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    BLOG: An update from the Chairman #3

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    TV: Highlights from Pittodrie

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    Aberdeen defeat in pictures

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    Manager sore after crazy two minutes

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    Aberdeen 2 – 1 Motherwell

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    TV: Long happy to be the underdog

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    TV: Baraclough keen to build

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

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    TV: JJ disappointed with Saints defeat

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    Motherwell U20s 2 – 3 St Johnstone U20s

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    BLOG: An update from the Chairman #3

    HELP SAFEGUARD YOUR CLUB, JOIN THE WELL SOCIETY

    As you know, in February Les Hutchison provided your club with an initial loan of £650,000.

    In addition, to help the club improve the playing squad plus the scouting and medical set ups, Les has injected another substantial sum into the club. But, he wants his loans repaid.

    Les’ loans are repaid by the club at regular intervals. If it runs out of cash to repay the loan temporarily, the ‘Well Society has agreed to cover any shortfall as part of a joint loan repayment agreement.

    If both the club and the Well Society are unable to repay Les Hutchison’s loan he will ultimately have to sell the club to recoup his loan. However, no suitable buyer emerged in several years after John Boyle put the club up for sale and the only other option in recent months was a foreign consortium. We run the risk of the club falling into the wrong hands or, in the worst-case scenario, Les would have the option of triggering an insolvency event to recoup his money.

    Currently, the society does not have enough reserves to be able to guarantee that it can always provide sufficient cash when the club might need it over the period of the loan. To ensure that it is able to cover any shortfalls the society needs to raise more than twice as much cash as it has thus far. To safeguard the club the society must recruit an additional 1,000 new adult members.

    As Chairman of your club and also Chairman of the Well Society, whose mission is to help the club financially through thick and thin, I am appealing to every Motherwell fan to support the club by joining the ‘Well Society. By paying the equivalent of one cup of coffee a week you and I, together, will be able to avoid the worst case scenario.

    In a similar way that fans in the Foundation of Hearts are paying Ann Budge for her shares, Motherwell fans can repay Les Hutchison’s loan by paying regular monthly payments by direct debit to the Well Society.

    The society membership has raised over £500,000 in two years, which is a tremendous achievement for the Motherwell fans involved. It is not beyond the bounds of possibility therefore that with your help it can raise another £500,000 and more over the next 5 years.

    Hearts fans pay on average nearly £20 per month by direct debit to save their club. I am appealing to all Motherwell fans to pay at least £10 or more by direct debit to save Motherwell FC and place it in the hands of those who care for it most.

    It could not be any simpler. Just click on the like below and follow the instructions.

    www.thewellsociety.co.uk

    Many thanks for your continuing support

    Brian McCafferty
    Chairman

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    TV: Highlights from Pittodrie

     Extended highlights from Pittodrie as despite taking a first half lead, Motherwell lose 2-1 to high-flying Aberdeen.

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    Aberdeen defeat in pictures

    Action pictures from tonight’s 2-1 defeat by Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Manager sore after crazy two minutes

    Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough admitted the outcome was painful but was heartened by his team’s first half display.

    The Steelmen were in control during the first-half, taking the lead when Scott McDonald turned in Lee Erwin’s low shot.

    But a barmy two minutes, when ‘Well lost a goal from a corner before a defensive mix-up between George Long and Louis Laing gave Adam Rooney a tap in for the winner.

    [pullquote]It’s a sore one to take because for 45 minutes, that was as good as we have played since I have been here.[/pullquote]

    It was painful for everyone in Claret and Amber, but Baraclough was remaining positive.

    He said: “It’s a sore one to take because for 45 minutes, that was as good as we have played since I have been here.

    “We have shown that we can be a good team and made a very good team in Aberdeen change their system and personnel because they could not get to grips with us.

    “All of a sudden, we switched off at a set-piece which has been our Achilles heel and it set us on the back foot and then after a little bit of panic, we find ourselves 2-1 down.”

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    Aberdeen 2 – 1 Motherwell

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    J.Twigg at Pittodrie

    A crazy two minutes cost Motherwell dearly at Pittodrie as the Dons run out 2-1 winners.

    Scott McDonald diverted in a Lee Erwin shot to give the visitors a deserved interval lead but Ash Taylor and Adam Rooney scored in quick succession early in the second half to hand the Dons victory.

    It was hard on the Steelmen, who could have gone into the break with a more commanding lead than the one they had earned through McDonald.

