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    Hearts 3 – 0 Motherwell

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     Lewis Irons at Tynecastle

    Motherwell slumped to a 3-0 loss at Tynecastle this afternoon against a ruthless Hearts side who ultimately took their chances.

    The Steelmen were unlucky not to score though, with as much as FOUR goal-bound efforts cleared off the line in agonising fashion for the Fir Parkers.

    A brace from Bjorn Johnsen and a neat finish from Jamie Walker punished Motherwell on a cold and sunny afternoon in the capital.

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee named an unchanged line-up from the side that overcame Partick Thistle 2-0 at Fir Park last week, while Robbie Neilson on the other hand named four changes to his side after they drew 3-3 against Hamilton on Monday night.

    Tony Watt, Prince Buaben, Liam Smith and Alim Ozturk were replaced by Igor Rossi, Faycal Rherras, Arnaud Djoum and Robbie Muirhead – but it was top scorers Jamie Walker and Callum Paterson who looked the most dangerous in the opening exchanges of the match.

    The two looked to combine and cause problems down the right flank but it was a surging run from Walker which led to the midfielders first shot on target. Cutting in on to his right foot the Hearts number seven forced a routine save from Craig Samson after two minutes and proceeded to test the ‘Well keeper twice more in the following four minutes –  but almost identical strikes from the midfielder left Samson making comfortable saves.

    Motherwell failed to create anything in the opening fifteen minutes as Hearts peppered Samson’s goal and after 16 minutes the game came to a brief standstill.

    A head-knock between Ben Heneghan and Callum Paterson left both on the floor requiring treatment. The Hearts defender was allowed to stay on the pitch despite his gushing wound and nasty looking bump above his eye as Heneghan was bandaged up on the sidelines.

    But it was Paterson who was withdrawn from the action nine minutes later – Heneghan meanwhile was fine to carry on and play the full 90 minutes.

    Hearts deservedly took the lead but it came from a loose touch in the Motherwell midfield. Johnsen was quick to burst beyond the Claret and Amber defence and latch on to a neat through ball before the tall centre-forward rounded Craig Samson and rolled the ball into an empty net.

    Just two minutes later, Johnsen was celebrating again but the linesman’s flag cut the party short as the goal scorer had strayed offside before looping his header into the far corner.

    That scare seemed to spark the Steelmen in to life as a looping ball into the Jambos box was knocked on by Heneghan, but it flashed across the goalmouth untouched and out for a goal kick.

    The tall, bandaged centre-back was involved in front of Hearts goal just minutes later but this time his attempted header from a Richard Tait free kick soared over the bar.

    Louis Moult and Scott McDonald were allowed to link-up five minutes before the break after a slack John Souttar pass gifted Motherwell a chance. The recovering Jam Tarts defence did enough to put pressure on the attackers and block Moult’s effort at goal.

    On the stroke of half time Craig Samson produced a fine save to deny Hearts a second goal and keep the deficit down going in to the interval.

    McGhee made two changes as he brought off Jack McMillan and David Ferguson for Lionel Ainsworth and Stevie Hammell and matched the home side with a 4-4-2 shape.

    The break didn’t change things though as just four minutes in to the second half Hearts went two up.

    An in-swinging corner was headed low past Samson by Johnsen for his second of the game and it looked as though Motherwell’s hopes of a comeback were crushed.

    However, the Fir Parkers responded well and a strong 20-minute spell in the second half should have led to a goal for the visitors.

    A header on target from McDonald was cleared off the line by Rherras before the defender, still on the line, somehow denied Heneghan immediately after.

    Substitute Ainsworth fired an ambitious effort narrowly wide of the post from 30-yards as the Steelmen pushed to find a way back in to the game, but soon after Hearts made it three.

    Ainsworth’s free-kick was cleared and Hearts hit the Steelmen on the break, Walker providing the low neat finish to a swift Hearts counter as Robbie Neilson’s side all but secured the three points.

