Extended highlights from Easter Road as Motherwell sensationally came from behind to win 3-2 with a later Bob McHugh winner.
TV: Highlights from Easter RoadSaturday 15 December 2012
TV: McHugh thrilled with winnerSaturday 15 December 2012
Fans-favourite Bob McHugh hopes his winning goal at Easter Road can provide the launch pad for the striker to make a big impact in 2013.
The 21-year old has been forced to kick his heels on the sidelines for the majority of the campaign, appearing thirteen times from the substitute’s bench.
However, it’s the second time he has popped up to salvage it for the Steelmen; his leveller against St Johnstone in August gave a Euro-weary ‘Well a point at Fir Park.
Now he hopes he can kick on and feature more heavily in Stuart McCall’s plans in the second half of the season.
[pullquote]It’s been difficult to push into the team but hopefully after I took my chance today I can push on[/pullquote]
“I’m delighted and over the moon,” he told MFC TV after the match.
“A lot of credit has to go to the boys who I thought played really well towards the end of the game and finished really strongly.
“Obviously from a personal point of view I’m delighted to come on and snatch the winner. It’s been quite a frustrating last two-and-a-half-years being on the bench and not playing as much as I’d like.
“That said, the strikers have been playing really well so it’s difficult to argue with the manager. He’s kept a consistent team and it’s been difficult to push into the team but hopefully after I took my chance today I can push on.”
TV: McCall delighted with comebackSaturday 15 December 2012
‘Well boss Stuart McCall was thrilled with his side after bravely fighting back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Easter Road.
Eion Doyle had put Hibs in a commanding 2-0 lead with a goal either side of half-time but a double from Jamie Murphy and a late, late winner from substitute Bob McHugh gave the Steelmen the points.
And the Fir Park boss could hardly contain his excitement at full-time after watching his side jump to second spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
[pullquote]I actually said to Kenny Black at two-nil down we’re we’re not out of this. At two-one I knew we could go on and win it and I think the lads showed that.[/pullquote]
“It’s fantastic,” McCall beamed.
“We were disappointing in the first forty-five minutes. We didn’t get our attack minded players on the ball much and they started better.
“Although they had the better of the play and deserved to go in with a lead, it wasn’t as though we were under siege.
“I said at half-time when we came here we had a poor first half but in the second half we dominated them and I thought once we got our wide men in the game and made a few changes, when it went to 2-2 our lads wanted to win the game.
“We piled pressure on them. I actually said to Kenny Black at two-nil down we’re we’re not out of this. At two-one I knew we could go on and win it and I think the lads showed that. They weren’t happy to settle for a point and always wanted to get the ball back.
“It’s a great three points.”
Hibernian win in picturesSaturday 15 December 2012
Pictures from the 3-2 win over Hibernian in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Easter Road.
Hibernian 2 – 3 MotherwellSaturday 15 December 2012
Andy Ross at Easter Road
Motherwell produced a sensational second-half comeback to defeat Hibernian 3-2 at Easter Road.
Substitute Robert McHugh converted Henrik Ojamaa’s cross two minutes from time to move Motherwell into second in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Eoin Doyle headed the hosts ahead five minutes before half-time and doubled his tally nine minutes after the break when he raced onto Paul Cairney’s high ball and rocketed past Darren Randolph.
Jamie Murphy tapped in from close range to cut the hosts’ lead and he glanced home a leveller with 10 minutes remaining.
Hibs looked shell-shocked after losing a commanding lead and things got worse for Pat Fenlon’s side when substitute McHugh fired in a late winner.
James McPake was dismissed for a second yellow card during injury-time to complete a miserable afternoon for the home side.
The hosts made a bright start and only a well timed block from Tom Hateley denied Cairney from breaking the deadlock in the opening minute.
Doyle dragged his shot inches wide a minute later as the Motherwell goal continued to live a charmed life during the early exchanges.
Motherwell’s first chance of the match arrived after 12 minutes when Michael Higdon fired over after latching onto Shaun Hutchinson’s long ball.
Lee Griffiths forced Randolph into his first save of the match with a low effort from distance and Ben Williams was called into action at the other end when he had to gather Alan Maybury’s header.
