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    Collum in charge on Friday

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    Motherwell 4 – 1 Hibernian

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    Phil McGhee at Fir Park

    A James McFadden inspired Motherwell blast four past Hibs to confirm their spot in the top six.

    Despite falling behind to a Tom Taiwo goal to trail at the interval and suffer the loss of both Keith Lasley and Nicky Law in midfield, a superb second half, with Faddy the conductor, produced a performance of real style and determination.

    Completing his first 90 minutes since his return to the club, McFadden capped a wonderful display with his first ‘Well goal since August 2003.

    That gave ‘Well the lead after 53 minutes but even Hibs boss Pat Fenlon admitted that the Fir Park side should never have been behind.

    Dominating the first 20 minutes, Michael Higdon headed over from a McFadden cross, before Henrik Ojamaa darted in behind the Hibs defence only to see his deflected shot blocked at the foot of the left hand post by Ben Williams.

    Then, with eleven minutes played, a swerving free kick from Tom Hateley almost deceived the ‘keeper who dived low to his right to block the ball low at his post and then watch as the ball rebounded off the surprised Shaun Hutchison and bounce past the post.

    Very much against the run of play, and in their first attack, Hibs took the lead. David Wotherspoon curled the ball in from the right and Taiwo, six-yards in front of goal, stooped to send a header past Darren Randolph.

    Motherwell suffered another setback three minutes later when captain Keith Lasley limped off to be replaced by Stuart Carswell.

    ‘Well had a narrow escape when Hibs almost increased their lead when James McPake headed Leigh Griffiths corner into the side netting.

    The home side, though, regained their composure and their attacking threat before half time.

    Firstly a quickly taken free kick from McFadden sent Ojamaa racing into box before laying the ball into Hatelely’s path whose low drive flashed across the goal and narrowly past.

    On the stroke of half time McFadden headed on a Nicky Law free kick with Willaims grabbing the ball under the cross bar.

    If the first half was quite frustrating for the ‘Well fans, the second half was majestic.

    Despite the loss of Law in the middle of the park Motherwell took the game to Hibs and were rewarded with an equaliser within three minutes.

    And in a second half of notable goals, Higdon grabbed his twentieth of the season, powering a header from McFadden’s floated cross into the six yard box high beyond Williams.

    While that strike leaves Higdon only three behind Willie Pettigrew’s post War record, McFadden decided to get his name on the score sheet five minutes later.

    Collecting the ball just outside the box, the 48-times capped forward moved toward the box, side stepping Matt Done before sweeping a left foot shot beyond the diving ‘keeper for his first goal since his return to the club.

    At the other end Leigh Griffiths’ goal threat had been well tamed by Shaun Hutchison, but the Hibs striker finally produced a save from Darren Randolph with an overhead kick.

    Kallum Higginbotham then showed him how to do it as he claimed his first Motherwell goal with an outstanding strike after 66 minutes.

    Stuart Carswell out on the right floated a cross to the far side of the box where ‘wee’ Higgy finished with a wonderfully acrobatic bicycle kick sent the ball back across Williams for a stunning goal; a contender for strike of the season for sure.

    Hibs were finished but ‘Well were hungry for more and six minutes from time, Tom Hateley drove home the fourth from 25 yards with once again McFadden the provider.

    Stuart Carswell could have made it five on full-time when Carswell got on the end of a Zaine Francis-Angol cut-back but his low shot was excellently saved by Williams.

    That concluded a super performance, which not only made certain of a top six finish, but also had Stuart McCall setting his sights on a return to Europe.

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “If there are Motherwell fans out there who haven’t come, he’s finding his best form now and he’s getting fitter.

    “Some of his foot-work, we know what he’s about and he showed that tonight. The team were excellent but he added the entertainment value, he was terrific.

    “The performance as a whole merited the victory. The park is in a decent condition compared to a few that we’ve been to of late and we got the ball down and moved. All four goals were top quality.

