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    TV: JJ angered at Tynecastle defeat

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    Hearts U20s 4 – 2 Motherwell U20s

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    McLean in charge for Inverness

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    Scottish Cup prices confirmed

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    Christmas Parties at Fir Park

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    TV: JJ glad to be back in action

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    Under 20s face Hearts at Tynecastle

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    Calendar signing today

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    TV: McCall disappointed with draw

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    TV: JJ angered at Tynecastle defeat

    Jonatan Johansson’s was angered by his side’s capitulation as they threw away a two-goal lead to lose 4-2 to Hearts at Tynecastle this evening.

    Motherwell were in cruise control after seventeen minutes with Axel Bossekota and Craig Moore firing the Fir Parkers in front.

    However, a Billy King goal and a Jamie Walker hat-trick consigned ‘Well to another defeat and the Finn was far from happy after the match.

    [pullquote]Maybe we thought it was too easy and thought we could just run the game for seventy minutes but football isn’t like.[/pullquote]

    “I think that is the worst we’ve played,” he told MFC TV after the match.

    “It’s most disappointing as we got a great start and looked dangerous.

    “At two each we didn’t have the right work-ethic and didn’t work as a team nor did we pressure enough.

    “We let Hearts come back into it too easy. They are a good side and showed much more enthusiasm and willingness to win than we did.

    “Maybe we thought it was too easy and thought we could just run the game for seventy minutes but football isn’t like that and credit to Hearts for coming back.

    “We have got a lot of hard work ahead of us.”

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    Hearts U20s 4 – 2 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell U20s let slip a two-goal lead as Hearts came from behind to win 4-2 at a rain-soaked Tynecastle this evening.

    The Steelmen raced into an early lead courtesy of goals from Axel Bossekota and Craig Moore which had Johansson’s men sitting pretty after seventeen minutes.

    But a Billy King goal and an excellent hat-trick Jamie Walker gave the home side all three points – their fourth consecutive win in the Under 20s league.

    The Claret and Amber men had an experienced starting eleven with Hollis, Kerr, Francis-Angol, Hetherington, Carswell, Daley and McHugh all having played for the first-team.

    And that experience showed in the early stages as within the opening quarter, the visitors had raced into a two-goal lead.

    Just seven minutes were on the clock when Bossekota got on the end of a well-worked Hetherington free-kick to flick past Mark Ridgers from close range.

    The Congolese-born striker should have doubled his tally minutes later when he got on the end of a terrific McHugh pass inside the box. He cut inside his marker but with the full goal to aim at, somehow dragged his shot wide.

    Hearts failed to heed the warning as shortly after, Craig Moore had made it two. McHugh was again the creator, this time slipping the ball into the young striker’s path and he took a touch to set himself before drilling it low under Ridgers.

    The hosts looked stunned and took a bit of time to regain their composure before slowing but surely working their way in to the match. Their patient passing approach would pay off when Jamie Walker grabbed his first when he fired high past Lee Hollis from the edge of the area after a breathtaking passing move.

    Hearts then laid siege towards the Motherwell goal but found Lee Hollis in good form. Indeed, for all the pressure, it was the Fir Parkers who should have restored their two-goal advantage on the stroke of half-time. Bob McHugh somehow managed to muscle his way through the Hearts defence but his low shot was somehow stopped by Ridgers from close range.

    That would prove a crucial block as despite ‘Well notching a couple of half-changes at the start of the second period, it was Darren Murray’s men who got themselves level and went on to dominate the match.

    It was Billy King who grabbed the leveller, getting on the end of a low cross from his brother Adam to slam into an empty net from about eight yards out.

    At that point there appeared to be only one winner with maroon tails up. Hearts eventually got their noses in front with about half an hour left to play. Adam King was again the catalyst, bursting towards the by-line before turning over a dangerous cross that flicked off Gordon Smith kindly into the path of Walker who blasted home. There were a few Motherwell hands up for offside as the move started but replays show the Hearts right-back had timed his run to perfection.

    The wind was taken completely out of ‘Well’s sails. Hearts had chances to extend their lead through Walker and Smith but neither could capitalise. Incredibly, it was Motherwell who passed up an excellent opportunity to level themselves.