Adam Cummins picked up the first booking of the match for hauling back Doyle and the hosts should have profited from the resulting free-kick as McPake rose unmarked to meet Griffiths’ delivery – but the Hibs captain was unable to find the target.
Motherwell were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position after Maybury bundled over Murphy – but Hateley could not test Williams.
The hosts broke the deadlock five minutes before the break when Wotherspoon twisted away from Steven Hammell before providing an pin-point delivery for Doyle to nod home from close range.
Randolph parried Griffiths’ stinging drive as Pat Fenlon’s side threatened to extend their advantage before half-time.
It was Motherwell who began the second half on the front foot and Chris Humphrey should have done better after taking on Ryan McGivern inside the penalty box, but the winger could only manage a tame effort directly at Williams.
In throwing men forward Stuart McCall’s side left themselves liable on the counter-attack and they were punished on 54 minutes when Cairney’s through-ball created an opening for Doyle and the Irish striker finished in style for his second goal of the afternoon.
The Fir Park side continued to look for a way back into the match and they reduced the deficit when Humphrey drilled the ball low across the six-yard box and Murphy was left with a simple tap-in.
Gary Deegan made his return from injury when he replaced Griffiths with 20 minutes left and McCall showed his attacking intent as Cummins made way for McHugh.
Ojamaa flashed an effort just wide of the target and Higdon then tested Williams from 12 yards as the Fir Park side threatened to get back on terms.
Fenlon looked to tighten up his defence with the introduction of Ross Caldwell for Doyle, but the home side were unable to hold their lead as Higdon knocked on Hateley’s dangerous corner and Murphy glanced the ball home at the back post.
McHugh passed up a wonderful opportunity to complete a remarkable second half turnaround when he somehow failed to connect with Humphrey’s cutback.
The substitute made no mistake when presented with another opportunity with two minutes remaining as he turned Ojamaa’s cross across the helpless Williams and into the bottom corner.
McPake was dismissed with seconds remaining for a second yellow card following a tussle with Murphy – and the visitors held out to take all three points from a thrilling encounter.
[tab:As it happened]
Ally Reilly at Easter Road
91mins: RED CARD: McPake off for second yellow card.
91mins: ‘Well sitting in. Nervous.
90mins: FOUR minutes added on!
89mins: Ojamaa off for Francis-Angol
89mins: Composure regained. Ahem, McHugh gets enough on Ojamaa’s cross to diver past Williams.
89mins: Somebody just score!!! No idea who!! 3-2 to Motherwell
89mins: WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW
86mins: Hibs sub, Cairney off for Handling
84mins: WOAH. Should have been 3-2. On a plate for McHugh who a yard out can’t get enough on it. Either that or defender got a touch. Possibly even a penalty?
83mins: Lasley off for Ramsden. Looks hurt.
80mins: Murphy with his second, heading in Higdon’s knock-back! That has been coming. 2-2
78mins: Great spell of pressure here for ‘Well
76mins: Hibs sub, Doyle off for Caldwel
73mins: Encouraging! Ojamaa and Higdon go close with successive efforts.
72mins: ‘Well sub, Cummins off for McHugh.
70mins: Game sitting at 2-1 to Hibs, Hibee’s worthy of their lead but will be an interesting last 20 minutes.
69mins: Hibs sub: Deegan on for Griffiths.
63mins: Out of nowhere we’re back in it! Murphy slotting home Humphrey’s cross!!! 2-1
57mins: Ojamaa wins ‘Well a corner….but is too hard and the danger is gone.
54mins: Long ball over the top, out paces the ‘Well defence and coolly slots past Randolph.
54mins: GOAL: Doyle makes it 2-0 to Hibs.
49mins: Humphrey glides into the box but his left footed effort is tame and straight at Williams.
48mins: Ojamaa curls a cross in that is more of a shot. Easily gathered by Williams.
46mins: Doyle shoots straight at Randolph from outside the box.
46mins: Lasley and Ojamaa kick-off the second half.
HT: Hibernian 1 – 0 Motherwell
43mins: Griffiths stings the palms of Randolph from 18 yards as Hibs look to add a second before half-time.
