Highlights from Celtic Park as John Sutton’s opener is cancelled out by a Kris Commons penalty.
TV: Highlights from Celtic ParkSunday 21 September 2014
Celtic draw in picturesSunday 21 September 2014
Action pictures from this afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Celtic at Celtic Park.
Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.
TV: McCall proud despite penalty woesSunday 21 September 2014
‘Well boss Stuart McCall’s is adamant he doesn’t want penalty decisions to overshadow his team’s efforts this afternoon.
The Steelmen were denied a spot kick in the first half when Iain Vigurs’ ball into the box struck Jason Denayer’s arm.
It wasn’t given and when Celtic did equalise, the penalty kick that brought them level was again hotly disputed by the ‘Well players on the pitch.
The match eventually ended all square, giving ‘Well their first goal at Celtic Park under McCall and the first point at Parkhead since October 2009.
“I am delighted with the performance and the effort the lads gave,” he said.
[pullquote]I don’t want that [penalty decisions] to overshadow what was a really good showing from us. We scored a great goal, carried a threat, particularly in the first-half, and there’s plenty to be pleased with.[/pullquote]
“When you look back at the decisions, we should certainly have had a penalty in the first half.
“It was a great “save” by the lad Denayer, their centre half, in the box. Vigurs was absolutely adamant, as were all our lads, that it was a clear handball.
“The referee said he felt the defender was too near the ball, and couldn’t get out the way, but if you watch it back on television, you can see it is a clear penalty kick.
“At the other end, I thought their award was a little soft. It was most certainly a foul by Lasley outside the box and there is a slight nudge by Law, but I don’t think if Broony [Scott Brown] hadn’t run into one of our defenders, he would have gone down. It was a little disappointing given the one we felt we deserved.
‘That all being said, I don’t want that [penalty decisions] to overshadow what was a really good showing from us. We scored a great goal, carried a threat, particularly in the first-half, and there’s plenty to be pleased with.”
Celtic 1 – 1 MotherwellSunday 21 September 2014
A dogged and determined Motherwell earned a deserved point after holding Celtic to a 1-1 draw this afternoon.
Sutton opened the scoring in the 19th minute before missing a great chance to double the lead from six yards with the home team booed off at the interval.
Celtic skipper Scott Brown and Kris Commons, two of the six players left out by Deila as he rang the changes, came on for the start of the second half with Brown earning a disputed 67th-minute penalty, which Commons converted.
The hosts threw everything forward, but the resolute Steelmen saw the match out to claim their first point from Celtic Park in almost five years.
Zaine Francis-Angol and Fraser Kerr returned for the starting line-up in place of Paul Lawson and Lee Erwin, both of whom had to be content with a place amongst the substitutes.
After Thursday’s 2-2 Europa League draw with Salzburg and with Hearts due to visit in the League Cup next Wednesday, Ronnie Delia took the opportunity to utilise his squad.
Lukasz Zaluska was given a rare start in goal while midfielders Beram Kayal, Nir Bitton and Aleksandar Tonev, plus strikers Anthony Stokes and John Guidetti were also brought in with the Swede making his first start since signing on a loan deal from Manchester City.
Brown, Commons, Craig Gordon and Stefan Scepovic started on the bench while Stefan Johansen and Mubarak Wakaso were out altogether.
It was a cagey start, with the hosts seeing most of the ball without really troubling Dan Twardzik. ‘Well came close in the 12th minute when midfielder Iain Vigurs drove just wide from the edge of the box after Sutton set him up with a header.
The next time the visitors went up the park with any real purpose they took the lead.
When Craig Reid’s cross from the right sped to the front post Sutton forced himself in front of Hoops defender Jason Denayer to volley past Zaluska, stunning the home fans and sending the away fans into raptures.
Moments later, with the shock of the goal still reverberating around the stadium, Twardzik made a decent save from Denayer’s 30-yard drive.
However, the Steelmen were growing in belief and should have added a second in the 27th minute when skipper Keith Lasley’s blocked shot from inside the box landed at the feet of the unmarked Sutton but he somehow failed to hit the target from six yards.
Stuart McCall’s side were doing a fine job frustrating the Hoops. There was a huge claim for a penalty for the visitors when Iain Vigurs cross/shot clearly struck the elbow of Denayer. Despite the howls of protest from the former Inverness midfielder, and his teammates, referee Brian Colvin wasn’t interested.
