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    TV: Erwin double sinks Dunfermline

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    TV: McCall expecting tight encounter

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    TV: Ask Keith Lasley

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    TV: Society sign up a roaring success

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    Pick February’s best player

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    Officials named for Dons clash

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    Well Society “Sign Up” Evening

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    TV: Goals from East End Park

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    TV: McCall happy with the points

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    TV: Hateley’s up for the Cup

    Defender Tom Hateley can’t wait for tomorrow’s Cup clash with Aberdeen and expects a noisy and atmospheric Fir Park.

    The teams will square off for only the second time ever in the last eight of the Scottish Cup – The Steelmen winning the first 37 years ago at Pittodrie.

    And Hateley, an ever-present this campaign, hopes the Steelmen can see off an Aberdeen side on a super run of form having not lost since Christmas Eve last year.

    “The last few times we have played them has been quite tight,” he said.

    “They are on a good run at the moment and not conceding too much which doesn’t surprise me with Craig and Archie in charge. They tend to make their teams strong defensively so the onus is on us, they’ll be tough to beat.

    “It’s sure to be busy on Sunday though – Fir Park will be rocking and make no mistake about it, we’ll be up for it. We’re looking forward to it and if we play the way we can, then hopefully we’ll get a positive result.”

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    TV: Erwin double sinks Dunfermline

    Motherwell U19s maintained their excellent run of form when they came back from a goal behind to beat Dunfermline 2-1 this afternoon.

    The Pars went ahead on the half hour mark when Euan Murray was adjudged to have pulled down forward Blair Henderson inside the area.

    Referee Stuart Macauley pointed to the spot, Ross Millen tucked it away low into the bottom right hand corner was Ross Stewart going the wrong way.

    Motherwell had a couple of claims turned down before eventually drawing level with a penalty of their own. Keiran McGachie was crudely felled by the goalkeeper Steven Mayne and the referee, who had a good view, rightly awarded the spot kick.

    Lee Erwin stepped up and confidently smashed the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

    The Steelmen battled away in search of a winner and eventually got it and, incredibly, it was yet another penalty. A Nicky Devlin throw to Erwin allowed the big striker to hold it up. When trying to protect the ball, he was bundled to the floor by Jordan Brown with the referee pointing to the spot for a third time.

    Erwin dusted himself down and coolly sent the ball into the opposite corner despite the Pars’ keeper guessing the right way.

    There were no further goals, or penalties for that matter, as Gordon Young’s side held on for their fifth win in six games.

    Motherwell: Stewart, Devlin, Cummins, E.Murray, Francis-Angol, Asghar (Green – 78mins), Leitch (Moore -56mins), Hetherington, Watt (MacDonald – 71mins), McGachie, Erwin

    Subs Not Used: R.Murray, Brownlie, Lynch

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    TV: McCall expecting tight encounter

    Well boss Stuart McCall says he expects another closely fought encounter against Aberdeen on Sunday.

    The Steelmen have managed to have the upper hand in recent fixtures, although every game has been tight; won by the odd goal.

    And with a William Hill Scottish Cup Semi Final place up for grabs, McCall is certain it will be another intense battle.

    “It’s a massive game and I am sure both sets of supporters will be well up for the match, as will the supporters,” he said.

    “Last season both clubs got to Semi Finals of both domestic Cup competitions, thankfully we managed to go one better in the Scottish Cup although never done ourselves justice in the Final.

    “There will be a big crowd here, it’ll be a tight game similar to every game we’ve played against Aberdeen since I’ve been here and hopefully we’ll have a similar result to those matches.”

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    TV: Ask Keith Lasley

    ‘Housewives Favourite’ Keith Lasley talks Swingball success, Readybrek and the protected species that is a strawberry blonde mullet.

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    TV: Society sign up a roaring success

    Motherwell fans came out in force this evening and gave the strongest backing yet for the ‘Well Society.

    Over 120 new members joined the Motherwell revolution, putting the society almost £40,000 closer to the initial £250,000 target.

    Steelmen (and woman, of course) of all different age groups were there to meet Stuart McCall and his players, share stories, enjoy a drink and pick away at the buffet.

    Speaking after it, board member Andrew Wilson said, “Since the ‘Well Society was first muted, the overwhelming reaction from Motherwell fans has been one of support and no little pride.

    “Tonight is another example of that. (It was) way ahead of expectations; we started the night a little over half way towards our initial target and we have made great strides tonight to achieving that.”

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    Pick February’s best player

    It is time for you to decide who you think deserves to win the Cash Converters Player of the Month for February.

    All you need to do is vote for which ‘Well player you think has been the stand-out performer for February and you could be chosen at random from all entries received, to congratulate our star man in person at Fir Park!

