Extended highlights from Fir Park as goals from Scott McDonald, Louis Moult and Stephen Pearson give the Steelmen a 3-1 win over Dundee.
TV: Highlights from Fir ParkSaturday 12 December 2015
TV: McGhee praises ‘terrific’ ‘WellSaturday 12 December 2015
Mark McGhee lavished praise on his side after an impressive performance was rewarded with all three points against Dundee.
First-half goals from Scott McDonald and Louis Moult put the Steelmen on a solid footing in what was a dominant opening forty-five.
Dundee reduced the deficit midway through the second half and put on some pressure, but ‘Well soaked it up and secured the win with a late Stephen Pearson winner.
‘I was delighted with the performance,” McGhee told MFC TV after the match.
“We started in similar fashion to the Hearts match and that was pleasing; to retain that level of consistency is exactly what we’re searching for.
[pullquote]“I thought we were terrific during the first-half and deserved our two goal lead. It’s important you get goals during the good periods, as you put so much energy into it.[/pullquote]
“Second half, as you would expect, they came onto us, but we saw it though and held out to win.”
McGhee also took time to praise youngster Ben Hall, who picked up the Man of the Match award on his first-team debut.
The 18-year old Northern Irishman was given the nod in the heart of the back four and didn’t disappoint, turning in an excellent performance alongside Stephen McManus.
The manager continued: “From the very first header after just a few seconds, that set the tone for his performance; he was terrific.
“For such a young lad to be playing against what is a talented forward line, he did so well. I have to say though, he wouldn’t have been in a position to even make his debut had it not been for someone like Stephen McManus.
“Stephen McManus was magnificent today, as a leader and example to a boy like that, he talked and encouraged him through the game which is just fantastic. Ben will learn so much from playing with such a good player.”
Dundee win in picturesSaturday 12 December 2015
Action images from today’s 3-1 win over Dundee in the Ladbrokes Premiership at Fir Park.
Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.
Motherwell 3 – 1 DundeeSaturday 12 December 2015
Phil McGhee Fir Park
An excellent performance helped ‘Well to a 3-1 win over Dundee at Fir Park this afternoon.
Two first half goals from Scott McDoanld and Loius Moult rewarded ‘Well for a terrific opening forty-five.
However, after Gary Harkins pulled one back for Dundee midway through the second half the Steelmen had to work hard to retain their lead before Stephen Pearson’s last minute strike wrapped up the points
Having recorded only one victory between them from their last seven games, both sides were eager to regain their winning form and that ensured a competitive and entertaining affair for the fans.
The ‘Well boss gave 18 year-old Ben Hall a starting place in central defence. The Northern Ireland teenager made a very impressive debut and a couple of early interventions against a very attack minded Dundee helped settle him alongside the solid and experienced Stephen McManus..
However, it was Motherwell, for the second consecutive home game, that snatched the early lead.
Loius Moult with a brilliant turn and pass released Marvin Johnson and after his drive was blocked by Paul McGinn, he was fouled by the Dee defender as they chased the rebound.
Josh Law’s resultant free kick was cleared only as far as Pearson, who immediately slid the ball through to the unmarked McDonald who calmly stabbed the ball beyond the helpless ‘keeper from eight yards to make it 1-0.
Play was pretty even after that until around the half hour mark when the visitors’ goal was put under some sustained pressure.
A sweeping move in the 27th minute between Stevie Hammell and McDonald ended with the latter picking out Pearson and his low shot was sneaking inside the post until Scott Bain at full stretch palmed the ball round the post.
A minute later a tempting cross from Johnson was met by Moult and his glancing flew past Bain only to rebound from the ‘keeper’s post. Liam Grimshaw latched onto the rebound but his effort was palmed over the bar by Bain.
The Dundee ‘keeper was finally beaten again and Moult rewarded with his ninth goal of the season when the striker rose to meet Law’s inswinging corner and send his header high into the net.
Connor Ripley was forced to make his first save ten minutes from the break throwing himself to his left to turn Kane Hemmings angled drive from six yards behind his goal. The ‘Well ‘keeper then had to race from his line to slide and block the ball at the egde of his area with Hemmings homing in.
