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    Celtic tickets still on sale

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    TV: McCall aiming to attack

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    TV: Humphrey looks to the positive

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    Jonathan Page leaves the club

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    Stuart McCall: Two years in charge

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    TV: McCall pride at comeback

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    Kilmarnock draw in pictures

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    Motherwell 2 – 2 Kilmarnock

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    Remembering Phil O’Donnell

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    Celtic tickets still on sale

    Tickets for Wednesday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League match with Celtic at Celtic Park are still on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office.

    Tickets are priced at:

    ADULTS:   £26 / £23
    UNDER 16s:                               £17 / £14
    OVER 65s:    £17 / £14

    Please note the following Ticket Office opening times over the New Year period:

    Sunday – Closed
    Monday – 10am – 2pm
    Tuesday – Closed
    Wednesday – 11am – 1pm

    Celtic will not be selling tickets from the ground on the day of the match.

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    TV: McCall aiming to attack

    Stuart McCall insists Motherwell will go to Celtic Park on Wednesday to have a go as that’s the only way they know how to play.

    The Steelmen have scored 37 times this campaign, the third highest in the league behind Inverness Caley and Celtic, and have conceded 29.

    With attacking options like Michael Higdon, Jamie Murphy, Henrik Ojamaa, Chris Humphrey, Bob McHugh and Omar Daley, the Fir Parkers are certainly set-up to go at the opposition.

    And whilst hoping his team can remain tight at the back, McCall hopes his attackers can get on the ball and cause the league leaders some problems.

    [pullquote]Our lads are full of confidence, we will try and get our attacking players on the ball and if we can, I am hopeful we can cause Celtic some problems.[/pullquote]

    He told MFC TV: “It doesn’t get any more difficult than Celtic away but we’re going to go and have a go as we have players that can cause teams problems although it’s always the same in that we have to be at our best.

    “Celtic will have to not be at their best; certainly not like how they played when they came here to Fir Park and beat us two-nil.

    “Having said that, it got to half an hour and it was still 0-0 then they scored two quick goals and Cummins got sent off making it a long afternoon for us.

    “I’m sure they will be looking forward to their last home game before the break but it’s a game we have to have a go at and hopefully we can pull something off.

    “They lost at the weekend and although Hibs missed some chances, they were a little unlucky. We need to be mindful of them wanting to bounce back.

    “However, our lads are full of confidence, we will try and get our attacking players on the ball and if we can, I am hopeful we can cause Celtic some problems.”

    -WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVELY ON MFC TV-

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    TV: Humphrey looks to the positive

    Jamaican International Chris Humphrey says Motherwell will travel to SPL Champions Celtic in a positive frame of mind after a recent run of good form.

    The Steelmen have lost just once in the last nine SPL matches and have picked up maximum points against Inverness, Dundee Utd, Hibernian and Aberdeen in that time.

    Celtic themselves have clicked into top gear and before Saturday’s defeat at Easter Road, had gone eight unbeaten including seven wins.

    ‘Well haven’t won at Celtic Park since April 2008 when a solitary Simon Lappin strike was enough to give Mark McGhee’s side maximum points.

    And whilst Humphrey acknowledges how difficult a prospect Motherwell will face, he is adamant the squad is in confident mood ahead of the match.

    [pullquote]Obviously they lost at the weekend and won’t be happy so that won’t bode well for us but I’m sure we can go there and if our heads are right and we play the way we have been doing I think we can give them a good game.[/pullquote]

    He said: It’s always going to be a tough game at Celtic Park and obviously past results haven’t been the best but I think form wise we’re doing really well at the minute and a couple of our key players are on top of their game so I’m really looking forward to going there and giving them a right good game.

    “Obviously they lost at the weekend and won’t be happy so that won’t bode well for us but I’m sure we can go there and if our heads are right and we play the way we have been doing I think we can give them a good game.

    “We’ll go there and give it our best shot and see what happens.”

    -WATCH THE FULL PRESS CONFERENCE ONLY ON MFC TV-

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    Jonathan Page leaves the club

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    Motherwell FC today agreed to release defender Jonathan Page from his contact six months before it was due to expire.

