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    Rangers defeat in pictures

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    Motherwell 0 – 5 Rangers

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    Season Tickets: 2011/2012

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    Cup Final Ticket Information

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    McCall keen on ‘Kingmaker’ role

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    Hammell hoping to halt hoodoo

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    Carling Scottish Cup Mates Challenge

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    Officials appointed for Rangers clash

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    Ticket Office Opening Times

    Motherwell FC can confirm the following opening times for the Chapman Building / Brandon Parade for the forthcoming week.
     
    Ticket Office at Fir Park:
     
    Monday 2nd May 2011: 9.15am – 6pm
    Tuesday 3rd May 2011: 9.15am – 6pm
    Wednesday 4th May 2011: 9.15am – 4.30pm
    Thursday 5th May 2011: 9.15am – 4.30pm
    Friday 6th May 2011: 9.15am – 3.30pm
    Saturday 7th May 2011: 10am – 2pm
     
    Shop at Brandon Parade, Motherwell:
     
    Monday 2nd May 2011: 10am – 6pm
    Tuesday 3rd May 2011: 9.15am – 6pm
    Wednesday 4th May 2011: 9.15am – 4.30pm
    Thursday 5th May 2011: 9.15am – 4.30pm
    Friday 6th May 2011: 9.15am – 3.30pm
    Saturday 7th May 2011: 10am – 2pm

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    McCall ‘embarrassed’ by poor showing

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall was far from happy after watching his ‘Well side crumble in the last thirty minutes at Fir Park.

    After a fairly even first forty-five minutes, ‘Well were never at the races in the second half which allowed Walter Smith’s men to cruise to a 5-0 victory.

    And the ‘Well boss was left scratching his head as to why his players couldn’t lift themselves in the same manner as last week at Tynecastle

    “I was disappointed with the second half,” said McCall. “If you come up against Rangers or Celtic at the top of their form they are hard to beat.”

    “First half we more than matched them and had 59% of the possession but didn’t do enough with it although (Allan) McGregor has had two outstanding saves.

    “I don’t think there was any way we deserved to be a goal down at half time; we restricted them to very little. I am not going to start moaning about decisions, when you get beaten five-nil you can’t look at decisions, although sometimes you say officials can be too close as (David) Weir had a hold of Sutton’s shirt and it should be a free kick, they go up the other end and score!

    “That didn’t change the game, what changed the game was the second goal. Last week when we went behind we looked as though we had the belief that we could come back; I didn’t see that today. I am really disappointed and the last thirty minutes were embarrassing.

    “They kicked on, we had said at half time the next goal was important, we should have been able to go out with no pressure; they would be edgy. But they got the goal and from then on they looked the stronger side.”

    The 46-year old former Bradford boss did reflect on an interval of opportunity, when, at half-time, he urged his troops to go at the SPL Champions.

    However, a combination of no breaks in the right areas and clinical finishing from the visitors meant ‘Well were sunk by the hour mark.

    McCall continued: “I thought it was an open game in the first half.”

    “The keeper’s had a great save from Jones, Jeffers had been through and tried to square it and McGregor got a touch, we had a free kick in a great position at the edge of the box which, on another day, might have been a penalty.

    “And we don’t want people sent off but Lafferty could have so easily have been shown a second yellow card. The whistle had gone; he carried on and had a shot.

    “But I can’t be too critical of the players as they have been fantastic since I came here. That said, you have lads who are playing for a new contract in front of a host of scouts, and others playing for Cup Final places but you wouldn’t have thought that in the last half an hour.

    “I don’t want to be over critical but, as I’ve said, it is embarrassing to lose five goals at home to anyone.

    “Rangers were clinical, I think they only had two other chances in the second half, if we could have been a bit more clinical in the first half and gone in level at half time it could have been a tense game but that was all taken from the game with the second goal.”