There was still time for another home effort on Bain’s goal before the break with the ‘keeper happy to see Grimshaw’s 20 yard drive dip over his crossbar.
Not surpringly Paul Hartley’s men started the second half in a determined fashion with ‘Well required to do some solid defending.
On the hour, though, and with almost a replay of the second goal, Law’s corner found Moult but his glancing header sent the ball just wide. Minutes later Moult came close again with a clever chip from outside the box but the ball floated over the bar and onto the netting.
It was end to end action and Ripley had to react quickly to beat away Hemmings thumping effort from 12 yards. The ‘Well ‘keeper was helpless, though, after 68 minutes when Dundee pulled a goal back, Gary Harkins’ shot from 10 yards taking a slight deflection as it raced beyond Ripley to make it 2-1.
The scores should have been level five minutes later but from five yards Greg Stewart sent his diving header wide of a begging target.
The Taysider’s almost immediately paid for that miss when Law’s free kick was curling low inside the post until Bain threw himself across goal to claw the ball off the line.
That save ensured a tense final ten minutes with ‘Well holding off an eager Dundee until a third goal in the final minute settled the game.
David Clarkson,who came off the bench for his first appearance since August, made his way to the goal line before driving the ball across where amidst a packed goal Pearson’s touch directed the ball into the net to round off a great afternoon’s work for McGhee’s men.
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Ally Reilly at Fir Park
Big three points for the Claret and Amber men. Really encouraging performance, topped off with three goals.
FT: Motherwell 3 – 1 Dundee
93′ | 3-1
Motherwell sub, Dylan Mackin is on for goalscorer @louismoult . Great shift from Moulty!
There will be 4 minutes added on.
91′ | 3-1
Pearson claims it but hard to tell. Looked like an own goal but 3-1 to the Steelmen!!
86′ | 2-1
Ainsworth curls in a great ball to Moult whose diving header loops over the bar.
Young ‘Well fans can vote now for their Man of the Match. Use #MatchAttaxMOTM within your tweet.
82′ | 2-1
Motherwell sub, Clarkson on for Johnson
72′ | 2-1
Good chance there for Calder but thankfully the substitute can’t get enough curl on his shot and it goes wide.
76′ | 2-1
Bain has to scamper across his line to palm Law’s free-kick from 20 yards to safety
74′ | 2-1
Great chance for Stewart as he got on the end of McGowan’s cross. Perhaps Harkins put him off, but he heads wide from 8 yards.
68′ | 2-1
Goal – Harkins pulls on back for Dundee, getting on the end of Hemmings’ low cross.
67′ | 2-0
McGowan booked for a rash challenge on Johnson as he raced away from him
65′ | 2-0
Ball breaks kindly to Moult about 20 yards. With better options he opts for a lob, which is inches over the bar.
And a Dundee sub, Low off for Calder
63′ | 2-0
Motherwell sub, McDonald off for Ainsworth
60′ | 2-0
Similar chance to the one Moult scored earlier but this time he nods it wide of the post.
59′ | 2-0
McDonald booked for pulling down Stewart about 30 yards from the Motherwell goal…
58′ | 2-0
Dundee sub, Harkins on for Loy.
56′ | 2-0
Irvine booked for a late tackle on Stevie Hammell…
Second half is underway. COYW!!
Very positive opening 45 from the Steelmen! Very much in command and playing some real good stuff.
HT: Motherwell 2 – 0 Dundee.
46′ | 2-0
Great run by Grimshaw down the right to get into the box but his final ball lets him down, firing it straight to Bain.
45′ | 2-0
Great tackle by McDonald allows Pearson to set up Grimshaw. His left footed shot curls just over the bar from 18 yards.
42′ | 2-0
Hemmings races through on goal but Ripley is alert and beats him to the ball, allowing Lasley to sweep it clear. Good save!
41′ | 2-0
Dundee sub, Konrad on for Etxabeguren
36′ | 2-0
Good chance for Hemmings as he gets the ball on his favoured foot inside the box but Ripley is equal to it and beats it away
31′ | 2-0
Moult nods in Law’s front post corner to stick the Steelmen 2 goals ahead!!