    With Donvervorn Daniels anchoring the midfield, Ryan Jack was able to push forward and he went close in the seventh minute after collecting a David Goodwillie pass, curling an 18-yard shot just over the crossbar. Moments later, the same player shot straight at George Long from 25 yards.

    The hosts struggled to get into a rhythm in the early stages but they did carve out an opening for Kenny McLean in the 21st minute. Shay Logan picked out Goodwillie, who in turn found the former St Mirren starlet – but he could not keep his effort down from 14 yards.

    Motherwell gave as good as they got and, after Erwin sliced wide, they should have gone in front in the 29th minute. After a mix-up in the hosts backline, Erwin got in behind the Dons defence but Jamie Langfield came racing out of his goal to spread himself and make a goal-saving block.

    However, Aberdeen failed to heed the warning and trailed after 37 minutes. Erwin was allowed to move forward unchallenged and his shot from just outside the box was cleverly flicked by McDonald on route and the ball found the bottom corner.

    The Steelmen’s lead would have been short-lived but for an impressive save from Long, who dived to his right to keep out McLean’s downward header.

    Aberdeen drew level though six minutes into the second half from a corner. Niall McGinn’s deep delivery found the unmarked Taylor, whose header from eight yards was brilliantly saved by Long – but the ball squirmed from his grasp and into the net.

    Rooney then profited on a defensive blunder two minutes to give the Dons the lead.

    On loan Sheffield Utd goalkeeper Long charged out of his box to try to clear the danger but got into a mix-up with Louis Laing and Rooney nipped in to tap into an empty net.

    From looking assured and well organised in the first period, the visiting defence had quickly become ragged and they nearly conceded again in the 65th minute when McGinn drove a low angled shot just wide from Goodwillie’s lay-off.

    In an effort to get back into the game, ‘Well manager Ian Baraclough turned to substitutes John Sutton and Lionel Ainsworth and although the latter screwed a late shot wide, Aberdeen saw out the match to keep alive their title bid.

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     Ally Reilly at Fir Park

    FULL TIME | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    It ends Aberdeen 2 – 1 Motherwell

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    Aberdeen sub, Pawlett off for Robertson

    88′ | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Lasley clips a ball over the top and it’s an ambitious effort from Ainsworth who strikes it first time. Not far wide.

    85′ | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Final Motherwell sub, Dom Thomas on for Erwin

    83′ | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    McDonald needlessly enters the ref’s book for dissent.

    79′ | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Erwin enters the ref’s book for a rash tackle on Logan.

    75′ | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    And an Aberdeen change, Robson on for Goodwillie

    76′ | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Motherwell sub, Sutton on for Johnson.

    75′ | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    McGinn tries to capitalise on a loose pass but drags his shot well side from 20 yards out.

    65′ | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Motherwell sub, Grant is off for Ainsworth.

    62′ | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Lasley is booked for a foul on Jack.

    52′ | 2-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Goal – An incredible lapse of communication between defender and goalkeeper lets Rooney in to poke into the empty net.

    50′ | 1-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Goal – Taylor gets plenty of room to head home from a corner. 1-1

    46′ | 0-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Lasley and Johnson get the second half underway.

    Half time’ | 0-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Teams are back out for the second half. ‘Mon ‘Well!

    HALF-TIME | 0-1 | #AFCvMFC

    37′ | 0-1 | #AFCvMFC

    Erwin got his shot away form 25 yards out and it deflected off McDonald and into the net!!! 1-0 to ‘Well!!!!

    GGGOOOAALLLL!!

    35′ | 0-0 | #AFCvMFC

    Aberdeen sub, Daniels makes way for Pawlett.

    32′ | 0-0 | #AFCvMFC

    McLean fires just wide of the post from 20 yards after a clearance falls straight to him.

    30′ | 0-0 | #AFCvMFC

    Great chance!! Erwin gets on the end of a loose ball but Langfield raced off his line and got enough on it to block!

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    Lovely through ball from Grant to find Erwin but as he pulls the trigger, his shot sails well wide of the target.

    21′ | 0-0 | #AFCvMFC

    Lasley wins a tackle in the box but the ball falls kindly for McLean who shoots wildly over the bar from 15 yards.

    16′ | 0-0 | #AFCvMFC

    Motherwell win a corner but Grant’s low delivery is hooked clear by McLean.

    10′ | 0-0 | #AFCvMFC

    Jack gets another effort on goal. This time his shot from range is on target but is comfortable for Long

    8′ | 0-0 | #AFCvMFC

    Aberdeen counter and Jack should have done better with his shot from just inside the box. Ballooned over the bar.

