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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    Ross County defeat in pictures

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    Robinson: We lacked commitment

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 Ross County

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    The Signing Zone continues

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    Ross County: A closer look

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    Staggies matchday magazine preview

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    Lasley: We’re determined

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    Robinson: Pressure will drive us

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    Secure your new season ticket tomorrow

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Highlights from Fir Park as Motherwell lose 0-1 to Ross County.

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    Ross County defeat in pictures

    Images from today’s 0-1 loss to Ross County in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Robinson: We lacked commitment

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson believes that his side were missing the determination needed to win today’s clash with Ross County.

    A lack of cutting edge and a lapse in concentration ultimately led to the ‘Well suffering their second consecutive defeat, meaning Robinson’s men remain in the play-off spot.

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, the Northern Irishman reflected on his side’s 1-0 defeat and admitted that dominating possession is not enough in the battle for survival.

    [pullquote]With 33 balls in to the box and nobody putting their neck on the line to go and score, that’s the difference between winning and losing games.[/pullquote]

    He said: “It’s obviously a huge disappointment with the result but again the performance was ok.

    “Ross County are on a good run and I thought we dominated large parts of the game but again I said it last week, you don’t win games by dominating possession.”

    He added: “With 33 balls in to the box and nobody putting their neck on the line to go and score, that’s the difference between winning and losing games.”

    You can watch Robinson’s full post-match interview on MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 Ross County

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    The pressure of relegation increased as ‘Well failed to collect any points from their second home game, when yet another defensive lapse allowed Chris Routis to nick the only goal of the game for the Dingwall side.

    The result lifts County seven clear of the Fir Park men, who now find themselves in a three way fight with Accies and ICT to avoid relegation.

    Stephen Robinson made a bold call, replacing under fire Craig Samson with Russell Griffiths, but a tame ninety minutes left the on-loan Everton ‘keeper with little to do.

    There was also a start for Lionel Ainsworth allowing Chris Cadden to be deployed on the right of a more structured back four.

    In their usual pressing start, ‘Well forced four corners in the opening minutes but like the remainder of nine flag kicks they earned in a dominant first half, the home side failed to test Scott Fox.

    In truth, in a half devoid of action, the County ‘keeper made only one save, firmly holding a Scott McDonald drive.

    Thankfully, the second half was a more livelier affair – particularly as the home side chased three crucial points.

    Twice in the opening ten minutes Elliot Frear sent tempting balls across the face of the goal with no takers. The left sided wide man then decided to take the more direct route. However, his diagonal run for goal was halted by Jason Naismith at the corner of the six yard box, but as the ‘Well winger tumbled to the ground, appeals for a penalty were waived aside by referee Bobby Madden.

    Two minutes later, Griffiths made his first and only real save rising high to his left to confidently hold Craig Curran’s header.

    That save was bettered on the hour mark. Keith Lasley’s surging run, with McDoanld and Moult in support, was ended abruptly 25 yards out. From the resultant free kick, Fox produced a terrific save throwing himself low to his left and to push Lionel Ainsworth’s screamer from 25 yards round the post.

    Motherwell looked the more likely to score but the Fir Park fans were stunned in the 71st minute when the visitors stole the lead.

    The ball should have been guided out of play by substitute Zak Jules but when County gained possession, Reghan Tumilty lofted the ball in to the box where a lucky scuffed effort from Tim Chow flicked up to the back post allowing Chris Routis to stab it past the helpless Griffiths.

    That knocked the stuffing out of the Steelmen – although they pushed for a deserved equaliser until the final whistle. Craig Clay’s shot which was blocked on its way to goal was as close as they came to a point which would have taken them above Accies, with next week’s crucial trip to Hamilton looming.

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     Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

     

    FT: Motherwell 0 – 1 Ross County

    90+3 | 0-1
    Corner to ‘Well….

    Three minutes added on….

    …..ball is swung in but it won’t fall for a ‘Well man and County clear.
    90′ | 0-1
    Clay wins a free-kick wide on the right….

    86′ | 0-1
    Bowman does well down the right and wins a corner but again no chance comes of it.