28′ | 1-0
Grimshaw follows it in and sees his shot deflected onto the bar! 2 great chances!!
28′ | 1-0
Off the post from Moult! Great ball in by Johnson finds the strikers head but it comes crashing back off the post.
27′ | 1-0
Great ball from Hammell finds McDonald who smartly picks out Pearson. Bain does well to tip it away for a corner!!
21′ | 1-0
Stewart’s corner sets up an acrobatic effort from Hemmings but it’s well over Ripley’s bar.
17′ | 1-0
Very positive start from the Steelmen. Plenty of good play, just as they search for a second.
Ball falls to Pearson on the edge of the box and he shows excellent awareness to slide in McDonald who slotted home!
3′ | 0-0
Nice bit of play down the left from ‘Well as lets McDonald cut inside but his square ball across goal has no takers.
Hemmings and Loy get the Action underway. COYW!!!
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee:
Dundee manager Paul Hartley:
TV: Pearson – Confidence is buildingFriday 11 December 2015
Stephen Pearson reckons Mark McGhee’s methods will soon start translating into points as the Steelmen look to put a run of results together.
The Fir Parkers have been up and down since the new manager’s appointment, taking points of Aberdeen, Hearts and Kilmarnock but losing to Celtic, Inverness and Ross County.
‘Well currently occupy the eleventh spot, where they finished last year, but hope comes from the fact teams above are within touching distance.
And the 33-year old former Scotland International is sure the hard work of the ‘Well boss will eventually pay dividends.
He said: “The confidence is building. There has been a lot of changes in terms of training and other different things the manager is trying to implement.
“It will take time for the manager to get his ideas across but the players are listening to what he is saying and working hard to try and do these things.
“The fans want us to win games instantly, they don’t want to wait, especially after last season and the way it went.
[pullquote]”It will take time for the manager to get his ideas across but the players are listening to what he is saying and working hard to try and do these things.[/pullquote]
“They don’t want to find ourselves in that position again and the fans are probably anxious.
“The players also know where we are in the table but we try not to think about it too much. We just look ahead to the game coming up at the weekend and take it one match at a time.
“It’s up to us to make sure we don’t end up in that position again.”
McGhee has gone on record by saying it’s unlikely the club will be able to add a raft of players in January, unless he can wheel and deal.
However, that’s not something that is of concern to Pearson, who is adamant there is enough in the squad to ensure ‘Well pull themselves up the table.
“I believe we’ve got enough in this squad to get out of trouble,” he said.
“We’ve got enough players who are capable. We’ve got match-winners, we’ve got goal scorers and defensively we’ve been okay throughout the season.”
TV: McGhee – Break is for supportersThursday 10 December 2015
‘Well boss Mark McGhee thinks any prospect of a winter break should be done to suit fans, not players and pitches.
The League Cup’s radical overhaul will allow for a winter break to be introduced to the top-flight calendar as of January 2017 and McGhee believes the focus of the shut-down should be about encouraging fans back through the turnstiles – and not about giving players a rest.
Speaking ahead of Dundee’s Ladbrokes Premiership visit to Fir Park on Saturday, McGhee said: “Everyone has to change their mentality. It’s no longer like you finished on cup final day – well I did as a player – and then you were off for six weeks.
“I heard players like Juan Mata talking about how it’s now a year-round game.
“From my point of view, the focus on the winter break should be on supporters.
“What do the fans want? When do they need a break? When is it commercially viable for us to look after the supporters but still take care of our own interests?
“It’s not about when do the players or the pitches need a rest. We can deal with that.
[pullquote]The winter break should be about making sure punters aren’t standing in the freezing cold, where the roads are dangerous and it’s minus 10.”[/pullquote]
‘Well take on Dundee at Fir Park on Saturday, hoping to build on the solid performance against high-flying Hearts a fortnight ago.
And as much as he expects a tough game from Paul Hartley’s men, McGhee hopes to make it equally tough for the visiting Dee.
The Dark Blues haven’t won since edging out ‘Well at Dens Park back in October, but have only lost twice in the same two-month period.
Asked if that, and the points gap between the teams makes the game a must win, the Fir Park boss replied: “We need to win every game, at the end of the day, we need to accumulate enough points to ensure we get out of this second bottom spot.
