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    TV: Late goal frustrates McCall

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    Aberdeen draw in pictures

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    Aberdeen 1 – 1 Motherwell

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    National Football Survey

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    Go retro this Christmas

    Motherwell Legend Joe Wark wore this jersey during the 1978/79 season! Now it’s your chance to go back in time with the latest Retro offering from the ‘Well Shop.

    We have kept the design true to the original and are delighted to announce that the shirt can be ordered online or in-store now so you can be sure to get it in time for Christmas.

    Did you know when you buy one of our Retro shirts you can give it the personal touch?

    You can have any name and number you wish on the back of the shirt.

    Choose from one of your heroes or something a little more personal. Just make your selection on the motherwelldirect website.

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    Scottish Cup 5th Round draw

    The reward for the winners of next Tuesday’s replay between Motherwell & Aberdeen will be an away tie against SPL side Hibernian at Easter Road.

    The ties are due to be played on the weekend of 2nd of February.

    Full Draw:

    Raith Rovers v Celtic or Arbroath

    St Mirren v Cowdenbeath or St Johnstone

    Dunfermline v Dumbarton or Hamilton

    Hibernian v Aberdeen or Motherwell

    Falkirk V Forfar

    Dundee Utd v Rangers

    Dundee v Turriff Utd or Greenock Morton

    Kilmarnock v Ross County or Inverness CT

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    Voting open for monthly awards

    It’s time to decide who you think deserves to win the Clydesdale Bank SPL Manager, Player & Young Player of the Month for November.

    Has someone in Claret and Amber shown some skill worthy of reward?  Or has our manager impressed you with our team’s performances over the month?

    You can vote by visiting the Clydesdale Bank Premier League website www.cbfootball.co.uk and the top three fans nominations will be put forward to the shortlist for the panel of Scottish football experts to choose the winners.

    Voting is open now and closes at 2pm on Monday 3rd December 2012.

    Log onto www.cbfootball.co.uk to cast your vote and play Score Selector. You can also win tickets for our upcoming fixtures, take part in the weekly quiz and keep up to date with all Clydesdale Bank’s football activities.

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    TV: Late goal frustrates McCall

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall was gutted at losing another late goal at Pittodrie but conceded a draw was probably a fair result.

    The Steelmen got themselves ahead with ten minutes left on the clock when Jamie Murphy cut inside and smashed it high past Langfield.

    It looked at that point as if the Fir Parkers would be progressing to the 5th Round of the Scottish Cup but a late header by Niall McGinn forced the game to a replay.

    [pullquote]All in all I’m disappointed it’s only a draw but at least we’re still in the hat.[/pullquote]

    “After the first five minutes I thought it was going to be a long day,” McCall admitted to MFC TV after the match.

    “It was a little bit of an onslaught but we grew into the game and once we started putting our passes together and getting at them I thought things opened up for us more.

    “It was always going to be a tough game with two evenly matched sides and as much as Craig has got a few injuries, they still had an experienced side out.

    “In the second half, we gave them relatively few chances and we always looked a threat on the break. It’s always sore to lose a goal as late as that especially after scoring such a terrific one ourselves.

    “I’m really proud of them as it was a tough one today, especially with the players missing down the spine, but all in all I’m disappointed it’s only a draw but at least we’re still in the hat.”


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    Aberdeen draw in pictures

    Pictures from the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen in the William Hill Scottish Cup 4th Round at Pittodrie.

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    Aberdeen 1 – 1 Motherwell

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     Kris Jack at Pittodrie

    For the second time this season, Motherwell lost a goal in the dying seconds to deny them a win at Pittodrie as Aberdeen came from behind to earn a Scottish Cup replay.

    Jamie Murphy’s 80th minute wonder strike was the match’s only real moment of quality, but was not enough to see ‘Well through to the next round of the Cup, as Niall McGinn stooped to head home a 90th minute leveller.

    It was another late blow for the Steelmen, but it does set up an enticing replay at Fir Park in ten days time.

