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    Maxim Office Park sponsorship deal

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    Hearts tickets still on sale…

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    Celtic win in pictures

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    TV: Law pleased with contribution

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    TV: McCall ecstatic with Celtic win

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    Motherwell 2 – 1 Celtic

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    TV: McCall demands positive reaction

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    TV: Lasley relishing Celtic test

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    Maxim Office Park sponsorship deal

    Motherwell Football Club are today delighted to announce a partnership with Maxim Office Park who will sponsor the South Stand for the next three years.

    As a part of the sponsorship, the stand will be renamed the Maxim Office Park Stand and the fascia, which previously displayed the 2011 Lanarkshire Children’s Games, updated to reflect the Maxim branding.

    Maxim Office Park, which is prominently situated on the M8 beside the Dakota Hotel, consists of a wide range of contemporary office and retail space totaling over 750,000 sq ft that can accommodate the needs of most businesses.

    It is strategically located, immediately adjacent to the A8/M8, giving excellent access to the central belt of Scotland.

    Maxim has already attracted in excess of 100,000 sq ft of office tenants include the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Valliant Group, Currie & Brown and Regus, the UK’s leading service office provider.

    On site Park amenities include the Dakota hotel, Berits & Brown restaurant and coffee shop plus Papillon nursery.

    Motherwell FC Chief Executive Leeann Dempster said: “We are really delighted to be working with the team at Maxim and to have secured such a high profile partner for the club.

    “It is a terrific location and every time I visit, the more impressed I am with the site and location.

    “This sponsorship shows you the reach and quality that can be achieved when partnering with our club and once again we are delighted to be working with the team at Maxim and we will do all we can to make it a huge success.”

    David Gebbie from Maxim Park added: “Motherwell FC is a logical community partner. We share similar values as well as charitable interests, and believe the combination will make for an interesting relationship.”

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    Hearts tickets still on sale…

    A reminder for fans that pre buying a ticket for Tynecastle this Saturday will save you money on the pay-at-the-turnstile price.

    If you pick up a ticket from the Fir Park Ticket office ahead of Saturday’s match, the prices are listed as:

    ADULTS: £24
    CONCESSIONS: £18
    UNDER 18s: £18
    UNDER 12s: £8
    • Concessions are listed as Over 65s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.
    • If you are planning to make the trip to Edinburgh, check out our handy ‘Guide to Tynecastle’.
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 01555 870122 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk
    • There may be an opportunity to sell any unsold tickets on the day of the game at Tynecastle. The following prices (below) will apply if this is the case:
    ADULTS: £25
    CONCESSIONS: £20
    UNDER 18s: £20
    UNDER 12s: £10
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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park as goals from Chris Humphrey and Michael Higdon give ‘Well a superb 2-1 victory over league-leaders Celtic.

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    Celtic win in pictures

    Pictures from the fantastic 2-1 win over Celtic in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Fir Park.

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    TV: Law pleased with contribution

    Midfield maestro Nicky Law was elated with his contribution after two assists helped Motherwell to a 2-1 victory over Celtic.

    The former Sheffield United and Bradford City man was instrumental in the middle of the park and set-up both Chris Humphrey and Michael Higdon in either half.

    And the 24-year old admitted it was a relief just to get back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats in recent weeks.

    [pullquote]I’m delighted to get two assists, something I’ve always done through my career rather than scoring, and to have played my part in the two goals but it’s all about getting the win.[/pullquote]

    “We’re all ecstatic with the win,” he told MFC TV. “Obviously from how disappointed we were at the weekend, we’ve came into this game and did everything the gaffer asked of us and to win the game is huge.

    “I’m delighted to get two assists, something I’ve always done through my career rather than scoring, and to have played my part in the two goals but it’s all about getting the win.

    “It’s such a huge three points and puts us back into second place and for us it’s all about kicking on and cementing that now.”

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    TV: McCall ecstatic with Celtic win

    Stuart McCall was absolutely delighted with his side after beating Celtic 2-1 at Fir Park this evening.

    Motherwell bounced back from two disappointing displays to score a win over the runaway league leaders courtesy of goals from Chris Humphrey and Michael Higdon.

    And, after asking for a response from his squad, McCall couldn’t hide his delight after the first win over the Parkhead club in exactly two years.

