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    TV: Highlights from Dingwall

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    Ross County defeat in pictures

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    Ross County 3 – 2 Motherwell

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    TV: McManus up for starting battle

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    TV: Baraclough’s selection conundrum

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    Robinson appointed ‘Well Assistant

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    Murray to officiate Ross County clash

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    Kenny Black leaves the club

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    TV: Highlights from Dingwall

     Extended highlights from Global Energy Stadium as Motherwell go down 3-2 to Ross County in the SPFL Premiership.


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    TV: Baraclough urges togetherness

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough has urged everyone to stick together as ‘Well try and get themselves out of the relegation mire.

    The Steelmen currently side in eleventh spot, seven behind Partick Thistle in ninth, level with St Mirren in tenth and three ahead of bottom club County.

    Only the Staggies were victorious this afternoon, making the whole thing even tighter at the foot.

    The Fir Park boss: “If we do stick together and support each other I’m sure we’ll make it through. It’s not going to be an easy time; it’s not going to be all plain sailing.

    [pullquote]If we do stick together and support each other I’m sure we’ll make it through. It’s not going to be an easy time; it’s not going to be all plain sailing.[/pullquote]

    “You are going to get the knocks, and you are going to get disappointments. It’s how you deal with the disappointments as a collective. Not just the players, not just the staff, but everybody.”

    On his new players, he added: “It was young Conor Grant’s first start in senior football. I thought he handled it very well – he’s going to be an exceptional player. I’m really pleased we’re going to be helping him through that early development period.

    “Nathan Thomas and Marvin Johnson are two wide men, two quick men. They’ll soon get up to speed with the pace of the Scottish game, and they’ll make an impact for sure.

    “George Long was very commanding. He couldn’t do anything about the three goals, but he certainly took charge of his penalty box and his back four, and pulled off some great saves first-half.

    “All the new lads were a credit to themselves.”

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    Ross County defeat in pictures

    Action pictures from today’s 3-2 SPFL Premiership defeat by Ross County at Fir Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Ross County 3 – 2 Motherwell

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    Phil McGhee at Global Energy Stadium

    Motherwell lost narrowly to Ross County in an action-packed afternoon at the Global Energy Stadium.

    Jim McIntyre’s side took the lead in the first half through Martin Woods but new-signing Conor Grant brought ‘Well level with a stunning free kick.

    Paul Quinn put County back in front before Raffaele De Vita made it 3-1. Fraser Kerr pulled one back but it wasn’t enough as the hosts held on for the three points.

    ‘Well made six changes to the side that drew with St Johnstone and the team in all white made a bright start to the game, Lee Erwin in particular, and he did well to cut in on the left flank only for his shot to be deflected wide for a corner.

    A minute later, the same player latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box but smashed his low shot narrowly wide of Mark Brown’s left hand post.

    County grew into the match and Craig Curran prodded a header wide but it would be ‘Well who would have the first shot on target.

    Stephen McManus sent Thomas scampering away down the right after the former Plymouth mad had left Reckord on his backside. Closing down on goal, the winger’s low shot was held by Brown at the second attempt.

    County hit back almost immediately and the Steelmen had ‘keeper Long to thank for two stunning saves, the first from Staggies’ Northern Irish frontman Liam Boyce and the other from Scott Boyd, who both fired stinging shots from distance.

    However, the on-loan Sheffield United stopper was helpful to keep out the next attack as the hosts took the lead through Martin Woods. The midfielder played a one-two with De Vita before finding the corner of the net with a superb left-foot volley.

    The home side had a chance to double their lead a couple of minutes later when Boyce got on the end of a Woods free kick but failed to finish.

    ‘Well should have got themselves on level terms before the break when Fraser Kerr twice headed into the arms of Brown from set-pieces.

    County had another good chance to extend their lead in the 47th minute when Jackson Irvine got on the end of Woods’ corner but, with the goal at his mercy, he headed well over.

    Motherwell did eventually draw level and it was a cracker from midfielder Conor Grant. It was the Evertonian himself who won the free kick in a dangerous position when Reckord tripped him on the edge of the area. The 19-year old took the kick himself and curled the ball in at Brown’s near post.

    Frustratingly, County restored their advantage inside six minutes and it was former ‘Well man Paul Quinn who put his side ahead. Raffaele De Vita floated a free kick towards the far end of the box and Quinn nipped in between Kerr and Reid to send a header looping into the far corner.

    It went from bad to terrible shortly after when De Vita added a third, carefully watching Michael Gardyne cross ball fly over the head of Reid before controlling a stinging volley past Long, leaving the big Englishman completely helpless.