    Stuart McCall was forced to make three changes to the side, with Lee Hollis making his first start of the season, standing in for the suspended Darren Randolph. Shaun Hutchinson missed out through injury and was replaced in defence by Fraser Kerr and with Stevie Hammell back to fitness, the veteran gained his starting spot ahead of Zaine Francis-Angol, as the only other change.

    A large band of Motherwell supporters had made the trek north for the game and were in fine voice throughout the game, which was bereft of many clear cut chances for either side.

    Indeed, the best of the first half chances came in the opening minutes, where Hollis earned his corn with two decent saves. The first came after a ball was whipped in by Johnny Hayes from the right hand side and poked goalwards by Rory Fallon from six yards. Somehow the former Airdrie keeper kept the ball out before it was cleared to safety.

    A few moments later, Johnny Hayes battled with Adam Cummins to hit a dangerous bouncing strike from distance, which looked to have dipped awkwardly in front of Hollis but, somehow, he managed to turn it round his right hand post.

    Fresh from his scintillating strike in midweek, Chris Humphrey tried his luck from distance again, but looked on in vain as Jamie Langfield got a finger tip to his drive from 25 yards. Magennis then tried a similar strike for the hosts, but it was a much easier take for Hollis.

    The one time Aberdeen managed to get in behind the ‘Well back line, Johnny Hayes fired just over the bar from 16 yards, shaking off Cummins in the process.

    Henrik Ojamaa was as bustling as ever and almost created the opening goal, when he robbed Russell Anderson who had dallied on the ball in the box. The Estonian stole the ball and teed up Jamie Murphy, who dragged his shot from 18 yards narrowly wide of Langfield’s upright.

    A Tom Hateley free-kick just before the end of the half dropped on to the top of the net from the wing, as the opening period ended goalless.

    The second half took a while to get going, with the first chance for either side coming after Keith Lasley was fouled right on the edge of the Aberdeen box. However, Hateley’s free kick had the power and dip but was just off target.

    The game devolved in to a bit of a turgid midfield battle with both sides trading possession without creating much in the way of goalmouth action. A dig from 20 yards from Stevie Hammell was deflected wide as Motherwell looked to turn the screw and moments later they got the goal they were looking for in spectacular fashion.

    A ball up the right channel saw Ojamaa outmuscle Reynolds to lay the ball off to Michael Higdon. The big striker helped in on to Murphy, who went past his man and cut inside, take a few touches to compose himself and unleashed an unstoppable drive, high beyond Langfield and in to the top corner.

    Murphy and his teammates celebrated his strike in front of the large travelling crowd, having given ‘Well a stunning lead.

    However, almost inevitably with the last kick of the ball, the Dons forced a replay to keep their own Cup dreams alive. Andy Considine surged up the left wing and put in an inch perfect cross for man of the moment Niall McGinn to stoop and head home from eight yards, with Hollis at full stretch.

    The home fans heaved a sigh of relief as Willie Collum blew for full time  a few moments after the restart, as the game finished honours even between Aberdeen and Motherwell at Pittodrie for the second time this season.

    [tab:As it happened]

    Alan Burrows at Pittodrie

    FT: Aberdeen 1 – 1 Motherwell. For the second time, Aberdeen net late to save a draw. Unreal.

    90mins: Can you believe it, Aberdeen have scored late again. McGinn allowed the freedom of the box to head home. Unreal!

    GOAL Aberdeen! Niall McGinn…

    88mins: Dons sub. Anderson goes off and is replaced by striker Cammy Smith. Dons are gonna go for it in the last few minutes.

    86mins: Header from Shaughnessy is on target but Hollis is in the right place to pluck it out there air.

    83mins: Few ‘Well fans with their tops off over in the South Stand. Mental… I’ve got four layers on and it’s baltic.

    81mins: Crowd: 6061

    80mins: A great counter attack from Motherwell. Murphy cuts in from the left hand side and curls a belter high into the top corner.


    76mins: Cross from Hammell forces Langfield to tip round for a corner. Think that might have been dropping out anyway.

    74mins: Motherwell follow that with a shot from Hammell the spins out for a goal kick. Home fans not happy as Collum points for a corner.

    74mins: A cross from Hateley finds Cummins who was up from a previous corner. Youngster heads into the ground and the chance is gone.