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    Rangers defeat in pictures

    Pictures from the 5-0 defeat by 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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    Motherwell 0 – 5 Rangers

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    Motherwell suffered another heavy defeat at the hands of Rangers as the Ibrox side cruised to a 5-0 win at a sun-soaked Fir Park.

    Walter Smith’s men have taken maximum points of the Steelmen this side and have scored nineteen goals in the process – almost 40% of Motherwell’s entire goals conceded for the whole SPL season.

    Yet, in many ways, it was the old clichéd game of two halves with Motherwell very much in things and creating chances during the first forty-five, but crumbling in the second allowing the visitors to run away with the game.

    Stuart McCall made three changes to the side that drew 3-3 with Hearts seven days ago. Shaun Hutchinson, Steven Saunders and Tom Hateley dropped out and were replaced by Steven Hammell, Maurice Ross and Steve Jennings.

    Rangers remained unchanged from the Old Firm statement and came out the traps on the front foot after early chances for Maurice Edu and Kyle Lafferty both came and went.

    Motherwell were looking threatening too, particularly on the counter attack, and were perhaps denied what could’ve been a penalty when Majid Bougherra caught Keith Lasley on the edge of the area. Television pictures were inconclusive as to whether or not the foul was on the line or not. In the end, referee Mike Tumilty choose to award a free-kick which was blazed high over the bar.

    If Stuart McCall’s men felt hard done to with that decision, Kyle Lafferty’s opener after 18 minutes was bathed in controversy. John Sutton, trying to protect the ball in the corner, appeared to be pushed by Davie Weir but nothing was given either by the referee or his assistant Willie Conquer, who was standing just yards away.

    Rangers immediately broke up the park and, after getting clear of Gavin Gunning, the Northern Ireland international rounded Darren Randolph before slotting home despite the best efforts of Stevie Hammell on the line.

    The Fir Parkers have shown terrific resilience under Stuart McCall in his short period at the club and his side immediately looked to hit back. McCall’s first signing, Steve Jones, led the charge and almost brought his side level only to be denied by a wonderful stop by Scotland stopper Allan McGregor. The winger jinked inside and unleashed a shot that deflected crudely off Bougherra and looked to be heading in under the crossbar. McGregor was equal to it though and got a strong hand to turn it away for corner.

    Shortly after, Jamie Murphy sent a terrific pass through the middle allowing Francis Jeffers to race clear of the Rangers backline. However, in a rare moment of indecision, the former Everton and Arsenal striker got caught between shooting and teeing up strike partner John Sutton. In the end, McGregor was close enough to get the block and the chance was gone.

    On the stroke of the interval, Lafferty, already on a yellow card for a poor challenge on Gunning early in the match, was perhaps lucky not to receive a second caution after playing on and firing the ball into the net after the match had been stopped by the official.

    1-0 at the interval, the Steelmen perhaps a little unfortunate to be behind, but the second forty-five was certainly one to forget as Rangers scored another four and dominated the majority of the half.

    Steve Davis effectively ended the contest just six minutes in when he pounced on another break to make it 2-0. Steven Naismith got on the end of a Greg Wylde ball but his low shot was beaten away at his near post by Randolph. It couldn’t have fallen any kinder for the former Fulham man and he needed little invitation to tuck away from about fifteen yards out.

    Rangers went up another couple of gears and chances came and went for Davis and Nikica Jelavić but it remained 2-0 as the ‘Well goal led a bit of a charmed life.

    However, Rangers did make it three and, once again, referee Mike Tumilty caused anger amongst the home crowd. Francis Jeffers looked to have been body-checked on the edge of the visitor’s box, but the referee, who admittedly was right up with play, waved away protests and allowed the game to continue. Rangers wasted little time getting the ball up the park and Saša Papac’s deep cross towards the back post was gobbled up by Jelavić, who rose above Stephen Craigan to head home past a helpless Randolph.

