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    TV: Baraclough up for Tynecastle test

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    Stephen Pearson: Injury Update

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    Midfielder Jake Taylor signs on loan

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    Tynecastle ticket information

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    Bolton visit for Lasley Testimonial Match

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    TV: Baraclough frustrated at home loss

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    Dundee utd defeat in pictures

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    Motherwell 0 – 2 Dundee Utd

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    TV: Baraclough demands hard work

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    TV: Baraclough up for Tynecastle test

    Ian Baraclough is looking forward to sampling the Tynecastle atmosphere and knows ‘Well will have to be at their best to derail the high-flying Jambos.

    The Gorgie club have returned to the top league with a bang, beating St Johnstone and Dundee in the opening two games, scoring six goals.

    ‘Well have lost just twice in their last nine visits to Tynecastle, but this could arguably be the toughest test faced over that run.

    However, with a great win at the Caledonian Stadium and a very encouraging performance, albeit ending in defeat against Dundee Utd, means mood in the Claret and Amber camp is high.

    [pullquote]We need to be fresh, full of energy, which we are, and I’m looking forward to what will be a really good atmosphere and I think that’ll give the players a bit of incentive to go and do well[/pullquote]

    Steelmen boss Baraclough is looking forward to it and has challenged his players to once again upset the odds in front of a large, vociferous home crowd.

    He said: “Robbie Neilson’s side have started very, very well. They’ve carried the momentum through from the Championship-winning team and at home they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

    “So we’ve got to be right on our game. We need to be fresh, full of energy, which we are, and I’m looking forward to what will be a really good atmosphere and I think that’ll give the players a bit of incentive to go and do well.

    “It’s a great stage, a great ground. I’ve never played there, but people I’ve spoken to say it’s one of the best in Scotland for atmosphere.”

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    Stephen Pearson: Injury Update

    Motherwell FC has learned the full extent of Stephen Pearson’s injury, sustained on the opening day of the season at Inverness.

    A scan has revealed the 32-year old former Scotland International has some knee cartilage damage that will require fairly routine surgery to rectify.

    That surgery will go ahead this coming Friday (14th August).

    However, both the surgery and recovery could rule the player out for six weeks.

    The will come as a blow to Ian Baraclough but the ‘Well boss was remaining optimistic and was relieved it wasn’t more serious.

    [pullquote]These sorts of contact based injuries are, sadly, unavoidable and part of the game so we can’t do anything but get on with it.[/pullquote]

    “There was a worry when it first happened that Stephen may have sustained a cruciate ligament injury, so we’re obviously delighted that’s not been the case.

    “These sorts of contact based injuries are, sadly, unavoidable and part of the game so we can’t do anything but get on with it.

    “Stephen has started the season well, but this gives opportunities to other players to stake a claim for a spot in the starting eleven. I am confident in those who will now get their chance to stand up and take responsibility.”

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    Midfielder Jake Taylor signs on loan

    Motherwell FC has today completed the loan signing of Reading’s Welsh International Jake Taylor.

    Taylor, a 23-year old midfielder, has been with the Royals for 16 years but from 2011 onwards, has enjoyed loan spells at Aldershot, Exeter, Cheltenham, Crawley and Leyton Orient.

    He has played a total of 23 times for Reading in the Championship, scoring three goals (the vast majority of those coming last season).

    As an aside from his club career, Jake has also played for the Welsh Under 17s, Under 19s, Under 21s before eventually making his senior debut, earning his first cap against Cyprus in October last year.

    Taylor has joined on loan until the end of the season, with a break option in January. He will wear squad number 25 and will go straight into the squad for Wednesday night’s game against Hearts, subject to clearance formalities.

    [pullquote]I am coming to Motherwell with the aim of getting as much game time as possible and to help the team. I’m 23 now and it’s important that I am getting as much first-team football as I can[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV, Taylor said: “I am really pleased to be at the club and just can’t wait to get started now.

    “I’ve had a good pre-season down at Reading, played a few games and I feel fit and ready to go.