    To their credit, Baraclough’s men refused to lie down and set-up a grandstand last fifteen minutes when Fraser Kerr headed home Grant’s whipped corner.

    However, County saw out the game, remaining resolute at the back and keeping possession deep in the ‘Well half to eventually see the game out and send a dejected visitors down the A9 pointless.

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     Ally Reilly at Global Energy Stadium

    FT: Ross County 3 – 2 Motherwell #RCFCvMFC

    4 minutes added on. #RCFCvMFC

    87mins: Motherwell sub, Grant off for Ainsworth #RCFCvMFC

    83mins: Ross County sub, Kiss is on for Gardyne #RCFCvMFC

    80mins: Ramsden is booked for a tackle on Boyce. County have a free-kick in a similar position where they scored #RCFCvMFC

    78mins: Fraser KERR heads home Grant’s corner! 3-2 now….

    78mins: Johnson forces a ‘Well corner….GOAL!!

    77mins: Dingwall booked for a late tackle on Reid #RCFCvMFC

    71mins: Ross County sub, De Vita off for Dingwall #RCFCvMFC

    69mins: Fraser enters the refs book – Cautioned for a challenge on Johnson #RCFCvMFC

    251 ‘Well fans have made the journey up. As always, your wonderful support is greatly appreciated #RCFCvMFC

    65mins: Motherwell sub, Lasley off for Moore #RCFCvMFC

    64mins: De Vita booked for a tackle on Reid #RCFCvMFC

    63mins: Goal – It’s 3-1. Another volley, this time De Vita smashing home from 15 yards

    59mins: Motherwell sub, N. Thomas is off for Johnson #RCFCvMFC

    59mins: Goal – Paul Quinn nods County into the lead from a deep free-kick. 2-1 #RCFCvMFC

    55mins: Irvine booked for hacking down Erwin, wide on the left. Free-kick in a decent area…Grant’s delivery is swept clear by Irvine

    53mins: It’s the new boy, Conor GRANT, who curls in a beauty of a free-kick. What a goal!! 1-1 #RCFCvMFC

    53mins: Grant shows some good footwork to earn a free-kick about 20 yards out…..GGOOAALLLL!!!

    46mins: Incredibly Irvine has a free header from a corner yet somehow fails to hit the target from 10 yards #RCFCvMFC

    Second half is underway, no changes for either side #RCFCvMFC

    HT: Ross County 1 – 0 Motherwell #RCFCvMFC

    44mins: Yet again Kerr wins a header from a corner but it is too tame to bother Brown #RCFCvMFC

    41mins: From that corner, Kerr wins the header but it is straight at Brown #RCFCvMFC

    41mins: Grant’s corner is aimed at Kerr who is only just beaten to it by Irvine who heads out for a corner #RCFCvMFC

    38mins: Erwin wins ‘Well a corner, Grant swings it in but again Brown is on hand to mop up the danger #RCFCvMFC

    35mins: Woods swings in a deep free-kick which finds Boyce in the box but his effort doesn’t trouble Long #RCFCvMFC

    34mins: Goal – Wodds puts County in the lead, with a stunner of a volley after a one-two with Boyce #RCFCvMFC

    31mins: ‘Well free-kick wide on the right, Grant delivers…Brown gather comfortably #RCFCvMFC

    28mins: Two fantastic saves from Long in the space of a minute :O Spectacularly tipping over from Boyce twice! #RCFCvMFC

    27mins: McManus sends Thomas racing clear and Brown has to make a good save to deny him as he shot from 20 yards #RCFCvMFC

    25mins: After quite an explosive first five minutes, the game has quietened down a little. Not a lot to talk about right now #RCFCvMFC

    16mins: De Vita twists and turns inside the ‘Well box and gets a cross in which Long plucks out the air #RCFCvMFC

    8mins: Another Motherwell corner….taken short again but Thomas is crowded out and can’t deliver the cross #RCFCvMFC

    3mins: Erwin looking lively! Finds some space 25 yards out and gets a volley away which sails just past the post #RCFCvMFC

    1min: Erwin cuts inside from the left and his shot is nodded wide for a corner. ‘Well work a short on but is headed clear.

    Boyce and Irvine kick the game off. COYW! #RCFCvMFC

    Out come the teams then. A big 90 minutes ahead for both sides… #RCFCvMFC


    Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough:

    “If we do stick together and support each other I’m sure we’ll make it through. It’s not going to be an easy time, it’s not going to be all plain sailing.