    In the final five minutes of the match, Motherwell were denied a further two times by goal-line clearances. The first a hooked Souttar clearance after Ainsworth’s dink bounced towards the line and the second a decent clearance from Rherras to deny Moult his seventh goal of the season.

    But Hearts held on for their clean sheet and Motherwell left feeling somewhat deflated, yet still sitting in the top six of a compact Ladbrokes Premiership.

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     Lewis Irons at Tynecastle

     

    FT: Hearts 3 – 0 Motherwell #HMFCvMFC

    89′ | 3-0
    That’s now a fourth chance cleared off the line! Moult with a free header, swept away by Rherras

    86′ | 3-0
    Ainsworth is sent clear but Souttar manages to retreat and clear his chipped shot off the line.

    75′ | 3-0
    Hearts sub, Currie on for Cowie

    74′ | 3-0
    Sammon squanders a great chance to make it 4, dragging his shot wide of the target from 15 yards.

    68′ | 3-0
    Hearts sub, Johnsen makes way for Sammon

    66′ | 3-0
    Goal – Hearts breakaway and Walker finishes it off with a low shot past Samson.

    65′ | 2-0
    Motherwell sub, Hastie on for Cadden.

    64′ | 2-0
    Ainsworth’s powerful low shot from 30 yards fizzes inches wide of the post.

    51′ | 2-0
    McDonald’s header is cleared off the line by Rherras. Seconds later he is there again, this time denying Heneghan!!

    49′ | 2-0
    Goal – Hearts go two up, this time a header by Johnsen from a corner.

    Motherwell get the second 45 underway. COYW!!

    Double change at half-time for Motherwell, Hammell and Ainsworth on for Ferguson and McMillan.

    Seconds before the whistle blew, Samson had a great save from Rossi’s header, clawing it off the line!

    HT | Hearts 1 – 0 Motherwell #HMFCvMFC

    45+1′ | 1-0
    Souttar booked for a shirt pull on McDonald. Can have no complaints there.

    Three minutes added on.

    44′ | 1-0
    Ball over the top is squared by Johnsen to Djoum 12 yards out but he curls his shot over the bar.

    41′ | 1-0
    Great chance for Moult as a slack pass allows him and McDonald to combine on the edge of the box but the defence recover to block.

    38′ | 1-0
    Tait whips in a free-kick from the right which is met by Heneghan but he can’t get his header on target.

    35′ | 1-0
    Chance! Looping ball into the box is knock across goal by Heneghan but no takers!

    34′ | 1-0
    Johnsen has the ball in the net again with a fine looping header but the linesman’s flag is thankfully up!

    32′ | 1-0
    Goal – Johnsen is slid through and cooly rounds Samson before slotting into the empty net. 1-0 to Hearts.

    26′ | 0-0
    Hearts sub, Paterson off for Smith. Has quite a nasty looking bump just above his eye.

    25′ | 0-0
    Decent chance for Hearts there. Long throw into Johnsen whose flicked header is just wide of the post.

    23′ | 0-0
    Paterson fires wide of the post, seconds after being told to leave the pitch and get a blood injury attended to!

    21′ | 0-0
    ‘Well still down to ten men, and Hearts almost capitalise. Johnsen is slid in but blazes over from a narrow angle.

    Both will need further treatment on the sidelines. Heneghan will return wearing a bandage, no doubt.

    16′ | 0-0
    Hearts have the first corner of the game…Heneghan and Paterson compete and both go down with head knocks.

    From the free-kick, Walker drills it straight into the wall and Rherras fires well over the bar.

    9′ | 0-0
    Rherras shows good feet to get past Tait and the Motherwell man is booked for impeding his run into the box.

    6′ | 0-0
    Hearts work a throw-in from the left which releases Walker inside the box. His attempt on goal is again matched by Samson.