    “I am coming to Motherwell with the aim of getting as much game time as possible and to help the team. I’m 23 now and it’s important that I am getting as much first-team football as I can.

    “I’ve spoke to a couple of ex Motherwell players like Nick Blackman and Tom Hateley and both had nothing but good things to say about the Club and Scottish football and that certainly helped make my mind up about joining.”

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    Tynecastle ticket information

    A reminder for fans with regards to ticket information for Wednesday’s match against Heart of Midlothian.

    ‘Well fans will the housed in the Roseburn Stand, and have been allocated a lower and upper section, with varying prices.

    Tickets for the lower tier are now sold out.

    Ticket prices for the Roseburn Stand upper are:

    Adults:   £24 
    Over 65’s & student                    £18
    Under 18s                   £14
    Under 12s                   £5

    Tickets are on sale at the Fir Park ticket office up until 3pm on the day of the match. Any tickets remaining after that will be transferred to Tynecastle to be sold at the ground (although these are expected to be extremely limited). As of close of play Tuesday, only around 275 tickets remain.




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    Bolton visit for Lasley Testimonial Match

    English Championship side Bolton Wanderers will travel to Fir Park on Saturday 5th September as opponents for Keith Lasley’s Testimonial match.

    The game will top off the celebrations for the Club Captain who, given his 14 years of service and commitment, has became a real favourite with the Fir Park crowd.

    The Paisley born midfielder has played over 400 games in Claret and Amber, scoring twenty-two goals in the process, and is known and respected for his hard work and passion in the heart of the Motherwell team.

    Neil Lennon’s side will provide stiff opposition and have a raft of talent available, with a few familiar names. Recent addition Stephen Dobbie played for Hibernian, St Johnstone and Queen of the South and also in the ranks is Dan Twadzik’s brother, Filip.

    Other notable names include ex-Liverpool pair Jay Spearing and Emile Heskey.

    There will be activities for the kids pre-match in the Centenary Lounge from 1pm including meet the players.

    Tickets are priced at £10 for Adults and £5 for Juveniles/Concessions, and can be bought in advance from the Fir Park Ticket office or on the gate.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park where Motherwell concede two late goals and lose 2-0 to Dundee Utd in the first home game of the season.

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    TV: Baraclough frustrated at home loss

    Steelmen boss Ian Baraclough was left to rue missed opportunities as ‘Well went down 0-2 at home to Dundee United.

    The Steelmen played well again and created numerous opportunities throughout the ninety minutes, but couldn’t capitalize.

    And two goals in the last seven minutes handed the visitors all three points in a game with very little between the teams.

    It was a cruel blow, but the Fir Park boss was remaining philosophical and challenged his men to rebound against Hearts in midweek.

    [pullquote]That’s two games in a row we’ve done a lot of good things, but it shows you need to take advantage when you’re on top and the chances are presented.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV after the match, he said: “We were the ones creating chances and got stronger as things went on but we weren’t ruthless enough and when that’s the case, you leave yourselves open to getting suckered punched.

    “I actually thought we were better this week than last week at Inverness yet we’ve come away empty handed. It’s a tough one to take but listen, we’re on the right track.

    “That’s two games in a row we’ve done a lot of good things, but it shows you need to take advantage when you’re on top and the chances are presented. We’ll work on that and hope to bounce back against Hearts.”

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    Dundee utd defeat in pictures

    Action pictures from this afternoon’s 0-2 defeat at home to Dundee Utd.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Motherwell 0 – 2 Dundee Utd

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     Phil McGhee Fir Park

    Two goals in the final seven minutes consigned an unlucky Motherwell to their first home defeat since February.

    After a positive opening to the season at Inverness last week and the first 30 minutes of their first home fixture, it was a bitterly disappointing outcome for Baraclough’s men.

    However, despite dominating play for large periods of the game, ‘Well failed to capitalise in front of goal and ulitmately paid the penalty as United gradually came into the game, forcing some great saves from Connor Ripley on his home debut.

    Along with the ‘keeper, midfielder Joe Chalmers and striker Wes Fletcher made their home debut, with Louis Laing making his return after his loan period was made permanent.

