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    Allan in charge this Saturday

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    St Johnstone U20s match switched

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    TV: Johansson calls for a reaction

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    TV: Highlights from Inverness

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    TV: McCall lauds clinical Steelmen

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    TV: Murphy salutes Steelmen faithful

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    Inverness win in pictures

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    Inverness CT 1 – 5 Motherwell

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    Matchday Live: Inverness CT

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    Allan in charge this Saturday

    Referee for this Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Hearts will be the experienced Crawford Allan.

    It will be Crawford’s first Motherwell match of the current 2012/13 season. He will be a very familiar face to ‘Well fans though having handled five matches last season.

    His first was the instantly forgettable 3-0 home defeat at the hands of St Johnstone in September.

    The second was the 3-2 win in Inverness a month later, goals coming from Shaun Hutchinson, Keith Lasley and Tom Hateley handing McCall’s men all three points. Next was the disappointing 2-0 defeat at Tynecastle against an on-form Hearts on Christmas Eve followed by the 1-0 defeat at Celtic Park at the tail end of February.

    His most recent came again Kilmarnock – a poor 2-0 defeat at Rugby Park costing the Steelmen second in the table at that time.

    He took charge of three games the previous season too.

    He was the man in the middle for the 4-0 win over St Johnstone last November thanks to a hat-trick from Nick Blackman and a single John Sutton strike.

    Three months later he was back at Fir Park when a John Sutton penalty was enough to give ‘Well a 1-0 win over local rivals Hamilton Accies. He also handled the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock in May when Steve Jones’ opener was cancelled out by Willy Aubameyang.

    Tragically, Allan took charge of the ‘Well game on the 29th December 2007, forever etched in history as the date when Phil O’Donnell tragically passed away in the 5-3 victory over Dundee United.

    Phil’s death had a profound effect on the whistler, a Grade 1 official for over a decade, but he won heartfelt praise for the way he handled what was an extremely difficult situation and his sensitive approach will be forever appreciated by everyone at Motherwell Football Club.

    In another twist of fate, Allan is only one of two referees to have ever taken charge of a Motherwell away game at Fir Park as the Steelmen faced hosts Gretna during the 2007/2008 campaign.

    His record in charge of the ‘Well is a fairly decent one, with the Fir Parkers winning six, drawing four and losing four (which all came last season) of the thirteen games in total. In those games, 41 players have seen yellow, 23 in Claret and Amber, whilst three have been sent for an early bath.

    Allan will be ably assisted by Stuart Stevenson and Raymond Whyte with Alan Muir on fourth official duties.

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    St Johnstone U20s match switched

    Tonight’s Under 20s match with St Johnstone has been rearranged to the 15th January 2013.

    With heavy rain forecast in the lead up to kick-off and the rest of the week, both clubs have agreed on the move to protect the Fir Park pitch ahead this weekend’s Sky live match with Hearts.

    Chief Executive Leeann Dempster said, “Whilst the pitch is looking fantastic at the moment, we were obviously conscious of what a game played in heavy rain could do ahead of a big first-team match at the weekend.

    “The common sense approach was to move it to early in the New Year and we thank St Johnstone and the Scottish Premier League for their assistance in this matter.”

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    TV: Johansson calls for a reaction

    Under 20s boss Jonatan Johansson has called for his players to bounce back after last week’s disappointing collapse at Tynecastle.

    The Steelmen roared into an impressive 2-0 lead in front of over 1,000 stunned Jambos before losing their way and eventually capitulating 4-2.

    Now the 106-times capped former Finland striker has asked his players for a reaction when St Johnstone, who themselves have lost the last three matches, visit Fir Park tomorrow night (7pm KO).

    [pullquote]Everyone was very disappointed with what happened last week and we have been working hard in training to put that right.[/pullquote]

    “Everyone was very disappointed with what happened last week and we have been working hard in training to put that right,” he told MFC TV.

    “There is no point dwelling on it, particularly not at this age group. The first-team’s result and performance yesterday (Sunday) has given everyone at the club a massive boost.

    “Hopefully we can take some of that positivity into our performance against a St Johnstone side who will, no doubt, provide a stern test.”

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    Assist Motherwell FC with a new online efficiency campaign and you could be in with a chance of being a Matchball Sponsor at a forthcoming match.

