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    Hamilton Accies: Ticket Update

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    ‘Bring a Friend’ vs Killie

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    The Foreign Legion: Miodrag Krivokapić

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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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    Hamilton Accies: Ticket Update

    Tickets for next Saturday’s Lanarkshire Derby with Hamilton Accies at the Superseal Stadium are on sale now at the ticket office.

    There will be no pay on the gate, so make sure to secure a ticket from the Fir Park ticket office.

    In addition to the normal ticket office times next week, we will open late on Thursday (11th May) until 7pm.

    Motherwell fans will be housed in the Spice of Life Stand behind the goal with tickets priced at:

    ADULTS:   £22 
    CONCESSIONS:                           £12
      • Concessions are listed as Under 18s and over 65s. Please note there are no student concession tickets.
      • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Darren on 07722 912 666 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk.
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    ‘Bring a Friend’ vs Killie

    Motherwell FC is pleased to announce current Season Ticket holders can ‘Bring a Friend for Free’ for the match against Kilmarnock next Tuesday night.

    The Steelmen have several huge games between now and the end of the season and we hope 2016/17 Season Ticket holders can help swell the crowd to get right behind the side in the last home league fixture.

    To claim a free ticket, all you need to do is bring Voucher K from the back of the book to the Ticket Office at any point between now and 12 noon on Tuesday 16th May, exchanging it for a match ticket (one ticket per voucher).

    In addition to the standard office hours, the Ticket Office will be open late night Thursday (7pm) and on Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

    The club will look to accommodate the additional ticket to be as close to the season ticket holder’s seat as possible.

    Chairman Jim McMahon said: “It’s a huge few weeks for the club and I would encourage every single ‘Well fan to get right behind the squad and management team.

    “We have been in this situation before and got through it by everyone, both at the club and in the stands, sticking together and that’s what I am asking for now.

    “If you can get to Accies at the weekend, please do. If you can introduce and encourage as many along to Fir Park next Tuesday, please do that too as the players would really appreciate your loud, positive backing.”

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    The Foreign Legion: Miodrag Krivokapić

    Montenegrin defender Miodrag Krivokapić spent three years at Fir Park in the mid-nineties and was a much loved figure amongst the Steelmen support. 

    A former Red Star Belgrade player, he came to Scotland in 1988 when he joined Dundee Utd for £200,000.

    It was against Motherwell that Mio would net his only goal for United, that coming in a 2-1 win over ‘Well in March 1989 and the only medal of his Tannadice career also came against Motherwell where he earned a Scottish Cup runners-up medal in 1991.

    Krivokapić wouldn’t be the first or the last to fall out with Dundee Utd manager Jim McLean and he spent almost the whole of season 1991’92 away from the club. He returned to Tannadice but things were never quite the same and he was released in the summer of 1993.

    Tommy McLean moved swiftly to secure the 33 year old’s services and as Davie Cooper had done some four years earlier, Mio’s experienced playing style would have a positive influence on every one of his Motherwell team-mates.

    Punts up the park were rare when Krivokapić was playing, with the former Yugoslav international eager to take possession and start from moves from deep. The likes of Davies, Lambert, Dolan and O’Donnell all benefited from his determination to play football at every possible opportunity.

    His defending wasn’t too shabby either, with Brian Martin and Rab McKinnon both gaining Scotland caps after playing alongside him in defence.

    Perhaps Mio’s most memorable moment in claret and amber came late in his first season at the club as ‘Well travelled to Easter Road. With the hosts seeking to cancel out Motherwell’s 1-0 advantage, Krivokapić broke from defence to claim possession midway in his own half.

    Progressing over the halfway line, he fed Tommy Coyne to his right. Continuing his run, the defender arrived at the back post at just the right time to deftly nod Coyne’s cross past Jim Leighton and into the net.

    His celebration was a joy to behold as the defender surged over the advertising boards towards the Motherwell fans now bounding down the terracing towards him. Blowing kisses to all, he disappeared from view under a pile of ecstatic team-mates

    Mio moved on having played more than 70 league games for the club but latterly returned in a coaching capacity.

    He also briefly took charge of the first team in a joint caretaker role for a spell alongside John Philliben prior to the appointment of Eric Black.

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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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    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre:

     

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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.