‘Well boss Ian Baraclough spoke to the broadcast press ahead of the weekend’s Ladbrokes Premiership match with Aberdeen at Fir Park.
TV: Baraclough previews Dons clashFriday 14 August 2015
TV: Law up for Dons battleFriday 14 August 2015
Josh Law reckons ‘Well will need to get up for the battle if they are to outdo Aberdeen at Fir Park on Saturday.
After a positive opening two matches, it was back to the drawing board after a midweek loss to top-of-the-table Hearts in Edinburgh.
And the 25-year old former Alferton Town man reckons it was graft and guile that was their downfall at Tynecastle, something that cannot be repeated if they are to take anything from Derek McInnes’ men.
Speaking to the broadcast media ahead of the match at Fir Park, Law said: “I felt we played pretty well in the first two games and deserved more from the Dundee United game than what we got.
[pullquote]We don’t want to be in the same situation tomorrow against Aberdeen coming off on the losing side, knowing we could have done more. We’ve got to get in amongst it and try to get the three points.[/pullquote]
“Going into Wednesday we maybe got out battled and that’s not like us and you’ve have to say Hearts deserved to win on the night.
“We don’t want to be in the same situation tomorrow against Aberdeen coming off on the losing side, knowing we could have done more. We’ve got to get in amongst it and try to get the three points.
“Obviously midweek was tough and it could be argued the weekend’s game will be an even bigger test, given they’re coming off a good season and have started this one well.
“That being said, on our day I believe we’re a very good side.”
Aberdeen hospitality still availableThursday 13 August 2015
Aberdeen visit Fir Park this Saturday and we’re putting on a fantastic lunch menu in our hospitality suites.
It’s a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, so it’s an ideal opportunity to combine a lovely afternoon meal with a competitive SPFL Premiership game.
The Suites are filling fast so it’s sure to be a great atmosphere.
All hospitality packages include a ticket, match programme, team-sheet and half time refreshments.
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:
Cream of Tomato & Chive
Served with continental roll & butter
Oven Roasted Chicken
Succulent Breast of Chicken served with a choice of pepper or chasseur sauce
Served with whole green beans & french fries
Served with fresh cream
Tea coffee & mints
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 01698 338 008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TV: Highlights from TynecastleThursday 13 August 2015
Extended highlights from Tynecastle where a Gavin Reilly penalty and a Billy King strike consigns Motherwell to a 2-0 defeat.
Hearts defeat in picturesThursday 13 August 2015
Action pictures from tonight’s 0-2 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle.
Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.
TV: Baraclough annoyed at Capital lossWednesday 12 August 2015
Ian Baraclough gave an honest assessment of his team after the disappointing 2-0 defeat at Tynecastle.
Although the Steelmen created several half chances, they failed to properly test Neil Alexander in the home goal.
In contrast, the Jambos took advantage of Motherwell mistakes and punished them with two goals, one from the penalty spot via Gavin Reilly and the other from winger Billy King.
And although the former Scunthorpe and Sligo boss thinks there are some positives he can take from the match, he gave an honest account of where he felt the game was won and lost.
[pullquote]We weren’t good enough; second best in many areas at crucial times of the game.[/pullquote]
He said: “We weren’t good enough; second best in many areas at crucial times of the game.
“I felt they were physically stronger than us, particularly in the middle of the park. They showed better anticipation and were first to knock downs and second balls.
“However, having said that, I think in terms of chances created it was fairly even but we failed to capitalise on anything we did put together in terms of balls going across the face of goal or certain position when we broke it up and didn’t counter.
“Our decisions on the ball weren’t good enough either so there’s a lot for us to work on for this weekend and beyond.”
Hearts 2 – 0 MotherwellWednesday 12 August 2015
Phil McGhee at Tynecastle
A goal in both halves consigned a disappointing Motherwell to a 0-2 defeat at high-flying Hearts this evening.
After containing the Jambos for the opening thirty minutes, restricting them to very little, Scott McDonald pulled down Sam Nicholson inside the area for a penalty. Gavin Reilly converted from twelve yards to give the hosts an interval lead.
‘Well made a positive start to the second period and put the Jambos under some pressure, before Billy King grabbed a second with a twenty-yard shot that squirmed under Connor Ripley.
It was a disappointing evening for the Steelmen, who failed to really lay a glove on Hearts who now sit top of the table after three successive wins.
For ‘Well, the result leaves them in seventh spot, three points after three matches.
Ian Baraclough made three changes to the starting eleven that lost to Dundee United four days ago. Lionel Ainsworth, Jake Taylor and Louis Moult all made their first start of the campaign, replacing Joe Chalmers, Jack Leitch and the injured Wes Fletcher. The influential Stephen Pearson remained sidelined with a knee injury.
Hearts came out the traps flying and Nicholson fired early intentions with a flashing shot from twenty yards that skidded past the post.
Motherwell’s first opportunity came on the eighteenth minute when Morgaro Gomis headed an Ainsworth cross at his own goal, but Alexander was well positioned to stop the own goal.
