Pictures from the 2-0 defeat to Dundee United in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Tannadice. These action shots and more are available to buy online at www.motherwellpics.com.
Pictures from the 2-0 defeat to Dundee United in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Tannadice. These action shots and more are available to buy online at www.motherwellpics.com.
Motherwell suffered a 2-0 defeat to Dundee United this evening following a lacklustre performance at Tannadice.
Second-half goals from Johnny Russell and David Goodwillie earned the home side a comfortable victory over the Steelmen.
After a first period of fairly concerted pressure from the hosts, they eventually took the lead after the break when Russell nodded home after Garry Kenneth won a header from a Paul Dixon corner.
Russell then turned provider for Goodwillie to make sure of the points on the stroke of full-time following a swift breakaway.
It was a disappointing night for Stuart McCall’s men, who returned to Dundee in a confident mood just three days after the Scottish Cup victory over United’s neighbours.
The manager made one change to the team which won 4-0 at Dens Park, with Ross Forbes taking the place of Marc Fitzpatrick, who turned down a contract extension to remain at the club.
That change facilitated a change in formation, with Motherwell playing a 4-3-3 with Chris Humphrey and Jamie Murphy flanking lone striker John Sutton.
Peter Houston’s men were playing their first SPL home game in two months and were clearly keen to claim a comprehensive victory, starting with Russell, Goodwillie and captain Jon Daly in an attacking starting eleven.
It didn’t take long for their attacking intent to become apparent, striking the post within three minutes. A long ball was played up to the sought-after Goodwillie, and he cushioned a delightful flick into the path of Daly. The United captain teed up Russell on the edge of the box and he saw his low drive come crashing back the base of the post.
Five minutes later the hosts created another chance as a Scott Robertson cross was only cleared as far as Morgaro Gomis on the edge of the area but he dragged his volley well wide.
United remained on top in the opening stages and two more chances soon followed. Firstly, Prince Buaben fired in a vicious 20 yard drive which forced Darren Randolph to parry wide before Goodwillie shot tamely at the Motherwell keeper from close range.
Then out of nothing and against the run of play, Jamie Murphy almost scored at the other end when he jinked in from the right flank before firing in a rasping drive inches past the post.
Dundee soon regained control however and Morgaro Gomis was obviously fancying his chances of getting his name on the score-sheet to warm up a bitterly cold Dundee night as he fired two shots from distance in the space of five minutes.
The first effort was straight at Randolph following some neat build-up play, before, with 15 minutes until the break, he forced the big English stopper to sprawl full length to parry another shot from the edge of the box wide.
A Forbes free-kick from 30 yards out proved to be the closest ‘Well would come in the remainder of the first half. His powerful strike drifted just over Pernis’ crossbar as the opening 45 drew to a close.
United flew out of the traps in the second-half and almost broke the deadlock when Goodwillie broke down the left and fired in a teasing cross. With Daly arriving, Randolph could only parry the ball as far as Buaben, who fired wide from the corner of the six-yard area.
The already-frustrated hosts had even more cause for complaints moments later as Russell appeared to be bundled over in the box by Chris Humphrey, although referee Iain Brines booked the midfielder for diving.
United continued to attack and their pressure paid off on 53 minutes with the opening goal. A Dixon cross was won at the back post by the towering Kenneth and his header across the six-yard box was nodded home by Russell, via the post.
With Motherwell looking to steady the ship, the Arabs were restricted to long range efforts, the most dangerous of which was from Goodwillie, who thrashed a 25-yard dive towards goal. Randolph spilled the ball at first but then threw himself to the ground to grasp the ball ahead of the incoming Daly.
United were nearly made to pay for not taking advantage of their dominance as Motherwell went close to snatching the most unlikely of draws late on. Murphy lifted a beautiful ball to the back post where Humphrey arrived to head the ball towards goal, only for Pernis to push the ball away on the line.
But they did make sure of the points in the 90th minute with Russell broke free and fed Goodwillie, who slotted home from six yards to make it 2-0.
[tab:As it happened]
90’+2 FULL-TIME The referee signals the end of the game.
90′ GOAL David Goodwillie finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal.
89′ SUB Stuart Armstrong comes on for Jon Daly.
84′ A cross is delivered by Jamie Murphy, Chris Humphrey takes a shot. Brilliant save by Dusan Pernis.
83′ SUB Craig Conway joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Robertson.
81′ SUB Esteban Casagolda comes on for Keith Lasley.
79′ Foul by John Sutton on Garry Kenneth, free kick awarded. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
79′ SUB Scott Robertson replaces Prince Buaben for the home side.
78′ David Goodwillie takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
77′ Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Morgaro Gomis. Free kick crossed by Paul Dixon, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.
75′ SUB Jamie Pollock comes on for Ross Forbes.