    2′ | 0-0
    Walker again tests Samson, with an effort very similar to the first, with the same outcome. Save Samson.

    1′ | 0-0
    Walker tests Samson almost immediately with a bouncing effort from distance. Probably going wide but Samson gathers anyway

    Djoum gets the action underway for the Jambos. COYW!!!

    Out come the two sides at a packed Tynecastle. Usual colours for both teams…

     

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    Moult and McDonald chat to MFCTV

    ‘Well forwards Louis Moult and Scott McDonald sat down with MFCTV today to chat all things Motherwell.

    The strike partners spoke about the season so far, the spirit around the dressing room and look ahead to tomorrow’s league clash with Hearts.

    Last weekend, both attackers were on target as the Steelmen overcame Partick Thistle 2-0 at Fir Park.

    It is the first time the two have scored in the same league fixture this season, a feat which has been stuttered by injury and league breaks.

    And with the Steelmen hitting form last weekend, ‘Well fans will be hoping to see more of the same from the close duo, who are most definitely enjoying their football in Claret and Amber.

    For more exclusive content, subscribe to the official Motherwell YouTube channel here.

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    Suicide Awareness courses continue

    Motherwell FC and Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire are working together to raise awareness of one of the biggest killers of men in the community.

    And an inclusive Suicide Prevention awareness training course, which launched earlier this week, continues over the next two weeks at Fir Park – for those in the area to learn more about the issue.

    Motherwell FC Chief Operating Officer Alan Burrows believes the courses are a crucial and beneficial way of spreading the message and raising awareness throughout the local community.

    He said: “Suicide has touched Motherwell Football Club as well as families all across Lanarkshire. These awareness classes are hugely beneficial in spreading an all important message and raising much needed awareness on suicide.”

    He added: “We truly believe in the work at Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire and seeing the players attend these classes really sums that up. Now, we want to give the same opportunity to people in our community.”

    Craig Samson believes that anything the club and players can do to help is a huge step forward and admits that tomorrow night would be beneficial course for those who attend.

    The ‘keeper said: “Suicide is something that has touched me and my family and all you can say is that there is people you can talk to, there’s people there that will talk to you.

    “Don’t ever feel as if you are alone and people are judging you. You can always speak to somebody, whether it’s in your family or outwith, there will always be someone there to help you out.”

    He added: “I think that’s an important message to the people that are listening as well, you can’t just dismiss it if someone does come to you. Hopefully you can help them but if not you can pass it on to people who will know what they’re talking about.”

    To register your attendance, please call 0800 073 0918 or go online by CLICKING HERE. The courses are on November 29 and December 6, starting at 6:30pm on both dates.

    If you need support right now, call the Samaritans on 116123 or Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87.

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    Hearts: A closer look at Tynecastle clash

    Motherwell take on Hearts in the Ladbrokes Premiership tomorrow as the Steelmen look to string together consecutive victories.

    An impressive 2-0 win over Partick Thistle last weekend saw the ‘Well surge in to the top six and bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 loss away to Dundee the week before.

    Hearts will prove to be a tough test, with Mark McGhee’s side five points off the Jambo’s who currently sit fourth in the league.

    Saturday will also be the second meeting between the two clubs after Hearts stormed to a 3-1 victory at Fir Park back in September.

    Second half strikes from Calum Paterson and Arnaud Djoum added to a fortunate deflected effort off Stephen McManus from the boot of Sam Nicholson to give Hearts a three goal lead before James McFadden produced a moment of magic, albeit consolation, in the dying moments of the match.

    But ‘Well boss Mark McGhee has made sure to not be distracted by previous results, including wins at Tynecastle, as his side prepare for an important fixture this weekend.

    Speaking to the press yesterday, the manager said: “The last time we went to Tynecastle we had players injured and players missing, so I don’t even take it in to account to be honest.”

