thing again.”

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    Motherwell U19s vs Rangers U19s

    The Under 19s return to league business this coming Saturday when Rangers are the visitors to the Creamery Park, Bathgate.

    The Steelmen are top of the Clydesdale Bank Under 19s League Table but have played more games than some of the closest challengers.

    Indeed, Saturday’s opponents Rangers have a 100% record having won their first three games but sit sixth in the table such is the unpredictable nature of the fixture scheduling.

    So it’s sure to be a fairly even, exciting encounter with plenty at stake for both teams.

    Head of Youth Development Gordon Young said, “Games against the Old Firm are always special no matter what level you play at.

    “However, we will treat this game no different to any other we face. The players are buoyed by a good SFA Youth Cup result last weekend and go into the game in good form.

    “What with Rangers still unbeaten, there could be a right good game in prospect.”

    The game will kick-off at 11am – Entry for spectators is free of charge and ‘Well fans are encouraged along to give the youngsters plenty of support.

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    Officials appointed for Ibrox encounter

    Referee for Saturday’s trip to Ibrox will be the relatively unfamiliar face of Stephen Finnie.

    The 40-year-old, a Grade One official for almost five years, will be taking charge of only his third Motherwell game.

    The first, in his ‘debut’ season, was back in March 2007 when a Scott McDonald double gave ‘Well a comfortable 2-0 win over Dunfermline at Fir Park.

    His second, some seven months later, came when ‘Well, under the tutorship of Mark McGhee, went down 1-0 to Dundee United at Tannadice courtesy of a Darren Dods header twelve minutes from time.

    The last and final ‘Well appointment was at the tail end of last season, when he oversaw the 3-1 home win against Hearts last March when goals from Mark Reynolds, John Sutton and Jim O’Brien handed Craig Brown’s men an excellent three points.

    In those three games, Finnie has flashed sixteen yellow cards; seven of them at players wearing Claret and Amber. No-one, as yet, has been sent for an early bath.

    Finnie will be ably assisted by Billy Baxter and Brian Templeton with Anthony Law on fourth official duties.

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    Rangers Ticket Information

    ‘Well fans wishing to go to the game against Rangers this coming Saturday should note that tickets are only on sale until Friday afternoon.

    Tickets will not be on sale from Fir Park or Ibrox on the day of the game.

    The match is strictly all-ticket with prices as follows:

    Adults: £24
    Concession: £12

    * Concessions are listed as Under 16s (including school kids) and Over 65s

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    Humphrey keen for Scotland chance

    Chris Humphrey admits he would jump at the chance to play for Scotland after confirming he qualifies through his Kilmarnock-born mother.

    The Motherwell winger has been in scintillating form this campaign and has won rave reviews for his recent performances.

    So much so, some have already touted him as a potential call-up, a prospect that excites the 23-year-old.

    “I was born in Jamaica but playing for Scotland would obviously be brilliant,” said Humphrey.

    “I am delighted that I qualify and would welcome any chance to be part of Craig Levein’s plans. My mother left Scotland when she was six or seven years old to stay in England. She then moved to Jamaica when she was 16.

    “I would love to play International football but I know it is dependent on me performing to the best of my ability. My priority is just to keep improving and see where that will take me.”

    Humphrey moved north last summer after an outstanding season with English League Two club Shrewsbury Town.

    However, despite an offer than may have taken him all the way to the Barclays Premier League and a difficult first season both on and off the pitch, Humphrey is adamant he made the right move.

    “My first season was difficult because of events off the pitch,” he said in reference to his partner suffering a miscarriage. “On the pitch, it was also difficult to get a game with Jim O’Brien playing so well.

    “I had the chance to go to Blackpool (before his move to Motherwell) but the bid was turned down but I was up for the move to Scotland and I have been delighted with the way it has turned out. Qualifying for Europe was a terrific achievement and I have really enjoyed the experiences in those matches. That’s where every player wants to perform.”

    With the birth of his baby daughter recently, coupled with Craig Brown giving him the attacking licence his game merits, the speed merchant has been turning in spectacular performances, most notably in the recent 2-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle.

    “We play as a three in attack and the gaffer has really simple instructions for me. He just tells me to attack the full-back, to do what I am good at,” he smiled.

    Humphrey also puts in extra hours with Assistant boss Archie Knox with the sole purpose of improving his game, “His (Knox) approach is straightforward too. He believes you should practise what you will do in a game. I spend the extra time running down the wing and crossing or taking balls from midfield players and trying to move in on goal as quickly as possible.”

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    U19s cup win in pictures

    Pictures from the 3-0 victory over Stirling Albion U19s in the second round of the SFA Youth Cup at Fir Park. These action shots and more are available to buy online at www.motherwellpics.com.

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    Motherwell U19s 3 -0 Stirling U19s

    Motherwell U19s booked their place in the 3rd round to the SFA Youth Cup thanks to three second-half goals against Stirling Albion.

    Neither team could break the deadlock in the opening 45 but strikes after the interval from Josh Watt, Jamie Pollock and Steve Howarth was enough to give the young Steelmen a win.

