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    Matchday Live: Inverness CT

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    TV: McCall calls for ruthless ‘Well

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    TV: Ojamaa upbeat despite recent run

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    Motherwell FC Girls Soccer Centre

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    ‘Well to feature in Match Attax collection

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    Weatherseal & Alzheimer Scotland

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    Forthcoming fixture amendments

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    TV: Highlights from Tynecastle

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    TV: JJ angered at Tynecastle defeat

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    Hearts U20s 4 – 2 Motherwell U20s

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    Matchday Live: Inverness CT

    Motherwell make the long journey north to take on Inverness CT at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

    TEAMS:

    Teams will appear shortly after 11.45am.

    TICKETS:

    Tickets are still available on the gate at the Caledonian Stadium. Admission is priced at:

    ADULTS:   £21
    CONCESSIONS:                             £16
    UNDER 12:   £10
    • Concessions are listed as Senior Citizens, along with 12 to 25 year olds.
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 01555 870122 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    TRAVEL:

    There are no anticipated travel problems between Motherwell and Invernes and the area in and around the Caledonian Stadium is fairly clear. There are one or two slight issues on the A9 but nothing that will delay too much. Take into account cold low temperatures when driving.

    WEATHER:

    There is bright sunshine forecast until around kick-off time. It will feel quite cold so wrap up. Temperature highs in Inverness will be around 5 degrees Celsius (41 Fahrenheit).

    FOLLOW THE MATCH:

    Motherwell Media will bring you all the action from Fir Park. Alan Burrows and Kris Jack will call every kick off the ball live on MFC TV.

    You can also follow match updates on Twitter and join in the debate on our Facebook page.

    If you are heading to tonight’s match, remember to check in and follow the Steelmen on Foursquare and listen out for Stuart McCall’s pre-match thoughts on Audioboo.

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    TV: McCall calls for ruthless ‘Well

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall has called for his side to be more clinical ahead of this Sunday’s clash with Inverness CT in the Highlands.

    The Steelmen have created numerous chances in recent matches but have only picked up three points against St Johnstone a fortnight ago.

    Since then, then side enjoyed long spells in charge against both Dundee Utd and Dundee but were unable to capitalise, taking just one point from both fixtures.

    McCall hopes his side’s fortunes will change and perhaps replicate that of the last time the Fir Parkers visited the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium back in October 2011 when a late Tom Hateley handed ‘Well the victory in a 3-2 thriller.

    [pullquote]I won’t gloss things over and if it’s not good enough the players will know about it but when I come to edit and analyze games I can only show the chances for and against and everyone can see we’re playing some good stuff.[/pullquote]

    “If you look back over the season, we’ve not quite got what we’ve deserved,” he said.

    “There have been several occasions this season when performances haven’t merited the points we’ve got and that is a fact.

    “I won’t gloss things over and if it’s not good enough the players will know about it but when I come to edit and analyze games I can only show the chances for and against and everyone can see we’re playing some good stuff.

    “We’re just not taking the chances as they come along. Last season the only time we went somewhere and didn’t get what we deserved was at Inverness but we scored three goals.

    “Would I accept that again? Yeah, if it means getting back to getting three points rather than getting pats on the backs saying we’re playing well.

    “Our away form has been good so far. We’ve gone up to St Johnstone and put in a really good performance against a side that were bang in form and on Sunday we go to another side that are bang in form.

    “We’re aware of Inverness’ fighting qualities; they’ve came back from behind a few times this season but also the fact they have got some very good players in their side.”

    -WATCH THE FULL PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE ON MFC TV-

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    TV: Ojamaa upbeat despite recent run

    Estonian International Henrik Ojamaa maintains Motherwell are still full of confidence despite a difficult run of results.

    Although the Steelmen have taken just four points from a possible nine, there is an acceptance that performances have still been positive.

    Chances have been plentiful but it has been a lack of goals that has been the real Achilles heel in recent times.

    The eight-times capped striker hasn’t hit the back of the net himself since bagging a brace against St Johnstone last April but is satisfied with his contribution, including five assists, and is certain the side will return to the form that clinched a Champions League spot in 2011/12.

    [pullquote]Our quality will come through and I believe we’ll get the results we deserve.[/pullquote]

    “We could be playing bad and not getting results so it could be worse,” he joked whilst chatting to the press at Motherwell’s weekly news conference.

    “Personally I’m quite happy with the way we’ve been playing as a team and I think it’s just as good as how we were playing last season when we were in a really good league position.

    “We’re just not getting the breaks that we got last season and when we’re dominating games, we just can’t convert that into three points. Our quality will come through and I believe we’ll get the results we deserve.

    “I was hoping from the three games last week that we’d have picked up nine points and at times I thought our performances would have definitely deserved that but it wasn’t to be and we got four points from nine.

    “It’s good to have this game coming up, against a team who are doing really well at the moment so I’m relishing the challenge on Sunday. We are going there to win.”