    Chief Executive Leeann Dempster explained, “We are launching a new campaign to work with supporters on updating, collating and correcting data in order to bring new offers, club experiences and gifts to all Motherwell fans and their families.

    “We are aware and acknowledge that the current online ticketing offering is not as functional as is could be. 

    “We have been working hard to source a new ticketing system that will not only make buying tickets online much quicker and simpler but, importantly, will also mean we will be able to offer supporters a  better and targeted experience that fits their pocket and lifestyle.

    “To do this we are currently working through some 53,000 pieces of data to make sure that when the new system goes live, we have the most up to date and relevant information we can. 

    “It is likely that you will be personally contacted very soon however in order to make the process quicker and to launch the first tranche of personalised gifts and club experiences for Christmas, we are asking supporters to complete a short survey below.

    “We are also working with the ‘Well Shop to integrate their online systems too which, if everything goes to plan, will mean that there will be a one stop shop for tickets, club experiences, merchandise, and all the replica shirts, training and leisurewear currently produced.

    “We are really excited by these developments and we hope that it will make purchasing items easier from the club but also that we will be selling items that you tell us you want. The new system is a few months away from launch however you will start to see elements of it emerge in the coming weeks and months.

    “Our drive here is to raise as much funds as we can for the club through both Steelmen Forever and the ‘Well Society. So please take a few minutes to fill it in.”

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    TV: Highlights from Inverness

    Extended highlights from the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium as Motherwell run out comfortable 5-1 winners in the Highlands.

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    TV: McCall lauds clinical Steelmen

    Stuart McCall praised his ruthless Steelmen side as they ran out comfortable 5-1 winners at the Caledonian Stadium.

    Goals from Michael Higdon, Jamie Murphy, Adam Cummins, Henrik Ojamaa and Omar Daley ensured Motherwell moved up to fourth in the Scottish Premier League.

    It was a massive relief for the Fir Park boss who has watched his side create and miss numerous chances over the last few weeks.

    [pullquote]We looked a goal threat every time we had the ball and that type of scoreline has been coming.[/pullquote]

    “Today we took our chances and could have had a lot more in truth,” he said.

    “We played some terrific stuff but we expect that as we have good players. We said at half-time we had to be ruthless and then they hit us with an early goal but I always felt we had goals in this team today.

    “We looked a goal threat every time we had the ball and that type of scoreline has been coming.

    “You need to score to win games but you need to build a platform from the defence.

    “Inverness are the top scorers in the league and to limit them to very few opportunities was pleasing. We defended well and attacked well; it was an all round performance.”

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    TV: Murphy salutes Steelmen faithful

    Man-of-the-match Jamie Murphy dedicated Motherwell’s impressive 5-1 win to the small band of ‘Well fans that made the long trip north this afternoon.

    The Steelmen ran a mock at the Caledonian Stadium, with former Scotland U21 hitman Murphy at the heart of everything Motherwell did as an attacking force.

    The 23-year old netted his fifth of the season, his 44th in Claret and Amber overall, and he couldn’t hide his delight after the match.

    [pullquote]It’s a great three points and thanks to all the fans who came up despite the early kick off – that was for them.[/pullquote]

    He told MFC TV: “To win 5-1 away from home is always good and today we really deserved it.

    “We were the better team and played some good football and did what we had to do.  The boys defended great and we scored five goals so it’s been a good day out.

    “Big Higgy scoring early in the first half was the killer blow for them as it forced them to come out which allowed us to play our style if football.

    “It’s a great three points and thanks to all the fans who came up despite the early kick off – that was for them.”

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    Inverness win in pictures

    Pictures from the 5-1 win over Inverness Caley Thistle in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at the Caledonian Stadium.

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    Inverness CT 1 – 5 Motherwell

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    Kris Jack at the Caledonian Stadium

    Five star Motherwell ran riot in the Highlands as they racked up an impressive 5-1 away victory over Inverness at the Caledonian Stadium.

    Goals from Michael Higdon, Jamie Murphy, Adam Cummins, Henrik Ojamaa and Omar Daley gave Motherwell the three points, while Richie Foran netted for the hosts.

    The win sees ‘Well and the Caley Jags trade places in the SPL table, with the visitors rising to fourth after the emphatic victory which could have been even more emphatic given the chances created.