69′ Ross Forbes concedes a free kick for a foul on David Goodwillie. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
65′ Inswinging corner taken by Paul Dixon from the right by-line played to the near post, Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.
64′ Keith Lasley fouled by Prince Buaben, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley has an effort direct from the free kick, Prince Buaben gets a block in.
62′ Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Reynolds by Jon Daly. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
62′ David Goodwillie takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
53′ GOAL Johnny Russell scores a headed goal from a Paul Dixon corner, assist by Garry Kenneth.
51′ BOOKING Paul Dixon is shown a yellow card.
46′ KICK-OFF The match restarts for the second half.
45′ HALF-TIME Referee Iain Brines brings the first-half to an end.
44′ Outswinging corner taken by Paul Dixon from the left by-line, Steve Jennings manages to make a clearance.
35′ Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Garry Kenneth. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ross Forbes.
33′ The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Murphy. Garry Kenneth takes the indirect free kick.
33′ Unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by David Goodwillie results in a free kick. Ross Forbes delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
30′ Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Sean Dillon results in a free kick. Jamie Murphy takes the direct free kick.
29′ Morgaro Gomis takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
28′ Foul by Keith Lasley on Johnny Russell, free kick awarded. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
25′ The offside flag is raised against Jon Daly. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
24′ Morgaro Gomis takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
20′ Shot from just outside the box by John Sutton goes over the bar.
19′ Corner taken left-footed by Paul Dixon from the right by-line, save made by Darren Randolph.
16′ David Goodwillie takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
14′ Outswinging corner taken by Paul Dixon from the left by-line, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.
14′ Prince Buaben takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
13′ Keith Lasley challenges Garry Kenneth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.
9′ John Sutton challenges Sean Dillon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Kenneth takes the direct free kick.
9′ Morgaro Gomis has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
4′ Johnny Russell has an effort at goal from outside the box, hitting the post.
1′ KICK-OFF The game begins.
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:
“It’s a disappointing result. We didn’t start well enough in the first ten or 15 minutes but once we weathered the storm in the first half, I thought it ended up quite even.
“But, when you are up against a strike-force like Daly, Russell and Goodwillie you have to accept that you will be on the back-foot at times.
“All managers will tell you they are hugely disappointed to lose a goal from a set-piece. Kenneth is a big lad but it’s the second balls you have got to be alert to and we weren’t.
“After that we huffed and puffed. The ‘keeper made an outstanding save from Humphs with five minutes to go and we just got caught pushing forward at the end.
“I’m relatively pleased with the possession we had. We had the ball in good areas – although perhaps we should have done more with it. We didn’t make the keeper do enough work.”
Dundee Utd manager Peter Houston:
“Johnny Russell scoring was so well deserved because he put in a great shift. The boy has a great chance in the game.
“He is not even playing in his best position yet because he was a right good striker and a good goalscorer through all the youth teams.
“It was great to see a young lad like Stuart Armstrong come on and be positive, driving forward into the box, and one where I thought he was going to pull the trigger, he laid Goodie in, who showed good composure and a great finish.
“It wasn’t Goodie’s best night but I thought if you keep him on the park, he is liable to score a goal, and he did.”
Motherwell Football Club have have teamed up with The Co-operative Insurance to offer one fan a great prize.
We’re giving a lucky young Motherwell fan, the dream opportunity to lead their team out in the Rangers v Motherwell semi-final of The Co-operative Insurance Cup on Sunday 30 January at Hampden Park.
[onlymembers]As well as leading their side out in The Co-operative Insurance Cup, the lucky winner will receive a pair of match tickets for themselves and an accompanying parent or guardian. They will be able to enjoy all the excitement of the match from some of the best seats in the stadium – AND get their hands on a special Co-operative Insurance Cup mascot kit.
To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic football prize, courtesy of The Co-operative Insurance, all you have to do is answer the following question:
Who was the last Motherwell player to score in a Semi Final back in February 2006?
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B> Willie Pettigrew
C> Crawford Baptie
Entrants must be aged between 8 and 12 years old and the winners must be accompanied to the game by a parent or guardian.
Please send your answer to email@example.com (with Subject Line “Semi Final Mascot Competition) including the following information:
The competition will close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 19th January. A winner will be drawn, at random, on Thursday 20th January with winners notified the same day.
This season is the twelfth consecutive season of The Co-operative Insurance’s sponsorship of the Scottish League Cup. Over the past twelve seasons eleven different teams have participated in the Final with four teams going on to lift The Co-operative Insurance Cup – Celtic, Rangers, Livingston and Hibernian.
As well as the sponsorship of The Co-operative Insurance Cups in Scotland and Northern Ireland, The Co-operative Insurance has been investing in football since the 1970s and supports grassroots initiatives throughout the UK.