    McHugh and Carswell teamed up in the area but with neither taking the lead to shoot, it was left to Hearts defender McGhee who sliced it inches wide of the post with Ridgers rooted.

    It was to prove the last real chance of note for the Fir Parkers as Hearts went on the rampage and only a superb showing from Lee Hollis kept the scoreline respectable. He made incredible saves from Smith (twice), Prychynenko (twice) and Nicholson.

    He was absolutely helpless though in stopping the man of the match, Walker, from claiming his hat-trick. The midfielder was allowed to run and run before unleashing an unstoppable effort high into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.

    It added an exclamation point to the home win which they probably deserved. Jonatan Johansson will have been frustrated at the way his side capitulated towards the end of the game. The Steelmen now face back-to-back home games and will need to pick up points soon to rescue what has been a fairly disappointing opener to the U20s season.

    Motherwell: Hollis, Ashgar, Francis-Angol, Murray, Kerr, Hetherington (McCafferty – 46mins), Moore, Carswell (Leitch – 80mins), McHugh, Daley, Bossekota (Thomas – 65mins). Subs not used: Stewart, Green, Johnstone, Neill

    Goals: Bossekota (7), Moore (17)

    Booked: Daley, Asghar, Carswell

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    McLean in charge for Inverness

    Referee for Sunday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Inverness at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium will be Steven McLean.

    McLean, brother of former ‘Well defender Brian, will be handling his first ‘Well game of the current campaign.

    The 31-year old will be a familiar face to ‘Well fans having overseen three matches during the 2011/12 campaign too. He was the man in the middle for the SPL opener against Sunday’s opponents back in July 2011, the 3-1 win over Dundee United in September and the 4-3 success over Hibs at Fir Park – Michael Higdon grabbing a hat-trick.

    McLean began his refereeing career back in 1997, aged just 16, but had to wait six years before being promoted to the SFA Senior List. It took him a further four years (June 2007) to get promoted to a Category 1 where he has spent the last three years handling SFL and ALBA Challenge Cup games as well as gaining experience as a fourth official at SPL matches.

    He eventually made his bow in Scotland’s top league when he took charge of Aberdeen’s 1-0 away win at McDiarmid Park over two years ago.  A late Darren Mackie goal was enough to give the Dons all three points and McLean had a good afternoon, booking five players in a competitive contest.

    McLean has been exceptionally busy this season too – handling seven SPL games already. The most recent was Dundee’s 1-0 win over Hearts at Dens Park ten days ago.

    He also had the distinction of being the man in charge of the UEFA Champions League qualifier between KR Reykjavík  and HJK Helsinki – the Finns running out 2-1 winners. He also handled Tromsö IL of Norway and Ukrainians Metalurg Donetsk in the Europa League too.

    McLean will be ably assisted by Graham Chambers and Stuart Macaulay with Barry Cook on fourth official duties.

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    Scottish Cup prices confirmed

    Prices for the William Hill Scottish Cup 4th Round clash between Aberdeen and Motherwell at Pittodrie can now be confirmed.

    Both clubs have agreed on the following admission price, payable on the gate for away fans:

    Adults:   £18
    Concessions:                                   £10
    Under 12s:   £6
    • Concessions are listed as Over 60s, Under 18s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.
    • Prices are for all four stands in the ground.
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 01555 870122 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk.
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    Christmas Parties at Fir Park

    For a truly unforgettable occasion, Motherwell FC are delighted to offer the perfect destination, a choice of tempting cuisine and sparkling entertainment this winter.

    Christmas parties at Fir Park are always a night to remember and this year will be no different.

    We’ve all the ingredients for a great party; high quality catering, lively entertainment and excellent service.

    Enjoy a fabulous three-course meal in the Centenary Suite then afterwards dance the night away with our in-house DJ.

    All this for an unbelievable £35 per person*

    We have three fabulous nights still available:

    • Saturday, 8th December 2012
    • Friday, 14th December 2012
    • Saturday, 15th December 2012

    Demand has already been high so to avoid disappointment, confirm your place now.

    Phone Diane on 01698 338008/338062 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    *A £10 deposit is required before the night itself.

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    TV: JJ glad to be back in action

    Under 20’s boss Jonatan Johansson can’t wait to get back into competitive action after a three week sabbatical from matches.

