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    Robinson: We never stopped believing

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    Hibernian 2 – 2 Motherwell

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    Q&A dinner with Kipré and Moult

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    Build-up: Hibernian

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    TV: Robinson expecting tough game

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    TV: Kipré loving life at Fir Park

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    Cook in charge for Hibs clash

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    Semple gets Scotland U17s call

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    Ticket information: Hibernian

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

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    Robinson: We never stopped believing

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson hailed the character of his team to come from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Hibs.

    The Northern Irishman admitted there were a number of positives to take from a hard-fought performance, but also believed his side could have got more than a point.

    Robinson spoke to MFC TV at full time and reflected on the 90-minutes at Easter Road.

    [pullquote]For me that was the best performance of the season. We went 2-0 down very much against the run of play.[/pullquote]

    He said: “For me that was the best performance of the season. We went 2-0 down very much against the run of play.

    “We were so much on top of the game that I knew that we’d come back in to it and there were some super, super performances, they never stopped believing and I think that’s why fans can identify with the team.”

    He added: “At 2-0 down away to Hibs, I think a lot of teams would’ve folded but it’s the character in this team not to give up.”

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    Hibernian 2 – 2 Motherwell

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    Motherwell made it four games unbeaten with a 2-2 draw against Hibernian at Easter Road.

    Despite going two goals down, a determined, hard-working ‘Well side never gave up and left Easter Road somewhat disappointed to have not come away with all three points.

    Stephen Robinson named an unchanged eleven for the first competitive trip to Easter Road since March 2014, with young midfielder Allan Campbell keeping his place in the team following an impressive display against Kilmarnock. The youngster more than justified his managers decision on an afternoon full of positives for the ‘Well.

    The two sides went in to the match in differing form, with the Steelmen recording three wins in their last three games, whilst Lennon’s side hadn’t managed to notch three points since their win over Rangers at Ibrox.

    The game started in a frantic manner in Leith with a few strong challenges flying in in the opening exchanges.

    Simon Murray nearly opened the scoring after seven-minutes when a fizzed cross from John McGinn was tapped narrowly wide of the mark by the forward.

    But it was penalty claims and controversial decisions which dominated the half time discussions in the stands.

    What looked like a clear penalty for the home side was waved away by referee Barry Cook, when Anthony Stokes tumbled in the area following a challenge from Carl McHugh.

    The home supporters can probably feel more than fortunate though as the Steelmen were denied a clear penalty too when Richard Tait got his foot to the ball but was tripped – resulting in the official booking the full back for simulation.

    Five-minutes later though, things got better for Neil Lennon’s side when they were awarded a spot-kick following a very soft incident between Charles Dunne and Martin Boyle.

    Anthony Stokes made no mistake – finishing cheekily past Trevor Carson.

    The Steelmen responded excellently though, and should have been level just two minutes after falling behind.

    Clever movement from a corner kick offered Moult a golden chance at the back post to head the visitors level, but he uncharacteristically fluffed his lines – heading over the bar.

    The centre-forward, who more than made up for his miss, nearly got on the scoresheet immediately when his strike rattled off the underside of the cross bar, but Hibs managed to get the ball clear.

    Strike partner Ryan Bowman then could have levelled – but the in-form Englishman miscued his effort after a neat cut-back from Chris Cadden.

    Despite starting the second half on the front foot, Hibs doubled their advantage and Stokes got his second of the afternoon, finishing high past Carson when the ball fell kindly for him in the box.

    Robinson wasted no time in changing things, replacing the tireless Andy Rose for the creative Craig Tanner, and it proved to be an inspired substitution.

    The midfielder was only on the park for three minutes when his inch-perfect free kick was nodded home by Moult – who made it four goals in four games as the Fir Parkers looked to get something from the game.

    Just four minutes later, the midfielder nearly created the leveller when he did terrifically well to cut back for Bowman, whose goal bound effort was blocked.

    Another change brought about another goal for the ‘Well – who have now scored in every game this season – when Gaël Bigirimana entered the fray in the 70th minute.

    And in the 72nd, Motherwell were level.

    The Burundian fed the ball in to the feet of Moult on the edge of the box, and the forward sent a fizzing, low effort past the helpless Marciano for his 7th of the season.

    The final ten minutes certainly weren’t dull, and Paul Hanlon was involved in two incidents in quick succession that could have changed the result in Edinburgh.

    The centre-back thundered Tanner to the deck with virtually a clothesline, forcing the medical staff to give the Englishman treatment, but Hanlon walked away without punishment.

    Then, there were some claims for a handball when the defender slid to the deck in the box and may have touched the ball with his hand.