Since The Co-operative Insurance grassroots programme began in 1999 youth teams have been supplied with over 3,700 sets of kit and 750 sets of equipment and football coaching has been provided for more than 16,500 children.
The Co-operative Insurance is part of the wider financial services group, The Co-operative Financial Services, which is the name for the group of businesses consisting of The Co-operative Insurance, The Co-operative Investments and The Co-operative Bank including smile and Britannia.[/onlymembers]
Football Fans in Training (FFIT) is a nationwide health project running across every club in the SPL and set to kick off for a second time this February at Fir Park.
Supporters can sign up to take part in sessions aimed at increasing physical activity, improving diet and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
FFIT is open to 35-65 year old overweight males and is being provided by Motherwell FC as a FREE service to our supporters! You will become part of the club for 12 weeks, being issued with official Motherwell FC training kit to work with our football and health coaches one evening per week.
Similar programmes have proved a massive success with clubs in the English Premiership and Championship. And Motherwell were top of the table when it comes to weight loss in the previous programme ran up until Christmas.
To sign up all you have to do is meet the criteria below, and contact us with your details.
It’s a great opportunity to improve your fitness, lose weight, and train with fellow supporters at Fir Park and also help shift some of the excess Christmas weight!
MOTHERWELL FC FOOTBALL FANS IN TRAINING
Start Date: Monday, 7th February, 5pm-7pm and 7.15pm-9.15pm
Venue: Davie Cooper Suite, Fir Park
You are eligible to take part if you are a male between 35 and 65 years old and meet any of the following criteria:
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CLUB ACTION: Scottish Government funding requires us to keep a record of everyone who has responded even if they turn out not to be eligible, or drop out of the programme.
‘Well boss Stuart McCall has confirmed that Marc Fitzpatrick has been offered a new contract after his deal expired yesterday.
The 24-year-old, who has had a torrid time with injuries in recent years, has fought his way back into contention in recent weeks and started games at both Celtic Park and last Sunday at Dens Park.
[onlymembers]His previous contract, signed during the summer, was designed to allow the Lanark-born midfielder time to get himself fully fit after an injury sustained against Hamilton last February.
And McCall told the gathered media this afternoon that the club have made the player another offer.
“We’ve offered Mark a deal and we hope to hear back from him in the next 24-hours or so,” said McCall.
“He does have an offer from another club on the table though so it’s something he will have to consider carefully and we are respectful of that.”[/onlymembers]
Stuart McCall is keen for another vital win in Dundee, a matter of days after his Scottish Cup success in the City of Discovery.
The comprehensive 4-0 win over Dundee ensured the run of six games without a win came to a spectacular end, and the gaffer is now keen to kick on and get back to winning ways in the SPL.
[onlymembers]“I’m delighted with the result against Dundee at the weekend; it has breathed confidence back into the lads after the run without a win,” McCall praised. “But the league is where we need to get back to winning ways – especially when there are so many teams close to each other.
“I watched United at the weekend and they would be disappointed to draw with Ross County, but they were without David Goodwillie and we know he will make a massive difference on Wednesday.
“We know they are a very good side – they did brilliantly last season – but we are close in the table and it is vital we keep them below us.”
The former Bradford City boss was speaking to the press from the depths of Hampden, as he attended the draw for the Scottish Cup fifth round – a competition he knows well, having lifted the trophy three times with Rangers as a player.
Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro made the draw and handed The Steelmen a tie with Stenhousemuir, Threave Rovers or Stranraer.
‘Well will find out their exact opponents after Threave Rovers face Stenny in the re-arranged third round tie, and then the winners of that face Stranraer in the fourth round.
“You always want a home draw, however if you don’t get a home draw then you want to avoid the Old Firm of Hearts because they are the toughest ties.” The 46-year old insisted.
“I know it will be a tricky tie, whoever we get out of the three sides, but we will hope to progress.
“It’s brilliant to have these Cup games. I’m fortunate in the fact I have come to Motherwell when they are already in one Semi-Final; that’s fantastic, but for now we must concentrate on the league games – the tough league games – that we have coming up.”[/onlymembers]
Motherwell will face lower league opposition in the fifth-round of the Scottish Cup following today’s draw at Hampden.
Stuart McCall’s side, who overcame Dundee on Sunday, will play either Stenhousemuir, Threave Rovers or Stranraer.
[onlymembers]This season’s competition has been disrupted by the bad weather and some teams have yet to complete their third-round matches.
Indeed, the replay between Threave and Stenhousemuir was postponed for a fourth time today and is now scheduled to take place on Wednesday night.
The winners of that tie will then host Stranraer later this month with Motherwell lying in wait in the next round.
Elsewhere, Rangers have been drawn against Celtic and Hamilton Accies will play either holders Dundee United or Ross County.