    Twelve minutes later Steven Naismith made it four. Playing a neat one-two with Wylde on the edge of the area, the Scotland striker blasted a shot past Randolph before completing the scoring with virtually the last kick of the ball, a dipping half-volley again leaving the Republic of Ireland International stopper with little chance.

    It rounded off what was a miserable afternoon for Motherwell who certainly won’t mind seeing the back of the Ibrox side this term. Focus now turns to Dundee United next Saturday as the race to secure fifth place intensifies and preparations for the Scottish Cup Final continue.

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    Graham Barnstaple at Fir Park

    Full Time: The whistle has now gone thankfully, that’s 19 goals Rangers have put past us in the League this season. 4,4,6 and now 5!

    91mins – GOAL – Too long right enough – 5-0 Naismith scores a spectacular shot from a right angle with the outside of his foot

    90mins – Two minutes stoppage time to go – too long in my opinion!!

    84mins – Wylde off and Kerkar on for his debut. The midfielder was on trial for a few weeks during last summer.

    85mins – Match sponsors have given the Motherwell Man of the Match to Jamie Murphy – fair enough I think.

    77mins – Hateley on for Lasley, Rangers should’ve made it five as Naismith fires wide from close range.

    76mins – GOAL – 0-4, Naismith given too much time and space at the edge of the box to pick his spot past Randolph leaving the keeper helpless.

    73mins – Rangers sub Diouf on for Lafferty.

    68mins – Jeffers replaced by Bob McHugh, frustration getting better of the former Everton man.

    64mins – GOAL – 3-0 Rangers, Jelavic back post header from a Papac cross, Jeffers shown yellow for protests for another foul not given in build up.

    62mins – Not much to report positively from a Well perspective as its all Rangers at the moment!

    60mins – Jelavic hits the bar, Jones gets a yellow and Jelavic nets but is given offside – what a minute that was!!

    58mins – Davis twists and turns at edge of box to get a shot away which is saved comfortably by Randolph low to his right

    55mins – Hutchinson on for Hammell, Gunning moves to left back

    50mins – GOAL – 2-0 Rangers, a cross field ball from the left picks out Naismith whose shot is blocked Randolph and falls kindly for Davis to roll in

    45mins – Second half underway, as we kick off, can we mount a comeback two weeks in a row?

    Interval: Humphrey not on the bench after all, he pulled out in the pre match warm up and has been replaced by Jamie Pollock.

    Half time: 1-0 Rangers, not much in it at this stage.

    44mins – Sutton not impressed with Mr Tumilty and is now getting a talking to from ref for taking his protest too far.

    38mins – Murphy cross field ball picks out Jeffers whose lay off is intercepted by McGregor denying a Sutton tap in.

    37mins – Rangers are getting 9 behind the ball quickly making them hard to break down, but then try to hit on the break. Sums up the goal really

    35mins – Well fans not happy with the performance of ref Tumilty so far….

    20mins – Steve Jones’s deflected effort almost levels things but McGregor makes a brilliant save.

    18mins – Stuart McCall isn’t happy and is having a go at 4th Official Steve Conroy. ‘Well can feel hard done to there.

    18mins – GOAL 0-1, Sutton clearly fouled by Weir in corner but play goes on and Rangers score with Lafferty scoring after rounding Randolph.

    15mins – Late Lafferty challenge on Gunning sees the Rangers man pick up a yellow card.

    14mins – Direct free from Jamie Murphy blasted into the wall from 19 yards out, but was foul just in the box?

    5mins – Lafferty barges Ross off the ball but shoots at Randolph from acute angle

    1min – We’re off. Rangers kick off and we are shooting towards the South Stand end

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “Celtic supporters will look at the score and rightly think ‘what the hell is going on? .But anyone who is at the game today, you’ll see Rangers just got the better of us and just got stronger.”

    “I think some of the Rangers goals were outstanding. If their best players are at the top of of their game, they’re hard to live with.