“Because of that, every single game is important.
“I saw Dundee play St Johnstone recently and both teams were decent. Dundee are physically strong, competitive, energetic and have good players. They have dangerous players up front and are experienced at the back, so they’ll be difficult opposition for us.
“However, on our day, as we proved against Hearts, we’re not bad so it’s got the” makings of a really good game.”
Under 20s derby match offWednesday 09 December 2015
Tonight’s Under 20s Lanarkshire Derby has been postponed due to high winds making conditions unplayable.
Although both teams were at New Douglas Park and the surface was in perfect condition, it was agreed by both Stephen Craigan and Martin Canning, alongside the match official, that the gale-force winds would have made the game extremely difficult.
No date has been set for the re-arranged game.
Scottish Cup: Ticket & Match InformationWednesday 09 December 2015
Motherwell FC is today delighted to confirm match and ticketing arrangements for the William Hill Scottish Cup 4th Round clash with Cove Rangers.
The match will take place at Fir Park on Saturday 9th January 2016, with a 3pm kick off.
Tickets for the match will go on sale tomorrow (Thursday, 10th December 2015) afternoon at 12 noon priced at:
ADULTS: £12 CONCESSIONS: £5
- Concessions are listed as Under 16s, Over 60s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.
In addition, both clubs have agreed an initiative whereby any fan that pre-purchases their adult ticket on or before 2nd January 2016 will qualify for an additional concession tickets free of charge.
For clarity, that is one free concession tickets per adult ticket purchased on or before 2nd January 2016.
Any tickets purchased after the 2nd January, or on the turnstile on the day of the match, will be subject to the standard pricing of £12 for adults and £5 concessions.
Away fans are also able to claim this same deal, but should check directly with Cove Rangers for full sales and distribution arrangements.
General Manager Alan Burrows said: “The club have worked with our colleagues at Cove Rangers to not only price the match competitively, but also incentivise families to join us for what we hope will be an exciting afternoon of Cup football.
“We have listened to supporter feedback, particularly around the time of year the match is taking place, and tried to make the fixture as attractive as possible.
“We’ve not had too many home ties over recent years, and Motherwell has always traditionally carried a sizeable Cup support.
“In what will be the 25th anniversary year of our famous 1991 success, we hope fans will come out and back the team in large numbers and hopefully roar them through.”
Anderson to officiate Dee clashTuesday 08 December 2015
Referee for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership game with Dundee at Fir Park is Euan Anderson.
Anderson, 32, will be handling his first Motherwell match of the season and it will be the whistler’s third Ladbrokes Premiership match of the season having been in widespread action across the divisions in Scotland this term.
He has been fourth official at several top-flight matches as well as Motherwell’s Scottish Cup success against Queen’s Park a few seasons back.
The Dumbarton-based whistler was promoted to category one in the summer of 2011 and has taken charge of three Motherwell matches in the past, the first coming in the Scottish Cup fourth round defeat to Albion Rovers at New Douglas Park on November 2013 where a first goal of the season for Albion’s Gary Phillips ensured the Coatbridge outfit’s qualification to the next round of the cup.
He was also in charge of Motherwell’s 2-1 win away to Kilmarnock in 2014/15 season where goals from Stephen Pearson and Lee Erwin secured three points for Well’ on this occasion with an Anthony Straker own-goal being the only blotch to the copybook on that day.
The win was part of a three match win streak that Well’ put together on the backend of last season, commencing with a 4-0 victory over Hamilton and a 5-0 victory over St Mirren to bookend the Kilmarnock fixture.
This season he has handled two other Premiership matches at Inverness and Partick as well as Championship matches at Dumfries, Livingston, Paisley and Falkirk.
His record for this season reads: 11 matches officiated with 32 yellow cards and two red cards.
Euan will be assisted by Kylie McMullan and Ross Haswell, with Alan Muir on fourth official duties. Brian Winter and Brian McGarry are the referee observers and Tim Love is the SPFL Delegate.
Reminder: Well Society Board NominationsMonday 07 December 2015
‘Well Society members are reminded that nomination forms are due in by midnight December 8th
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