40mins: GOAL: Doyle opens the scoring. Too easy for him as he heads home Wotherspoon’s cross from 8 yards.
38mins: Randolph does well to pluck the ball out of the air from McGivern’s cross.
35mins: Free-kick to Motherwell 25 yards out, much to the Hibs fans displeasure. Hateley flashes it just over the bar
31mins: Ojamaa grappled to the deck as he went to race clean through. McPake booked.
30mins: Quiet 10 minute spell there. Match becoming a bit more even.
20mins: Still goalless at Easter Road. Hibs the more dangerous side.
20mins: Griffiths can’t jink past Cummins so opts to shoot. Drags it just past from 20 yards.
18mins: Best chance of the game. Griffiths with a perfect in-swinging free-kick met by McPake in acres of space. Over the bar.
17mins: Almost an O.G. there from Hibs. Williams reacting sharply to collect a deflected header back to him.
16mins: Griffith’s 25 yard effort is ambitious to say the least. Forces a good save from Randolph though.
14mins: ‘Well coming into it a bit. Still to trouble Williams but starting to build up some good possession.
11mins: A chance…of sorts. Higdon with a speculative volley from outside the box. High, wide and not at all handsome.
9mins: Bit of danger again there as we approach the 10 minute mark. Wotherspoon works the ball into the box but Cummins heads clear.
8mins: Now it’s Hibs’ turn. Corner……..Randolph claws it clear.
5mins: And as I type….corner to Motherwell! Hateley’s deep delivery is headed clear by McGivern.
5mins: Early days but Hibs are on top. ‘Well still to have any meaningful possession.
2mins: Doyle looks a threat! Shoots just a fraction past Randolph’s right hand post from 18 yards, Unlucky.
1mins: Doyle gets to the byline but sees his cut-back cleared by Cummins.
1mins: Early pressure from Hibs. Griffiths just fails to control the ball at the vital point and it runs through harmlessly to Randolph.
1mins: Hibs kick off.
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:
“I’ll take that second-half performance any day of the week. We said at half-time we’ve got to go out and play and show what we can really do.
“I turned to Kenny Black at 2-0 and said we can still win this. I said to Chris Humphrey at half-time: we want you to get to the dead-ball line, it’s no good crossing from the 18-yard box – hit the dead-ball line.
“We did that and got the rewards for it.
“We’ll never get over being knocked out the cup the other night, but we can make up for it by having a good run in the league. I think that’s four away victories [in the league] on the trot.”
Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon:
“We’re just giving away too many sloppy goals. So maybe there’s one or two [players] coming back that are looking to play so we might have to change the team around a little bit.
“I’m disgusted. I think we thought we’d won the game when we scored the second goal.
“We never got hold of the ball after that and got deeper and deeper into our own half. You don’t get anything for getting results at half-time; it’s all about seeing games out.”
“We didn’t take them off together. We were getting over-run and we took one off to try and get hold of the ball in the middle of the park and we didn’t do that.”
Matchday Live: HibernianSaturday 15 December 2012
Motherwell travel east along the M8 to take on Hibernian in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Hibernian captain James McPake and midfielder Gary Deegan are fit and available to face Motherwell.
Defender McPake has recovered from a back problem while Deegan has overcome a facial injury.
Tim Clancy, the former Motherwell defender, is also nearing a return following a groin injury.
Motherwell’s Steven Saunders has been undergoing the final stages of his rehabilitation from a knee injury but the trip to Hibs may come too soon.
Tickets are still available from the Ticket Office at Easter Road priced at:
- Concessions are listed as Over 65s, Under 18s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.
- Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 01555 870122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lothian & Borders police will be stopping and searching buses for alcohol. When planning your journey today, take into account that Edinburgh will be busy with Christmas shoppers and with tram works are still ongoing in the City. It would be advisable to leave in plenty of time as there will additional pressure on the surrounding road network as a result.
It will be a bright afternoon in Leith with sunny spells. Temperature highs in the Edinburgh area will be 7 degrees Celsius (45 Fahrenheit).
FOLLOW THE MATCH:
Motherwell Media will bring you all the action from Tannadice. Graham Barnstaple and Alan Burrows will call every kick off the ball live on MFC TV.
