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    Robinson: Great way to start the season

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    Robertson in charge for trip to Hampden

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    National call-ups for ‘Well youngsters

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    Moult: Focused on fitness

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    Dom Thomas departs

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    TV: Highlights from Barrow

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    Robinson: We’ve still got work to do

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    Barrow 1 – 0 Motherwell

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    2017/18 home kits on sale

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    TV: Highlights from Gateshead

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    Robinson: Great way to start the season

    Fir Park boss Stephen Robinson spoke to the broadcast media this morning ahead of tomorrow’s Betfred Cup clash.

    The Steelmen travel to Hampden Park to take on Queen’s Park for the first competitive fixture of the campaign, which Robinson believes “sells Scottish football” to his new summer recruits.

    The Northern Irishman said: “It’s one way of selling Scottish football to the new lads that have come in – you start your first game at Hampden live on TV so it’s great for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

    [pullquote]It’s very, very simple: Louis is a Motherwell player and he’s contracted to the club. If somebody bids an acceptable offer that we think is good for the club, a good deal for us and for Louis, then we’ll look at it.[/pullquote]

    The ‘Well boss was also asked about the situation surrounding striker Louis Moult, and Robinson admitted that the situation was “simple”.

    He said: “It’s very, very simple: Louis is a Motherwell player and he’s contracted to the club. If somebody bids an acceptable offer that we think is good for the club, a good deal for us and for Louis, then we’ll look at it.

    “Until then, Louis is a Motherwell football player and he will be 100% committed to doing well and doing what he’s done for the last two years.”

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    Robertson in charge for trip to Hampden

    Referee for Saturday’s Betfred Cup opener against Queen’s Park at Hampden is Don Robertson.

    The official, who took charge on three occasions last season, will again be the man in the middle as the Fir Parkers get their 2017/18 campaign started on Saturday.

    His first match last term was the Steelmen’s 3-0 victory over Stranraer in the Betfred League Cup.

    Goals from Chris Cadden, Scott McDonald and Marvin Johnson secured three points in the group stage fixture.

    But the officials most recent ‘Well match was against Celtic in February, when the league leaders won by two goals against a resolute travelling Motherwell side.

    This weekend’s clash at Hampden Park will be Robertson’s second Betfred Cup match featuring the Steelmen since the tournament changed format last season.

    Don will be ably assisted by Frank Connor and Drew Kirkland, with Alan Muir on fourth official duties.

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    National call-ups for ‘Well youngsters

    Four Motherwell youngsters have been called up to the Scotland under-16s squad for an International Tournament at the end of the month.

    Robbie Hemfrey, Adam Kettings, Reece Mcalear and Cole Starrs have all earned themselves a national call-up following their performances in claret and amber. Only Celtic have more representatives in the squad, a vindication of the excellent work going on with the club’s Elite Academy.

    Coach Brian McLaughlin has named a 20-player squad for the Tournament being held at Oriam and the Forthbank Stadium from July

    Scotland will welcome Qatar, England and Uruguay between 25-29 July as part of a programme which is aimed at providing players with valuable international experience.

    The squad, born in 2002 or later, will also travel to Poland in September for two friendly matches before participating in the Victory Shield in Northern Ireland.

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    Moult: Focused on fitness

    ‘Well forward Louis Moult catches up with MFC TV’s Lewis Irons ahead of competitive football getting back underway.

    The 25-year-old striker, who is well on the way to recovering from injury, looked ahead to the campaign as he attended the Motherwell FC Community Trust cheque presentation from Cash for Kids at Fir Park.

    And with his future in the media spotlight, the Motherwell number 9 addressed those rumours as well as discussing his fitness.

    [pullquote]I’ve got a year left on my contract and in terms of myself I’ll still give 100% as I always do as long as I’m here, I’ll try and score as many goals as I possibly can because this club has been fantastic to me.[/pullquote]

    He said: “I want to play every game, of course I do, but I may not be at the level of fitness to start at the moment.

    “First and foremost I just want to train and get fit, and I’ll be a relieved man if I am training with the boys come Monday.”

    He added: “I’ve got a year left on my contract and in terms of myself I’ll still give 100% as I always do as long as I’m here, I’ll try and score as many goals as I possibly can because this club has been fantastic to me.”

    You can watch the strikers full interview on MFC TV’s YouTube channel.

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    Dom Thomas departs

    Motherwell FC can today confirm winger Dom Thomas has left the club to join Kilmarnock.

    Thomas, a product of the club’s youth academy, has failed to nail down a regular first-team berth over the years and currently finds himself down the pecking order for a place in the starting eleven.

    The 21-year old, who was on loan at Championship side Queen of the South last season, indicated his desire to leave the club late last week.