    All four impressed on their first Fir Park appearance and with Stephen Pearson’s sidelined with a knee injury, Jack Leitch made his first league start in almost a year.

    United also boasted several changes since the sides last met when ‘Well won 1-0 at Fir Park last November.

    The home fans anticipation that Baraclough’s new line-up could build on last week’s win were matched by the home side’s complete domination for the first quarter of the game.

    With Chalmers and Marvin Johnson on the left and right flanks respectively, and Scott McDonald supporting Fletcher from the middle, United were pressed into their own third from the start.

    After only three minutes Johnson cut along the box, working a slick 1-2 with Chalmers before his left foot strike had the ball curling inside the post until Luis Zwick at full stretch palmed the ball wide.

    Chalmers in the centre of goal almost got on the end of Josh Law’s low cross and as the ball bounced in the six yard box Zwick nicked it off the alert looking Fletcher’s toes.

    In the 15th minute McDonald was next to test the United ‘keeper but his drive from 20 yards was straight at the waiting Zwick.

    At that stage Motherwell’s slick passing and possession should have been rewarded but gradually the fizz went out of their play. Ripley, who was a virtual spectator for the first 25 minutes, was then called upon to hold John Soutar’s through ball.

    The ‘keeper’s next involvement after 32 minutes, though, brought acclaim from the fans behind him in the Cooper stand. The ‘Well defence failed to clear its lines and as the ball rolled out to the edge of the box Scott Fraser’s rising strike looked destined for the opener until Ripley rose high to his left to tip the ball over.

    United finished the half the stronger side and five minutes from the break Ripley had to throw himself to the right to beat away a bouncing grounder from Charlie Telfer.

    That feat was repeated shortly after the restart when the ‘Well ‘keeper got down smartly to smother Telfer’s low drive.

    Some surging runs from Johnson coupled with some neat exchanges and crosses from Chalmers and Stevie Hammell on the left, worked the visitor’s defence.

    But it was Ripley to the rescue after 56 minutes when he stood firm to again deny Telfer, his close range shot rebounding off the ‘keeper’s face.

    From the resultant corner the home side broke upfield but after outpacing Coll Donaldson, Johnson could only slam his finish against the exposed ‘keeper.

    A minute later a wonderful ball from Josh Law in behind the Tannadice defenders found Chalmers racing in at the back post but with Zwick again exposed he scooped the ball over the bar.

    Eager to keep the pressure on the visitor’s goal Baraclough made a couple of changes with Louis Moult making his first Fir Park appearance, replacing Fletcher, before Dom Thomas came on for Chalmers.

    The substitutes soon made their presence felt and after a couple of shots from Thomas were blocked, Moult’s looping header beyond the back post forced Zwick to palm the ball over his bar.

    Despite the probing runs from the wings via Thomas and Johnson, ‘Well couldn’t unlock the United defence and it looked like stalemate.

    With 11 minutes remaining David Clarkson came off the bench as the fans acknowledged the striker’s second spell at Fir Park.

    However, any thoughts of a hero’s return were erased as United stole the points with two late strikes.

    And after Ripley reacted quickly to block Aidan Connolly’s thumping angled drive the ‘Well ‘keeper conceded his first goal of the season in the cruelest manner. Paul Dixon swept the ball across the face of the home goal where Laing’s swipe sent the ball racing past the helpless Ripley.

    If ‘Well’s on loan ‘keeper was blameless at the first goal, he blotted his fine home debut with a yellow card after racing out of his box to obstruct Connolly.

    Worse was to follow for Ripley and the ‘Well defence in injury time when the ‘keeper raced upfield for a Johnson corner and was then left stranded as United stormed to the other end allowing Murray to slam home a second goal, and scoreline which flattered United and was a bitter reflection on Motherwell’s contribution.

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     Ally Reilly at Fir Park

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    Motherwell 0 – 2 Dundee Utd

    94′ | 0-2 | #MFCvDUFC
    Goal, Utd counter with Ripley out his goals and Murray makes it 2-0.

    93′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell corner…

    91′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Ripley booked as he raced off his line and nudged Connolly off the ball.