    “In the first half, we more than matched them and we had better chances, but what was disappointing was the second-half performance.

    “There were a couple of key decisions that went against us, but it’s really disappointing because the lads have been great since I’ve been here.

    “But I’m gutted – everyone in that dressing-room is playing for a Cup final place, for other clubs who are watching them, or a new contract here – they’ve all got things to play for.”

    Rangers manager Walter Smith:

    “The second half was a terrific performance from us. We needed it, because in the first half we maybe allowed the conditions to dictate a bit too much to us.

    “We played a lot of balls back to front, never really got any rhythm. We managed to get a goal up. In the second half, I thought we were excellent.

    “Maurice Edu, whose been taking a bit of criticism recently, was excellent. I thought he played extremely well. We’re just delighted that we managed to win the game.

    “There were some terrific goals in the game, so we’re delighted by that aspect of it. We missed one or two chances as well from good moves.”

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    Season Tickets: 2011/2012

    Motherwell Football Club are today delighted to announce full details of the 2011/2012 Season Ticket.

    Chief Executive Leeann Dempster issued the following update:

    Dear ‘Well fans,

    Thank you for supporting Motherwell FC in the last year as a season ticket holder. Everyone at the Club would like to thank you for your personal support and ask that you keep it up next year and do everything you can to deepen your relationship with the Club and to get your family, friends and colleagues involved.

    On the field it is fair to say that we have had a terrific season: a CIS League Cup Semi, top 6 in the league, 3 wonderful summer European rounds taking us literally a kick of the ball away from qualifying to the Europa League group stages. And then the small matter of a Cup Final to look forward to at the end of May. As the banner said ‘Time for New Heroes’. Stuart McCall and his team are building a superb spirit to match on the field talent and it is a real pleasure for all of us to work around Fir Park.

    New Club Ownership and Strategy

    As you will be aware our Chairman is handing on the Club at the end of the season. The Board are working hard on the best form of structure that will achieve 3 main goals:

    • To ensure we can secure the financial future of the Club so that we can put the best possible team on the park backed by the most professional training, coaching and development talent, facilities and resource.
    • To maximise engagement with our fans in a deeper relationship with the Club; this will mean a direct say in how the Club is run, what our strategy is and the ability to get more enjoyment from the Club than just the matchday itself. We are working to tailor this to suit all budgets so that every fan can play a part.
    • To invest in the service we provide our fans, sponsors and commercial supporters and crucially to the wider community.

    We mean what we say when we target being Scotland’s best Family and Community Club but we have a lot more work to do. We also have to think carefully around the major strategic decisions on issues like our Stadium, Training Facilities and Academy. This work is being done and we want to get it right.

    In the meantime these pages contain details of the offers we have created for next season which we hope will secure your support.

    Encouraging Families and Children to the Club

    As part of our ongoing commitment to families we are continuing to offer the fabulously successful Cooper deal where an adult or senior citizen also qualifies to bring along two children 16 or under for free (season ticket books will be issued). 

    We are also now launching a new offer to the Phil O’Donnell Stand and the East Stand targeted at the under 13’s:

    Many supporters tell us that they came to their first match at Fir Park with a relative and that they were ‘lifted over the gate’.  Youngsters are the life blood of any club, the supporters of the future so with a nod to the past, we have introduced our new “WELLevate” juvenile ticket.  This is an entirely new initiative whereby if you buy and adult or senior citizen season ticket, you can bring along any kid aged 12 or under for free all season (season ticket book will be issued).  We have also reduced the prices of ALL Juvenile and Young Adult season tickets throughout the stadium.

    New Discounts for Season Ticket Holders

    Motherwell season ticket holders will now benefit from over 20 discounts and offers from a range of companies such as McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC, Subway and Livingwell throughout Lanarkshire and beyond.  Full details, along with terms and conditions, will appear on the official site later today. 