    With his contract due to expire at the end of the current campaign, and with regular first-team football looking unlikely, the club has allowed the player to move to Rugby Park, but has protected its interests with a sizable sell-on clause.

    [pullquote]“This deal allows the lad to try and advance his career but also protects Motherwell FC’s interests in the longer term, so it suits all parties.”[/pullquote]

    Thomas leaves Motherwell having started four games over the last four years, with 33 appearances from the substitutes bench.

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said: “I wanted to have a look at Dom over the first few weeks of pre-season, but he expressed a desire to move on from the club.

    “This deal allows the lad to try and advance his career but also protects Motherwell FC’s interests in the longer term, so it suits all parties.”

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to thank Dom for his contribution whilst at Fir Park and wish him every success for the future.

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    TV: Highlights from Barrow

    Highlights from the Furness Building Society Stadium where an early Jordan White goal gave Barrow a 1-0 win.

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    Robinson: We’ve still got work to do

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson believes his players can benefit from the physical challenge they faced against Barrow tonight.

    Slumping to a 1-0 defeat against the Cumbrian outfit may have left a bitter taste in the Fir Park gaffers mouth, but he made sure to take positives from the trip away.

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, the Northern Irishman reflected on a tough 90 minutes.

    He said: “I’ve never seen so many long throw-ins from the half way line in my life, but it wasn’t a waste of a game for us because we had to deal with the physical aspect of the game and we did to a large extent.

    “We switched off from a set-play and that was the first set play that we’ve conceded from since I came here and we’ve pointed out things where they didn’t do their jobs.”

    He added: “When we did get it down and play and show a bit of composure, we just lacked in the final third and, yes, we hit the post and we hit the bar but I still think there’s a lot to be worked on there.”

    You can see Robinson’s full post match interview on MFC TV’s YouTube channel.

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    Barrow 1 – 0 Motherwell

    Motherwell fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Barrow in the final pre-season friendly ahead of competitive football getting back underway this Saturday.

    And it was a tough affair for the Steelmen, who fell behind from a set-piece inside ten minutes against a direct Barrow side.

    The opening exchanges set the tone for the hosts, who pounded the ‘Well box with long throw-ins from full back Dan Jones – who was capable of dropping the ball inside the box from virtually anywhere in the Motherwell half.

    Trevor Carson made his first appearance for the Steelmen behind a back four including new recruit Cédric Kipré.

    Elliott Frear had a superb effort denied by the woodwork after five minutes and, despite his long throw, it was Jones’ left-foot which provided Richie Bennett with the opener inside ten minutes from a corner – as the midfielder lashed home beyond Carson from a bobbling delivery.

    Chances were few and far between in the first half, with neither keeper being kept overly busy at the Furness Building Society Stadium.

    Richard Tait’s inch perfect cross towards the rampant run of Gaël Bigirimana nearly produced the leveller, but Asa Hall managed to block the midfielders header and turn it wide.

    Down the opposite end, Kipré produced a goal-saving header to deny Jordan White a simple finish towards the dying ends of the opening 45.

    Seven substitutes filtered their way on to the park throughout the first ten minutes of the second period, with McManus, Tanner, Bowman, Campbell, McMillan, Gordon and Livingstone all entering the match.

    It looked as though Bigirimana’s stunning 25-yard freekick was the route back in to the game for Motherwell, but the midfielder’s sumptuous effort was matched by a superb save to keep Barrow in front.

    The final few minutes ended in frantic fashion, when Cadden was dragged to the deck by the Barrow trialist stopper after getting his toe to the ball – yet the referee somehow waved the claims away.

    Immediately down the other end, Frear’s miscued, deflected back pass forced Carson to make a tremendous save and limit the deficit to one.

     

    Motherwell: Carson, Tait, Hammell, Kipré, Heneghan, Bigirimana, McHugh, Rose, Cadden, Frear, Fisher

    Subs: Griffiths, McManus, Bowman, Clay, Tanner, Campbell, McMillan, Livingstone

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    2017/18 home kits on sale

    The 2017/18 Macron home kit goes on sale tomorrow from the Well Shop at Fir Park.

    It will be Motherwell’s fourth campaign with Italian manufacturers Macron and the first with new principal sponsors McEwan Fraser Legal, the UK & Scotland’s award-winning solicitors & estate agents.

    The home strip has a very traditional look and feel to it, with a return to claret shorts and the claret and amber hooped socks.

    Adult shirts are priced at £45, with Junior’s coming in at £35.

    The date of sale for the black and grey away kit is yet to be announced.

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    TV: Highlights from Gateshead

    Extended highlights from Gateshead International Stadium where a late comeback is not enough to prevent defeat for the Steelmen.

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