    “The next aim is trying to finish in a European spot, which is the top three. The lads have got the bit between their teeth and we’ve got to maintain second place.”

    Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon:

    “It’s very sore. We got what we deserved tonight; we didn’t deserve anything out of the game.

    “We weren’t pleased we conceded three goals within 15 minutes.

    “If you concede one it’s bad enough, but you’ve got to make sure you stay in the game and you don’t concede one quickly.

    “It’s happened to us three or four times this season and it shouldn’t happen.

    “Our confidence should have been good coming into tonight, we hadn’t been beaten in a long time.

    “I didn’t think we played well in the first half and I didn’t think we played well for 90 minutes.

    “Motherwell are a decent side, there’s no doubt about that, but our performance wasn’t good enough tonight.”


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    Hibernian Magazine Preview

    Another jam-packed edition of the 68-page Steelmen Matchday Magazine returns against Hibs tonight.

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall and Captain Keith Lasley both return with the regular columns. The manager reflects on recent results and the debate around technology and the skipper outlines the hopes for the rest of the season.

    The feature interview is with Jamaican International winger Omar Daley. The 31-year old former Bradford flying machine talks about his experiences with his national side and also his desire to play a part between now and the end of the campaign.

    But that’s not where the features stop!

    There is a 13-page section dedicated to our visitors, Hibernian.

    Kris Jack goes through four players to watch from opponents, as we as a player-by-player breakdown of their squad.

    Hibs defender, and former ‘Well ace Tim Clancy is the man in the spotlight in our opposition Q&A and Raymond McGrath gives us a fans-eyed view of the Hibees season so far.

    We also have a scout report from the controversial Edinburgh derby where Hibs and Hearts shared a 0-0 draw.

    The features and big names keep coming…

    In our Interview Alumni section, we catch up with Derek Townsley. The lanky winger chats about his time at Fir Park, his move to Hibs and life after both.

    Press & Media Manager Alan Burrows returns in ‘The Last Word’ and Graham Barnstaple’s Cult Heroes this week focuses on one of Motherwell’s most lethal goal-getters, Joe McBride who holds our post-war goal record for strikes in one season – 32.

    But wait, there’s more! We look back at the fantastic wins against Celtic and Hearts as well as the draw at Pittodrie. There are ten tough questions in our Quiz, the latest news section as well as an in-depth statistical look at referee Willie Collum.

    We have the latest from The Ticket Office, the Commercial Department, and update from the Well Society as well as the latest stats, facts and figures from the 2012/2013 campaign.

    The programme is available for £3 and is currently on sale from the Club Shop as well as the usual sellers located in and around the ground pre-match.

    You can also order back editions or take a season-long subscription to the magazine by visiting the website of our publishers – Curtis-Sports –

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    TV: Ojamaa shooting for second

    Estonian International front man Henrik Ojamaa hopes the Steelmen can finish the season in style.

    The 21-year old has played a pivotal part in another strong season for the Steelmen, with ‘Well battling a plethora of clubs for the best of the rest spot.

    And the nine-times capped Ojamaa has laid the challenge down to the squad to finish the job they’ve started.

    [pullquote]It would be great to stay unbeaten before the break so hopefully we can start by getting a positive result on Friday night.[/pullquote]

    “We’re in a really good position at the moment and that is testament to how well we’ve been doing this season as a club,” he said.

    “There is eight games left to go and I think there’s going to be a lot of tight games.

    “It would be great to stay unbeaten before the break so hopefully we can start by getting a positive result on Friday night.

    “Our aim now is to finish second and wining home matches.”


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    TV: McCall wants that Friday feeling

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall hopes his side can continue their recent good run when Hibs visit Fir Park tomorrow.

    The Steelmen have taken seven points from the last nine available, including wins over Celtic and Hearts and a draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

    Pat Fenlon’s Scottish Cup Semi-Finalists visit for another Friday night showdown, Motherwell’s third of the campaign.