    82′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, Clay on for Campbell

    75′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, Bowman on for Ainsworth

    72′ | 0-1
    Goal – County take the lead. Routis getting on the end of a cross which was flicked into his path.

    66′ | 0-0
    Motherwell sub, Hammell off for Jules.

    64′ | 0-0
    Ross County sub, O’Brien off for Franks

    ….Fox forced into a great low save to deny Ainsworth the opener!

    62′ | 0-0
    Lasley bursts forward and is hacked down by O’Brien who is booked. Free-kick about 30 yards out……

    62′ | 0-0
    Moult steals the ball off Davies, threads in Ainsworth but his shot from a tight angle hits the sidenetting

    56′ | 0-0
    Claims for a penalty as Frear gets across his man and goes down but ref gives a corner.

    49′ | 0-0
    Another great ball in from Frear but again the finish can’t be applied.

    48′ | 0-0
    Chance! Frear gets down the left and whips in a great ball which finds McHugh but he nods over.

    Second half is underway. COYW!!

    Half-time change for County, Tumilty on for Van Der Weg

    HT: Motherwell 0 – 0 Ross County

    44′ | 0-0
    McDonald wins a free-kick in a good area. Will be swung in by Ainsworth…gathered safely by Fox.

    42′ | 0-0
    Motherwell with another corner, taken by Ainsworth but McHugh judged to have fouled his man.

    33′ | 0-0
    Decent effort from McDonald from 20 yards but it’s a routine save for Fox.

    32′ | 0-0
    Cadden’s cross is knocked out for a corner….ball falls to Lasley whose clipped ball is nodded out for another corner.

    28′ | 0-0
    County forced into a change, Routis on for Dow.

    22′ | 0-0
    Half-way through the first half and there has been little to talk about. Still 0-0.

    10′ | 0-0
    Chance! Hammel breaks and feeds it wide to Frear who fizzes a ball across goal but with no takers!

    3′ | 0-0
    Gardyne advances forward, cuts inside but fires well over with his weaker foot.

    2′ | 0-0
    County clear but McHugh does well to force another corner. From that delivery it’s headed wide for another corner.

    1′ | 0-0
    Early corner for ‘Well after Hammell’s cross is knocked wide.

    Dow gets the game underway. COYW!!!

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    The Signing Zone continues

    The ‘Signing Zone’ continues this weekend prior to tomorrow’s fixture against Ross County at Fir Park.

    So why not come along a little earlier tomorrow afternoon and meet first-team stars Lionel Ainsworth and Ryan Bowman, who will be in the Well Shop’s ‘Signing Zone’ from 12:45pm until 1:15pm to meet fans, sign autographs and pose for selfies.

    But don’t worry, because there’s still plenty to do around Fir Park before kick off, including free face painting and great food and drinks deals to have some lunch and enjoy yourself in the Cooper Bar.

    There will be live football to watch in the bar too, with Hamilton vs Inverness being screened from 12:15pm.

    Each week, two different players 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

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    Ross County: A closer look

    Motherwell host Ross County in the penultimate home league match of the 2016/17 campaign.

    Ahead of what is yet another huge fixture, the Steelmen’s preparations took to the turf at Fir Park for training on Wednesday and Thursday.

    And ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson knows that the pressure is beginning to mount but he insists his side are not shying away from it.

    With four games remaining, the Steelmen sit in the relegation play-off spot, joint on points with Hamilton and one point behind Dundee.

    And Robinson isn’t trying to hide the pressure from his players, admitting he believes they will excel from it.

    Speaking to the press this morning, he said: “We’re feeling good, we’ve trained all week and trained on the pitch too which gave everyone a boost and obviously the standard of our pitch is superb.

    “We’ve had some good work done this week so now we’re looking forward to the game.”

    He added: “I don’t think that you can hide that there’s pressure, I don’t care what way you do it, there’s pressure.”

    [pullquote]We’re feeling good, we’ve trained all week and trained on the pitch too which gave everyone a boost and obviously the standard of our pitch is superb.[/pullquote]

    The Fir Park gaffer will still be without Stephen McManus, Richard Tait and Jacob Blyth who are out through injuries, while James McFadden’s return to fitness has been marked by two appearances this week in the under-20s.