    [pullquote]It’s not a place we should have any fears of going, we should go there and really relish the challenge of hopefully starting on some sort of run.[/pullquote]

    He added: “We’ve beat them since then so that’s more significant in terms of previous results, but I don’t consider that either – it’s all about Saturday and the head-to-head then.

    “It’s not a place we should have any fears of going, we should go there and really relish the challenge of hopefully starting on some sort of run.”

    Hearts, meanwhile, will be hopeful of returning to winning ways after they drew 3-3 against Hamilton on Monday night.

    Manager Robbie Neilson will be without young midfielder Sam Nicholson, who is out until January with a knee injury.

    Motherwell will remain without Carl McHugh and Joe Chalmers as the two sides search for an all-important three points in the capital.

     

    Midfielder Chris Cadden insists that the Steelmen go in to this weekends clash with Hearts “full of confidence”.

    The youngster admitted that it will be a tough task though, as they face a good, strong Hearts side who currently sit fourth in the table – five points above Motherwell.

    Speaking to the press yesterday, Cadden said: “Hearts are a good team, a big team as well, you can see they have quality players as well and they bring through a lot of quality young players.

    “It’ll be a tough task for us on Saturday but we’ll go there full of confidence after last week’s performance when I thought we were good, so hopefully we’ll nick something.”

    Cadden was part of the team who slumped to a disappointing defeat the last time the Fir Parkers travelled to Tynecastle, but the midfielder insists it will not play a part on Saturday.

    [pullquote]It’ll be a tough task for us on Saturday but we’ll go there full of confidence after last week’s performance when I thought we were good, so hopefully we’ll nick something.[/pullquote]

    He said: “I was on the bench so it was tough to watch. Hearts are tough to play when they hit top form but the last result at Tynecastle won’t have any bearing on this weekend because that was in January and it was two different sides – we had different players and so did they.”

    The Steelmen currently sit sixth in the Ladbrokes Premiership, but Cadden made sure to explain that the current table cannot be considered a reflection of how the season will pan out.

    He said: “With the league as tight as it is I don’t think you can look at it too much and it’s crazy how tight it is.

    Hearts are tough to play when they hit top form but the last result at Tynecastle won’t have any bearing on this weekend because that was in January and it was two different sides.

    “You can’t read in to it too much because every team is capable of beating each other. I don’t think it’s really settled yet other than perhaps Celtic because I think they’ll win the league, but I think there will be a few changes here and there before it settles by around February.”

     

    For manager Robbie Neilson and his squad, it’s been a good start to the 2016/17 season, with the Jambo’s currently occupying fourth spot after thirteen games.

    The positive start makes for an exciting season ahead for Hearts fans as competition for places at the top end of the table intensifies.

    Last season’s third placed finish, where they finished six points behind second-placed Aberdeen, was an incredible feat for the newly promoted Edinburgh outfit, who returned to the top-flight after a stellar campaign in the Championship.

    Down there they stormed to the title with seven games remaining as they bounced straight back in to the top flight and slotted back in seamlessly.

    Earlier this week, Neilson’s side drew 3-3 away to Hamilton, coming back from being 3-1 down.

    Callum Paterson’s late goal completed Hearts’ comeback to earn a point at New Douglas Park. Jamie Walker fired Hearts ahead after Bjorn Johnsen’s cross was not cleared, but Ali Crawford’s free-kick drew Accies level, before Rakish Bingham scored twice after half-time.

    Walker reduced the deficit with a penalty after Dan Seaborne clipped Don Cowie, then Paterson stabbed home to level. Hearts kept their spot in fourth, and now sit three points behind Rangers.

    Hearts are without a win in their last four matches though, having drawn their last three and lost to Kilmarnock last month.

    The clubs last win was against bottom side Dundee on October 15, so Robbie Neilson’s side will go in to tomorrow’s match in Edinburgh hungry to bounce back to winning ways.

    And with one of the best defensive records in the league so far this term, the Jambo’s will be a tough opponent for Mark McGhee’s side to break down.

