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    Scottish Cup: Ticket Information

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    Competition: Design Our Mascot

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    Aberdeen defeat in pictures

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    McGhee: We gifted goals

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    Motherwell 1 – 3 Aberdeen

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    Fixture ammendments

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    Dons matchday magazine preview

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    Aberdeen: A closer look

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    Heneghan: Relishing the battles

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    Scottish Cup: Ticket Information

    Tickets for the William Hill Scottish Cup 4th Round clash with Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday 21st January have gone on sale.

    The Steelmen have been allocated just short of 2,000 tickets for the game and they will go on sale to 2016/17 Season Ticket holders and ‘Well Society members (please bring either Voucher C from your Season Book or Well Society membership card when purchasing) on Thursday 22nd December at 9.15am priced at:

    ADULTS:   £20 
    CONCESSIONS:                           £15
    UNDER 16s:                           £7

    * Concessions are listed as Over 65s and 16 and 17 year olds.

    Any remaining tickets will then go on full general sale from Monday 9th January 2017 up to the Friday (20th January) before the match.

    Additional Ticket Office opening hours throughout January will be announced shortly.

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    Competition: Design Our Mascot

    Motherwell Football Club are sad to announce that mascots Claret and Amber are to go into semi-retirement after around 100,000 high fives and 16 years of service!  The loveable bears are to go into semi-hibernation and they will pass over the baton to a new cuddly favourite. Young fans may still see them out and about occasionally but they are all set for a much deserved retirement and we wish them well!

    This does now mean that we have THE most exciting competition EVER for the young people of Lanarkshire as we now need a new mascot!!!

    We are calling on our young supporters, the local community and the schools of Lanarkshire to design us a new mascot. That’s right we want you to be the brains behind our new club mascot who then could be your best buddy for life!

    Any child that enters the competition will receive one free ticket to a Motherwell FC game and the child who designs the winning entry will also receive this fantastic stack of prizes.

    • The mascot will be your best buddy for life.
    • You will be the first ever fan to meet them.
    • You will be the first fan to walk out the tunnel with the new mascot at a game
    • You will meet the first team
    • You will meet the first team manager
    • You will be invited by the mascot here for your next birthday VIP style
    • You will receive a full Motherwell Kit
    • A signed ball from the team
    • A visit by a first team player and the mascot to your school
    • One adult and one child ticket for the remaining games of the 2016/17 season.
    • Hero status amongst all of your friends!!!

    So here is what to do

    Get the form.

    Download the form, print it and draw your design.


    Terms and Conditions

    Where do I send my design?

    Please email your designs to us at MyMFCMascot@motherwellfc.co.uk , post them to My MFC Mascot,, Motherwell Football Club, The Chapman Building, ML1 2QN

    The deadline for all designs to be received by will be the 5pm on 7th January 2017.

    What happens next?

    We will have an internal judging panel who will look at all the designs and form a short list for each age group.

    • Under 7’s
    • 8 – 10
    • 11 –16

    A winner and a runner up from each age group will be selected and one winner from each age group will then go before a final judging panel. The winners in each age group will receive a signed ball. One of these winning designs will then become the Motherwell FC official mascot.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park as Motherwell lose 1-3 to Aberdeen.

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    Aberdeen defeat in pictures

    Images from today’s 1-3 defeat to Aberdeen in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    McGhee: We gifted goals

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee felt his side “gifted” Aberdeen their goals tonight in their final clash before Christmas.

    On a blistering night at Fir Park, the manager was disappointed with some of the decisions from the match officials, but even more disappointed to see his side concede cheap goals.

    Speaking to MFC TV after the match, he said: “I think we gifted them tonight. The third goal is irrelevant because we’re pushing on trying to get an equaliser.

    “The two goals we concede are ridiculous, so ridiculous. We’re in control of the game, we’re looking like the more likely team to take the lead and then we concede the two goals like we did.”

    He added: “To equalise like that through a fantastic finish, to then go 2-1 down and then miss the penalty, which I don’t even think about, is disappointing.

    [pullquote]I think we gifted them tonight. The third goal is irrelevant because we’re pushing on trying to get an equaliser.[/pullquote]

    “I actually said to Moulty when I went in to the dressing room that I’d forgot about the penalty because it was the two goals that we’d conceded in the first half that were playing on my mind.”