    After our very own Estonian Sharpshooter Henrik Ojamaa continued his excellent run of form in winning both the SPL young player of the month and the Cash Converters Player of the Month for January, can he possibly make it back-to-back awards?

    Or maybe Jamie Murphy’s four goals will tip the award in his favour? Could Michael Higdon’s hat-trick and sensational overhead kick against Hibs see the 14-goal hitman collect the award? What about Darren Randolph? Four clean sheets in the last six games is incredibly impressive…

    There are plenty of other options too but to cast your vote, simply visit our Cash Converters SPL Facebook page or by CLICKING HERE.

    The link will also give you the opportunity to enter the draw to take part in the next Convert for Cash challenge, and the chance to win a whole host of other prizes including tickets and amazing giveaways

    For the February Player of the Month – VOTE HERE.

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    Officials named for Dons clash

    Craig Thomson is the man in charge for Sunday’s Sky live William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter Final clash with Aberdeen at Fir Park.

    39-year old Thomson, considered to be one of the best officials on the FIFA list, will be handling his third Motherwell game of the current season. His previous two were also live on television as Rangers ran out 3-0 winners back in mid-August and the 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock back in October.

    Craig will be a familiar face to Fir Park fans having been a top-flight official for a decade and taking charge of three league matches last season.

    Thomson was the man in the middle for the SPL opener against Hibs when goals from John Sutton and Jamie Murphy wasn’t enough for the victory as Hibs ran out 3-2 winners thanks to goals from Antony Stokes, Paul Hanlon and Liam Miller.

    His next appointment was the 1-0 home defeat by Hamilton Accies in the Lanarkshire derby. Then Accies striker Nigel Hasselbaink separated the sides with a 15th minute curler from the edge of the box.

    He also took charge of the 0-0 draw with Hearts last April when an unfamiliar ‘Well side did well to take a point at Tynecastle.

    His record in charge of the Steelmen is mixed with nine wins, fifteen defeats and eight draws from 32 matches.

    Not included in that list was the 2007/08 Scottish Cup fourth round replay win against Hearts at Fir Park, when he replaced the injured Stuart Dougal midway through the second-half.

    In those games, Motherwell have scored 39 and conceded 43. 114 players have gone into the book, 56 were wearing claret and amber, while four players, including Stephen Craigan, have been dismissed. The skipper saw red in the 2-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park six years ago.

    Thomson will be ably assisted by Derek Rose and Alasdair Ross with Bobby Madden on fourth official duties.

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    Well Society “Sign Up” Evening

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    If you haven’t joined the ‘Well Society yet, this Tuesday (6th March 2012) is the perfect opportunity.

    The club will host a special ‘Sign Up’ Evening in the Centenary Suite between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

    This informal drop in, complete with finger buffet and a fully stocked pay bar, will allow you to ask any questions you may have regarding the Society to the people that matter – the board.

    What’s more, the management team and players will also attend. Why not bring along your MFC memorabilia for signing and your camera for a couple of snaps? Chat to Stuart McCall and the lads about what an excellent season we are having.

    Moreover, this is the perfect time for you to join our revolution – a once in a lifetime chance for the fans to not only have an influence in the club, but eventually run it.

    For further information on the Well Society, including membership forms, CLICK HERE or phone Alison Wallace on 01698 333333.

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    TV: Goals from East End Park

    Motherwell pick up all three points thanks to goals from Michael Higdon – his 14th of the season – and Estonian sharpshooter Henrik Ojamaa.

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    TV: McCall happy with the points

    ‘Well gaffer Stuart McCall was happy with today’s three points despite his side’s indifferent first half showing.

    The Steelmen looked lacklustre in the first half against a struggling Dunfermline side who are now rooted to the bottom of the table.

    However, a much better half showing gave ‘Well the win and keeps the Steelmen in third, within touching distance of Rangers in second.

    McCall was glad his side managed to turn their fortunes around to claim the three points.

    “We weren’t happy at half time,” he admitted. “We warned the boys not to think they can just turn up and I thought four or five just weren’t good enough and we could only improve that’s for sure, and, thankfully, we did.

    “I feel for Dunfermline, they put in a great deal of effort but the first goal is always crucial. Even though it’s well worked, maybe it’s a slight goalkeeping error as he’s let it slip under him. We had a wee bit of fortune and went on and looked dangerous.

    “We made the substitution at half time . Chris came on and gave us a spark, Henrik gave us a little spark for fifteen to twenty minutes, Law got more into the game and again I thought Jennings was terrific from first to last; we defended quite resolutely.

    “We’ve got no given right to turn up to every game and think we can play our pretty football but thankfully we upped our game in the second half and got a much needed three points.”

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