    88′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Hammell takes a booking, tugging Muirhead’s shirt as he broke away.

    A real sore one as Motherwell have been well on top.

    83′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Goal – Laing slices a powerful low cross into his own net. 1-0 Utd.

    81′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Connolly battles hard, wins the ball back in the “Well box and fires a shot at Ripley, who beats it away,

    79′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell sub, Leitch makes way for Clarkson

    78′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Utd sub, Erskine off for Murray.

    73′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Dundee Utd sub, Bodul off for Connolly.

    71′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Dundee Utd sub, Muirhead on for Telfer.

    70′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson delivers a deep corner which, from a narrow angle, Moult almost heads in! Good save by Zwick.

    65′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    A second Motherwell sub, Dom Thomas on for Chalmers

    64′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Leitch booked for a foul on Souttar.

    61′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell sub, Fletcher hobbles off and is replaced by Moult.

    58′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Another great chance! Law plays it into Chalmers 12 yards out but somehow Zwick does enough to force him to fire over!

    58′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson breaks away from his own half and finds himself 1v1 but Zwick denies him with his foot!

    57′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Telfer goes through 1 on 1 but Ripley stands big and tall and makes the save with his face.

    54′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Great ball over the top from Hammell but Zwick gets off this line quick and gets there ahead of Fletcher.

    …but McDonald’s free-kick is straight into the wall.

    52′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson hacked down by Souttar in a great area…..

    51′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Great ball in from Law to the head of Fletcher but he can’t quite get it right and the chance fades away.

    49′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    ‘Well counter-attack though Johnson but with better options, the goes for the long-range shot but it’s a routine save.

    46′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Utd out the traps quickly as Telfer charges forward, but his shot from 20 yards is well over the bar.

    45′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Utd get the second 45 underway.

    HT | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell 0 – 0 Dundee Utd

    41′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Again Ripley is called into action and again he is equal to it as Telfer gets a powerful shot away from long range.

    38′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Ball appeared to strike Chalmers on the hand inside the box but thankfully Bobby Madden ruled it ball to hand…

    35′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Free header there for Erskine but he couldn’t quite rise high enough to make contact. A let off.

    33′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    What a save by Ripley! Dived high to his left to turn away Fraser’s (I think) shot form 20 yards. Brilliant!

    27′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Game has became a bit of a midfield battle now, not a lot in the way of chances.

    16′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Good effort from McDonald who turned 25 yards out and got a low shot away. Unlucky.

    7′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Been a good start to the game from a Motherwell point of view. Plenty of balls in and around the box and positive play

    3′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson drifts in-field, gets a bit of time on the ball and from 20 yards, forces Zwick into a good save.

    Kick-off | #MFCvDUFC
    Lasley and McDonald get the game underway. #COYW

    Pre-match | #MFCvDUFC
    Here we go, both sides out the tunnel to rapturous applause


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    TV: Baraclough demands hard work

    Ian Baraclough says only hard work will help his side maintain the home form they showed at the back end of last season.

    The Steelmen haven’t lost in eight games at Fir Park, stretching back to February, with wins over the likes of Inverness CT, Hamilton, St Mirren, Kilmarnock and Rangers.

    However, the Fir Park boss was quick to point out that maintaining runs don’t just happen and that his side will have to be at their very best if they are to overcome a talented Dundee United side.

    [pullquote]We have got to work extremely hard to go and earn the right to get a victory and we know Dundee United will want to get off the mark as well after their defeat last week.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to the broadcast media ahead of Saturday’s SPFL Premiership fixture, the former Scunthorpe and Sligo boss said: “No one at Motherwell is or will get carried away after winning last week.

    “We were very strong at home at the back end of last season, but no one is presuming we can just carry on where we left off in that regard.

    “We have got to work extremely hard to go and earn the right to get a victory and we know Dundee United will want to get off the mark as well after their defeat last week.

    “They will post threats and we have got to be aware of them, but we’ve also got to make sure we play our own game too, particularly in front of our own fans as it’s up to us to get them fully behind us.”