    Manager Gordon Young plumped for the same starting eleven that were held to a 1-1 draw with Aberdeen the previous week. ‘Well were boosted by the return of top-scorer Steve Howarth who had recovered from an ankle knock to take his place amongst the substitutes.

    Both teams spent the first ten minutes feeling each other out; the game being played predominantly in the middle of the park. However, things exploded to life on the 13th minute mark when Watt almost opened the scoring for the Steelmen.

    Collecting a magnificent 50-yard cross-field diagonal from Pollock, the Glasgow-born youngster, who only recently turned seventeen, skipped past two challenges before shooting across the goalkeeper only for the ball to drop agonisingly wide of the far post.

    Keiran McGachie was next to threaten for the home side. The former Stenhousemuir man collected a well-worked throw-in on the edge of the area and his quick turn and shot was well saved by Murray Jackson at the second attempt. Two minutes later, Ross McKinnon fired a curling kick from the edge of the box into the hands of the Stirling as ‘Well continued to look for the opener.

    It took the visitor almost 40 minutes to register an effort in an otherwise quiet first half.

    Centre midfielder Daley McSorley was the first to have a go, but his thirty-yard strike was deflected wide of the post at the expense of a corner. Two minutes later, Andy Pender found space on the left flank and, after cutting inside, fired a low curling effort that forced Tom Bradley into a decent low save down to his left.

    But it was the Steelmen who would record the last real chance of the half and it was that man Watt again causing the problems.

    After intercepting a loose midfield pass on the half-way line, the winger burst clear, showing defender Ross Alexander a clean pair of heels. Bearing down on goal the opener looked imminent but the pint-sized predator could only blaze a shot high over the bar and the chance was gone.

    Level then at the interval and Gordon Young opted to make a change with Bradley Halsman replacing Ryan Scanlan in the middle of the park.

    The Steelmen came out the traps quicker in a pattern that would match the majority of the second half. After just five minutes, Captain Ross McKinnon, normally a left-back, created space for himself inside the box with a neat touch but his low angled shot was well saved by the feet of Jackson. The rebound landed, awkwardly, at the feet of substitute Halsman on the edge of the area but his shot sailed high and wide.

    ‘Well continued to press in search of the opener and McGachie was once again denied by Jackson after the big striker had cut in from the left touchline, danced past two challenges, before unleashing a curling shot that was turned away in spectacular style by the Albion number one.

    Stirling’s reply came via a weak effort from Gary Brass that presented Bradley no problems whatsoever.

    Motherwell continued to push and push in search of a breakthrough but the Binos were in a stubborn mood. Lee Erwin got on the end of a lofted through ball only to drag a shot way wide of goal. Moments later, Halsman had a stinging drive from the edge of the area comfortably caught by Jackson and you had the feelings it may well be one of those afternoons.

    But the deadlock was eventually broke after 67 minutes and Josh Watt got the goal his play deserved.  A cross from the left, by Watt, caused all sorts of problems inside the Stirling box but Euan Murray just couldn’t put a finish on it. McSorley’s poor clearance landed at the feet of the winger who turned inside Danny Ashe and unleashed a stunning thirty-yard bullet that flew past Jackson into the roof of the net.

    Incredibly, moments later, Watt almost doubled his tally when he got on the end of a cracking cross from substitute Howarth but could only smash his shot into the ground and Jackson was well-placed to catch.

    With 13 minutes left on the clock, Albion passed up a great chance to equalise. A long diagonal ball from left-back Matthew Johnston dropped kindly for Brass inside the area. The big striker had his shot blocked brilliantly by Murray, only for it to loop up kindly for McSorley but the midfielder could only head over with Bradley doing just enough to put off the midfielder.

    It was to prove a crucial and costly miss as Motherwell would secure the win some eight minutes later.

    Liam Sloan looped a pass back towards Tom Bradley with the Binos pressing high up the field. The former Bristol City stopper lashed a ferocious first time volley down field putting Motherwell immediately on the attack.

    Howarth managed to control the ball and prod it to the supporting Pollock who did fantastically well to lob it neatly over the out-rushing Jackson and into the net. Game over!

    Unbelievably, less than ninety seconds later, Pollock almost repeated that feat when he got on the end of a McKinnon through ball, lobbed the goalkeeper but his effort dropped just over the bar.

    However, ‘Well wouldn’t be prevented from adding a third as Steve Howarth grabbed his fifth of the season with virtually the last kick off the ball.

    Pollock won and took a free-kick on the edge of the box that careered back off the wall. The Scotland U19 maestro teed up Watt with a neat wide ball but the quality was yet to come.

    Watt delivered a stunning back post cross that was met well by Howarth who finished with some aplomb, turning a difficult header into the far corner of the net from six yards out.

    It was the exclamation mark on an otherwise comfortable performance from the Steelmen. Stirling battled hard but created little in the way of clear-cut chances and Young’s men deserve to be in the next round.

    Motherwell: Bradley, Sloan, Murray, Lynch, McKinnon, Scanlan (Halsman 45), Carswell, Watt, Pollock, Erwin (Connor 84), McGachie (Howarth 68). Subs not used: Muir, Griffin, Brown.