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    TV: McCall expects tight affair

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    McCall committed to ‘Well

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    Saunders given green light

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    TV: Cummins gunning for the Dons

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    Scottish Cup 4th Round draw

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    Inverness U20 match cancelled

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    Dundee Utd ticket reminder

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    TV: Highlights from McDiarmid Park

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    TV: Law thrilled with contribution

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    TV: McCall expects tight affair

    Steelmen boss Stuart McCall reckons it will be another close encounter when ‘Well face Dundee Utd at Fir Park tomorrow (Wednesday).

    Although both teams have struggled in recent times, Motherwell halted their run with a fine 3-1 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

    Peter Houston’s men bounced back from their Cup exit to Hearts with a scintillating comeback against Celtic at Tannadice, scoring twice in the closing stages to secure a deserved draw.

    The teams go head to head for the first time this season and McCall is sure it’ll be a tight affair.

    [pullquote]I think it will be a very tight game, although I find myself saying this at every press conference because there is really nothing between the teams in the league.[/pullquote]

    He said: “The preparations have been good however, like I keep saying, we don’t become a bad team overnight but likewise we don’t become world beaters.

    “I think it will be a very tight game, although I find myself saying this at every press conference because there is really nothing between the teams in the league. They have had highs and lows recently.

    “I’m sure they would have been looking forward to get through to the next round of the cup but went out on penalties, which is a massive blow.  But then to fight back from 2-0 down against the champions when it looked like there was no way back showed they have got great spirit and it will give them confidence. Mackay-Stevens is back for them now and Skacel, Daly and Russell are all available who can all cause us problems. It will be an entertaining game and a very close one.

    “We’ll take confidence from Saturdays result but we’ve got to build on it and look to keep collecting points.”

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    McCall committed to ‘Well

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall has ruled himself the running for the vacant manager’s job at the Scottish FA.

    McCall, capped 40 times by his country including a goal at Italia 90 against Sweden, was quoted by some bookmakers as fourth favourite.

    However, the 48-year old has distanced himself from the role and is fully committed to his job at Fir Park.

    [pullquote]I am flattered to be even linked with it but at this moment in time my job is at Motherwell.[/pullquote]

    “If the job were available in ten years time then it would be something I would be honoured to do,” he said.

    “I am flattered to be even linked with it but at this moment in time my job is at Motherwell. There are some terrific and very capable candidates out there who I am sure will do a terrific job if appointed.

    “If you look at who they has been mentioned – Walter Smith, Alex McLeish, Gordon Strachan, Owen Coyle and Joe Jordan, they are all top coaches and top football men.

    “Whoever gets the role will have my full backing. Although my accent may not sound like it, I am fiercely patriotic about my country and we all hope things pick up.”

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    Saunders given green light

    Motherwell were today handed a boost with the new Steven Saunders can step up his rehabilitation in the coming weeks.

    The Scotland International cap is likely to resume training in a fortnight’s time after a couple of weeks of intense running.

    The news comes at an ideal time for the Steelmen with Shaun Hutchinson, Fraser Kerr and Euan Murray all sidelined through injury.

    Saunders told motherwellfc.co.uk, “The surgeon has given me the all clear to up my running and do some intense leg work.

    “I can now see the end of all this and physiologically, that’s a big boost. I’ll do more weights, more running and, all being well, I’ll be back in training in about two weeks.

    “The surgeon has been delighted with the progress and has now left the remained of the recovery with John Porteous here at Motherwell.

    “If I can get back to training within two weeks, then hopefully it won’t be long before I can get some action for the U20s with the ultimate aim of getting back into the first-team.”

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    TV: Cummins gunning for the Dons

    Young Liverpudlian Adam Cummins says Motherwell have all the motivation they need going into the Scottish Cup 4th Round clash with Aberdeen.

    The Steelmen were paired with Craig Brown’s side in this afternoon’s draw at Hampden, the same side that sent Motherwell out at the Quarter Final stage last season winning 2-1 at Fir Park.

    And the former Evertonian admits that match, and the 3-3 draw earlier in the campaign, will be fresh in the minds come the start of December.

    “It’s a tough draw for us,” he told MFC TV immediately after the draw.

    “They knocked us out at the Quarter Final stage last year and we will use the disappointment we felt after that match to spur us on.

    “We are desperate to put that right. Even the 3-3 draw earlier this season, if you look at that match we were comfortable but lost two late goals. I remember their manager came out after the match and said we were the best team they had faced.