    “You are going to get the knocks, and you are going to get disappointments. It’s how you deal with the disappointments as a collective. Not just the players, not just the staff, but everybody.”

    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre:

    “What especially pleased me was the way we started the match. I thought we were on the front foot right from the off and put them under severe pressure.

    “Both our wide players were getting crosses in at every opportunity. Motherwell’s centre backs will know they’ve been in a game because our two were a real handful.

    “The way we wanted to go about it was exactly the way it panned out.

    “And it’s a great shot in the arm for the boys in terms of confidence levels. The dressing room was a very happy place after the game. It’s important, though, we remember it is just one result.”


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    TV: McManus up for starting battle

    Stephen McManus thinks fighting for a spot in the team should motivate the Motherwell squad.

    With injuries decimating the first half of the 2014/15 campaign, it has often been the eleven fittest players who have been selected for matchdays.

    However, with the addition of seven new recruits during the January transfer window, the emergence of the exciting young talent at the club and some of the injuries starting to clear up, ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough now has some big decisions to make in positions all across the park.

    Former Scotland International McManus, who himself has recovered from a knee injury which kept him out the St Johnstone match, says there is a real hunger in the dressing room to be amongst the starting eleven.

    [pullquote]You’ve got to relish and accept the challenge and try to ensure you’re the one who is playing. Competition for places is always healthy.[/pullquote]

    He said: “The fact we have some real quality additions has given the squad a real freshness.

    “Because we’ve added new faces obviously does not mean all our problems are solved and we’re going to win every match. Some guys will take time to settle in, others will hit the ground running.

    “What it has given us though is a real battle for places. Obviously a few guys have managed to get off the treatment table too, so there are options, something we’ve perhaps not had here in quite some time.

    “That’s a challenge to everyone who was here. You’ve got to relish and accept the challenge and try to ensure you’re the one who is playing. Competition for places is always healthy.”

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    TV: Baraclough’s selection conundrum

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough hopes his new recruits will give the squad a boost ahead of Saturday’s match against Ross County.

    The Steelmen added seven new faces during the January Transfer Window, including four on the last day.

    With no game last weekend, that has allowed the former Scunthorpe and Sligo boss to work with his troops as they prepare to launch into the second half of the season.

    And speaking ahead of the game in Dingwall, Baraclough admitted he has a real conundrum now on who will make the starting eleven.

    [pullquote]We’ve had a really good fortnight, the intensity in training has been given a real lift and we have some real competition for places ahead of the game in the Highlands.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to the broadcast press at ‘Well’s weekly news conference, he said: “Three of the lads – Stephen Pearson, Louis Laing and Anthony Straker have now been here for a good few weeks and have trained a lot with the lads so I would like to think they have settled in.

    “Given we didn’t have a game last weekend, it has given us a good chance to bed in the four deadline day signings and they’ve worked with everyone and integrated themselves well.

    “We’ve had a really good fortnight, the intensity in training has been given a real lift and we have some real competition for places ahead of the game in the Highlands.

    “I for one can’t wait to get up there and hopefully get our season started.”

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    Robinson appointed ‘Well Assistant

    Motherwell FC is today (Friday) delighted to confirm the appointment of Steve Robinson as the club’s Assistant Manager.

    40-year old Robinson is a former Northern Irish International, but started his career with English giants Tottenham Hotspur back in the early 1990s.

    He went on to play for the likes of Leyton Orient, Bournemouth, Preston North End, Bristol City and Luton Town over a fifteen-year period. He also collected several Youth International caps and seven senior caps for his country of birth.

    When he retired from playing, he joined the Irish FA and was appointed as their Under 21s team manager on a short-term basis.

    He was then confirmed as manager of the Under 19s and Under 17s teams. A re-jig of the underage coaching set-ups saw him take charge of the Under 21s too.

    In early 2014 he stepped down from his role with the Under-21s to work within the IFA’s Elite Development Programme and has been credited with making significant improvements to that level of the game in Northern Ireland.

    He retained his post as Under 17s manager and also took charge of the Under 16s Schoolboys side. In September 2014 he also joined-up with the senior set-up as coach, working with Michael O’Neil’s first-team squad; a role which he will continue whilst at Fir Park.

    He was reportedly being chased by English Championship side Watford when former Dundee Utd midfielder Billy McKinlay briefly took the role at Vicarage Road, but nothing came of it and he’ll now team up with Ian Baraclough in ‘Well’s new-look management team.