    7′ | 0-0 | #AFCvMFC

    First shot on target for ‘Well. Johnson sent Erwin racing down the wing and he cut in and got a shot away. Easy save.

    Kick-Off | #AFCvMFC

    Goodwillie and McGinn get the game underway. COYW!!!!

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    Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough:

    “It’s a sore one to take because for 45 minutes, that was as good as we have played since I have been here.

    “We have shown that we can be a good team and made a very good team in Aberdeen change their system and personnel because they could not get to grips with us.

    “All of a sudden, we switched off at a set-piece which has been our Achilles heel and it set us on the back foot and then after a little bit of panic, we find ourselves 2-1 down.”

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes:

    “There was a change in our demeanour in the second half and that was the biggest thing.

    “The players showed exactly in the second half how important the three points were and they deserve so much credit for that.

    “It could be the most important three points of the season, you never know.”

    “We are now in to a 10-game season and we will look to win as many of them as possible. From the last 15 league games, we have lost one, drawn two and won 12 and that is brilliant consistency.”.

    “If we get anywhere near that in the last part of the season, we will be pleased with our work and we are just determined to finish as strongly as possible.”

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    TV: Long happy to be the underdog

    George Long says it very much suits the Steelmen to be massive underdogs ahead of the Friday night game against Aberdeen.

    Few will give ‘Well much of a chance against the high-flying Dons, who haven’t lost at home for over four months.

    The Claret and Amber men went down narrowly, 1-0, in the Granite City back in late October, their first defeat at Pittodrie for over six years.

    Since then, the Reds have gone from strength to strength whilst ‘Well have toiled.

    [pullquote]We were underdogs against Inverness; no one thought we would take anything against team who were on a long unbeaten run and we got the three points and played well[/pullquote]

    However, recent improvements have given everyone cause for optimism and the on-loan Sheffield United stopper revealed there is a quiet confidence amongst the players ahead of the BT Sport Live match.

    He said: “We go into the game with some belief based on our last two performances.

    “We were underdogs against Inverness; no one thought we would take anything against team who were on a long unbeaten run and we got the three points and played well.

    “If we can get a similar sort of performance, and even although it will be a very tough match, I think we can go and pull off an upset.”

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    TV: Baraclough keen to build

    Ian Baraclough has challenged his players to keep their run of form going when they face high-flying Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

    The Steelmen have beaten Inverness and drawn with Kilmarnock in their last two outings, but face an altogether tougher test against the Dons.

    Derek McInnes’ side have only lost twice in the league since mid October, both times to leaders Celtic, and go into the match on the back of a week’s training camp in Tenerife.

    Although the odds will be very much stacked against his side, former QPR and Scunthorpe defender Baraclough has a plan in place to upset the Reds on their own patch.

    [pullquote]That’s the challenge to the players and everyone at the club: to try and maintain that momentum, even if it is has been just two matches.[/pullquote]

    “Our preparations for the match remain the same; it will be no different,” he told the broadcast media at Motherwell’s pre-match news conference.

    “Although there is no doubting it’s a tough one, we will go with the belief that we can go to Pittodrie and get something and hopefully keep our run going.

    “That’s the challenge to the players and everyone at the club: to try and maintain that momentum, even if it is has been just two matches.

    “It’s a great game for us against one of the teams in the top two. We’ve got no fear of it, we beat a team who are just behind them a few weeks ago and we’re very much of a mind to go up there and go for it.”

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

     Extended highlights from the Excelsior Stadium as St Johnstone edge out Motherwell 3-2 in the SPFL Development League.

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    TV: JJ disappointed with Saints defeat

    Jonatan Johansson was left disappointed after his young suffered a rare loss at the hands of St Johnstone this evening.

    The Steelmen haven’t tasted defeat since mid December and were twice ahead against the Perth Saints.

    However, there wasn’t the same fluidity, aggression or ruthlessness that has been prevalent over their last five games.

    Although the first-half was fairly even, Saints controlled much of the second period and when Liam Caddis scored the winning goal, it was hard to deny them they three points.

    [pullquote]We didn’t play together, we didn’t press and made it easy for St Johnstone to pick us apart. We failed to show the same commitment as in previous matches.[/pullquote]

    Johansson was angered by his side’s failure to play as a cohesive unit and challenge them to react when they face St Mirren next Tuesday.

    Speaking to MFC TV, he said: “I am very disappointed with how it went, mainly because we didn’t play as a team.

    “We were all bits and pieces; one on ones and two on twos. We didn’t play together, we didn’t press and made it easy for St Johnstone to pick us apart. We failed to show the same commitment as in previous matches.