    “That meant little to us on the bus on the way down the road so there is plenty of determination amongst our squad to go there and give a good account of ourselves. We also want to win this for the fans – they deserve a really good Cup run so it’s certainly one to look forward to.”

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    Scottish Cup 4th Round draw

    Motherwell have been drawn to face Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the Fourth Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

    The full draw:

    Aberdeen v Motherwell

    Partick Thistle v Dunfermline

    Kilmarnock v Queen of the South

    Hibernian v Hearts

    Airdrie or Raith v Deveronvale

    Turriff United v Albion Rovers or Morton

    Livingston v Dundee

    Rangers v Elgin City

    Forfar or Nairn County v Ayr United

    Ross County v Inverness

    Celtic v Inverurie or Arbroath

    Dumbarton v Hamilton

    Cowdenbeath v St Johnstone

    Stranraer or Queen’s Park v Dundee United

    Stenhousemuir or Berwick v Falkirk

    St Mirren v Brechin or Bonnyrigg Rose

    Ties to be played on the weekend of December 1st / 2nd 2012.

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    Inverness U20 match cancelled

    Motherwell’s proposed Under 20s match with Inverness, due to take place tomorrow night at Fir Park, has been postponed due to fixture congestion.

    The Steelmen have a first-team match against Dundee Utd scheduled for Wednesday and the decision has been made to re-arrange the match with the Highlanders at a later date still to be confirmed.

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    Dundee Utd ticket reminder

    A reminder for fans in possession of a ‘Match Abandoned’ voucher that it should be used to enter the re-arranged match this Wednesday night.

    Entry for this game will be by Match Abandoned Voucher, pay at the turnstiles or by tickets purchased at the ticket office. 

    If you weren’t able to attend the original match or weren’t in the ground at the time of the abandonment, then you can use Voucher 5 to enter the re-arranged.

    2012/13 season ticket holders who were at the match but did not take a voucher will gain entry but only by contacting the club prior to the match and, ideally, not on the day of the game as the ticket office will obviously be very busy as no voucher from Season Ticket will be used.

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    TV: Highlights from McDiarmid Park

    Highlights from McDiarmid Park after a Jamie Murphy brace and a brilliant Nicky Law chip handed Motherwell all three points in Perth.

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    TV: Law thrilled with contribution

    English midfielder Nicky Law was delighted to grab his second of the season, helping Motherwell to a fine win at McDiarmid Park.

    The former Rotherham man, along with his midfield partner Keith Lasley, was instrumental in the win that put Motherwell back on track after a run of four successive defeats.

    And the 24-year old felt it was the least the Steelmen deserved after an excellent, hard-working showing against the SPL’s form side.

    [pullquote]Coming here at any time in the season and winning is a great win so we’re delighted[/pullquote]

    He told MFC TV: “I am really pleased as obviously we’ve been on a sticky run in the past few weeks and we’ve not being scoring goals either.

    “Coming here at any time in the season and winning is a great win so we’re delighted.

    “It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet but it was all about the team today and anybody watching could see how hard we worked as a team and you could see the determination from the first minute to the last in the lads to get the result.

    “The goal is a bonus and I’ve been practicing that all week in training! I’ve dinked Darren and Lee a few times this week so I’m delighted but mostly with the three points!”

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    TV: McCall delighted with Saints win

    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall was thrilled with his side after picking up all three points against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park this afternoon.

    The Steelmen made the best possible start with Jamie Murphy put them ahead inside 50 seconds before adding a second on the half hour.

    A lovely Nicky Law goal added a exclamation point to the victory to hand McCall’s side their first three points since mid September.

    And the former Scotland International couldn’t speak highly enough of his side.

    [pullquote]I am delighted with the all round team performance and of course to get the three goals and points.[/pullquote]

    “I think I was important to score first and we did early,” he told MFC TV after the match.

    “We changed the system slightly by playing Jamie in behind and I am delighted with the all round team performance and of course to get the three goals and points.

    “We don’t become a bad team overnight and likewise we don’t be become world beaters. We’ve got to go on with the same endeavour and desire on Wednesday.

    “Throughout the team I thought the lads showed how they can play. In the Hearts and Hibs games we were ok but we are better than ok when we play and we proved that today. We’ve burst a few coupons today; people were probably looking at us thinking we have gone a bit soft but it is a great way to bounce back.

    “It’s only three points but it’s stopped the rot. We’ll enjoy today and so will the fans. I am so pleased for them and the players as I thought they were great.”

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