    -WATCH THE FULL BROADCAST PRESS CONFERENCE ONLY ON MFC TV-

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    Motherwell FC Girls Soccer Centre

    Motherwell Football Club has developed an all new Girls Soccer School at the Fir Park Astroturf.

    Aimed exclusively at girls between the ages of five and twelve, the Motherwell Football Club Girls Soccer Centre will use the same principles employed by our first team squad including developing technical skills, game awareness and passion for football.

    Our Soccer Centre welcomes girls of all abilities and it doesn’t matter which team you support, you’ll enjoy learning to play football the Motherwell way and at £40 for the sessions, its great value.

    The centre starts Wednesday 21st November between 6pm and 7:30pm.

    You can book for the Girls Soccer Centre on our website at www.motherwellsoccerschools.com or by telephone us at 01698 239 926.

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    ‘Well to feature in Match Attax collection

    Players from Motherwell are to feature in the first ever Clydesdale Bank Premier League edition of Match Attax, the world’s most successful sports trading card game.

    Kids will be going mad for the new Match Attax SPL collection from Topps, which offers fans of all ages the excitement of the season!

    Available at all good retailers from 15th November, the brand new trading card game offers players and collectors alike a fun-filled accompaniment to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, with over 220 cards to collect, including all of the best players from The Well.

    Rod Pearson, Marketing Director for Topps Match Attax, comments: “We’re delighted to be able to offer fans of the Scottish Premier League a fun-filled way to enjoy the current season with our brand new collection.”

    Fans can kick start their collection in style with the brilliant new Starter Pack, which includes a hardback binder, portable Play Pitch, rules guide and an exclusive Limited Edition!

    Plus fans can look out for cool Man of the Match cards, 100 Club Rainbow foils and awesome Star Player cards, too.

    Stuart MacPhee, SPL Head of Sales & Marketing, adds: “Topps is another fantastic brand to join our family of partners, and we look forward to engaging more young fans in Clydesdale Bank Premier League football.

    “In the New Year, supporters will be able to get involved and compete in Match Attax SPL events that are planned across the country, in and around each club.”

    Match Attax SPL Starter Packs retail at £4.99; with packet of 10 cards available for £1 each.

    For further information about the new collection from Topps, including details of upcoming tours and events, please visit www.toppsfootball.co.uk.

    Follow Match Attax on Twitter @ToppsMatchAttax and get the latest news and updates at www.facebook.com/toppsMA

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    Weatherseal & Alzheimer Scotland

    Weatherseal and the SPL have announced that Football Memories, an Alzheimer Scotland project, has been selected by supporters to benefit from the league’s first official Charity Weekend.

    Nearly 4,000 fans cast votes via www.weatherseal-charity.co.uk over a seven day period to 28th October 2012, with clubs the length and breadth of the country encouraging fans to have their say in a wide ranging debate.

    Alzheimer Scotland will benefit from a range of rights to promote the emotive Football Memories project on the weekend of 8th/9th December 2012.

    As well as bucket collections organised by Weatherseal staff, the SPL’s official home improvement partner will also gift their marketing rights for that weekend. This includes advertising space and digital perimeter display boards.

    Football Memories is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. There are over 84,000 people in Scotland with dementia, the equivalent of every spectator on an average Scottish football weekend.

    Groups are being established locally across Scotland, and football images and memorabilia are used as reminiscence therapy for people with dementia and other memory problems. The recall by many attending the groups is fascinating and several stories are being recorded for use with future generations of football supporters.

    Tony Reilly, Weatherseal managing director, commented: “Weatherseal is proud to be supporting Football Memories. It’s a fantastic project, hugely emotive and we’ve been very impressed by the engaging way in which the organisation has engaged with football to such positive effect.”

    Michael White, Alzheimer Scotland Football Memories project manager said: “Alzheimer Scotland is absolutely delighted that Football Memories has been selected to be the charity partners for the Weatherseal SPL Charity Weekend. It is fantastic that through the Charity Weekend thousands of present-day football fans will have the chance to support this work and help us to extend the project to supporters all across Scotland.

    “We are incredibly grateful to Weatherseal and the SPL for this opportunity, and want to say a huge thank you to them and every single person who voted for us.”

    SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster added: “The Weatherseal SPL Charity weekend has been hugely successful so far, in that thousands of supporters have had their say in choosing Football Memories. I am sure they will continue to embrace the project.”

    For more information on the Football Memories project visit www.footballmemories.org.uk.

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    Forthcoming fixture amendments

    Fans should note forthcoming fixture amendments over the Christmas and New Year period.

    The match with St Mirren, originally scheduled for Saturday 22nd December has been switched to Friday night, 21st December (7.45pm KO).

    The match against St Johnstone, originally scheduled for Saturday 19th January will now take place on Sunday 20th (2.15pm) for live coverage on ESPN.

    >> Updated Fixture List

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    TV: Highlights from Tynecastle

    Highlights from Tynecastle as Motherwell throw away a two goal lead to lose 4-2 to Hearts in a capital city classic.

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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.”

    -WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVELY ON MFC TV-

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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