    [pullquote]It is a really exciting prospect and as soon as I spoke to Ian, I was absolutely desperate to get involved. I’ve only heard great things about the club. Obviously, the first challenge is to try and ensure we push ourselves up the table as quickly as possible and I will do everything I can to assist in that target.[/pullquote]

    He will officially take up his new post this coming Monday (15th February).

    Speaking to motherwellfc.co.uk, Robinson said: “I look forward to getting started and working with both the staff and players at Motherwell.

    “It is a really exciting prospect and as soon as I spoke to Ian, I was absolutely desperate to get involved. I’ve only heard great things about the club. Obviously, the first challenge is to try and ensure we push ourselves up the table as quickly as possible and I will do everything I can to assist in that target.

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Irish FA, thank them for all they have done for me and look forward to continuing to work with senior squad in the coming months and years.”

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough added: “Steve is a fantastic coach and we are absolutely delighted to have him on board.

    “When I was between jobs I took it upon myself to watch as many different sessions as I could and was hugely impressed the times I watched Steve in action. He’s a very modern, forward-thinking coach and I am sure the lads will love working with him.

    “I’ve also had some excellent feedback from a number of people in the game; he came very highly recommended from every single person I spoke with.

    “Not only does he put on a great session, he is very tactically aware and very good at working with young players too, which is essential in the new model and refocused strategy we have at the club.

    General Manager Alan Burrows commented: “We are really pleased to have someone of Steve’s talent and reputation on board. It’s certainly an exciting time at the football club.

    “I would like to thank the Northern Irish FA, Head Coach Michael O’Neil and CEO Patrick Nelson in particular, for their professionalism, support and cooperation during this process.

    “We have long had an affinity with the IFA with the former players, staff and current Youth players and are pleased to see that continue now through Steve’s appointment.”

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    Murray to officiate Ross County clash

    The referee for Saturday’s SPFL Premiership clash with Ross County at Global Energy Stadium is Calum Murray.

    Murray is an experienced whistler with well over fifteen years in the top flight and this is his third ‘Well match of the campaign, the others being the opening day success of St Mirren thanks to Lee Erwin’s first senior goal, and the 1-0 defeat to Celtic in December, in which he sent off Simon Ramsden for a tackle on James Forrest.

    He only took charge of one ‘Well match last term, that was the disappointing 2-0 defeat at McDiarmid Park – Stevie May and Nigel Hasselbaink on the score sheet.

    Previous to that, it was February 2013 and a 3-0 for Stuart McCall’s side over Inverness (Michael Higdon double and a Nicky Law strike) at Fir Park.

    Murray took charge of another two Motherwell matches that same campaign, the instantly forgettable 2-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox in the Scottish Communities League Cup and the 3-2 victory over Ross County at Fir Park.

    Back in 2011, he also handled the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden.

    His overall record in charge of the Steelmen is fairly mixed. Of the 23 games he has taken charge of, Motherwell have won ten, drawn four and lost nine. The Fir Parkers have scored 29 whilst 30 have hit the back of the ‘Well net.

    65 players have seen yellow on those twenty three matches, 35 of which were shown to a player wearing Claret and Amber.

    Three players has been sent for an early bath, Bob Malcolm in the famous 1-0 win over Celtic back in early 2008 and Jim Goodwin, for a second bookable offence, in that match this term and most recently, Simon Ramsden against Celtic for a last man challenge on James Forrest.

    Calum will be ably assisted by Stuart Stevenson and Mark McLean with Colin Steven on fourth official duties

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    Kenny Black leaves the club

    Motherwell Football Club can today confirm assistant manager Kenny Black has left the club.

    Black joined Motherwell as Stuart McCall’s assistant some four years ago and together they carved out one of the clubs’ most successful eras on the pitch, with three ‘best of the rest’ finishes in the Scottish top flight and a Scottish Cup Final in May 2011.

    The club will now search for a new assistant with a view to making a swift appointment.

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough said: “I can have no complaints about Kenny’s professionalism or work since my arrival late last year.

    “However, I felt it would be a good time to change things and that a freshness and something different in that role might help us.

    “The club is heading in an exciting new direction both on and off the park and we’ll make further announcements in due course.”

    Kenny added: “I understand how football works and accept today’s decision.

    “The manager spoke with me earlier this afternoon and everything was and is amicable.

    “I want to thank Motherwell FC for the four great years we’ve had together and wish them and the people at Fir Park every success.”

    Everyone at Motherwell Football Club would like to put on record our sincere thanks to Kenny for his four years of sterling service and wish him all the very best in his future career.

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    TV: Baraclough reviews recent signings

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough talks in-depth about his January recruitment and what fans can expect from the Deadline Day quadruple.

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