Highlights from Fir Park as Motherwell and Dundee play out a goalless draw in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
TV: Highlights from Fir ParkSaturday 27 August 2016
Dundee draw in picturesSaturday 27 August 2016
Images from today’s 0-0 draw with Dundee at Fir Park in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Snaps courtesy of SNSPix
McGhee: Frustrated with stalemateSaturday 27 August 2016
Mark McGhee was happy with some aspects of his side’s performance, but was left frustrated at the 0-0 stalemate with Dundee.
The Steelmen saw lots of the ball and were on top for most of the first-half, but weren’t able to capitalise during the second forty-five and the game eventually ended up all square.
And speaking to MFC TV, the ‘Well boss credited his players work rate, but bemoaned the lack of a cutting edge at times.
He said: “I would’ve liked to win the game of course and I think we could have but can’t say that we should have.
[pullquote]The first-half performance merited a goal and we didn’t get that so of course it was going to be difficult and they then had a good spell in the second half where they had a lot of the play around the half-way line.”[/pullquote]
“They never really threatened or put Craig Samson under pressure too much, but they made it frustrating for us and also for the crowd as well.”
Generally, the manager didn’t want to focus on the negatives too and added: “I don’t think we should be too dissatisfied. There were shouts to bring on a striker but two of our main strikers are out through injury.
With a weekend off for international break, the squad will strengthen with the returns of a few key players, and the manager feels the break will be used to benefit the team.
He said: “We’ll make the two week break beneficial – we have Hammell and Moult coming back to fitness and with McHugh, Blyth and Kennedy to come back too, we’ll be focussing on our trip to Ross County.”
Motherwell 0 – 0 DundeeSaturday 27 August 2016
Motherwell had to settle for a point and a frustrating blank in front of goal despite dominating possession for large periods.
In a first half where ‘Well produced arguably some of their best football of the season the only thing that was missing was a goal or two.
However, they failed to sustain that in the second half and had to survive a number of Dundee counter-attacks, but defended manfully to claim a point.
Despite the last-minute loss at Ibrox last week, ‘Well boss Mark McGhee stood by the line-up which performed so well against Rangers.
That meant that Scott McDonald had a pressing midfield to support him with Lionel Ainsworth and Marvin Johnson swapping flanks. The latter set himself up for the first chance dragging the ball from the right wing, across the edge of the box before firing over the cross bar.
‘Well looked confident and solid in possession during the opening exchanges and following a steady build up, Scott McDonald’s cross into the six yard box found Joe Chalmers but he scooped the ball over.
Craig Clay, who was an influential figure in the ‘Well midfield, worked some space at the edge of the box before striking a ferocious drive which literally knocked Darren O’Dea to the ground.
Despite being hemmed into their own half for the first 20 minutes Dundee were first to test either ‘keeper. Craig Samson did well to block Faissal El Bakhtaoui’s angled drive and as the Dens’ striker latched onto the rebound but Ben Heneghan stretched to deflect the ball.
The remainder of the half, though, was played in the visitor’s half where ‘Well’s slick passing and movement had Dundee on the back foot.
For all their possession the Fir Park side failed to work Scott Bain, with long range efforts from Ainsworth and McDonald flying wide and narrowly over.
Just before half-time Chris Cadden’s strong running, twice got him in behind the visitor’s defence only to see Bain and then Kevin Gomis cut out his crosses as McDonald waited in the six yard box.
Not surprisingly, having been second best for most of the first forty-five, Dundee looked a different proposition in the second half with a couple of early strikes from Michael Duffy whizzing past Samson’s post.
Motherwell’s reply came from a McDonald shot which Bain punched away, only as far as Johnson, whose attempt to test the ‘keeper again was blocked.
With 20 minutes left and the game now finely balanced El Bakhtaoui’s quick turn and shot was palmed away by Samson.
Minutes later a quick exchange between Clay and Johnson set up Ainsworth but his low curling effort was gathered by Bain. Clay was again the provider when a neat one – two sent Johnson through but his finish lacked power to really test the ‘keeper.
Mark McGhee made a push for the winner with James McFadden replacing Ainsworth for the final 10 minutes. The assistant manager’s first contribution was to knock the ball down for McDonald but his 20 yard shot tamely bounced into Bain’s arms to sum up ‘Well’s efforts in front of goal.