    Being a season ticket holder at Fir Park is more than just a right to view games, it is being part of our Club. There are various ways to pay for your season ticket and at the request of supporters we have introduced an interest free option where you can pay by monthly standing order.  

    Everyone who knows and loves Motherwell will tell you it is a special Club. You need to be part of it to get that. So all of us need to do everything we can to get others involved so we can reach our full potential on and off the pitch.

    If you have any ideas then we would certainly love to hear them – you can send us an email at mfc@motherwellfc.co.uk

    Yours


     
    Leeann Dempster
    Chief Executive

    *CLICK HERE FOR 2011/2012 SEASON TICKET PRICES

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    Cup Final Ticket Information

    Motherwell FC are today delighted to confirm ticketing arrangements for the forthcoming Scottish Cup Final versus Celtic on May 21st.

    HOW TO BUY

    CURRENT 2010/11 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

    Current 2010/11 Season Ticket holders will have priority for six days starting from Monday 2nd May 2011. A maximum of four tickets will be available at the Ticket Office and a unit in Brandon Parade on production of special voucher C from the back of the book.

    You can speed up the purchasing process by downloading and completing a Pre-Sale Application form, remembering to bring it with you when you are purchasing your Cup Final tickets:

      SEASON TICKET HOLDER PRE-SALE APPLICATION FORM

    NEW 2011/2012 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

    Any fan purchasing a season ticket for the 2011/2012 season will have the same privileges as current ticket holders i.e. the ability to purchase up to four Cup Final tickets on production of the sales receipt from the Ticket Office.

    It is worth noting that an adult and two juvenile’s ticket for the Davie Cooper Stand will cost just £290 – an incredible £637 saving from what you would pay if you attended every game paying at the gate.

    And new for 2011/2012, our new “WELLevate” scheme allows any adult in either the East or Phil O’Donnell Stand to claim a free juvenile ticket with any adult ticket! It’s not quite getting lifted over the turnstile, but in 2011, it’s the closest you’re going to get!

    And that’s not all… In an exciting new scheme, Motherwell Season Ticket holders will benefit from a range of discounts and offers from a range of companies such as McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC, Subway and Livingwell, throughout Lanarkshire and beyond.

    SUPPORTER BALLOT

    Any remaining tickets after Saturday 7th May will go into a Supporter Ballot/General Sale. This is where Motherwell fans can register for any additional tickets that are left after the initial season ticket holder priority period.

    Fans should CLICK HERE to register and the club will contact successful applications from Monday 9th May onwards.

    WHERE YOU CAN BUY TICKETS

    You can buy your tickets from three different locations:

    The Main Office @ The Chapman Building:

    You can purchase your Cup Final Tickets and 2011/2012 Season Tickets (ALL).

    The Ticket Office @ The Chapman Building:

    You can purchase your Cup Final Tickets and 2011/2012 Season Tickets (ALL).

    Unit 40 @ Brandon Parade (Motherwell Town Centre):

    The new unit is on the site of the old Birthdays / Thorntons (most recently an art store) – You can purchase your Cup Final Tickets and 2011/2012 Season Tickets (First Time / Lapsed ONLY).

    PRICES

    SOUTH STAND (SECTIONS P1 – P6)£35
    WEST STAND (SECTIONS B1 – B8)£28
    WEST STAND  – FAMILY (SECTIONS A1 – A5) £25 / 10
    • The Family Section will be located in the West Stand – Sections A1 to A5.
    • A Juvenile ticket in the Family Section is considered to be children aged fifteen and under. Any adult attempting to enter the Family Section without a child/children aged fifteen and under will be refused entry to that section.
    • At the request of a number of supporters, and similar to the Semi Final, Sections B1 to B5 in the West Stand has been designated as a “Singing Section” for like-minded fans wishing to back the team in their own unique and vocal style. Please ask for this Section when purchasing tickets if you wish to sit there.
    • No telephone orders can be taken and no refunds or exchanges can be given after purchase.
    • Fans requiring disabled tickets should contact Elaine MacDonald at the club on 01698 338068 or email tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk.