    Stuart McCall made only the one change from the side that drew with Dundee last weekend, Simon Ramsden dropping out through injury to be replaced by the returning Shaun Hutchinson. Hutchinson had scored the first leveller for ‘Well at the Tulloch Stadium last season, in the Steelmen’s smash and grab 3-2 victory over Inverness.

    Terry Butcher opted for just the win switch as well, Morrison coming in for Roberts, as Inverness looked to keep their brilliant momentum going,as they aimed to keep up with the leading pack at the summit of the SPL.

    Former ‘Well man Richie Foran, who is enjoying a great season for the Caley Jags, was the captain for the home side for the lunch time kick off.

    Both sides were set up to attack and with most of the opening stages battled in the midfield, it was the visitors who took the lead on eighteen minutes when Michael Higdon bulleted a header past Reguero after Nicky Law had stole in at the edge of the box to stand up a cross from the byline for the Scouser to score his 9th SPL goal of the season.

    It got better for the Steelmen three minutes later, when Jamie Murphy was on hand to volley home from 12 yards after great work on the left from Chris Humphrey. The Jamaican got in behind Graeme Shinnie to cross to the back post, but Meekings clearing header fell perfectly for the 23-year old to lash home.

    Two minutes later Murphy could have made it three and easy after being played in on the left but his effort from the edge of the box clipped the bar.

    Motherwell were in total control; a great flowing move almost brought a goal when Stevie Hammell’s first time cross for Ojamaa eluded the Estonian; Humphrey’s follow up wasw brilliantly blocked out by the legs of Reguero in goal.

    Inverness were kept to half chances, with Owain Tudur-Jones hitting a tame free kick right at Randolph, having seen a shot from distance easily saved by the Irish stopper. Down the other end, Nicky Law could have increased the ‘Well lead after a training ground corner routine, but his effort just went over the bar.

    Inverness needed a wake up call and with seconds of the restart, they had halved the deficit. David Raven’s left foot ball found Richie Foran in the box and after getting behind Adam Cummins, he slammed the ball beyond Randolph from eight yards.

    It was the ideal response from Butcher’s boys, but their joy was short lived, as Motherwell scored a third.

    Tom Hateley’s corner was cleared out of the box, with Law finding the right back on the wing once more with a neat header. His ball in to the box eluded all but Adam Cummins at the back post who took a touch before lashing the ball high in to the net.

    ‘Well were now in the ascendancy, with the tireless Ojamaa and Murphy creating further chances, without finding the net. Aaron Doran looks keen to get his team back in to it, but his day was summed up when a shot from distance was deflected over by his own man.

    Motherwell made it 4-1 on 72 minutes when a fast break by Nicky Law saw the midfielder cut the ball back for Ojamaa, who beat Reguero with a first time shot from 12 yards to grab his first goal of the season.

    His team mates flocked to celebrate with him in front of the travelling support, as after weeks of creativity, he finally had his first goal in over twenty games.

    Doran tried to respond for the hosts with a terrific effort from 20 yards which crashed back off the bar after a stunning Randolph save, but despite a decent spell of pressure, they couldn’t breach the Steelmen rearguard goal for a second time.

    Instead, Motherwell capped off a display to remember with a goal that the ICT goalie would want to forget.

    Substitute Omar Daley was allowed to turn on the ball 25 yards out before hitting a daisy cutter in the general direction of the goal. As the ball came through a pack of players, it looked an easy take for Reguero, but somehow, the ball nestled in the goal bid him, sending the ‘Well fans back down the A9 happy with a great result and performance.

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    Alan Burrows at McDiarmid Park

    FT: Inverness 1 – 5 Motherwell. Absolutely emphatic win in the Highlands for The Steelmen! Well worth the points and scoreline.

    90mins: Motherwell sub: Carswell on for Murphy

    89mins: Omar Daley sends Motherwell home with all three points! A speculative effort from 30 yards which Reguero spills 1-5.

    GOAALLLL!!!!

    85mins: How many chances?! Law slid in by Murphy, drags his shot just past the far post.

    82mins: Motherwell sub: Humphrey off for Daley.

    80mins: Murphy in acres of space at the back post…..cross just overhit by Humphrey and the chance is gone.