    “I want to see a reaction, not just in the game next week, but in training too. I understand it’s a hard time of year for players, but I told them beforehand that I want to put pressure on them. We’ll learn from this and I want have to see an immediate rebound.”

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    Motherwell U20s 2 – 3 St Johnstone U20s

    Motherwell Under 20s lost for the first time in almost three months, going down 2-3 to St Johnstone at the Excelsior Stadium this evening.

    Despite taking the lead twice, through Dylan Mackin and then Ben Hall, Saints twice equalised via George Hunter and Scott Brown, before Liam Caddis eventually netted the winner midway through the second half.

    After three draws and two victories in 2015, it was a disappointing way for the young Steelmen’s run to finally come to a halt.

    Jonatan Johansson made four changes to the side that beat Kilmarnock 0-4 last week: Max Currie, Anthony Straker, Steven Higgins and Chris Cadden all dropped out, replaced by Brett Long, Jack McMillan, Dylan Mackin and Stuart Carswell.

    And Motherwell got off to a positive start and almost took the lead after nine minutes. Dom Thomas was the creator, beating Alex Kitchen on the left flank before crossing for Dylan Mackin who scooped a shot high over the bar.

    Saints’ reply came three minutes later through Scott Brown, the midfielder picking up on a loose clearance on the edge, only to drive a low shot well wide of target.

    Play raged from end-to-end but with their next attack, the Fir Parkers drew first blood. Mackin, who had missed that chance just ten minutes earlier, showed no ill-effects when he pulled a high ball out the air on the edge of the St Johnstone box. Showing great feet, he played a neat one-two with Bob McHugh before slotting under Mark Hurst for 1-0.

    The visitors looked to hit back through Liam Caddis, but he sent a free-kick spiralling over the bar before Dom Thomas came close to doubling the home side’s advantage. He collected a pass on the left hand side of the box, dribbled past Kitchen again before firing a shot at goal. It looked to be heading for the far corner, but defender Jason Kerr recovered well and deflected it behind at the expense of a corner.

    As the half wore on, Saints started to take more and more control, and should have been level on the half hour but were denied by the reflexes of Brett Long, who was off his line like a flash to block a Connor McLaren shot after the winger had found space following a quick free-kick.

    However, the young Northern Irishman was powerless to stop the equaliser just ten minutes later. That man McLaren was again involved, picking up possession deep on the left flank. His cross was excellent, flying over the head of Ferguson, for the unmarked George Hunter who rose unopposed to head home from close range.

    Just before the interval, McLaren had another half chance, linking up well with Hunter again, but his low, trundling effort was comfortable enough for Long to smother.

    Much like the first, ‘Well came out the traps for the second forty-five and within twenty seconds, Jack McMillan tested Hurst with a low shot. A minute later, Thomas again brought out the best in Hurst with a curling effort that was turned away by the Saints stopper.

    However, he couldn’t stop Ben Hall netting to put the Fir Parkers back in front just three minutes after the restart. Thomas’ corner was begging to be gobbled up, and the young Northern Irish defender rose well to bullet home from close range.

    Nathan Thomas then had a half chance to put his side further ahead, but ballooned his effort over before Saints went on to dominate the last thirty minutes.

    They thought they were level when Scott Brown drilled home a stinging drive from distance but celebrations were cut shot when, after advice from assistant Chris Gentles, the goal was ruled out. Replays show that although Liam Caddis was close to the goalkeeper, he didn’t touch the ball as it flew past Brett Long.

    Although disappointed, the Saints midfielder wouldn’t have to wait long, just three minutes to be precise, to get the goal his play deserved and it was an even better strike! A ball into the box was headed out by Ferguson and after one touch to set himself, he lashed it home from all of thirty yards.

    It went from bad to worse from Johansson’s men as they found themselves behind for the first time in the match just seven minutes later. A free-kick into the area was only half cleared by Hall and the Claret and Amber men were slow to react to the second ball, allowing Caddis to nip in and slot a low shot in off the far post from an acute angle.

    There was no more scoring, but Dom Thomas almost equalised with virtually the last kick, with a smart turn and shot from the edge of the area well blocked by Hurst.

    Motherwell: Long, Watt, McMillan, Carswell, Hall, Ferguson, N. Thomas (Higgins – 64mins), Mackin (McCall – 79mins), McHugh, D. Thomas, MacLean

    Subs Not Used: Currie, McNulty, Leitch, Anderson, Watters

    Goals: Mackin (18), Hall (48)

    Booked: Hall