    [pullquote]We did all the dirty bits, we ran, we chased, we harried, we took our opportunities when they came and we’ve done that tonight[/pullquote]

    “I’m thrilled with the performance, the result and the nature we went about it,” he said.

    “I don’t want to harp back, but as poor as we were at Dingwall, we were far better tonight.

    “Last Saturday there wasn’t a success, tonight there wasn’t a failure and that is what you need to beat Celtic.

    “We talked about the last game we beat them and what we did that day; we did all the dirty bits, we ran, we chased, we harried, we took our opportunities when they came and we’ve done that tonight.

    “To beat them you need to score first and when they equalised I think most people would have thought they would have went on to win it, but it was great character to get another goal and the three points.”

    -WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW ONLY ON MFC TV-

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    Motherwell 2 – 1 Celtic

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    Phil McGhee at Fir Park

    A goal in each half gave ‘Well a narrow win over Celtic, exactly two years after their last win over the Parkhead side.

    James McFadden made his first start, wide left in place of Stuart Carswell and Stevie Hammell return in place of the injured Zaine Francis-Angol – the only changes to the side which was comprehensively beaten by Ross County on Saturday.

    And from the kick-off there was a sense of Stuart McCall’s men looking to atone for that performance at Dingwall, setting about Celtic with a mixture of determination and purpose, which they maintained for the entire ninety minutes.

    The first chance came ‘Well’s way after five minutes when Nicky Law’s 30-yard free kick curled the ball a few yards wide of Fraser Forster’s post.

    The home side continued to search for the opening goal and after Stevie Hammell’s free kick bounced out of a packed penalty box Simon Ramsden slashed his volley off target.

    Foster was forced into his first save after 16 minutes easily smothering Keith Lasley’s 20-yard trundler.

    Although Celtic responded when Kris Commons fired a free kick wide of Darren Randolph’s goal, it was not unexpected when ‘Well grabbed the lead in the 31st minute.

    Lasley sent Law into the box, and after turning Victor Wanyama a couple of times he screwed his shot across the face of the goal. Chris Humphrey nipped in on the blind side of Emilio Izaguirre to squeeze the ball inside the post to stun the league leaders.

    Celtic appeared a bit rattled and few tasty challenges from both sets of players before half-time gave the game a competitive cup tie look and set the scene for the second half.

    The action was mostly confined to the middle of the park and it took Celtic until 57 minutes to force the first save from Randolph, the ‘Well keeper getting down to hold a drive from Commons.

    Five minutes later the Parkhead side snatched the equaliser. James Forrest wide on the right touchline somehow found space for a delivery and as Randolph waited to collect his cross, Georgios Samaras ghosted in front of him to nod the ball into the net.

    After an very impressive and influential 70 minutes, McFadden was replaced by Carswell and Celtic brought on their leading scorer Gary Hooper.

    However, it was ‘Well’s hit man Michael Higdon who found the net after 73 minutes. Law was again the provider, this time turning Efe Ambrose before floating a delightful ball to the back of the six-yard box leaving Higdon to confidently volley high into the net for his 19th goal of the season.

    As Motherwell looked for a third goal to seal the points Randolph was finally called into some sustained action.

    A great block with his legs denied Joe Ledley from a couple of yards before the Fir Park keeper comfortably dealt with a Commons’ header and a swerving drive from Forrest.

    Not unexpectedly Celtic put the home defence under some pressure in the closing but every ‘Well player stood firm to comfortably hold on for a deserved win.

    Apart from hoisting ‘Well back up to second place the performance was the perfect tonic after two defeats and ahead of the trip to Tynecastle on Saturday.

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    Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    An unbelievable victory for the Steelmen!!!!

    IT’S FULL TIME!!!! Motherwell 2 – 1 Celtic

    91mins: Matthews launching in long-throws but the ‘Well defence hold strong!

    3 minutes added on!

    89mins: Motherwell sub: McHugh on for Higdon

    Randolph wins a free-kick after a foul from Wanyama

    87mins: Free-kick to Celtic….Dangerous postition out wide.

    84mins: Forrest shoots straight at Randolph from 18 yards. Into the final 5 minutes!

    83mins: Bit of a scare there as Commons heads Forrest’s cross goalwards. Straight at Randolph, thankfully

    79mins: Motherwell sub: Ojamaa off for Higginbotham

    78mins: Great save from Randolph at the feet of Ledley!!!