    Tickets for the crucial clash can be purchased tomorrow morning from 10am until kick off from the Fir Park ticket office, as well as on the turnstiles.

    For those who can’t make it, you can follow all the action on Twitter @MotherwellFC and listen to live commentary on mixlr.com/motherwellfc

    Well skipper Keith Lasley returned to Stephen Robinson’s starting eleven last weekend after missing out through suspension, and the skipper is ready for another battle at Fir Park tomorrow.

    But the captain, in all of his experience, knows what it takes at this stage of the season and despite the positive performance against Dundee, all that matters now is the three points.

    The midfielder admitted that the positive environment around the club as a whole is something the players need to consider and thrive from on the park.

    The 37-year-old said: “It’s obviously a pressure situation, we’ve been through it before and we know what the implications are for the club if we don’t get the wins required.

    “We’re determined, we’ve trained well again and we’re just ready to go for another home game on Saturday knowing the importance of three points.”

    [pullquote]For me there is so much good work going on around this club, even this week with the season ticket initiatives, but we know the primary driver for all of that is what happens out there on a Saturday.[/pullquote]

    He added: “Sometimes you don’t think about everything else that goes on at a football club, as a player you’re so focussed on your own training and preparing for each game that you kind of forget everything that’s going on around you.

    “For me there is so much good work going on around this club, even this week with the season ticket initiatives, but we know the primary driver for all of that is what happens out there on a Saturday.”

     

    Saturday’s visitors Ross County find themselves in a fight for survival with the Fir Parkers and will be raring to go as they battle for victory tomorrow.

    Manager Jim McIntyre will have been looking for some kind of morale boost heading in to such an important run of matches, and the Staggies have certainly been given one following a fantastic recent run of results.

    The Northerners are now unbeaten in their last four matches, a run of form matched only by Champions Celtic.

    In that period, County have drawn with the Hoops and put their Northern neighbours Inverness to the sword in a 4-0 thrashing.

    Top scorer Liam Boyce bagged all four goals as his side won the Highland derby, leaving Inverness’ relegation fears sliding ever more dangerously towards confirmation.

    The striker pounced on Caley keeper Ryan Esson’s error to bag the opener and made it 2-0 with a neat, flicked header.

    He then scored twice from the spot in the second half as the Caley Jags went down to ten men when Liam Polworth was sent off for giving away the second.

    County now find themselves eighth in the table, eleven points above Inverness with a tally of twelve left to play for.

    After the win, Jim McIntyre said: “We’re obviously delighted to get the victory in the manner we did.

    “Our second half performance was fantastic and it was a very tight game to start with – both sides had spells and it was quite frantic and frenetic at time because derby matches are.”

    He added: “Getting that all important first goal is crucial in these games and we managed to kick on from there.”

    While Boyce is on fire and County finds themselves in the midst of one of the best runs they’ve enjoyed this season, today’s visitors will be without their top goal scorer who is suspended for his side’s trip to Fir Park today.

    The forward’s quadruple took his tally to 20 league goals and that will undoubtedly be a loss this afternoon.

    However, McIntyre reflected on how well his side performed against Inverness on an evening where they were without some important players.

    He said: “We didn’t have a recognised centre-back tonight, we had a back three of full-backs and they dealt with the threats Inverness posed well.

    “Our two strikers were exceptional as well and Boyce will get the headlines but him and Curran are such a potent partnership.”

    Another dent will be the absence of Alex Schalk, the clubs second top goal scorer, who is missing through suspension today following the disciplinary action sanctioned to him after his simulation during the 2-2 draw with Celtic.

    But the Staggies boss believes Craig Curran is hitting a fine run of form and will certainly be a threat on show for the visitors this afternoon.

    McIntyre said: “Craig’ back to his very best and you could clearly see that tonight and that’s where the first goal came from – Craig being determined and winning that header then Boyce doesn’t give up at the back post.”