    The previous two – Hibs at Fir Park and St Mirren in Paisley – have produced nothing in the way of points, something McCall hopes changes tomorrow.

    [pullquote]We’ve had mixed fortunes in Friday night games this season. The second half against St Mirren and the first half against Hibs were decent in terms of performance but the results have been poor.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV, the former Scotland midfielder said: “For us now, the league is not about what we’ve done, it’s about what we can go on to do.

    “We have put ourselves in a decent position to finish in the top-six but we won’t rest on our laurels. Once we’ve made sure we in the top half, then we’ll go on and look to finish in a European spot.

    “We’ve had mixed fortunes in Friday night games this season. The second half against St Mirren and the first half against Hibs were decent in terms of performance but the results have been poor.

    “Last time we played Hibs at Fir Park, everything went against us. We’ve probably played worse than that this season and got a point but we’ve put that to the back of our minds.

    “I’m happier to remember the last time we played Hibs this season, coming back from 2-0 down at Easter Road when they were doing well just before Christmas.

    “That showed a lot of character and we’ll be hoping for more of the same come tomorrow night.”


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    Collum in charge on Friday

    Willie Collum will take charge of Friday Clydesdale Bank Premier League meeting with Hibernian at Fir Park.

    Regarded as one of Scotland’s best officials, it will be Willie’s fifth Motherwell game of the current campaign.

    The first match this season was the 1-0 defeat at Tynecastle in October when Danny Grainger’s long-range effort separated the sides.

    He also took charge of both William Hill Scottish Cup clashes with Aberdeen.

    In the first meeting at Pittodrie, Niall McGinn headed home a late equaliser to cancel out Jamie Murphy’s opener 10 minutes from time and there was disappointment for the Steelmen in the replay as goals from Rory Fallon and Joe Shaughnessy helped the Dons progress to the next round.

    Motherwell were handed a lifeline in injury-time when Michael Higdon netted from the penalty spot, however Craig Brown’s side held firm in the final minutes.

    He was the man in the middle for the narrow 3-2 win over St Johnstone in January; Michael Higdon’s hat-trick sealing a terrific three points and most recently took charge of the disappointing 3-0 defeat at Ross County.

    Collum be a familiar face to most ‘Well fans having officiated at the top level for many years now, including two Motherwell matches last term.

    He took charge of the 0-0 draw with Rangers at Ibrox in early May, Rangers’ last SPL fixture at their own ground. The other match was Motherwell’s Scottish Communities League Cup defeat at home to Hibs; the Easter Road men progressing through on penalties.

    Incredibly, Motherwell win over Saints in January with the first league success with Willie in charge.

    The only victories recorded whilst the Bellshill based whistler has been the man in the middle was the then CIS Cup win against Raith Rovers at the start of the 2007/08 season, a Scottish Cup success at Inverurie the following season and a 1-0 success over Dundee United in the League Cup – Alan Gow’s goal earning the Fir Park side a place in the last four.

    His overall record in charge of the Steelmen reads four wins, eleven defeats and five draws from twenty matches.

    In those games, Motherwell have scored 27 and conceded 38. 39 players have gone into the book, 17 wearing Claret and Amber, while three players have been dismissed – Ian Murray of Hibs at Easter Road a few years back, Jerard Aafjes at Falkirk four seasons ago and Paul Dixon at the end of 2009/10.

    Martin Cryans and George Drummond will run the lines with Crawford Allan on fourth official duties.

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    ‘Convert for Cash’ returns

    The Cash Converters “Convert for Cash” challenge returns this Friday when Hibs visit Fir Park.

    The event that pits home fan against away fan taking on the giant inflatable footballs around Fir Park, gives you the fans the chance to walk away with £150.

    Enter at the Cash Converters SPL Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

    In addition, Cash Converters will also be donating £150 per challenge to their official charity for the 2012/2013 season, Dreams Come True.

    For your chance to win £100 in the “Convert for Cash” challenge against Hibernian, enter your details at the Cash Converters SPL Facebook page now: CLICK HERE.