    Aberdeen went 2-1 up through a controversial penalty when Adam Rooney appeared to tumble due to the slightest touch from Craig Samson.

    And the Fir Park boss admitted he was disappointed with the decisions from the officials.

    He said: “There was a bit of controversy about their penalty kick, he went down a bit easily and prior to that I think there should have been two free kicks against Scott McDonald.

    “I was disappointed with some of the decisions but overall, while I’m satisfied that we’re a decent team, I’m very disappointed with the nature of the goals.”

    [pullquote]When we went 2-1 down I still thought we were going to get something out the game, right through to when they scored the third goal I thought we were going to get something out the game.[/pullquote]

    He added: “Ryan Jack was about six yards inside the box when the penalty was taken and the referee didn’t see it but it’s his job to see it.”

    Looking ahead to his side’s clash with Inverness on Wednesday, the manager said: “I think we’ve got to play as well as we did tonight because there were long spells of the game and lots of aspects of the game which were really, really good, so we’ve just got to take that to Inverness and not make the mistakes that we made in the first half.

    “When we went 2-1 down I still thought we were going to get something out the game, right through to when they scored the third goal I thought we were going to get something out the game because we were in the game the whole time and if anything we did look like being the next team to score.”

    He added: “Overall, disappointed with the nature of the two goals but not too disappointed with the performance.”

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    Motherwell 1 – 3 Aberdeen

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    Motherwell slipped to a home defeat at a rainy and wind swept Fir Park tonight as they fell 1-3 to Aberdeen.

    But having survived Storm Barbara, ‘Well paid the penalty when Adam Rooney tumbled to the ground softly inside the Motherwell box and dispatched his spot kick via the rebound.

    Down the other end Louis Moult missed his penalty before half time and was denied a rebound by the clearly encroaching Ryan Jack, which referee Bobby Madden failed to spot.

    Scott McDonald’s stunning equaliser cancelled out Graeme Shinnie’s opener, but having conceded two soft goals and despite a determined first half showing, the Steelmen failed to recover in the second forty-five.

    ‘Well made two changes with Stevie Hammell returning from injury and Lee Lucas making his first league start in a four man midfield.

    While Fir Park had survived the downpour, the swirling wind played havoc with both sets of players.

    And after Craig Clay had nodded Louis Moult’s cross just wide of the post, ‘Well were the first victims of the weather. Craig Samson’s ball out to Ben Henegan gained speed to put the central defender under pressure. His clearance was blocked allowing Jonny Hayes to race into the box before cutting the ball back to Graeme Shinnie who swept it past Samson to put the Dons in front after only seven minutes.

    A couple of corners from Richard Tait floated over Joe Lewis but the ‘keeper was saved when Ash Taylor cleared off the ‘keeper’s line.

    The Dons’ goal was finally breached but it had nothing to do with the wind but simply a touch of brilliance from Scott McDonald. Tait whipped a low ball towards the six-yard area and the Aussie striker, with his back to goal, hooked the ball over his own shoulder and off the underside of the bar for a fabulous equaliser.

    Motherwell looked the likelier to nick the next goal but against the run of play and in controversial circumstances Dons regained the lead. Samson could only palm out Kenny McLean’s grounder and as the ‘keeper raced out to recover the ball, Adam Rooney tumbled with little contact from Samson.

    After the ‘Well protests, Rooney’s spot kick was brilliantly blocked by Samson but the Dons’ striker followed up to slam the rebound high into the net.

    Six minutes from half time the Fir Park side had a great chance to draw level again from a disputed penalty. There seemed little doubt though that Mark Reynolds caught Keith Lasley across the thigh as he tried to jink past his former teammate.

    However, Moult’s attempt to claim his 11th goal of the season was denied when Lewis beat out his penalty. That sparked off a goal mouth melee as Moult’s follow up was forced onto his own post by Andy Considine before McDonald hammered the loose ball out of a sea of red jerseys on the goal line.

    Just before the half time whistle Considine was denied at the other end when Samson got down smartly to turn his header round the post.

    Still suffering from Reynold’s challenge, Lasley failed to return for the second half allowing Dom Thomas forty-five minutes to impress.