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    McCall keen on ‘Kingmaker’ role

    Stuart McCall has expressed his delight that Motherwell are in such a prominent position in the forthcoming race for the SPL title.

    Rangers visit Fir Park on Saturday afternoon knowing that a defeat to the in-form Steelmen could represent the end of their realistic title hopes, while ‘Well also travel to Celtic Park on the final day of the season.

    Among the intrigue is the fact that a title win for Celtic would actually guarantee Motherwell European football next season.

    And while McCall laughs off any conspiracy theories which suggest the Hoops could receive preferential treatment from the men in Claret and Amber, he does confess that the club is basking in being among the crème de la crème of the SPL.

    “It’s brilliant,” the Motherwell boss enthused. “I’m not going to lie about that. If we hadn’t finished in the top-six then we wouldn’t have had much to play for, with all respect to the sides involved down there. There are a lot of meaningless games, so we are just delighted to be involved in the title shake up.

    “And we still have plenty to play for in the SPL. We are still looking to catch Kilmarnock and we have a massive game against them as the second-last game of the season at Fir Park.

    “These are the games that everyone; the players, the fans and the staff all want to be involved in, and the players deserve it for the work they have done in recent weeks.”

    If the Steelmen are to damage the Gers’ title hopes then they will have to negate a winless run stretching nine years, all the way back to 2002, when James McFadden downed a Rangers side which included Ronald de Boer.

    Since then, it has been tale after tale of woe against the Ibrox side, but McCall is determined that every run has to come to an end – and he reckons his side are in the form to do it.

    Indeed, on the back of six matches unbeaten and four consecutive home wins, including a 2-0 win over Celtic, it is hard to argue against the boss.

    The 46-year old continues: “The disappointing thing about the three SPL matches against Rangers is that we have probably been at our poorest this season. We had been heavily beaten before I arrived here and then we went to Ibrox and were hammered.”

    “Having said that, the Co-operative Insurance Cup match gave us a lot of confidence and Rangers will know that they are in for a tough game here tomorrow. All the pressure is on them, and I expect an interesting afternoon.

    “It’s been a long, long time since we last beat Rangers, and it’s about time we redressed the balance.
     
    “We’re on a great run, especially at home as we’ve won our last four matches at Fir Park, and we go into the match with a fully fit squad, bar Stevie Saunders. So we will go into the match in high spirits and we have the added carrot of the cup final, which has kept everyone sharp and playing at the top of their game – so it’s a great situation.”

    McCall also addressed one of the main issues making the ‘Well faithful a tad pensive; contract negotiations. The club confirmed last week that John Sutton has been offered a new deal, intended to ward off interest in the 17-goal hit-man and keep him at Fir Park.

    And with players like Jennings, Craigan and Jeffers also expiring this Summer, the gaffer has confirmed he has started discussions with several other key players, with a view to keeping them in North Lanarkshire – and he expects a busy couple of weeks.

    “I’ve spoken to a couple of agents and I expect to carry on the discussions into next week. But sometimes the player is in the position of power when it comes to negotiations, especially when they are coming off the back of such a good season.

    “There’s a lot of work to be done between now and the end of the season, but we just have to hope that we get to where we want to be in terms of contracts. It will be a busy time, that’s for sure.”

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    Hammell hoping to halt hoodoo

    “It’s been too long,” proclaims Stevie Hammell when told of the nine-year barren run against Rangers – and the ‘Well stalwart is desperate to lay the hoodoo to rest.

    The Motherwell left-back is the only player in the current crop of Steelmen stars to have played on December 26th 2002, when a solitary James McFadden strike was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for the youthful Claret and Amber side.

    In fact, Allan McGregor is the only other player on either side who was in the match squad that day, keeping the bench warm for the Gers that afternoon. It is an indication of just how much time has passed since the last ‘Well triumph.