    74mins: Celtic look to reply quickly but Matthew’s cross is over everyone in the box and out for a goal kick.

    72mins: Law with a beautiful cross to the back post where the big man sent it home with a sweet volley! 2-1

    HIGDON MAKES IT 2-1!!!!!

    GOAALLLLLLLL

    Celtic sub: Stokes off for Hooper.

    70mins: Motherwell sub, McFadden off for Carswell

    64mins: Wanyama booked for hacking down McFadden

    62mins: GOAL – Samaras levels for Celtic. Heads home Forrest’s cross in front of Randolph 1-1

    61mins: Celtic sub, Ambrose on for Kayal

    Wanyama heads clear and Celtic break. Randolph does fantastically well to put Commons off and concede a corner.

    58mins: Trickery from McFadden wins yet another corner.

    57mins: Comfortable save for Randolph from Commons’ shot on the edge of the box.

    56mins: Wanyama slides in to clear Law’s cross after Faddy slips him in inside the box.

    55mins: Ledley volleys over from 18 yards.

    54mins: Celtic Sub – Ledley on for Rogic

    Law swings it in and Celtic clear

    52min: Humphrey wins another corner for ‘Well off Matthews.

    Commons delivers…..Higdon powers clear.

    50mins: Corner to Celtic this time.

    Faddy delivers to Hutchinson who can’t quite get a firm connection with his head. Wanyama clears.

    47mins: McFadden wins ‘Well a corner.

    Second half underway! #COYW

    HT: Motherwell 1 – 0 Celtic

    41mins: Good attacking plays from ‘Well breaks down when Humphrey slices his cross over the bar.

    33mins: Commons blasts well over from distance. No threat to Randolph.

    31mins: Law jinks inside and out and his shot is diverted into the net by Humphrey at the back post. 1-0!!!

    HUMPPPPHREYYYYY!!!!!

    GOAALLLLLL!!!!!

    28mins: Good pressing allows McFadden to rob Matthews of the ball and slide in Lasley. The captain’s first touch allows Celtic to clear.

    27mins: Nearly an OG from Hutchinson. He went to sweep Forrest’s cross clear but ended up almost diverting past Randolph!

    17mins: Dangerous free-kick for Celtic. Commons drives it but it’s always flying wide of the post.

    16mins: Space opens up for Lasley to get s shot off . It’s 25 yards out and is the sting is deflected out it allowing Forster to gather

    12mins: Rogic tries his luck on his left foot from 25 yards. High and wide.

    11mins: Bit of last-ditch defending from Cummins, swiping the ball clear from the feet of Commons.

    9mins: Forrest finds Stokes at the back post with his cross but the striker gets it all wrong and shoots at fresh air.

    Higdon nods the free-kick down to Ramsden who volleys wide and over

    7mins: McFadden fouled just inside the Celtic half. Chance to fire a ball in.

    5mins: Commons tries to slide in Stokes with a free-kick but the striker is flagged offside.

    Law curls it but it’s just wide. On reflection, a little far out to test Forster

    4mins: Rogic brings down Lasley in a dangerous shooting position!

    3mins: Decent start from Motherwell. Had some nice forward possession but hasn’t came to anything as yet.

    Celtic get us underway. #COYW

    Here come the teams! Come on Motherwell!

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “We play Law and Las (Keith Lasley) in there and they both want to get forward and sometimes it leaves us a little bit open. It was a really attacking side with two up front and Faddy and Humph wide.

    “But I thought at the back Shaun Hutchinson and young Adam Cummins were outstanding and Lawsy did what I know he is capable of; he has got that little bit of magic.

    “I thought McFadden showed his hunger and desire and it rubbed off on everybody throughout the side. It’s a fantastic result and fantastic performance.

    “All we asked for before the game was enthusiasm, desire, work-rate and really have a go, and then when you get in the final third hopefully we’ve got that bit of magic and take some chances.”

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon:

    “I’m raging. I made changes with games in mind but still put a strong team out.

    “People keep coming to me looking to play – they got the opportunity and didn’t play.

    “It seems to me if I leave Hooper out the team then we suffer. We were very, very poor going forward in the first half.

    “We got a good goal to equalise, we drop a clanger, then we bring Hooper on and made more chances in the final 15 minutes when he is on than we did in the whole game.