    The 22-year old has found first-team football hard to come by this season after the arrival of Simon Ramsden from Bradford City, Fraser Kerr from Birmingham City and the emergence of Adam Cummins from the youth set-up.

    The former Portsmouth defender did start against La Liga side Levante in the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia during Motherwell’s bid for Europa League qualification and the Scottish Premier League in Motherwell’s 4-1 home win over Inverness CT at Fir Park.

    In September he joined Lanarkshire neighbours Hamilton Accies on loan, playing ten times and netting twice including a recent derby goal against Airdrie. He is likely to join the New Douglas Park club for the remainder of the campaign.

    Page joined Motherwell from Pompey in the summer of 2008. He played initially in Gordon Young’s Under 19s set-up before Jim Gannon gave him his debut in the 3-0 victory over Llanelli in the Europa League in July 2009.

    Further substitute appearances followed in the next round against Flamurtari as he came off the bench in both legs against the Albanians.

    Jon scored his first goal for the club just minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 Europa League win against Aalesund in August 2010 with another two quickly following as he netted two headers as Motherwell eased past Brechin City in the League Cup a few weeks later.

    He leaves Motherwell having played 27 times for the first-team. Everyone at the club would like sincerely thank Jon for his effort and endeavour over the last four-and-a-half years and wish him every success in his future career.

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    Stuart McCall: Two years in charge

    Today is the second anniversary of Stuart McCall’s appointment as manager of Motherwell Football Club.

    We take a pictorial look back at his tenure so far with such highs as two consecutive top-six qualifications, twelve weeks at the top of the SPL, a third place finish, two Cup semi finals, a Cup Final and the first manager to lead the team in the UEFA Champions League and the lows of some of our frustrating Cup exits this campaign.

    It’s been an incredible two-year period for the football club with the former Scotland midfielder in charge. Here’s hoping for many more.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Highlights from Fir Park as goals from Jamie Murphy and Henrik Ojamaa earn Motherwell a deserved point against Kilmarnock.

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    TV: McCall pride at comeback

    Stuart McCall was proud of his players as they once again produced a stunning comeback to rescue a point against Killie.

    The Fir Parkers trailed by two but goals from Jamie Murphy – his 50th for Motherwell – and a stunner from Henrik Ojamaa brought the sides level.

    ‘Well dominated for the closing fifteen minutes but couldn’t get that elusive third despite wave after wave of attacks.

    It’s the thirteenth point McCall’s men have collected from a losing position and he paid tribute to the never-say-die attitude of his squad.

    He told MFC TV: “I’m proud of how the players kept going and in the end I’m slightly disappointed we’ve not won it but really when you’re two nil down to a good Kilmarnock side, you have to accept a point.

    “I thought first half we played some good football and down both sides Humphrey and Murphy were excellent all game. They’ve had some great blocks on the line and the keeper has had some good saves.

    “Their first goal was a world class effort form Perez then when we went chasing the game, they scored again.

    “We changed it and then went on to dominate so I’m slightly disappointed we’ve not got the three points but for entertainment value I thought it was terrific.”

    -WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVELY ON MFC TV-

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    Kilmarnock draw in pictures

    Pictures from the 2-2 draw with Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Fir Park.

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    Motherwell 2 – 2 Kilmarnock

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    Phil McGhee at Fir Park

    Motherwell had to settle for a point after a dramatic late fightback failed to give them all three points against Kilmarnock.

    For the third time in their last four games ‘Well trailed by 0-2, as goals from Borja Perez and Paul Heffernan put Kimarnock on the road to victory.

    But the introduction of Bob McHugh for the last 25 minutes had Motherwell laying siege to the visitor’s goal and after Jamie Murphy and Henrik Ojamaa brought them level, a grandstand finish found them just unable to convert one of a number of great chances.

    It almost seemed like a win though and the Fir Park faithful appreciated their efforts applauding the team at the final whistle for the final home game of the year.

    Stuart McCall made two changes to the side which had such a stunning win over Aberdeen, bringing back Stevie Hammell and Chris Humphrey.