    It was Moult who came close ten minutes into the half with a dipping free kick which the Dons’ ‘keeper held firmly with McDonald homing in on a slip.

    Neither team really tamed the elements and consequently the second half produced few chances.

    Midway through the half Moult was again on target but his powerful header from Tait’s free kick crashed against the crossbar. Craig Clay then hammered the ball into the net but the offside flag was raised against Stephen McManus.

    It was then Aberdeen’s turn to rattle the bar when Ash Taylor’s header rebounded much to ‘Well’s relief.

    With ten minutes remaining Lionel Ainsworth replaced Cadden just in time to see Samson pull off a stunning save low to his left to push Hayes’ shot beyond the post.

    Mark McGhee then went on the hunt for an equaliser, throwing on Ryan Bowman for McManus.

    But before the big striker could force a header across goal the Pittodrie side had snatched a third. A poor cross field ball from Lucas allowed Hayes to set off on a 70 yard dash before setting up Niall McGinn to sweep the ball beyond Samson and send the hardy 760 Aberdeen fans back up north in the best of festive moods.

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     Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

     

    FT: Motherwell 1 – 3 Aberdeen #MFCvAFCTranslate from German

    91′ | 1-3
    Three minutes added on.

    89′ | 1-3
    Goal – Aberdeen counter and McGinn curls home from 18 yards.

    84′ | 1-2
    Motherwell sub, Bowman on for McManus

    83′ | 1-2
    McManus rises well at the back post but can’t test Lewis with his header.

    80′ | 1-2
    Great save from Samson, diving low to beat away Hayes’ shot after he drove into the box.

    MATCH ATTAX | Young ‘Well fans can vote now for your Man of the Match. Tweet us now with your name, age, selection and #MatchAttaxMOTM.

    78′ | 1-2
    Logan manages to get on the end of a deep ball intoo the box and manages to force a save from Samson.

    77′ | 1-2
    McDonald booked for obstructing Taylor as he rose to head.

    75′ | 1-2
    Thomas can only clear as far as McLean who works some space but fires over the bar from just outside the box.

    …Hammell’s front post delivery is headed clear and eventually swept away.

    71′ | 1-2
    Thomas curls a fine ball in from the left and it takes a touch. Corner to Motherwell….

    70′ | 1-2
    Considine heads off the bar! A let-off.

    68′ | 1-2
    Lucas has the ball in the net but flag goes up against McDonald. More positive from ‘Well now.

    66′ | 1-2
    Moult heads off the bar!! Hammell puts it deep into the box and the striker is unlucky to see it come back off the woodwork!

    61′ | 1-2
    Clay booked for pulling down McGinn wide on the left.

    56′ | 1-2
    A let-off as Hayes gets down the left and fizzes a ball across goal which evades Rooney and goes out for a goal-kick

    …Moult hits it but doesn’t really trouble Lewis, who dives low to gather.

    54′ | 1-2
    McLean bundles into the back of McDonald which gives ‘Well a free-kick about 30 yards out…

    Lee Lucas gets the second 45 underway, COYW!!!

    Half time switch for ‘Well, Dom Thomas is on for Keith Lasley

    HT: Motherwell 1 – 2 Aberdeen #MFCvAFCTranslate from German

    46′ | 1-2
    Close! Ash Taylor’s header is well saved by Samson then from follow-up, he heads just past!

    40′ | 1-2
    Saved!! Moult goes low and left and so does Lewis. Moults rebounded effort is cleared by Reynolds.

    25′ | 1-2
    Lasley gets past Reynolds whose knee takes him out. Moult steps up…..

    38′ | 1-2
    Penalty to Motherwell!!

    33′ | 1-2
    McGinn plays a short free-kick to McLean but thankfully he blazes it over the bar from 16 yards.

    28′ | 1-2
    Heneghan booked for a rash challenge on Shinnie

    25′ | 1-2
    Goal – Samson saves but Rooney converts the rebound.

    24′ | 1-1
    Penalty to Aberdeen! Rooney goes down under a challenge from Samson

    18′ | 1-1
    Half chance there for Moult! Lucas diagonal ball out to McDonald who slides it across goal but Moult’s touch is deflected away

    16′ | 1-1
    What a goal!!!! Tait whips a great ball in to McDONALD who overhead kicks it in off the bar!!! 1-1!