It was a frustrating end to a frustrating afternoon for the hosts who will look back on not capitalising or scoring during a fairly dominant first-half with some regret.
[tab:As it happened]
Lewis Irons at Fir Park
FT | 0-0
It’s all over and it’s a frustrating day for the Steelmen who were the dominant side but couldn’t get that all important goal.
’90 | 0-0
Two minutes added on as Motherwell win a corner, but nobody gets on the end of it and it’s a goal-kick
’89 | 0-0
Clay tees up Lasley on the edge of the box but it is blocked
’86 | 0-0
Brief stoppage as O’Dea gets treatment
’85 | 0-0
Johnson plays in Chalmers who can’t quite get it under control before McDonald tries one from outside the box, but Bain saves.
’82 | 0-0
Heneghan goes in to book after Loy ran across his path.
’80 | 0-0
Johnson curls a dangerous ball in to the box, Cadden can’t quite get there with his head
’79 | 0-0
Motherwell sub: Here he comes, it’s James McFadden coming on for Lionel Ainsworth #COYW
’78 | 0-0
El Bakhtaoui is warned by referee Andrew Dallas after an exchange with Tait.
’75 | 0-0
McDonald side-foots it to Clay, who tries to slide in Ainsworth but it’s just over-hit.
’73 | 0-0
Johnson dribbles and works a one-two into the box, and from close range he couldn’t quite get enough on it and Bain gathers
’71 | 0-0
Tait fizzes a cross on the volley over everyone’s heads in the box before Ainsworth picks it up and curls it on goal – Bain saves
’69 | 0-0
El Bakhtaoui goes for goal but Samson jumps well to punch clear at his near post
’66 | 0-0
Dundee sub: Loy replaces Williams
’65 | 0-0
The corner drops to McGowan, but he strikes over
’65 | 0-0
Chalmers blocks Duffy in the box and it’s a corner for Dundee
’62 | 0-0
Brilliant move from Motherwell! Smart passing leaves Ainsworth in the box, he tries to square it but O’Dea clears
’60 | 0-0
Dundee go close from range. Michael Duffy tries one this time and it’s just wide.
’57 | 0-0
The ball drops kindly to El Bakhtaoui who runs forward, striking a low shot past the post from outside the box.
’55 | 0-0
Johnson follows in to get the rebound from McDonald’s shot, but it is blocked
’55 | 0-0
Great spell for the Steelmen on the edge of the Dundee box. Lasley works it to McDonald – his curled shot is punched by Bain.
’54 | 0-0
Nick Ross barges Lasley off the ball as the skipper looks to bring it down. Free-kick ‘Well at the half-way line
’52 | 0-0
Quieter start to the second period, as both sides work possession in the middle of the park
’48 | 0-0
Duffy tries one from the edge of the area, but it’s narrowly wide of Samson’s right post.
’48 | 0-0
Dundee try to work a short corner but Motherwell usher them away.
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’46 | 0-0
Dundee win a couple of early second-half corners but the Fir Parkers defend well and clear.
’46 | 0-0
The ‘Well get us back underway! #COYW #MFCvDFC
HT | 0-0
Motherwell have been outstanding, but just haven’t managed to make that breakthrough.
’43 | 0-0
It’s all Motherwell! Cadden races down the right, hits a low cross and Gomis has to turn it behind.
’42 | 0-0
Close for the Steelmen! Cadden cuts back for McDonald but Kerr does well to block the Aussie’s shot from close range.
’41 | 0-0
Johnson beats three men but his cut-back is intercepted, so nearly from the winger.
’40 | 0-0
Motherwell combine with around 20 passes but Ainsworth’s cross is headed away. Some great stuff from McGhee’s men.
’37 | 0-0
El Bakhtaoui slips it to Williams who over-hits his pass and Samson gathers it with ease.
’35 | 0-0
Williams squares it to El Bakhtaoui but Heneghan puts in another wonderful sliding tackle to stop the threat.
’35 | 0-0
Another ‘Well corner is headed goal-ward by McManus, but Bain collects it.
’34 | 0-0
Motherwell corner falls to Johnson in the box, but his low strike crashes into bodies in front of the goal.
’33 | 0-0
Chris Cadden beats Nick Ross and yet again the youngster is fouled.
’31 | 0-0
Chalmers stands over the free-kick but curls it over the bar.
’30 | 0-0
McGowan goes in to the book for a tackle on Craig Clay.