    70mins: Dons are on top again. Vernon shot from about 35 yards trundles harmlessly wide right enough.

    68mins: A shot from Russell Anderson from the edge of the box actually ends up out for a shy, further up the pitch. Not easy to do that.

    67mins: Free-kick from Hateley from the edge of the box curls over the bar. Langfield at full stretch but it was always going over.

    63mins: Sloppy play from Higdon. Robbed by Reynolds, the former ‘Well man strides forward but his shot is blocked. ‘Well need to up it.

    59mins: Aberdeen have turned it up a notch in the last few minutes. ‘Well need to match them in every battle across the pitch.

    57mins: A cross in towards the near post. Kerr slices it out for a corner via the outside of the post. Close one there…

    55mins: Scrappy stuff in this half so far. Both teams guilty of being poor in possession, Few silly fouls too…

    51mins: If it’s possible, I think it has got even colder since the end of the first half. Summer football anyone?

    49mins: Think we’re back – nothing much has happened to be honest. Still 0-0 – Dons on the attack.

    47mins: We’re struggling for a signal now for some reason. Stick with us…

    46mins: We’re back underway – WiFi goes… Stick with us whilst we try and get it sorted…

    Half Time: It’s all-square at Pittodrie. 0-0

    45mins: Free-kick for Aberdeen in a dangerous area. Again looked like quite a soft one but a real chance for the Dons.

    44mins: Game has crashed a bit as a contest. Scrappy from both sides – minute or so to the break.

    43mins: Shout of the match so far. From a Dons throw. “Into his feet Josh; right down the line”. How does that work? #lowthrow #confused

    40mins: Michael Higdon wins a free-kick from the ref for a climb. That’s not a miss-print folks. It actually happened. Real JFK moment!

    34mins: Never fear pop fans, they are back. The White Stripes would be proud of their efforts. Never seen anything like this, ever.

    33mins: In a bizarre twist of events, it looks like a whole brass band is currently getting moved by the Police. Yes, you read that right.

    30mins: Ojamaa robs Reynolds at the edge of the area. He cuts it back for Murphy but his shot bounces wide of Langfield’s post.

    29mins: Whilst everyone enjoys the music, Hayes has half a chance on the edge of the box but fires his shot over the bar. Still 0-0.

    29mins: Aberdeen fan has a tuba at the back of the stand would you believe…. Belting out 7 Nation Army which both fans are enjoying.

    28mins: Dons on top again at the minute. Bit of pressure on the Steelmen defence.

    27mins: Magennis has another effort there but it catches the wind and almost hits the golf course behind the Richard Donald Stand.

    26mins: It’s eventually rolled to Magennis but his effort is blocked by the charging ‘Well wall. Good defending there.

    26mins: Aberdeen get a free-kick just outside the box. Looked like a coming together of players – not sure who that was again. Chance here.

    24mins: Andrew Considine follows that with another long effort that goes five or six yards wide. Hollis able to watch it past.

    23mins: Magennis hits a low dig from about thirty yards that doesn’t give Lee Hollis much bother; the keeper clutching it easily.

    23mins: Willie Collum a little whistle-happy at the moment. Few calls for both teams look questionable in truth. A little scrappy at times.

    20mins: Ojamaa gets in another effort, a header this time, but it bounces harmlessly back to Langfield. Bit better from the visitors.

    19mins: Oooohhhhhh, Motherwell go close. Another stinging effort from Humphrey forces Langfield to tip over. Close one there…

    18mins: Heavy challenge from Shaughessy on Murphy gives the Steelmen a free-kick. Youngster gets booked for his trouble.

    12mins: Dons have started the game the better here. Not really sticking for the Steelmen up top. Giving it away too much.

    11mins:Offft, almost an Aberdeen goal. Hayes is allowed to run far too long. His shot is turned around (just) by Hollis. Still 0-0.

    8mins: It’s pretty end to end stuff here… Being played like a Cup tie. Dons having marginally more of it at the moment.

    7mins: Good football from Motherwell there. Ball eventually breaks to Murphy but Shaughnessy tackles it off the striker for a goal kick.