In the 33rd minute Kayal’s drive from the edge of the box escaped the far post and five minutes from the break, Virgil van Dijk got on the end of a Stokes cross only to see Twardzik make a brilliant save from his close-range header.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Brown and Commons replaced Kayal and Tonev respectively for the start of the second period and the home side looked to take a grip of the game.
Wide man Callum McGregor drew another fine save from Twardzik in the 56th minute as Motherwell did there all to crowd out Celtic’s attacks.
However, it would be in controversial circumstances that Celtic would draw level. Scott Brown drove at goal and was clipped by Lasley outside the area. He went tumbling into the box, only to clatter into Law before hitting the deck.
Colvin, who had earlier infuriated the visitors by denying a spot kick, enraged them further by blowing for a penalty. Sub Commons was in no mood for mercy, calmly tucking the ball into the back of the net.
The home side pushed hard for the winner but found a stubborn backline and a on-form keeper. A deflected shot by McGregor almost wrong-footed Twardzik before Stokes and Bitton both had efforts which missed the target.
At the other end, with two minutes remaining, Francis-Angol almost won it. Law collected wide on the left and his delivery picked out the Antiguan, but he crashed his effort narrowly over.
Twardik made another great save from van Dijk as the game entered three added minutes but the Fir Parkers held on for a deserved point.
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Ally Reilly at Celtic Park
A dogged performance from ‘Well!. Backs to the wall for most of it but a good point from Celtic Park #CFCvMFC
FT: Celtic 1 – 1 Motherwell #CFCvMFC
3 minutes added on.
…headed clear by Erwin #CFCvMFC
89mins: Corner to Celtic…
89mins: Great chance for Stokes but he fires straight at Twardzik with better options available. #CFCvMFC
87mins: A rare break forward for Motherwell but Law’s delivery for Francis-Angol is awkward and he can only volley wide #CFCvMFC
86mins: Free-kick to Celtic in a good position….Stokes blasts it well over.. #CFCvMFC
80mins: Another shot from range. This time it is Bitton who fires low and just wide #CFCvMFC
And another ‘Well sub, Vigurs off for Carswell #CFCvMFC
76mins: Celtic sub, Scepovic on for Guidettii #CFCvMFC
76mins: Motherwell sub, Erwin on for Sutton
75mins: Celtic piling on the pressure. McGregor bends his shot just past from inside the box. Earlier a deflection almost beats Twardzik
72mins: Vigurs booked for dissent after O’Brien is fouled but ref gives nothing #CFCvMFC
70mins: Izaguirre bursts into the box but can only produce a week effort which Twardzik deals with #CFCvMFC
GOAL! Commons coverts from the spot 1 – 1 #CFCvMFC
66mins: Penalty to Celtic #CFCvMFC
Commons bends it well over the bar #CFCvMFC
62mins: Free-kick to Celtic in a great area, 25 yards out……
58mins: Quick turn and shot from Guidetti on the edge of the box but sails harmlessly over the bar. #CFCvMFC
56mins: Great save from Twardzik to beat away McGregor’s shot after he cut in from the right wing! #CFCvMFC
53mins: McGregor sneaks in at the back post to meet the cross but can only find the side netting #CFCvMFC
49mins: Commons shoots from just outside through a ruck of bodies but it is straight at Twardzik. #CFCvMFC
Second half is underway Come on ‘Well!!! #CFCvMFC
Second half subs for Celtic, Brown and Commons on for Tonev and Kayal #CFCvMFC
HT: Celtic 0 – 1 Motherwell. Boo’s ringing out as ‘Well go into the break 1 up. #CFCvMFC
44mins: Corner to Celtic,defended well and evetually cleared #CFCvMFC
39mins: Great diving save from Twardzik to stop Van Dijk’s low header! #CFCvMFC
38mins: Izaquirre supplies a deep cross for Guidetti but his header floats harmlessly over #CFCvMFC
34mins: Kayal creates a bit of space on the edge of the box and has a shot with his left foot. Just wide of Twardzik’s right-hand post.
27mins: What a chance for Sutton!! Lasley’s shot spun up for him with only Zaluska to beat but the ‘keeper got a foot to it! #CFCvMFC
25mins: Lasley and Vigurs seem convinced Vigurs’ shot from inside the box had hit Van Dijk’s hand! Nothing given…. #CFCvMFC
21mins: Van Dijk ventures foward and has a shot from about 30 yards. Was a good effort but Twardzik deals with it with ease #CFCvMFC
19mins: SUTTON makes it 1-0 to ‘Well!! A good run from Reid who crosses from the right. Sutton does well to get to it and poke it home!!