    GGOOOAALLL!!

    12′ | 0-1
    Chance! Clay knocks the ball down inside the box but McDonald can’t get the touch on it and Considine sweeps clear.

    11′ | 0-1
    McLean goes close with a right-footed snap-shot from 20 yards. Had Samson beat but flashes wide of post

    9′ | 0-1
    Good ‘Well move down the right , Dons hit it out for a corner. Tait whips it in, but the visitors head it off the line & clear.

    6′ | 0-1
    Goal – Hayes gets in behind and squares it to Shinnie who fires past Samson.

    2′ | 0-0
    Decent chance! Moult gets down the right and clips in a great ball to Clay who heads just wide!

    Aberdeen get the first half underway. COYW!!!

     

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    Fixture ammendments

    One Motherwell fixture has been rearranged and a new date has been confirmed for the Aberdeen fixture which was abandoned due to floodlight failure. 

    All the information you need to know is right here:

     

    Tuesday January 31, 2017

    Ladbrokes Premiership

    Ross County v Motherwell

    Kick-off 7.45pm

    (Match has been brought forward from Wednesday February 1)

     

    Wednesday February 15, 2017

    Ladbrokes Premiership

    Aberdeen v Motherwell

    Kick-off 7.45pm

    (New date for fixture abandoned on Tuesday December 13)

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    Dons matchday magazine preview

    The twelfth issue of the Steelmen matchday magazine is on sale ahead of tomorrow’s league clash with Aberdeen at Fir Park.

    Here, we take a look at what can be found inside the 68-page programme.

    ‘Well assistant manager James McFadden talks about his time in his new role in the dugout, as well as his desire to contribute on the park as well as off it. The club legend looks ahead to tomorrow night’s match and talks about his relationship with manager Mark McGhee and the close-knit spirit among the squad in the twelfth feature instalment of the Steelmen matchday programme.

    Regular pieces including the pre-match column from manager Mark McGhee and club captain Keith Lasley, along with ‘5 Fast Facts’ and ‘Getting to Know You’ – where right back Richard Tait is profiled – all remain in the latest issue of the 2016/17 season programme.

    The interesting feature ‘Well in Numbers’, where feature writer Andrew Paterson looks at some of the key numbers in Motherwell history, continues too.

    ‘Future Steel’ is an inside look at the next generation of players waiting patiently to break in to the first team and this week’s star is David Ferguson, as he continues to break through in to McGhee’s plans.

    As part of the clubs aims to work closely with the Motherwell FC Community Trust and The ‘Well Society, regular updates are included in the programme.

    This week’s main features on tomorrow’s opposition remain, including an in-depth look at Aberdeen as well as this season’s new ‘Tactics Board’, where we ponder a potential line-up for Derek McInnes as he looks to bounce back to winning ways, profiling some of Aberdeen’s top stars.

    Our match reports section looks back on a hard fought 1-1 draw with St Johnstone last weekend, when a goal from Richard Tait gave the Fir Parkers an early lead at McDiarmid Park.

    An update on Stephen Craigan’s U20s side is included too, reporting on the youngster’s recent results including the incredible 9-1 victory over tomorrow’s visitors U20s.

    Get all the latest from the Ticket Office as well as 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.

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    Aberdeen: A closer look

    The Steelmen host Aberdeen in the Ladbrokes Premiership tomorrow night, looking to extend their unbeaten run to three matches.

    And for Mark McGhee, who is back in the dugout following his two match ban, it presents an opportunity for his side to follow up on the 1-1 draw with St Johnstone.

    The Dons come in to the match in the midst of what many are labelling a poor run, but with just one loss in their last four matches, the concern is perhaps more of a testament to the Dons high standards.

    A hard fought draw was considered a positive result by manager Mark McGhee, who is encouraged by recent performances and is hoping for the unbeaten run to continue.

    Speaking to the press this morning, he said: “Even though it was only ten minutes, we got a flavour of it up there and we felt competitive so I think we’ll give them a good game.

    “They are no doubt one of the top four teams and will finish in the top four, so it will be a difficult game.

    “But we’re at home, generally we’ve been doing well at home so I think we can be positive going in to the game and we’ll do well.”