    Despite both teams coming into the game on the back of good victories, it was a cautious start and the first thing of note was in honour of Phil O’Donnell after 10 minutes. The poignant minute’s applause, commendably honoured by all 700 Kilmarnock fans, almost had a rousing finale as Humphrey worked his way to the goal line. His cut back was met by Michael Higdon he thumped his drive straight into Cammy Bell’s chest.

    A minute later though the Killie fans were back on their feet celebrating the opening goal. James Dayton tentatively played the ball in from the left but as the ball rolled across the penalty area Borja Perez swiveled before sweeping a terrific drive high past Darren Randolph.

    Higdon and Jamie Murphy had shots blocked but it was Kilmarnock who came closest to another goal in 23rd minute. ‘Well failed to clear their lines at the edge of the box and when Cillian Sheridan nodded the ball back towards the penalty spot it found the unmarked Paul Heffernan. While Randolph did well to block his volley it was left to Shaun Hutchison to complete the clearance heading the dropping ball over his own cross bar.

    That was the last piece of action for the defender as he was replaced by Adam Cummings just before the half hour mark.

    From then until the interval all of the play was towards the Kilmarnock goal.

    Tom Hateley had two free kicks from identical spots well saved by Bell before Henrik Ojamaa dragged his low shot wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

    On the stroke of half time ‘Well were denied a deserved equaliser. Hateley’s corner was superbly met on the volley by Murphy but as his shot was sneaking inside the post Jamie Fowler booted the ball off the line.

    McCall’s men started the second half pressing for the equaliser and Keith Lasley came close after 52 minutes but his strike from 15 yards swerved off target.

    Kilmarnock continued to look threatening on the break and it took a double save from Randolph in the 54th minute to keep the home side’s hopes alive.

    Sheridan outpaced Hammell as he headed towards goal but his side foot finish allowed Randolph to block with his knee. But before the ball could be fully cleared Liam Kelly’s low drive was destined for the bottom corner before the ‘Well keeper at full stretch pushed it round the post.

    The Ayrshire side’s second, though, was only delayed until the 61st minute. Perez’s in-swinging corner took a touch towards goal forcing Randolph to claw the ball out low to his left but Heffernan was first to react nudging the ball over the line to make it 2-0.

    ‘Well’s response was to send on Bob McHugh after 66 minutes for the unlucky Cummings.

    The substitution paid dividends within five minutes when Humphrey’s cut back found McHugh and although his drive seemed net bound Murphy got the final touch to reduce the leeway – the forwards 50th goal in Claret and Amber.

    That lifted the team and the crowd and just four minutes later the sides were level. Ojamaa cut in from the left side of the box and had only one thing on his mind as he curled an unstoppable shot beyond Bell and in off the keeper’s left hand post.

    The final 15 minutes was enthralling as wave after wave of attack flowed towards the visitor‘s goal.

    And with Humphrey having the measure of young Rory McKeown the ‘Well winger teed up a succession of chances with McHugh’s net bound effort from four yards blocked by Ryan O’Leary.

    Lasley shot over and then watched another drive blocked by Michael Neslon’s arm as the Killie defence wilted but held on for a point, which their contribution to a thoroughly entertaining game possibly just deserved.

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    Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    FULL TIME: Motherwell 2 – 2 Kilmarnock

    90mins: Yet again Humphrey does well to cut the ball across the face of goal. McHugh is just inches away from turning it home!

    90mins: Three minutes added on

    86mins: Lasley latches on to the end of a Humphrey pull back. Seemed to take an eternity to reach him and when it did, he scooped it over.

    82mins: Killie sub, Johnson off for Slater

    80mins: Murphy blazes Humphrey’s cutback well over. Was an awkward one to take to be fair.

    79mins: Killie sub, O’Hara on for Perez

    78mins: McHugh heads just past with the help of a deflection! All Motherwell!

    76mins: Murphy has the crowd on their feet in celebration but his was just wide of the post and into the side netting

    74mins: The pistols are back as Ojamaa curls in a wonder goal to pull it back to 2-2!!!!!!

    GOOOOAAALLLLL! WHAT A GOAL!! OJAMAA!