    The Facebook page will also give you the chance to win a whole host of other prizes, including tickets and exclusive, money-can’t-buy experiences. Simply “Like” the page, and get entering.

    The draw will close at 5pm on Thursday 14 March.

    *Please note: You must be aged over 18 to take part, and proof of age will be required on the day. You must also already possess a match ticket.

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    Ojamaa named in Estonia squad

    Henrik Ojamaa has been included in the Estonia squad for their World Cup Qualifiers against the Netherlands and Andorra.

    The 21-year old has once again been in excellent form for the Steelmen this campaign. Despite netting just twice in 2012/13, he sits top of the SPL’s assists table with twelve to his name.

    The former Derby County and Fortuna Sittard front man will be hoping to win his tenth cap since making his debut against Croatia ten months ago.

    Tarmo Rüütli’s side will face the Netherlands in the Amsterdam ArenA on 22 March. They will be back on home soil on 26 March to take on Andorra at the A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn.

    With six games left of the campaign, Estonia need to take a minimum of four points from the double-header if they hope to make the play-offs for Brazil 2014.

    The Sinisärgid currently sit six points behind both Hungary and Romania in joint second, both of whom trail the Dutch who have a 100% record thus far.

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    Kerr gets Scotland U21 call

    On-loan Birmingham defender Fraser Kerr has been included in the Scotland U21 squad for their match with Luxembourg.

    Kerr re-joined ‘Well on loan from City back in August having previously came through the youth ranks at Fir Park. He has played sixteen times in Claret and Amber, including a Europa League start against Levante in the Ciutat de València.

    Three-times capped defender Kerr is included in the 21-man squad picked by Billy Stark.

    The youths will be looking to build on recent good friendly performances against Greece and Portugal as they attempt to qualify for the 2015 Championships to be held in Czech Republic.

    The Scots are in Group 3 alongside Georgia, Netherlands, Slovakia and forthcoming opponents Luxembourg.

    The match will take place at St Mirren Park on Monday 25th March – kick-off 7.30pm.

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    Football on Friday is curry night

    Do you fancy a Friday night Curry when the Steelmen take on Hibs this week?

    Remember hospitality starts at just £25 per person if you are a season ticket holder.

    All hospitality packages include your match ticket, programme, team sheet and half time tea.

    Stevie Kirk will be the host for the evening with your chance to meet first team players and club staff throughout the evening.

    You have a choice of three packages:

    Centenary Claret – join us from 5.30pm onwards to enjoy our tasty three course curry event. Full service with pay bar facilities in the comfort of our Centenary Lounge. It is a great way to spend a Friday night and even better there is football too. All this for only £60 for an Adult and £45 for a child 16 or under.

    Centenary Amber – join us from 5.30 onwards to enjoy our tasty 3 course curry event. Full service with full complimentary bar from 5.45pm till kick off and then again for an hour post match. All in the comfort of our Centenary Lounge with Stevie Kirk to keep us all company. All this for only £95 for an adult and £45 for a child under 16 (obviously no complimentary bar for the child!)

    Maxim Office Park Stand Executive Box – if you prefer to behind glass then the Maxim Office Park Stand is for you. A delicious 5 course curry event with full complimentary bar service only £125 per person.

    Watch the match in comfort from behind the goal with the modern facilities provided.

    Four heated boxes with unrestricted views, named after some Motherwell heroes of yesteryear – John Martis, Wilson Humphries, Andrew Weir and Andy Paton.

    Used for fully inclusive meal and drinks packages, each box is unique in layout and size, with hospitality areas to the rear of the box, including televisions.

    And there is no need to make a sharp exit when the full-time whistle blows, as your private bar will remain open for post-match analysis.

    if you would like to book, phone 01698 338 018, email or book online by clicking here.

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    TV: Highlights from Pittodrie

    Extended highlights from Pittodrie as Aberdeen and Motherwell share the spoils in a goalless encounter


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