A minute later, ‘Well were almost in when McDonald robbed Prince Bauben on the edge of his own area, allowing Moult to collect. However, the former Wrexham man could only trickle a low shot back towards the Hearts keeper.
‘Well had settled into the match after their shaky start and almost hit Hearts with a classic counter, but Johnson’s hooked cross was plucked by Alexander with Moult ready to head home.
Just as it looked as if ‘Well were beginning to get the upper hand in the match, Hearts took the lead courtesy of a penalty. After dispossessing Scott McDonald thirty yards from goal, Sam Nicholson burst towards the box. As he was winding up to hit it, he was bundled to the ground by the former Aussie International with referee Brian Colvin pointing to the spot.
Former Queen of the South man Gavin Reilly stood up and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner, sending Ripley the wrong way.
‘Well’s reply was instant, Johnson’s taking on a left-footed effort from twenty yards, but Alexander was comfortable enough, holding on at his near post.
With the majority of the 16,000 plus crowd roaring them on, Hearts continued to create though. Bauben flashed a header just wide of target and Reilly almost grabbed his second with a stinging shot that Ripley was equal too.
With just one goal in at as ‘Well got the game going again, the Fir Parkers made a positive start to the second half and Ainsworth nearly had his side level within two minutes, flashing a low shot/cross across the face of goal, but it dropped wide with no takers.
Motherwell had the majority of play but just after the hour, Hearts sealed the game with a second goal. A ball out to the right flank had Billy King in space. He cut back onto his left foot before lashing a shot at Ripley who allowed it to squirm under him and into the net.
Motherwell huffed and puffed through the closing twenty-five minutes and had a Laing shot drop wide, an effort from David Clarkson sail over and a low Johnson strike in the dying seconds that was comfortably held by Neil Alexander in the home goal.
In the end, despite numerous half chances, Hearts ran out comfortable and deserved winners. It’s back to the drawing board for Ian Baraclough, who now faces another tough challenge as Aberdeen visit Fir Park this weekend.
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Ally Reilly at Tynecastle
FT: Hearts 2 – 0 Motherwell #HMFCvMFC
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Ball falls kindly to Clarkson on the edge of the box but he volleys over the bar.
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Motherwell sub, Clarkson on for McDonald
83′ | 2-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Hearts sub, Rossi off for McGhee
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Motherwell sub, Moult off for Thomas
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Motherwell sub, Lasley off for Leitch.
64′ | 2-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Goal – King cuts in from the right and fires past Ripley to make it 2-0.
59′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Hearts sub, Juanma on for Sow.
58′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Taylor booked for a wild challenge on Reilly.
55′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Bit of Motherwell pressure but Hearts break away and Reilly tests Ripley with a long range shot.
47′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Great feet from Ainsworth to get past Rossi and he gets a away a great low shot/cross. No takers though!
Second half | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Taylor and Lasley get the second half underway
HT | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Half time, Hearts 1 – 0 Motherwell.
45′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Three minutes added on.
…whose first time cross is too long for Ainsworth at the back post.
44′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Almost a glorious chance as Ainsworth is in plenty of space but McDonald doesn’t spot him and plays it to Moult…
38′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Hearts dominating and Reilly stings the palms of Ripley with a left-footed shot from the edge of the D.
37′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Very nearly 2 as Buaben is picked out in the box and his header flashes wide of the post.
34′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
‘Well looking for a quick reply but Johnson’s left footed shot from 20 yards is held comfortably by Alexander
32′ | 1-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Goal – Reilly slots it home to make it 1-0 Hearts.
32′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Penalty to Hearts….
28′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Law does enough to deflect Ozturk’s header wide of the post for a corner.
28′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Laing is booked for bringing down King. Another free-kick in a dangerous area…
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The ball into the box is poor and ‘Well counter through Ainsworth. Ball is worked to Johnson whose cross is gathered.
25′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Hearts have free-kick in a dangerous area, after Hammell hauled down King on the edge of the box.
19′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Great chance as McDonald dispossesses Buaben and plays in Moult but his left footed shot is too weak to trouble.
18′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Half chance there as Ainsworth swings in a good ball from the right. Gomis’ header has to be dealt with by Alexander
13′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Looks like both players will continue, thankfully.
12′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Stoppage in play as Laing and Reilly receive treatment for a head knock. Both doctors are on…..
2′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Home side looking dangerous. Sow breaks clear of the back-line but McManus recovers well, sliding the ball to safety.
2′ | 0-0 | #HMFCvMFC
Nicholson with the first sight of goal. His shot from 20 yards skids just past the post. Ripley had it covered, though
Kick-off | #HMFCvMFC
Sow and Reilly get the game underway. COYW!
Pre-match | #HMFCvMFC
The teams are out the tunnel at a packed Tynecastle. Should be a good one….
Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough:
Hearts manager Robbie Nielsen:
TV: Baraclough up for Tynecastle testTuesday 11 August 2015
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.”
Stephen Pearson: Injury UpdateTuesday 11 August 2015
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.”
Midfielder Jake Taylor signs on loanTuesday 11 August 2015
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.”