’30 | 0-0
Half-an-hour gone and Motherwell firmly on top in terms of chances and possession, but yet to make the breakthrough
’28 | 0-0
McDonald goes close from range! Works the space, spins his man and strikes narrowly over from 25 yards.
’27 | 0-0
Ainsworth is incredibly ambitious, striking one from a full 30 yards, but it doesn’t trouble Bain.
’26 | 0-0
A shocking tackle from O’Hara, whose studs caught Johnson, somehow only receives a yellow.
’24 | 0-0
McDonald nutmegs O’Dea but the defender blocks his run in the box. Ainsworth then collects the ball, striking low and just wide
’22 | 0-0
Cadden does well to win another corner, but from the set-piece Ainsworth collects on the far side and dinks a cross over.
’20 | 0-0
El Bakhtaoui breaks free on goal, Samson saves his first low strike and Heneghan lunges brilliantly to block the second attempt.
’18 | 0-0
From the corner, the referee awards a Dundee free-kick after Cadden held his man.
’17 | 0-0
Clay threads a lovely pass to Ainsworth, whose cross is blocked and out for a corner.
’15 | 0-0
Craig Clay works himself a yard on the edge of the area with some neat footwork, but his strike is blocked by the face of O’Dea.
’12 | 0-0
McDonald is slipped in on the right side of the box, but the linesman flags – must have been tight!
’11 | 0-0
Tait bursts forward, attempts the cross but it is cleared by O’Dea.
’10 | 0-0
Cadden is swiped to the deck after turning to surge forward. Free-kick ‘Well.
‘8 | 0-0
Joe Chalmers drives forward this time, and as the ball drops to him just yards out, he hits it just over, so close! #COYW
‘7 | 0-0
Heneghan marauds through the middle of the park, slipping it wide to Cadden who whips in a great cross, but it’s over-hit
‘5 | 0-0
Ainsworth takes it towards the by-line and nearly beats his man, but it’s out for a goal-kick.
‘4 | 0-0
Tait battles well to thwart any danger and mops up nicely. Straight down the other end, Johnson strikes just over the bar.
‘1 | 0-0
Fast start for the ‘Well here as Clay tries one from outside the area, but it’s blocked.
Dundee get us underway at Fir Park! #COYW #MFCvDFC
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee:
Team News: Same starting elevenSaturday 27 August 2016
Mark McGhee has named the same starting eleven against Dundee that were so unlucky to lose at Ibrox seven days ago.
That means Joe Chalmers retains his place with Stevie Hammell only fit enough to take his seat amongst the substitutes.
Stephen McManus and Ben Heneghan continue their partnership at the heart of the defensive with summer signing Richard Tait again at right back.
Carl McHugh still hasn’t properly recovered from a head injury picked up on the opening day at Kilmarnock so the midfield three contains skipper Keith Lasley, young star Chris Cadden and the impressive Craig Clay, who ran himself into the ground against Rangers last week.
Top scorer Scott McDonald leads the line in attack, supported by both Lionel Ainsworth and Marvin Johnson.
James McFadden, Dom Thomas and Lee Lucas are on the substitutes bench.
Motherwell: Samson, Tait, Heneghan, McManus, Ainsworth, Johnson, Cadden Lasley, Chalmers, Clay, McDonald
Substitutes: Brill, Hammell, Lucas, Thomas, McFadden, Ferguson, MacLean
Injured: McHugh, Moult, Kennedy, Blyth
Extended partnership with MFC CTFriday 26 August 2016
The club are today delighted to announce an extended partnership with the Motherwell FC Community Trust.
The partnership, which will include branding on the first team shorts, will help generate regular exposure of the Community’s activities. Stadium and match-day advertising will provide a platform to launch their programmes, promote key messages and provide awareness of the Trust’s seasonal activity where developing the club’s fan base will hopefully be a bi-product.
The Community Trust will be donating a quantity of match tickets for each game to young people from areas of deprivation, allowing many of them to attend a game at Fir Park for the first time, free of charge.
Louis Moult, pictured, has kindly agreed to become the first Motherwell FC Community Trust Ambassador, where he will donate histime to attend some of the Trust’s activities meeting supporters and representing the club off the pitch.
The aim of the Trust is to use the power of football and the brand name of Motherwell Football Club to motivate and inspire people and communities to change their lives for the better.