    Hearts will be without Sam Nicholson tomorrow as the midfielder recovers from a knee injury, and it will be a big loss for the club.

    So far this term, the midfielder has been a main source of goals, with four to his name along with three assists.

    At just 21 years of age, Nicholson is one of the most exciting players in Robbie Neilson’s squad, after progressing through the youth set-up at the Edinburgh club.

    Jamie Walker and right-back Callum Paterson are the clubs top scorers this season on five and the Jambos will be boosted by the return of Igor Rossi, who is back from suspension having missed the draw away to Hamilton.

    Going forward Hearts have plenty of options, with familiar names like Conor Sammon and Tony Watt obvious threats for the home side.

    Summer signing Conor Sammon returned to Scottish football in the summer after leaving Kilmarnock to head south of the border for Premier League side Wigan.

    The Irishman spent time with a number of English clubs including Derby and Sheffield United before signing for the Edinburgh club on a free transfer.

    In his final season with Kilmarnock, Sammon scored an impressive 15 goals in 23 appearances.

    Boss Robbie Neilson is a familiar name in Scottish football, having managed Hearts since 2014.

    It’s his first job in management since he retired from playing and it’s been a brilliant spell for the 36-year-old, guiding the club to the Championship title in 2014/15 followed by third place last term.

    In his first season as a manager, Hearts won 29 of their 36 league games, scoring 96 and conceding just 26.

    As a player, Neilson made 200 appearances for Hearts and was part of the Scottish Cup winning side in 2006, toppling rampant Division Two side Gretna on penalties.

    After his ten-year spell with the Jambo’s, Neilson moved on to play for a number of big clubs, including Leicester City.

    In a tightly contested league this season, Hearts will be hopeful to compete and perhaps even improve on last season’s impressive finish.

    But the Steelmen will be keen to follow up on last weeks big win over Partick Thistle, which makes for a very interesting encounter at Tynecastle tomorrow afternoon.

     

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    Update: Hearts ticket news

    Tickets for tomorrow’s game against Hearts will be available at the ticket office until 3.30pm today (Friday) and at the Well Shop on Saturday morning, from 10am to 1pm

    There will be no option to purchase a ticket at Tynecastle.

    ADULTS:   £24/£18 
    CONCESSIONS      £18/£13
    UNDER 18   £14/£10
    UNDER 13   £5
    • Concessions are listed as 65s and full time students with a valid matriculation card
    • Cheaper prices are for the Lower Section of the Roseburn Stand
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    Flashback: Hearts 1 – 2 Motherwell

    Motherwell have enjoyed some impressive league finishes across the years, as recently as 2014 when Stuart McCall led the side to a second placed finish.

    The 2007/08 season under now current manager Mark McGhee was another memorable campaign for the Fir Parkers and was equally successful, as a third placed finish secured a spot in the UEFA Cup for the Lanarkshire side.

    Motherwell made just the one trip to Tynecastle in the league that season and came away with an important three points.

    Mark McGhee’s side staged a brilliant second-half comeback to pip Hearts and leap into third spot in the league.

    Andrew Driver gave Hearts an early lead when he converted an Andrius Velicka cross after just 12 minutes.

    New Hearts keeper Eduardas Kurskis kept the home side ahead at the interval with a string of fine saves as Motherwell pressed.

    And the Steelmen emerged victorious from a hard-fought tussle thanks to Chris Porter’s 53rd minute header and an own goal from Hearts’ Marius Zaliukas.

    The home side were first to threaten when Driver hooked an early effort over the bar from the left side of the box.

    Motherwell’s first chance was a Ross McCormack effort after Stephen Hughes’ played a fine ball into the box, but the Scot was denied.

    Then Hearts took the lead after only 12 minutes. Velicka burst down the right flank and fired the ball across the penalty box, where Driver pounced to smash a diagonal volley low past Graeme Smith.