    Tomorrow afternoon’s fixture is the fourth clash between the two sides following two wins for Motherwell and one draw and is undeniably the most important meeting between the two this term.

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    Staggies matchday magazine preview

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

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

    ‘Well legend Stevie Hammell looks ahead to the all-important match, and calls on everyone to stand up and be counted as the Fir Parkers search for three points in the hunt for survival.

    Stephen Robinson gives his thoughts ahead of the game and there is an update from club captain Keith Lasley, along with ‘Getting to Know You’ – where Ryan Bowman is profiled – 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.

    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.

    ‘Steelmen’ main features on tomorrow’s opposition remain, including an in depth look at Ross County as well as the ‘Tactics Board’, where we look at Jim McIntyre’s previous starting eleven as the Staggies arrive at Fir Park in the midst of a four game unbeaten run.

    Our match report section looks back on the Fir Parker’s 2-3 loss at home to Dundee last weekend.

    An update on Stephen Craigan’s U20s side is included too, reporting on the youngster’s recent run of results.

    All the latest news from Fir Park is included too, and you’ll 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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    Lasley: We’re determined

    ‘Well skipper Keith Lasley looked ahead to tomorrow’s clash with Ross County and admitted he and his teammates are feeling “determined”.

    The midfielder spoke of the positive environment around the club as a whole and expressed the need for three points this weekend as he addressed the broadcast press at Fir Park this morning.

    The club captain said: “It’s obviously a pressure situation, we’ve been through it before and we know what the implications are for the club if we don’t get the wins required.

    [pullquote]For me there is so much good work going on around this club, even this week with the season ticket initiatives, but we know the primary driver for all of that is what happens out there on a Saturday.[/pullquote]

    “We’re determined, we’ve trained well again and we’re just ready to go for another home game on Saturday knowing the importance of three points.”

    He added: “Sometimes you don’t think about everything else that goes on at a football club, as a player you’re so focussed on your own training and preparing for each game that you kind of forget everything that’s going on around you.

    “For me there is so much good work going on around this club, even this week with the season ticket initiatives, but we know the primary driver for all of that is what happens out there on a Saturday.”

    You can watch Lasley’s full press conference on MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.

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    Robinson: Pressure will drive us

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson insisted that his side are not shying away from pressure as they prepare to take on Ross County tomorrow afternoon.

    With four games remaining, the Steelmen sit in the relegation play-off spot, joint on points with Hamilton and one point behind Dundee.

    And Robinson isn’t trying to hide the pressure from his players, admitting he believes they will excel from it.

    [pullquote]I don’t think that you can hide that there’s pressure, I don’t care what way you do it, there’s pressure.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to the press this morning, he said: “We’re feeling good, we’ve trained all week and trained on the pitch too which gave everyone a boost and obviously the standard of our pitch is superb.

    “We’ve had some good work done this week so now we’re looking forward to the game.”

    He added: “I don’t think that you can hide that there’s pressure, I don’t care what way you do it, there’s pressure.”

    You can watch the manager’s full press conference on MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.

    MFC TV

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    Secure your new season ticket tomorrow

    The ticket office will be open tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am, which means you can get in early to renew or buy your season ticket for 2017/18.

    The club have frozen season ticket prices in all areas of the ground whilst reducing prices to just £20 for those that are fifteen or under.

    In addition, the popular WELLevate initiative for families continues for another year meaning that every adult that buys a season ticket in the Davie Cooper stand can bring up to two juniors (15 or under) for free. That’s just over £5 each per game! You can also continue to get discounts and added value at numerous local businesses throughout Lanarkshire.

    And there has been a great initial uptake, with sales already up by 50% on the same time last year.

    Chief Operating Officer Alan Burrows said “The response since the launch, which we worked hard on, has been very pleasing and we thank those that have purchased to date.

    “Over a quarter of those that have secured their seat for next season have been brand new season ticket holders, which is extremely encouraging.

    “It is vital for the future of this club that we not only maintain our current season ticket holders but also show growth in those key areas as we look to build the next generation of ‘Well fans”.

    You can find more information and download the forms for the 2017/18 season ticket from our microsite www.mymfc.co.uk.