    He added: “I don’t really know about their difficulties – they lost against Ross County but they had a couple of draws too.

    “I’ve said it about us all, and it includes the top teams as well, but what happens in one game practically has no relevance on the next game. We can all go from winning one game to losing the next and so on and it will be no different for Aberdeen.

    “We’ve just got to assume that they’ll be at their best, they have a great pitch to come here and play on so they will maybe be thinking that they can come here and get back their form but we have to make sure that they don’t.”

    [pullquote]We have to do better in front of goal. We have to be putting these shots on target and at least making the keeper make saves, but it’s the old adage ‘as long as you’re making chances’.[/pullquote]

    This is the third meeting between the clubs over the last few weeks, yet is the first league clash this season.

    Following the trip north earlier this month, which was cut short due to floodlight problems at Pittodrie, the two U20s sides met and Stephen Craigan’s youngsters caught wide spread attention when they stormed to a 1-9 victory up in Montrose on Tuesday night.

    McGhee insists the game plan will be different tomorrow compared with how he had set up his team for the match that was eventually abandoned.

    He said: “It won’t be the same game plan as we had at Pittodrie when the game was abandoned.

    “It will be hard to second guess how they will set up because once you go on what is deemed to be a poor run, you look to see how you can change it and that can mean personnel or shape.”

    He added: “With the way we set up there a few weeks back they’ll maybe not be sure how we’ll line up tomorrow night either.”

    The Steelmen have a few fitness doubts ahead of tomorrows clash with the Reds, including Carl McHugh, Joe Chalmers, Jacob Blyth and Kieran Kennedy, who all remain sidelined. Ross MacLean, who has broke on to the scene in recent weeks, is still injured with a broken toe.

     

    ‘Well defender Ben Heneghan is looking forward to finally facing up against Aberdeen for the first time tomorrow night.

    After the trip to Pittodrie ended after ten minutes of play due to floodlight failure earlier this month, tomorrow’s match is the first meeting between the two sides.

    And the 6ft 4in Motherwell centre-back is raring to go.

    Speaking to the press this morning, he said: “I heard there have been warns of high speed winds so hopefully the match won’t be called off yet again and we’ll finally play 90 minutes, so I’m looking forward to the game.”

    The defender believes that three points would be “massive” not only in terms of the league table, but also in terms of the confidence it would give the squad.

    [pullquote]We’ve shown what we can do, especially in the first half against Celtic when I think we were quality, so we’ve just got to carry on progressing, keep the momentum.[/pullquote]

    He said: “We need the three points to be honest and it would be a nice early Christmas present for the club, but we’ve just got to play our best.

    “We’ve shown what we can do, especially in the first half against Celtic when I think we were quality, so we’ve just got to carry on progressing, keep the momentum and play like that for the full games ahead.”

    He added: “We’ve got to be at our best – there’s no doubt about it. We need to make this our fortress and keep all the clean sheets that we can.”

    Coming up against a new side is something Ben relishes, and he admits that as much as he’ll prepare, it all boils down to him making sure he wins his battles on the park.

    He said: “Apart from the ten minutes the other week, we’ll look at some video clips to prepare us but at the end of the day it’s just you against the man on the field so you just have to win your battles.

    [pullquote]I relish the challenges, especially against the sort of physical forwards Aberdeen have, that’s why I’m here, I look forward to the battles and hopefully I can come out on top.[/pullquote]

    “I relish the challenges, especially against the sort of physical forwards Aberdeen have, that’s why I’m here, I look forward to the battles and hopefully I can come out on top.”

    This season, his first in Scotland, the centre-back admits he has found it equally enjoyable and frustrating.

    He said: “It’s been good so far and I’m enjoying it. When it comes to points it’s been a bit frustrating, like losing the odd game or conceding late for a draw.

    “But like I said before we’ve just got to keep our momentum going and hopefully get clean sheets and get those three points on the board.

    “I’ll keep working hard over the break, train hard, keep my fitness up and come back the same way I left.”

     

    Aberdeen have chalked up one victory in their last three league outings and will be keen to return to winning ways in tomorrow nights clash at Pittodrie.

    For Derek McInnes, he will have a near full-strength squad to pick from as his side look to close the gap on second-placed Rangers.