TV: McCall up for Capital clashFriday 14 December 2012
‘Well boss Stuart McCall can’t wait to get back on the road again as the Steelmen look to bounce back from midweek disappointment.
The Fir Parkers have won five, drawn two and lost one of eight SPL games on the road this campaign but probably face their most difficult test against at Easter Road with Hibs high-flying this campaign.
‘Well won and drew there last season in McCall’s only two matches at the home of the Hibees and the Motherwell boss can’t wait for the match to kick-off.
[pullquote]All the players are focused and we know what is being asked of us and I’m really confident in our ability to deliver in the rest of the season. Away from home our form is terrific.[/pullquote]
“I’m really looking forward to going to Easter Road,” he told the gathered press at ‘Well’s weekly news conference.
“I’ve only been there twice and last season we managed to win one-nil with a really good performance and we drew one-all just before the split when we were having a bit of a dip in form.
“All the players are focused and we know what is being asked of us and I’m really confident in our ability to deliver in the rest of the season. Away from home our form is terrific.
“We’ve won at Inverness, St Johnstone and Dundee Utd recently and have put in some really good performances of late. We’re going to one of the biggest parks in the SPL and the lads are really looking forward to it.”
TV: Hammell hoping for better fortuneFriday 14 December 2012
Left-back Stevie Hammell is hoping for the rub of the green when ‘Well face Hibernian at Easter Road tomorrow.
The teams last met in late October and not only were the Steelmen denied a clear goal by the assistant, Hibs had two debatable penalties and Michael Higdon blazed a spot kick of his own high over the crossbar.
Hibs deservedly won the match, albeit the scoreline was perhaps a little flattering at 4-0.
30-year old Hammell hopes there will be no repeat when the sides lock horns tomorrow.
[pullquote]It’s easy to say but there were a few things that when on that happened in that game that may never happen again.[/pullquote]
“It was four-nil the last time we played them but I don’t think it was a four nil game,” he recalled.
“It’s easy to say but there were a few things that when on that happened in that game that may never happen again.
“We seem to be playing better away from home and gathering a lot of points so hopefully that will continue tomorrow.”
Steelmen Magazine goes digitialThursday 13 December 2012
The Steelmen Matchday Magazine is now available on your iPad & IPhone with the Matchday Digital Application.
The latest editions of Motherwell’s programme will be available to download on your Apple device.
The Matchday Digital iPad / IPhone App allows you to view the Steelmen Matchday Magazine anytime, anywhere. No matter where you are in the world, whether sitting on a train, a beach or in your living room, you can now have the same turn-page experience that you would have in the stadium.
The Matchday Digital App ensures you always keep up to date with the club and never miss out on any programmes. You can make one-off purchases or take out a Season Pass so you are subscribed to the whole season.
If you can’t make the game, simply download the programme on Matchday Digital and be part of the game. The digital programme comes with all the content you would have in the printed edition but with added features including:
- Programmes available to fans anytime, anywhere
- Download back copies from past games
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- Easy to use curl or slide ‘turn page’ technology
- Keyword search taking you straight to a particular player or feature
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- The Matchday Digital App is free to download on to your iPad / IPhone.
‘Well supporters can download an individual issue at £2.99 or take out a Season Pass.
We are confident that not only will this new digital service bring in new revenue streams for the club but will complement our existing printed programme making it available to a wider reach of fans.
Download the Matchday Digital App now by clicking on the below iTunes App Store icon. Alternatively simply go to the iTunes App store on your iPad and search for ‘Matchday Digital’.
For more info on Matchday Digital please visit www.matchdaydigital.co.uk/motherwellfc
Win festive match ticketsThursday 13 December 2012
Christmas is a time for giving, and this week SPL sponsor Clydesdale Bank is getting into the spirit of things with match tickets to give away.
You have a chance to get your hands on complimentary tickets for no less than 24 Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches scheduled over the festive period.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, all you need to do is log on to their football website www.cbfootball.co.uk, click the competition tab and enter for the game(s) you’d like to go to.
Closing date is Tuesday 18th December at 4pm. Good luck!
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