The full draw is as follows:
All ties are due to take place on 5th and 6th of February.[/onlymembers]
Referee for Wednesday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee Utd at Tannadice is the familiar face of Iain Brines.
Incredibly, Brines will be taking charge of his fourth ‘Well game of the current SPL campaign, having been the man in the middle for the games against St Johnstone in early September, St Mirren at Fir Park one month later and Rangers on Boxing Day.
[onlymembers]A Nick Blackman wonder strike and an own-goal from Kevin Rutkiewicz was enough to earn the Steelmen all three points in Perth and late goals from Tom Hateley and Jamie Murphy gave ‘Well a 3-1 against Danny Lennon’s men.
Last time out, managerless ‘Well were thumped by Rangers despite John Sutton’s goal early in the second half. A Kenny Miller double along with goals from Vladmir Weiss and a Steven Saunders own goal gave Rangers a comfortable 4-1 win.
To his credit, Brines was excellent in all three matches with the game at McDiarmid Park passing off without a single caution; a rarity in modern football.
He will be a more than familiar face to ‘Well fans over the years. Last season, he looked after the games at Easter Road in December (2-0 defeat), the 1-0 home win against Kilmarnock in February and the 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park in April.
The 43-year-old, who has been a top-flight official for a decade and amongst FIFA’s elite group for five years, has had a busy campaign with Saturday being his tenth SPL fixture of the season.
His overall record in charge of the Steelmen is a bit of a mix bag. Of the 26 games he has taken charge of, Motherwell have won nine, draw four and lost thirteen.
In those games, 97 players have seen yellow, 45 of which in claret and amber, while three have been sent for an early bath.
Iain will be assisted by Alasdair Ross and Ross Haswell with Frank McDermott on fourth official duties.[/onlymembers]
Tickets for the Co-operative Insurance Cup Semi Final with Rangers at the end of the month have gone on sale from Fir Park this morning.
Motherwell have a sizeable allocation of 9,000 tickets, which will go on full general sale, priced at:
Section G (Family Section):
Under 16s: £5
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Please note that tickets ARE NOT available online, only in person at the Ticket Office or via telephone on 01698 333333 (Click Here for Ticket Office opening times).
Hospitality packages are also available on the day priced at just £65
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Stuart McCall was full of praise for his side after they avoided a cup shock by convincingly dispatching of Dundee at Dens Park.
With Dundee on a spectacular run of ten games unbeaten – with six wins on the bounce – many saw this as a stick-on giant-killing, especially given The Steelmen’s recent form of six games without a win.
Yet the formbook was turned on its head as McCall claimed his first win as Motherwell gaffer thanks to a John Sutton brace and strikes from Jamie Murphy and the excellent Steve Jennings.
“We’ve certainly bust a few coupons today; I think with the excellent run Dundee have been on, combined with us not winning in six games, made some people see this as a likely shock of this round,” the former Bradford boss conceded.
“The early goal was vital for us and it really settled the lads down. We said before the game that we would try to work the channels, like Jamie Murphy did for the first goal. We would try to work them like that and then we knew we would have to be up for the physical battle.
“I’m glad our quality shone through at the end, and you could see the talent we have from the goals we scored tonight.
“Scoring four goals, keeping a clean sheet, a place in the next round and getting no new injuries has to be considered a really good day for us.”
The boss was particularly fulsome in his praise for two-goal hero John Sutton and the returning Steve Jennings.
Sutton was starting his first match since the 10th November and grasped the opportunity with both hands, with two clinical finishes, while Steve Jennings returned following a three-match suspension to boss the midfield sublimely, even scoring a header to cap his afternoon off.
“Jennings quality is no surprise to me,” the 46-year old boss praised. “I tried to sign him when I was manager of Bradford and he put in the type of excellent performance I expect from him week-in week-out. He has good quality and he is a great leader.
“I was always going to play John Sutton today, regardless of whether Nick and Alan were still here. John has been terrific this week and deserves his chance.
“I know John has played out wide and a little deeper, but for me he is a centre-forward. Likewise I think Murph (Jamie Murphy) is a front-man and we are keen to get people playing in their best positions.
“However we had a few really good performances today.”
Motherwell face Dundee United on Wednesday, as The Steelmen enter a hectic phase of their season, but McCall insists he will continue to juggle coaching his squad with searching for bargains to strengthen his squad.
“We have a small squad and we’ve lost Alan Gow and Nick Blackman this week. We’ll try to bring in a few people this month if we can.
“I’m keen to get a left-sided player in to allow Murph and Sutton to play in their best positions. I’ve been down so many dead ends and then you think you are close, and someone else offers a few extra quid – but I had this at Bradford, I won’t let it get me down and I’ll work hard.”