15mins: Ramsden’s throws the ball in to Francis-Angol but as he tries to cross it on the spin, he slices it out of play #CFCvMFC
11mins: Again Twardzik has to be quick off his line, this time gathering at the feet of Bitton who was through on goal. #CFCvMFC
7mins: Izaguirre gets down the left but his cross is too close to Twardzik, who deals with it easily.
2mins: Twardzik has to get off his line quickly to sweep the ball clear from the onrushing Stokes #CFCvMFC
30 seconds: Celtic have 2 successive corners, Guidetti heads over at the near post #CFCvMFC
Lasley and Reid get the game underway #COYW ##CFCvMFC
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:
“We could have done [got three points] but we’re delighted to get a goal, first and foremost, because we’ve not got a goal since I’ve been coming here.
“It was a great goal and Sutty could have had another straight after it. And but for a great save by (defender) Denayer in the box we could have had a penalty, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.
“Today it was one penalty that should have been given and one that was given, but I don’t want to whinge about it.
“Second half we were camped in but first half we were excellent and I’m delighted with them.
“Dundee United, what a good side they can be, and they came here and lost six, and I saw Aberdeen here who, as well as they played in patches, could’ve lost more than two.
“So you’ve got to be careful you’re not just open. We played with a sitting midfielder and we had to do that.”
Celtic manager Ronny Deila:
“We played a very bad first half. We didn’t get any tempo in the play and we didn’t create any chances, and conceded a stupid goal as well.
“That was very bad but I think the second half was much better. We could have had one more.
“In the end the result is disappointing but I’m satisfied with the second half. We should have had more width to our play so we could have had more crosses into the box.”
Celtic tickets still on saleFriday 19 September 2014
Tickets for this Sunday’s match against Celtic at Celtic Park are still on sale from the Motherwell Ticket Office.
The Ticket Office will be open on Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Please note that tickets for the match will not be available on Sunday, either from Fir Park or Celtic Park.
ADULTS: £26 / £23 CONCESSIONS: £17 / £14 JUVENILE: £10
- Concessions are listed as Over 65s and Under 16s.
- Juveniles are listed as Under 13s.
- The cheaper priced ticket is for restricted view only.
- If you plan on making the trip to Glasgow, check our our ‘Guide to Celtic’.
- Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 07745494631 / 07711 992161 or email email@example.com.
TV: Balancing act for McCallFriday 19 September 2014
‘Well boss Stuart McCall says striking the right balance is the key to picking up a result at Celtic Park.
Although the Fir Parkers have a good record on their own patch, the team has yet to record a goal or point at the home of the SPFL Champions since McCall’s arrival in December 2010.
Now, with ‘Well desperate to build on last Saturday’s win at Ross County, the Fir Park boss wants his side to carry a threat, but also to be resolute and stubborn at the back.
Speaking to MFC TV ahead of Sunday’s big match, the 50-year old said: “No one need remind me of our record there.
[pullquote]Our game plan is based on striking a balance between carrying a threat, obviously you want to score goals and win the game, but we’ve got to ensure we don’t leave big gaps for them to play in[/pullquote]
“Having said that, we’ve been so very close to taking something on a number of occasions. Three narrow 1-0 defeats, but still defeats all the same.
“Listen, I think people will be fed up of hearing me say before these games that we are going to have to be at our best, but we will have to be.
“We are certainly going to need a better level of performance – they’ve fired warning shots with a big win against Dundee Utd after a midweek European game.
“I also watched their game with Aberdeen and, as much as the Dons performed well in parts, Celtic could have scored a lot more than the two they got.
“Our game plan is based on striking a balance between carrying a threat, obviously you want to score goals and win the game, but we’ve got to ensure we don’t leave big gaps for them to play in.
“We’ll try and stamp our authority on the game and, hopefully, come away with a result.”
TV: Lasley calls for ‘home’ spiritFriday 19 September 2014
Keith Lasley wants ‘Well to take inspiration from decent home performances when they travel to Celtic Park on Sunday.
The Steelmen’s record in the East End of Glasgow is poor, without a point or goal in the last eight visits.
However, it has been a different story in North Lanarkshire, with the Fir Parkers picking up ten points on their own turf against the Scottish Champions in the same time period.
Whilst acknowledging it is an infinitely more difficult task away from home, the experienced midfielder hopes ‘Well can cause real problems for Ronnie Delia’s side.