    McCormack had another good chance when he side footed over the bar from just outside the box after a Motherwell break on 17 minutes.

    Smith made an excellent stop to prevent Velicka doubling Hearts’ lead on the half hour mark, blocking the striker’s close-range effort.

    At the other end of the pitch, Hearts keeper Kurskis leapt spectacularly to fingertip the ball over the bar after Stephen Craigan’s header spun wildly off Zaliukas’ foot.

    Motherwell started the second-half strongly and drew level after 53 minutes through Porter.

    McCormack won a corner on the left and played it on to Hughes, whose cross was allowed to reach Clarkson who fired it through the crowded box towards Porter to head home from close range.

    Mark McGhee’s men who took the lead midway through the second half when Steven McGarry did well to keep the ball in play at the right byline. He then looked up and crossed to the far post, where McCormack turned it towards the net from close range. It looked goal-bound but the final touch came from the foot of Zaliukas as he tried to clear.

    Hearts’ Eggert Jonsson hit the bar just a minute after the visitors’ goal and then shot just over as the game entered its final 15 minutes.

    The home side dominated possession for the final period of the game and came close on one more occasion. A 20-yard free-kick from Stewart looked dangerous but flew harmlessly on to the roof of the net as Motherwell held on for their fourth league win in a row.

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    Cadden: Full of confidence

    Midfielder Chris Cadden admits that the Steelmen go in to this weekends clash with Hearts “full of confidence”.

    The youngster admitted that it will be a tough task though, as they face a good, strong Hearts side who currently sit fourth in the table – five points above Motherwell.

    Speaking to the press this morning, Cadden said: “Hearts are a good team, a big team as well, you can see they have quality players as well and they bring through a lot of quality young players.

    “It’ll be a tough task for us on Saturday but we’ll go there full of confidence after last week’s performance when I thought we were good, so hopefully we’ll nick something.”

    [pullquote]It’ll be a tough task for us on Saturday but we’ll go there full of confidence after last week’s performance when I thought we were good, so hopefully we’ll nick something.[/pullquote]

    Cadden was part of the team who slumped to a disappointing defeat the last time the Fir Parkers travelled to Tynecastle, but the midfielder insists it will not play a part on Saturday.

    He said: “I was on the bench so it was tough to watch. Hearts are tough to play when they hit top form but the last result at Tynecastle won’t have any bearing on this weekend because that was in January and it was two different sides – we had different players and so did they.”

    The Steelmen currently sit sixth in the Ladbrokes Premiership, but Cadden made sure to explain that the current table cannot be considered a reflection of how the season will pan out.

    He said: “With the league as tight as it is I don’t think you can look at it too much and it’s crazy how tight it is.

    [pullquote]Hearts are tough to play when they hit top form but the last result at Tynecastle won’t have any bearing on this weekend because that was in January and it was two different sides.[/pullquote]

    “You can’t read in to it too much because every team is capable of beating each other. I don’t think it’s really settled yet other than perhaps Celtic because I think they’ll win the league, but I think there will be a few changes here and there before it settles by around February.”

    In recent weeks, the 19-year-old has been joined in the starting line-up by his Youth Cup winning team-mates Jack McMillan and David Ferguson, and Cadden is delighted to see them breaking in to the team.

    He said: “It’s been brilliant to see them because I think since they’ve came in they’ve been absolutely brilliant. They work hard and they have good attitudes, they’re all very, very good players and they all deserve their chance.”

    He added: “That’s what I say to them because I’ve obviously went through that recently, so I just say to them to take their chance as best they can and I think whenever they’ve come in they’ve done that.”

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    McGhee: Relishing the challenge

    Mark McGhee is fully expecting a tough match against Hearts at the weekend.

    But the ‘Well boss insists that the Steelmen must relish the challenge as they travel to face one of the top sides in the division.