    Now the former Scotland International is looking to end this run – at the 34th time of asking.

    “I just heard that stat, and I honestly can’t believe it,” a stunned Hammell smiled. “It’s far too long. Rangers are a great side but you would think in that time we would have been able to get a win with the amount of time we’ve played them. Hopefully that changes tomorrow

    “I can hardly even remember the game; it seems like such a long time ago now. I just think it’s about time we won so we’ll go out there and try and do it tomorrow.”

    The history books may favour the opposition tomorrow, but recent form seems to suggest the Steelmen have a fighting chance. ‘Well are six games unbeaten coming into this game, and have displayed a super resilience and confidence in recent weeks.

    That run of victories included a win over Rangers’ title challengers Celtic at Fir Park and the 29-year old thinks the team can take belief from that convincing and startling win over the Hoops.

    “Against Celtic we had every one of our players at the very top of their game,” he praised. “We worked on our game plan all week and it came off perfectly on the day.

    “Every game against the Old Firm is like that; if you aren’t up for the fight and you don’t have all your players at their very best then you’ll get nothing from the game. We’re confident at home and we believe that we can beat anyone here, so we’ll give it our best.

    Hammell also laughed off any suggestion that Motherwell will be hoping Celtic win the league, and in doing so secure the Steelmen a place in Europe next season – for what would be a remarkable fourth consecutive season.

    Instead, the former Southend man has set his sights on lifting the Scottish Cup and qualifying for continental competition off their own back.

    He continued, bluntly: “To be honest we don’t care who wins the league. We want to win the Cup and get into Europe ourselves. We don’t want to be relying on which team wins the league or which team doesn’t win the league.”

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    Carling Scottish Cup Mates Challenge

    Four ‘Well fans took part in the Carling Mates Challenge at half time during our Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden two weeks ago.

    Derek Anderson from Wishaw was the Carling competition winner who took to the park at half time with his mates Scott McClure, Scott McCarren and Stuart McNeil in the hope of scoring against our U19 goalie Willie Muir.

    Scottish Cup Final hospitality at Hampden was up for grabs for those who hit the back of the net, so there was more than pride at stake!

    If you’re over the legal drinking age, take a look at the video on Carling’s Facebook page to see how they got on www.facebook.com/carling

    Carling will be doing a competition in the Scottish Sun for another set of mates to take part at the Scottish Cup Final, we’ll let you know when it’s going in so you can enter.

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    Officials appointed for Rangers clash

    Referee for Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Rangers will be Mike Tumilty.

    40-year-old Tumilty will be taking charge of his fifth ‘Well game of the campaign, having previously been the man in the middle for the 1-0 win at Rugby Park back in August, the 2-0 away success at Tynecastle at the end of September, the 2-1 win at the Caledonian Stadium in early November and, most recently, the 3-1 defeat at Rugby Park six weeks ago.

    Five games is way more than he managed the whole of last season, where he took charge of just the one ‘Well game. That was at Fir Park; a single Lukas Jutkiewicz goal was enough to give the Steelmen a 1-0 win over local rivals Hamilton Accies in February.

    The season before last, he overseen the home win against Accies (again) as well the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock in a miserable Monday night at Fir Park – live on the now defunct Setanta Sports.

    It’s been a busy season for Mike who has handled fourteen SPL games already this campaign, most recently Dundee Utd’s 2-0 success against St Johnstone three weeks ago.

    His overall record in charge of Motherwell is pretty good. Of the eleven Motherwell games he has officiated, the Steelmen have won eight, drawn nil and lost three. Nineteen goals have hit the back of the opponents net, whilst eleven have been conceded.

    35 yellow cards have been flashed in those games, 22 to a player wearing Claret and Amber. Thankfully, not one single player has seen red.

    He will be ably assisted by Willie Conquer and Stephen Mitchell with Steve Conroy appointed as fourth official.