The Trust operates across Lanarkshire and works with people and communities of all ages living within areas of multiple deprivation or those affected by issues such as poor physical and mental health, unemployment, poor attainment, low engagement with physical activity and community safety.
Community Trust General Manager, Dawn Middleton said: “Motherwell FC Community Trust is delighted to extend its working partnership with the club to increase the profile of the programmes which we deliver.
“It is a real opportunity to highlight our work and ensure that people of all ages can get involved in activity with the Trust. The appointment of Louis Moult as the first Trust Ambassador is fantastic: not only is he a top-class player but he is also a huge supporter of our work. We are delighted to have him on board.”
Alan Burrows, the club’s Chief Operating Officer added: “The Community Trust do a wonderful job, touching the lives of almost 40,00 local people and working closely with them is an important step forward for all.
“As a family and community club, it is important to increase the profile of the work done by everyone involved at the Trust among the local community and this partnership will certainly push that forward over the course of the next season and beyond.”
Dundee Matchday Magazine previewFriday 26 August 2016
The fourth issue of the Steelmen matchday magazine is on sale ahead of Dundee’s trip to Fir Park tomorrow.
What can be found inside the 68-page programme?
Along with the regular pre-match column from manager Mark McGhee and club captain Keith Lasley are new features including ‘Goal Zone’, ‘My Dream Eleven’, ‘5 Fast Facts’, ‘Picture of the Week’ and ‘Getting to Know You’ – where one of the first team stars is profiled.
As part of the clubs aims to work closely with the Motherwell FC Community Trust and The ‘Well Society, there will be regular updates included in the magazine from Dawn Middleton at the Trust and Craig Hughes at the Society.
This week’s main features include a look at opponents Dundee and a continuation of last season’s A-Z piece, where we arrive on the letters U and V, where Tony Vaughan and Simo Valakari are included in the insightful piece by Andy Paterson.
The feature-interview is with Aussie striker Scott McDonald, who talks about the pain of Rangers last minute winner, the attitude of the squad and of course tomorrow’s opposition – Dundee.
Our match reports section looks back on the Fir Parkers trip to Ibrox, in what was an excellent performance from McGhee’s side.
An update on Stephen Craigan’s U20s side is included too, after the youngsters travelled north to face Inverness in the opening fixture of the Development League.
As well as the latest from the Ticket Office, the magazine also has an in-depth look at tomorrow’s match-officials.
All this and more is available for £3 and is on sale from the Club Shop as well as the usual sellers located in and around the ground pre-match.
You can also order back editions or take a subscription to the magazine for the rest of the season by visiting the website of our publishers, Curtis-Sports – CLICK HERE
The ‘Signing Zone’ continuesFriday 26 August 2016
Our pre-match ‘Signing Zone’ continues this week prior to the Dundee Premiership fixture at Fir Park.
And for the fans, it provides an opportunity to meet summer signing Jacob Blyth and defender Kieran Kennedy.
So why not arrive a little earlier before tomorrow’s big match? As both players will be in The Well Shop’s ‘Signing Zone’ from 12.30pm until 1pm, to meet fans, sign autographs and pose for a selfie or two.
Each week, two different players will take their seats as the season progresses as part of the developing fan engagement programme here at Fir Park.
Share your pics on twitter @motherwellfc using #MFCSigningZone or facebook.com/motherwellfc
The club shop is situated at the Cooper Stand and is open from 9.30am.
Motherwell V Dundee: Fan informationFriday 26 August 2016
If you are coming to the Ladbrokes Premiership game against Dundee on Saturday, here is some information you may find useful.
Motherwell vs Dundee: A closer lookThursday 25 August 2016
Mark McGhee’s side host Dundee at Fir Park on Saturday in the Steelmen’s fourth league game of the season.
And after leaving Ibrox last weekend feeling hard done by, Motherwell will be eager to bounce back.
Scott McDonald gave the ‘Well a first-half lead in front of 48,00o onlookers, but in heart-breaking fashion the hosts levelled on the hour mark before snatching all three points in the dying minutes.
But with the performances of every player in the starting eleven encouraging the manager, the players and the fans – Motherwell will look to set the record straight back in front of the home support.
Dundee currently sit sixth in the Ladbrokes Premiership, just a point ahead of the Fir Parkers, and Saturday’s match could prove to be a huge factor on both sides push for a top-half finish later in the season.