    The youngsters have not played since losing at Pittodrie in late October although they did turn in an impressive showing to beat Rangers at Murray Park during that break.

    They now face a talented and in-form Hearts side who have won six of their last eight matches at Tynecastle with a healthy crowd expected.

    [pullquote]I am glad they have moved the match to Tynecastle as it’s a great place to play and there is likely to be a good crowd for the match.[/pullquote]

    “It’s going to be a tough match against Hearts who are going well in this league,” he said.

    “I am glad they have moved the match to Tynecastle as it’s a great place to play and there is likely to be a good crowd for the match.

    “It’s a terrific experience for my young lads as I am sure they will have a fairly strong squad available. We have had some time on the training pitch over the last few weeks and we’ve performed well in some bounce matches. We want to take that into our league campaign.

    “We have a young side but matches like tomorrow will be a great learning curve for them.”

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    Under 20s face Hearts at Tynecastle

    After a three-week break, the Under 20s finally return to action when they take on Hearts at Tynecastle this Tuesday (13th November).

    Jonatan Johansson’s side have not been in competitive action since losing at Pittodrie towards the end of October.

    They have, however, turned in some excellent showings in recent bounce matches, including a superb win at Murray Park against Rangers giving hope to a reversal of fortunes this season.

    The young Steelmen do face a stern test against Darren Murray’s Hearts side who have won six of their last eight games and have hoisted themselves up to seventh in the SPL U20s table.

    Entry is via the Main Stand at Tynecastle and the host club have asked for a donation on entry as opposed to an actual admission price. Kick-off is at 7pm.

    Elsewhere, the Inverness CT U20s match, cancelled from Tuesday 6th November due to fixture congestion, will now be played on Wednesday 28th November at Fir Park Stadium (1pm kick-off).

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    Calendar signing today

    The special pre-Christmas calendar signing event will take place at Fir Park today (11th November) from 12.30pm. 

    It’s your chance to meet with your heroes and a great opportunity to look at all Motherwell FC products and services such as our hospitality gift vouchers and information on how to purchase a brick on the Davie Cooper ‘Memorial Wall’. 

    All players featured in the Motherwell FC Calendar for 2013 will be available to sign any merchandise purchased from the ‘Well Shop between 1pm and 4pm. 

    Motherwell FC in the Community will be available to speak to you about some of the forthcoming football coaching sessions and you’ll also be able to sign up for the Well Society on the day. 

    An MFC TV workshop will be in progress throughout the afternoon for anyone who needs a little coaching on how to access this on your PC at home as well as information on how to buy.

    Expect a warm welcome in the Centenary Suite on what will probably be a cold November afternoon. 

    As well as teas and coffees we’ll have soup, stovies and a selection of filled rolls available for sale from the kitchen and the bar will be open for those looking for something a little stronger by way of refreshments.

    Come and join in the pre-Christmas fun or simply stay and enjoy a day of EPL footie on TV.  We’ll show the Man City v Spurs game on TV at 1.30pm followed by Chelsea v Liverpool at 4pm.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Highlights from Fir Park as Michael Higdon equaliser just before the half-time interval cancels Nicky Riley’s opener.

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    TV: McCall disappointed with draw

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall was left frustrated after his side were forced to accept a point after a 1-1 draw with Dundee at Fir Park.

    Motherwell dominated for long spells but struggled to break down a stubborn and organised Dundee side who were worthy of their point.

    And McCall wants more from his side, particularly in front of goal where the Steelmen once again spurned a number of good chances.

    [pullquote]We played some decent football but they worked very hard to stop us and looked quite dangerous on the counter-attack.[/pullquote]

    “We’ve just got to try and get the first goal,” the Fir Park boss told MFC TV.

    “We were in control of the game and have created one or two good opportunities. We played some decent football but they worked very hard to stop us and looked quite dangerous on the counter-attack.

    “We were glad to come in level at the break after playing well during the first forty-five. We huffed and puffed in the second half and I don’t think we had that spark required to win the match.

    “My overall feeling is one of disappointment. I’ve spoke after matches recently and been happy with the performance but not the result. Today, I thought we could be better even although we dominated for large spells.”

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