    “I’m pretty angry with some of the performances.”

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    TV: McCall demands positive reaction

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall is demanding a reaction from his side after two below-par performances.

    After a super showing against Inverness ten days ago, the Steelmen have slipped up against Dundee Utd and Ross County, throwing the race for second place wide open.

    Motherwell now face the most difficult test the SPL has to offer with the visit of Champions Celtic tomorrow night.

    Exactly two years ago to the day, Motherwell beat the Parkhead club 2-0 at Fir Park and McCall hopes his men can summon the spirit and performance of that day to record another victory against Neil Lennon’s run-away league leaders.

    [pullquote]It’s like any time we play the Old Firm; we’ll have to be at our best and I’m confident that if we are, we can get a positive result[/pullquote]

    Reflecting on Saturday’s defeat at the Global Energy Stadium, the former Scotland midfielder told the gathered press at Motherwell’s pre-match news conference: “I can’t remember the last time we were as limp as that and, having watched the game back, it definitely wasn’t acceptable.

    “It’s not often we get all the lads underperforming but that’s what happened on Saturday. That game is history now and we’ve got to make sure we don’t have any more of those performances.

    “Last time we beat Celtic the park wasn’t the best and that played a part in it. We got a goal early on after Charlie Mulgrew made an uncharacteristic mistake and then we got a penalty that might have been 50/50.

    “We had a strong performance that day and we’ll need the same again.

    “Since then we’ve ran them close a few times with a few one-nils at Celtic Park, but we’ve not quite been good enough to get anything.

    “It’s like any time we play the Old Firm; we’ll have to be at our best and I’m confident that if we are, we can get a positive result.”

    -WATCH THE FULL PRESS CONFERENCE ON MFC TV-

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    TV: Lasley relishing Celtic test

    Steelmen skipper Keith Lasley hopes the ‘Well squad can get the Ross County disappointment out their system when Celtic visit Fir Park tomorrow.

    The veteran midfielder made his 300th start in Claret and Amber in the Highlands last weekend, but it won’t be a milestone that will live long in the memory for the former Plymouth and Blackpool man.

    ‘Well lost 3-0 and were very much off colour against a battling and determined County side.

    Now Lasley wants to hit back in the best possible fashion, by taking the scalp of the SPL’s lead-leaders.

    [pullquote]We know if we perform the way we know we can, we’ll give ourselves a good shot of winning the game but we also know is that we’ve got to be miles better than we were on Saturday.[/pullquote]

    “It’s good we’ve got a chance to get back out and playing again so soon after the Ross County game,” he said.

    “After any defeat you want to get out there as soon as you can and tomorrow night gives us that chance, albeit a very difficult one at that but we have to back ourselves at home.

    “We know if we perform the way we know we can, we’ll give ourselves a good shot of winning the game but we also know is that we’ve got to be miles better than we were on Saturday.

    “More often than not the best and biggest squad will prevail but certainly, on a one off basis, from numbers one to eleven we’ve got to perform to our best and in the past that’s when I’ve had some joy against Celtic.

    “That’s what we’ve got to look to do and there is certainly no fear factor there, it’s just a hunger to try and bounce back from Saturday.”

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    ‘Steelmen’ scoops programme gong

    Motherwell FC is delighted to announce that the Steelmen Matchday Magazine has been awarded the ‘Most Improved’ prize in the 2012-13 Programme Monthly Awards.

    It is the second successive year that the magazine has won the award and the programme team are also celebrating after finishing close runner-up to Aberdeen in the overall award, as well as a second place in the best design category.

    “It’s a great reward for all the contributors to the programme,” said editor Andy Ross.

    “We have worked hard to make this season’s programme our strongest yet and I think the award reflects that.

    “Our designers at Blue Chilli and publisher Curtis Sport have been fantastic in their support and enthusiasm – hopefully we can continue to flourish in the remainder of the season.”

    Press & Media Manager Alan Burrows added, “I am very proud of everyone involved in the Matchday Magazine and I would like to record my personal thanks to everyone who contributes and gives of their time to make things happen issue to issue.

    “We have the ultimate aim to be the best in the SPL and with the second successive most improved award, we are certainly heading in the right direction.

    “The content and design of the magazine is superb and we hope our readers enjoy the publication.”