    Speaking to the press this morning, the manager said: “I think Hearts are firmly established as a top four side so when you come up against one of the top teams you obviously expect a game, especially at Tynecastle.”

    He added: “The thing I would say is that I think it’s one of the best places to play, away from Celtic and Rangers, it was probably the place I enjoyed the most as a player.

    “I have good memories of playing there, there’s always fantastic crowds, they’re a well supported side and their crowd is as good as any.”

    [pullquote]I think it’s one of the best places to play, away from Celtic and Rangers, it was probably the place I enjoyed the most as a player.[/pullquote]

    For a number of the young players in the ‘Well side, this marks the first trip to face the Jambos on their own patch, and for those who made the trip last time, McGhee admitted the previous result is nothing to go by.

    He said: “Of course some of our boys haven’t been there like the younger boys and the ones that have come up from down South in the summer, so they’ve got that to look forward to.

    “The last time we went to Tynecastle we had players injured and players missing, so I don’t even take it in to account to be honest.”

    He added: “We’ve beat them since then so that’s more significant in terms of previous results, but I don’t consider that either – it’s all about Saturday and the head-to-head then.

    [pullquote]It’s not a place we should have any fears of going, we should go there and really relish the challenge of hopefully starting on some sort of run.[/pullquote]

    “It’s not a place we should have any fears of going, we should go there and really relish the challenge of hopefully starting on some sort of run.”

    Against Partick at the weekend, McGhee brought youngsters David Ferguson and Jack McMillan in to the starting line-up and the duo impressed.

    And when asked about the development of young players at the club, the ‘Well boss said: “I challenge any club in the top division in Scotland to show that they are playing more young players coming through their academy than we are.

    “We are putting our money where our mouth is, we are putting players in the team.”

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    Dementia programme takes next step

    The Motherwell Community trust is stepping up its unique programme for people living with dementia and their families and carers.

    Using football as a stimulus to trigger memories and spark conversation, the Memory Well Reminiscence programme is an innovative support initiative, supported by the Football Memories League and funded by the Bank of Scotland Foundation.

    And since the launch of the programme, the Community Trust has already registered 12 staff members and 40 school pupils as dementia friends – allowing them to know and learn more about the disorder.

    Partnering up with Alzheimer Scotland allowed the trust to deliver Dementia Friends training for staff and volunteers as well as the 40 sixth year pupils from Our Ladies High School in Motherwell – who will take on the role of buddies to those living with dementia.

    They will be able to engage in conversation about like-minded subjects, allowing them to discuss past events and memories and pupils will create memory books as documentation of the project.

    The training lasted for one hour and was delivered by Beau Nieuwenhuijs, who is part of the dementia friendly communities team at Alzheimer Scotland.

    Beau said: “It was great to see such a large number of pupils interested in a project like this and being part of the dementia friendly community in Motherwell.”

    Pupils described the training as “influential”, “engaging”, “encouraging”, “interesting” and “informative”.

    Memory Well co-ordinator Carly Slamin said: “The Community Trust are really happy to be working with Our Ladies High School and creating a project that will benefit so many people in so many ways.”

    For more information, get in touch with Carly at carly.slamin@motherwellfc.co.uk

     

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    Get your 25th anniversary scarf now

    As the winter freeze draws in, don’t miss your chance to grab yourself a limited edition scarf commemorating the clubs historic 1991 Scottish Cup win.

    And if you order today, the piece of history can be yours in time for Christmas.

    Having already sold out, the next batch will be quick to go so make sure you don’t miss out.

    A fantastic gift for people of all ages, he 25th anniversary scarves mark one of the most iconic moments of the clubs recent history.

    They are 100% lambs wool and are fantastic quality, priced at £25.

    When you pre-order, we will be issued with a voucher that can be redeemed from the ‘Well Shop.

    Please contact the club directly on 01698 333333 or you can buy online from motherwellbuyonline.co.uk