The Dark Blues, like Motherwell, lost narrowly to Rangers after getting their campaign off to a flying start away to Ross County, coming away with a 3-1 win.
Frustrated by Hamilton Accies in their last fixture, Paul Hartley’s men, like McGhee’s, will be keen to improve on recent results.
Tickets for the match are available from the Fir Park Ticket Office now priced at:
ADULTS: £23/£19 CONCESSIONS £16/£15 JUVENILE £12/£9 FAMILY £29/24
- Concessions are listed as 60 and over, 16-18 year olds and over and full time students with a valid matriculation card
- Juveniles are listed as 15 & under
- The Cheaper priced ticket is for the East Stand only
- Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 07745 494631/ 07711 992161 or email email@example.com
- Away fans are located in the South Stand
- HOSPITALITY IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS FIXTURE
6ft 4in English defender Ben Heneghan believes Motherwell can bounce back to winning ways on Saturday.
The summer signing admitted that the Steelmen can afford to focus on their own performances and challenge any team in the top-flight.
Speaking to the press this morning, Heneghan said: “[The Rangers defeat] was heart-breaking in a way – the last kick of the game and especially when you play the way we played, I thought we were brilliant and to lose at the end was a kick in the stomach.”
Despite the loss, the centre-back felt it was still a learning curve in his career so far.
He said: “It was brilliant to play in a game like that and I’ve never played in a stadium like that where there was 48,000 fans watching on.
“That was massive for me and my development and I thoroughly enjoyed it – but next time we go there hopefully we can get the three points.”
[pullquote]We’ve learned from the Rangers game and each match I just try to get better and better and learn from the players like McManus.[/pullquote]
He added: “We’ve learned from the Rangers game and each match I just try to get better and better and learn from the players like McManus to get better in my career.”
And on Saturday’s opponents Dundee, Heneghan admits that he aims to stick to doing what he does best for the team, alongside McManus, who the Englishman has formed a solid partnership with.
He said: “I’ll look over clips of Dundee before we face them, then from there I just have to play my way and do what I can for the team.
“We have to go into any game believing that we can challenge anyone, do what we have worked on and see if teams can deal with us.”
Today’s visitors Dundee arrive on the back of a 1-1 draw with Hamilton Academical and currently occupy sixth spot in the table.
And for manager Paul Hartley, it was a disappointing showing from his side, as he claimed post match that he “couldn’t accept” the performance from his team, despite the fact that they moved joint-top of the league, albeit just for a matter of hours.
Darren Lyon stunned Dundee with a incredible 25-yard strike, but Mark O’Hara responded after he was left unmarked to side-foot home Danny Williams’ corner almost immediately afterwards.
Darian MacKinnon missed a sitter on the resumption for Accies, but Rory Loy, Yordi Tejsse and Danny Williams all missed chances to win it for Dundee.
The hosts dominated all afternoon but couldn’t find the winning goal as they were unable to take their chances.
The 2016/17 season represents an opportunity to return the club to a top half finish.
Appointed in 2014, the ex-Hearts midfielder got off to a brilliant start to his Dee managerial career – guiding the club to the Championship title followed by a sixth placed spot in the top flight in the 2014/15 season.
‘Well fans need no reminder that that was the season the club slumped into the Premiership play-offs and survived in stunning fashion by beating Rangers 6-1 on aggregate.
Last season though, Dundee finished eighth as the Steelmen surged to fifth, and matches like today’s are huge for both sides who have set their sights on the top-six.
For the Dark Blues though, it won’t be plain sailing after they lost a number of key players from their squad.
Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings both left for the English leagues and are the biggest losses in terms of goals.
Two such important players will always be hard to replace, but with the captures of Faisal El Bakhtaoui from Dunfermline and Michael Duffy on loan from champions Celtic, Paul Hartley may have found a source of goals for his side. James Vincent swapped Inverness CT for the Dark Blues and could bring a creative spark in midfield.
Both Mark McGhee and Paul Hartley will be confident in their sides chances this weekend, as in the three games last season the ‘Well won once, drew once and lost once – making this one tough to call for the neutrals.
The last time the two sides met at Fir Park though, Dundee couldn’t deal with McGhee’s men going forward and the Steelmen dominated and won 3-1.
With a big season ahead for Paul Hartley and his side, they will be coming in to today’s match fired up for the occasion and will prove to be a tough test for McGhee’s Motherwell