    5mins: Ball finally at the Aberdeen box. Higdon tees up Lasley but his long-range effort hits Ojamaa and spins out for a goal kick.

    3mins: Aberdeen fans not happy with the referee after he awards a goal kick when it looked like a corner. Hard to tell from here…

    1min: Corner lands at Shaughnessy but it’s somehow cleared. Ball back in – Hollis makes a great save from Magennis. Whirlwind start here.

    1min: Aberdeen roar into the attack. A ball across the face is knocked behind for a corner.

    1min: Motherwell kick-off.


    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “It’s the second time we’ve been up here and lost a goal in the last minute, but if you’d said to me after three or four minutes that we’d get a draw, I’d have taken it right then.

    “The first five or 10 minutes were an onslaught, and how we survived it I don’t know. There was a bit of good goalkeeping, some good fortune, and some good defending.

    “As much as Aberdeen have injuries, they still put out a very strong and experienced side, and we had two of our own young lads at centre-back – Fraser Kerr and Adam Cummins got stronger as the game went on.

    “We grew into the game, and I thought second half we were more prominent. It was a terrific goal from Jamie, and the lads are a bit gutted in the dressing room, but we’re still in the hat and overall I think it was a fair result.”

    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown:

    “I thought Motherwell should have been relieved not to be 3-0 down in the opening 10 minutes. We should have been ahead, but the usual quality of determination was apparent at the end.

    “We’re a very good second half team because the team is very fit and their attitude is superb. With these qualities, I think we can go away from home and do even better.”

    “We lost a goal which came out of nothing,” added Brown. “It was a superb goal from Jamie Murphy, and I’m not surprised by it because I know what he can do.

    “You’re always concerned when you lose a goal as late as that. I thought it would have been an injustice had we lost the game, and in the early part of the game we had to commend Lee Hollis, the Motherwell goalkeeper.”


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    National Football Survey

    As the debate on the future of Scottish football intensifies, the National Football Survey gives you, the fans, the chance to have your say on the major issues affecting the national game.

    The National Football Survey is a collaborative effort by the Scottish FA, Scottish Premier League, Scottish Football League and Supporters Direct Scotland to seek meaningful feedback from the lifeblood of the game.

    Issues such as league reconstruction, national team performance, rules and regulations, and the matchday experience are all covered in the most comprehensive survey ever carried out in Scottish football.

    The survey represents another significant step forward in improving Scottish football and is in keeping with the recommendations of the Henry McLeish Review of Scottish Football commissioned by the Scottish FA in 2010.

    Whether you are a Scotland supporter, a fan of an SPL side, SFL side or simply an armchair spectator, the National Football Survey ensures your voice will be heard.

    Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “The National Football Survey is essential in canvassing the views of supporters across the country, regardless of what level of team they follow. The Scottish FA has undergone significant modernisation with the implementation of a new Performance Strategy, Compliance Unit and the rolling out of a new board structure, including the formation of the Professional Game and Non Professional Game Boards.

    “None the less, we are committed to continuing that programme of change as laid out in the McLeish Review of Scottish Football. The global economic crisis has had a considerable impact in the financial health of the game in this country and with league reconstruction at the top of the agenda, it is important we listen to the people who make Scottish football the unique, passionate and proud national sport that it is – the supporters.”

    Neil Doncaster, Scottish Premier League Chief Executive: “Scottish football has approached a watershed and through the National Football Survey supporters have a great opportunity to share their views and make an impact on all areas of the game. It is the platform to tell us exactly what the game means to you and your family, what you most enjoy, and where you would most like to see improvements.”

    “The events of the summer proved how powerful the voice of the supporters is. We are keen to hear their views on all areas of the game and the survey provides the platform to express their views.”

    David Longmuir, Scottish Football League Chief Executive: “The input of the supporters has arguably never been more valued or important than it is now. Scottish football needs to be rejuvenated and the only way this can be done successfully is with the support of our fans.

    “The age of social media has given all supporters a voice like never before and that voice must be listened to. The National Football Survey will enable all of us to hear that voice and move forward with a product that is exciting to existing fans and a new generation of supporters.”