[pullquote]If we’re at 100%, I am confident we can cause Celtic some problems. We’ve managed to do it, certainly at Fir Park, over the last few seasons and the aim now is to go and do the same in Glasgow[/pullquote]
“It’ll be a tough one, it always is going to Celtic Park.
“We’ve not had many positives results there in recent years but the onus is on us to try and change that.
“I hope the win last weekend will give us a little more confidence to got there with. We’ve got to control what we can; that’s our performance.
“If we’re at 100%, I am confident we can cause Celtic some problems. We’ve managed to do it, certainly at Fir Park, over the last few seasons and the aim now is to go and do the same in Glasgow.”
Colvin in charge at Celtic ParkThursday 18 September 2014
Referee for this Saturday’s SPFL Premiership clash with Celtic at Celtic Park is Brian Colvin.
Brian will be handling his first Motherwell match of the new 2014/15 season.
He did handle two during the 2013/14 campaign. The first was the League Cup Third Round clash at Livingston one year ago.
Bob McHugh put the Fir Parkers ahead before James McFadden made it two with a deft back-heel flick. Livi reduced the deficit late into stoppage time but it wasn’t enough as ‘Well progressed to the Quarter Finals with a 2-1 win.
The other match came three weeks after that success at Almondvale when ‘Well edged out Hearts 2-1 at Fir Park.
Ryan Stevenson gave the visitors the lead but Craig Moore scored a cracker on his league debut to level things before Shaun Hutchinson powered home a header to secure all three points.
Brian took charge of two ‘Well matches the previous season, too.
The first was his first ever in charge of the Steelmen – a 3-1 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park last October.
Jamie Murphy had put Motherwell in a commanding lead with two goals before the break. Nicky Law added a third with a cheeky dink over the goalkeeper before Saints pulled one back late on.
The second was a 2-2 draw with St Mirren at Fir Park. Michael Higdon opened the scoring for the Steelmen only for Connor Newton and Lewis Guy to put the visitors ahead.
Step forward James McFadden with another piece of brilliance from a dead ball, curling a free-kick high past Craig Samson to rescue a point.
In those four matches, he has produced just five yellow cards, two of which were flashed at players in Claret and Amber, and one red for Livi’s Jason Talbot for a reckless lunge at Stevie Hammell.
Brian is no stranger to our opponents having officiated two of their matches last term. The first was a 4-0 home with against Kilmarnock last January, the other a 5-0 demolition of Inverness in Glasgow in early March.
He will be assisted by Stuart MacMillan and Douglas Ross with Andrew Dallas on 4th Official duty. Bryan Robertson is the referee observer with Frank Coulston as the SPFL delegate.
Hamilton Accies hospitality still availableThursday 18 September 2014
The Lanarkshire Derby returns as Hamilton Accies visit Fir Park a week on Saturday and we are putting on a fantastic lunch menu in our hospitality suites.
It’s on a Saturday and it’s a 3pm kick off so an idea opportunity to combine a lovely afternoon meal with a game.
The Suites are already filling fast so it is sure to be an great atmosphere.
All hospitality packages include your match ticket, programme, team sheet and half time tea.
A Former player will host the afternoon with your chance to meet first team players and club staff whilst enjoying your afternoon’s football .
On the menu will be:
Served with fresh bread roll & butter
Supreme of chicken resting on a bed of haggis smothered with a creamy whiskey sauce
Chefs selection of fresh potatoes & vegetables
Strawberry cheese cake
Served with fresh cream & chocolate strawberry cup
Tea coffee & tablet
You have a choice of three packages:
- Centenary Claret: Arriving at 1pm prompt for meal. Full service with access to a pay bar till kick off and then again for an hour post match. All this in the comfort of our Centenary Lounge. Book now from only £60 for an adult and £45 for a child under 16.
- Centenary Amber: Arriving at 1pm prompt for meal. Full table service with complimentary bar and then again for an hour post match. All this in the comfort of our Centenary Lounge. Book now from only £99 for an adult and £55 for a child under 16.
- Millennium Ticket: Enjoy a lighter bite with a complimentary bar for one-hour pre & post. Soup pre-match and half time refreshments, team sheet, match day programme for only £70 for an adult and £35 for a child under 16.
Remember, Season Ticket holders can upgrade to hospitality for just £25.
If you would like to book a place at our fantastic Hospitality Lunch, please phone Jennifer Reston on 01698 338 008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.