    79mins: Motherwell sub: Ojamaa off for McHugh

    77mins: Another counter there! Higdon opts to shoot instead of sliding in Humphrey. The big man’s shot is deflected narrowly past the post.

    76mins: Murphy tries his luck from a counter attack. His 20 yard shot is low and straight at Reguero though.

    75mins: Good spell of pressure from Caley now. Can feel a goal coming.

    73mins: Great strike from Doran! His 25 yard scorcher comes straight back off the bar though.

    71mins: It was great play from Law and Murphy, the former squaring to Ojamaa who slots home from 12 yards. 1-4.

    Ojammmmaaaaaaaaa has scored. Repeat, Ojamaa has scored!

    GOAALLLLLL!!!

    67mins: Inverness sub: Pepper on for Morrison.

    67mins: Sutherland booked for a high kick on Hammell.

    65mins: ‘Well still on top but degenerating into a slugfest.

    60mins: Inverness sub: Sutherland on for McKay

    55mins: Ojamaa with a great chance! 1 on 1, Reguero does enough to deflect his shot past the post!

    52mins: It’s the Scouser Adam Cummins who finishes emphatically at the back post from Hateley’s cross. Great finish, 1-3.

    GOOOAAALLLLL!!!

    49mins: Humphrey wins Motherwell a corner. Front post delivery presents no danger.

    47mins: Should have been 3! Murphy beats his man all ends up and crosses goalward. Just needs turned home but it’s not to be!

    46mins: GOAL: Caley pull one back through Foran. ICT 1 – 2 Motherwell

    46mins: Second 45 now underway.

    HT: Half-time here in Inverness. Inverness CT 0 – 2 Motherwell.

    44mins: Law almost adding the icing to a superb first half from ‘Well. Blazed just over from 15 yards.

    42mins: Just approaching half-time…..getting a bit slack from both sides now.

    34mins: Inverness lining up a free-kick from 25 yards………..straight to Randolph from Tudur Jones.

    32mins: Murphy is flying here! He gets into the box past his man and aims a shot into the far corner. Well saved by Reguero though.

    31mins: Motherwell playing some superb football, it has to be said.

    30mins: Oh my. What a goal that would have been. Great passing move eventually crossed in by Hammell. Ojamaa then Humphrey should have netted

    22mins: Murphy cuts inside and blasts a shot off the top of the bar. Almost 3 already!

    20mins: Humphrey skins his man and crosses it in. Meekings heads straight to Murphy who volleys home from 10 yards. 2-0 ‘Well!

    GOOOOAAALLLLL!

    16mins: Law hangs the ball up wonderfully at the back post to find big Higgy who bullets home! 1-0 to ‘Well.

    GOAALLLL!

    12mins: Great piece of skill by McKay to turn and create space.With no options ahead, he opts to shoot, just wide of the post.

    10mins: Bit of a half chance there for The Steelmen. Humphrey found a bit of space out wide and swung it in low. Cleared by ICT.

    7mins: First shot of the game goes to Inverness. It was Morrison from 25 yards….didn’t trouble Randolph.

    4mins: Hutchinson almost gifts Doran a glorious chance with a slack pass to Cummins. The Scouser just gets there in time to clear.

    2mins: Hateley’s corner is aimed towards the back post….no takers though!

    1mins: Ojamaa wins ‘Well a corner.

    Kick-off: Ojamaa and Lasley kick us off.

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “We’ve been threatening that. Today everything came off,”

    “We’ve got good players middle to front and we can cause teams problems. The results of late haven’t been great but the performances have been good, I’ve been saying that all along,” he added.

    “To limit Caley to a few efforts – they are top scorers in the league – and come away and score five against the form team is fantastic.

    “They are going well, Inverness. They are always a threat. They were 2-0 down at Hibs, 2-0 down at Hearts, they stick at it, but I felt today our forward play was very good and we got the goals at the right times.

    “Occasionally you get a blip and they were off their game today and we were on top of ours.

    “I felt all game we were a threat. We could have scored more, on the break we had lots of opportunities. We are delighted with the outcome.”

    Inverness manager Terry Butcher:

    “We never played from the first whistle to the last. We were comprehensively beaten.

    “We just never got going today and that was disappointing, especially in front of a television audience.

    “It’s one of these games that we’ll have a look at the DVD, although not a long one, then we’ll throw it in the bin and move on from there.”

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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.

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