    Paul Goodwin, Supporters Direct Scotland Chief Executive: “Already I have been hugely encouraged by the openness of the three bodies who collectively lead Scottish football. This year in particular has reinforced the need for football to listen to its most important constituency, the supporters.

    “Already SDS has held a series of positive roadshows and with the help of the Scottish FA, SPL and SFL, these will become more important as the discussions on league reconstruction develop. Through SDS, the supporters have a voice at the top table of the game. Through the National Football Survey, the fans have the opportunity to have a meaningful input into the future of our national game.”

    The National Football Survey will be open until Friday, December 21. Have your say on the future of Scottish football for the chance to win one of the following great prizes:

    • A pair of tickets for ALL remaining Scotland home World Cup Qualifiers (versus Wales, Croatia and Belgium) (1 winner)
    • Two pairs of tickets for each Scotland home World Cup Qualifier (2 winners per match)
    • One of four signed footballs
    • One of four Scottish Supporters Club memberships
    • One of four Scottish Football Museum tours. 

    So what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE to participate in the survey!

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    TV: Skipper expects tight affair

    Steelmen captain Keith Lasley reckons tomorrow’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash at Pittodrie is too close to call.

    The two sides are almost identically matches with six wins, six draws and four defeats from sixteen Scottish Premier League matches.

    Even when the two teams met back in September it was difficult to separate with the match ending in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

    And veteran Lasley hopes Motherwell’s form on the road continues when the teams lock horns again tomorrow.

    [pullquote]The SPL has shown that teams are so evenly matched; it’s all about what happens on the day and Saturday will be no different.[/pullquote]

    He said: “The SPL has shown that teams are so evenly matched; it’s all about what happens on the day and Saturday will be no different.

    “Away from home both performances and results have been good and we go there on a good run of form which I’m sure Aberdeen will be wary of.

    “We also know that although they had a disappointing result the other night, if you take that away they have been doing well themselves.

    “Once you get on a run, home or away, you feel confident of winning it and away from home right now, for whatever reason, we certainly seem to be playing better and getting results.

    “The wins that we’ve had at St Johnstone,  Inverness and Dundee United have been against teams that were on good runs so that gives us confidence going into the Aberdeen game.”


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    TV: McCall relishing Cup clash

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall says his squad will go into tomorrow’s match at Pittodrie full of confidence after a recent good run of away form.

    The Fir Parkers have won every match on the road since the 4th Round draw was made but that record will be tested to the max against a rejuvenated Dons side.

    Craig Brown’s side are within touching distance of the top of the table and have improved dramatically in recent months.

    The previous encounter ended 3-3 with the home side scoring twice late on to nab a draw. McCall is certain his side is eager to put that right.

    [pullquote]We’re going in full of confidence although it is a tough tie for both of us.[/pullquote]

    He told the gathered press at the weekly Press Conference: “We have a tough draw; when it came out we thought it wasn’t the best but likewise Aberdeen probably thought that too.

    “The last three times we’ve played at Pittodrie we’ve won twice 2-1 and really threw it away when we were 3-1 up and played really well. Having said that, that would take something away from Aberdeen as they came back and fought hard to make it three each.

    “We’re going in full of confidence although it is a tough tie for both of us. If you ask Aberdeen fans they’ll probably say they’re having a good season yet if you ask Motherwell fans, they’ll say we’re having an iffy season even though we are level with them, almost have the same goal difference and they have a far bigger squad.

    “I read Craig (Brown) in the papers saying they have eight or nine injuries although half of them will probably play. If we had that we’d be playing the Under 17s so that is why myself and a lot of people see Aberdeen as the closest challengers to Celtic and reaffirms how tough it will be.”


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    Vote for Chris Humphrey

    Chris Humphrey’s spectacular strike in the 2-1 win against Dundee United has made the short list for Sky Sports News Goal of the Week. 

    The Jamaican International winger smashed home the second goal of the match, firing it high past Radosław Cierzniak in the home goal.

    To vote for Chris, either press the red button on your remote whilst watching Sky Sports News or text VOTE E to 84408 (Text costs 25p – Network costs may vary).