    A slip up in the shape of a 2-1 loss away to Ross County last weekend has left many claiming the Reds are struggling, but while they’ve only won once thos month, they’ve only lost once too.

    They couldn’t find the breakthrough against St Johnstone prior to County at the weekend, with the two sides playing out a 0-0 draw.

    Prior to that, McInnes’ men stormed to an emphatic 5-1 victory over Kilmarnock in what was the first of three matches in the space of seven days for the northern outfit.

    And while they come in to the match on the back of a loss, the prospect of facing Aberdeen is a challenging one for every club in the division this season.

    In the eight matches they’ve played at home so far, the Dons have lost just once and that was in the shape of a 1-0 defeat against league leaders Celtic, when Tom Rogic fired in the only goal of the game in the same weekend the Steelmen ran rampant at home to Ross County – winning 4-1.

    Goals haven’t been a problem for Aberdeen this season, and the league’s third highest scoring side have found goals from all over the park.

    Midfielder Jonny Hayes has five goals to his name, while Niall McGinn sits level with striker Adam Rooney on four goals. Jayden Stockley and Kenny McLean have three.

    Defenders Andy Considine, Shay Logan and Anthony O’Connor have all found the back of the net, while James Maddison has chipped in with some important performances and a particularly important goal – a last minute free-kick against Rangers to secure all three points.

    Equally impressive is the Dons defensive record. McInnes’ side have only conceded 17 goals in the league – a total only bettered by Celtic.

    This is the first clash between the two sides this campaign after the two met on four occasions last term. Aberdeen won twice, Motherwell once and the other match ended in a 1-1 draw.

    It’s an important match for both sides, postponed due to the Dons progression in the League Cup, where they got all the way to the final but lost 3-0 against Celtic.

    With the chance to move in to the top six, it is enough inspiration for Mark McGhee’s side and will be an intriguing encounter at Fir Park tomorrow night.

     

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    Heneghan: Relishing the battles

    ‘Well defender Ben Heneghan is looking forward to finally facing up against Aberdeen for the first time tomorrow night.

    After the trip to Pittodrie ended after ten minutes of play due to floodlight failure earlier this month, tomorrow’s match is the first meeting between the two sides.

    And the 6ft 4in Motherwell centre-back is raring to go.

    Speaking to the press this morning, he said: “I heard there have been warns of high speed winds so hopefully the match won’t be called off yet again and we’ll finally play 90 minutes, so I’m looking forward to the game.”

    The defender believes that three points would be “massive” not only in terms of the league table, but also in terms of the confidence it would give the squad.

    [pullquote]We’ve shown what we can do, especially in the first half against Celtic when I think we were quality, so we’ve just got to carry on progressing, keep the momentum and play like that for the full games ahead.[/pullquote]

    He said: “We need the three points to be honest and it would be a nice early Christmas present for the club, but we’ve just got to play our best.

    “We’ve shown what we can do, especially in the first half against Celtic when I think we were quality, so we’ve just got to carry on progressing, keep the momentum and play like that for the full games ahead.”

    He added: “We’ve got to be at our best – there’s no doubt about it. We need to make this our fortress and keep all the clean sheets that we can.”

    Coming up against a new side is something Ben relishes, and he admits that as much as he’ll prepare, it all boils down to him making sure he wins his battles on the park.

    He said: “Apart from the ten minutes the other week, we’ll look at some video clips to prepare us but at the end of the day it’s just you against the man on the field so you just have to win your battles.

    [pullquote]I relish the challenges, especially against the sort of physical forwards Aberdeen have, that’s why I’m here, I look forward to the battles and hopefully I can come out on top.[/pullquote]

    “I relish the challenges, especially against the sort of physical forwards Aberdeen have, that’s why I’m here, I look forward to the battles and hopefully I can come out on top.”

    This season, his first in Scotland, the centre-back admits he has found it equally enjoyable and frustrating.

    He said: “It’s been good so far and I’m enjoying it. When it comes to points it’s been a bit frustrating, like losing the odd game or conceding late for a draw.

    “But like I said before we’ve just got to keep our momentum going and hopefully get clean sheets and get those three points on the board.

    “I’ll keep working hard over the break, train hard, keep my fitness up and come back the same way I left.”