    72mins: Good chance here. Hateley delivers from a wide free-kick but Murphy’s header is too weak to trouble Bell.

    70mins: Fantastic play from Humphrey to cut back for Murphy who bundles it home! 1 – 2

    GOAL!!

    69mins: Hateley booked! Looked like he definitely made contact with the ball and was a great challenge.

    66mins: Hammell has to be alert and opts to nod Dayton’s dangerous cross out for a corner.

    65mins: Motherwell sub: Cummins off for McHugh

    63mins: Tame effort from Law from 20 yards is easy for Bell of clutch onto.

    62mins: GOAL: Heffernan doubles Killie’s advantage from close range after a fine save by Randolph

    56mins: Randolph keeps us in the game with two fantastic saves. First at the feet of Sheridan, second from Kelly’s long range effort.

    52mins: Just past the post from Lasley! What a strike that would have been from 25 yards out!

    46mins: Second half is now underway. #COYW

    HT: Motherwell 0 – 1 Kilmarnock

    45mins: Murphy volley’s Hateley’s corner towards the bottom corner. Cleared off the line by Perez!

    39mins: Ojamaa drags a shot just past Bell’s post. We’re still creating, which is positive.

    39mins: Motherwell free-kick 20 yards out……Hateley’s shot is saved by Bell low to his left.

    37mins:’Well still searching for the equaliser….Ojamaa cuts in and beats two men but sees his shot cannon off a Killie defender

    33mins: Free-kick right on the edge of the box for ‘Well…. Hateley fires straight at Bell

    29mins: Motherwell sub: Hutchinson off for Cummins.

    23mins: Too close for comfort! Hutchinson has to head onto his own bar to divert Heffernan’s shot clear!

    21mins: Law drives forward but with no options ahead, has to shoot from 25 yards. Bell makes a comfortable diving save to his right.

    18mins: Half chance for Hutchinson there. Found himself unmarked from a corner but just can’t generate enough power in his header.

    14mins: ‘Well peppering shots at the Killie goal in a bid to get back on level terms. Killie bodies in the way every time though.

    11mins: GOAL: Perez opens the scoring with a spectacular curled strike. 0-1

    11mins: Humphrey gets to the by and pulls it back to Higdon. The big scouser can only shoot straight at Bell.

    10mins: One Phil O’Donnell

    9mins: Slack back pass to Bell almost allows in Ojamaa! Bell recovers though and gathers the ball to safety.

    6mins: Free-kick to Motherwell some 40 yards out. Hateley delivers but it is over hit.

    1mins: Lasley and Law kick us off! #SIWY

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “I’ve been really proud of the lads in the past six weeks, probably longer, when you look at some of the matches we have been involved in. They have been fantastic.

    “There’s a hint of disappointment in the dressing room at not winning.”

    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels:

    “I’m sure it was an entertaining game for the neutrals and we made a contribution, which was good,” said Shiels, whose side remain in sixth place in the SPL table.

    “I felt in the first 20 minutes of the second-half we had control but you know what a goal can do – it gave them a great momentum shift and they were really hard to play against at the stage.

    “There were purple patches for both teams and that’s how football should be.

    “The boys showed great spirit after conceding the second goal, we came here under-strength and to get a point is pleasing.

    “You are always down a bit when you concede a late goal but you have to reflect on the whole game and it was a very good advert for the Scottish game.”

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    Remembering Phil O’Donnell

    Motherwell Football Club remembers our captain, Phil O’Donnell, who sadly and so tragically passed away five years ago today.

    A Motherwell legend, Phil died on the 29th December 2007 during a match with Dundee United at Fir Park.

    His untimely death had a massive impact on the club and he is still fondly remembered and much missed by everyone including our supporters who are planning a tribute by applauding during the tenth minute of today’s match with Kilmarnock to celebrate his life.

    Today, the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Motherwell Football Club are with Eileen, Megan, Christopher, Olivia and Luc and the rest of the O’Donnell family as we cherish a true gentleman and family man taken way before his time.

    Phil O’Donnell, brave as a lion, may you forever rest in peace.