    Stokes sent a free kick narrowly over the bar but neither side could find a winner and Motherwell, who remain above Hibs in the Ladbrokes Premiership, find themselves just a point off third place after six games.

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     Alastair Reilly at Easter road

    FT: Hibernian 2 – 2 Motherwell

    There will be four minutes added on.

    90′ | 2-2
    Motherwell sub, Grimshaw on for Bowman

    89′ | 2-2
    Hibs have a free-kick about 25 yards out, Stokes to take…..just over the bar!

    84′ | 2-2
    Hibs sub, McGeough on for Bartley

    In fact he’s changed his mind and gave a free-kick

    83′ | 2-2
    Tanner on the receiving end of a clothesline from Hanlon but ref sees nothing in it.

    78′ | 2-2
    Claims for a handball there! Certainly looked like it as Hanlon slipped and knocked the ball away with his hand?!

    73′ | 2-2
    Motherwell deservedly back level here at Easter Road! What a strike from Moult!, low into the bottom corner!!

    GGGOOOAALLLL!!!

    71′ | 2-1
    Motherwell sub, Bigirimana on for McHugh

    70′ | 2-1
    Straight away Slivka is booked for leaving an elbow on McHugh as they went for a header.

    69′ | 2-1
    Hibs sub, Slivka on for Boyle

    65′ | 2-1
    Hibs sub, Murray off for Matulevicius

    64′ | 2-1
    Great chance! Tanner cuts it back to Bowman 8 yards out but the Hibs defender blocks his goal-bound shot!

    63′ | 2-1
    GOAL!! Tanner’s free-kick is knocked in by Moult! Come on!

    60′ | 2-0
    Motherwell sub, Rose off for Tanner

    56′ | 2-0
    Goal – Stokes makes it 2-0 , firing into the top corner from 12 yards

    54′ | 1-0
    Moult collects the ball on the edge of the box and tries a curler but it’s a routine stop for Marciano

    49′ | 1-0
    McHugh clips a nice little ball over the top to Tait whose header hits the top side of the bar but the linesman’s flag is up

    HT: Hibernian 1 – 0 Motherwell

    42′ | 1-0
    Decent chance there as Campbell’s shot from 20 yards is deflected by McHugh but Marciano reacts and makes the save

    36′ | 1-0
    McHugh is booked for a challenge in the middle of the park on McGinn

    32′ | 1-0
    Corner is swung in by Cadden but is evades Moult at the back post and goes out for a goal kick.

    25′ | 1-0
    Off the bar! Rose slides the ball across goal and finds Moult, whose shot rattles off the woodwork

    23′ | 1-0
    Chance! Corner is played in deep to Moult but he heads well over the bar!

    22′ | 1-0
    Moult breaks away and tries to pick out Bowman but his cross is knocked wide for a corner.

    21′ | 1-0
    Goal – Stoke slots the ball past Carson from the spot.

    20′ | 0-0
    Penalty to Hibs…..

    17′ | 0-0
    Kipre with a through-ball to Campbell but he can’t find a man, with little options to be fair.

    15′ | 0-0
    Tait is booked for simulation inside the box.

    11′ | 0-0
    Strong penalty claims there for Hibs as Stokes goes down in the box but referee waves the claims away

    7′ | 0-0
    Close! McGinn puts in a low ball to the front post which Murray taps inches wide

    6′ | 0-0
    Corner to Hibs after Kipré knocks a cross wide. From the delivery, Dunne hooks clear.

    1′ | 0-0
    Half chance for ‘Well! Free-kick is played deep into the HIbs box but it doesn’t quite fall for Moult

    Hibs get the game underway. COYW!!

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    Q&A dinner with Kipré and Moult

    ‘Well fans have the chance to meet Fir Park stars Cédric Kipré and Louis Moult at an upcoming Question and Answer night.

    The evening, which is being held at the Centenary Suite at Fir Park on October 14th, will also include a two-course meal and live music from a Paolo Nutini tribute act.

    Hosted by Gerry McDade, the night will consist of an interview with the two players as well as the chance for supporters to ask their own questions, take pictures and get autographs from the duo.

    [pullquote]This event has something for everyone and is a great opportunity for the supporters to meet two of their current heroes and of course they get the chance to put forward a question of their choice.[/pullquote]

    Tickets cost just £35 and will be the perfect way to follow up the Lanarkshire Derby – with the event getting underway at 7pm.

    Commercial and Marketing Manager Suzanne Reid believes the night will be a hit saying: “This event has something for everyone and is a great opportunity for the supporters to meet two of their current heroes and of course they get the chance to put forward a question of their choice.”

    The event is sure to sell out fast, so don’t miss out. Call the events team on 01698 333333 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    Build-up: Hibernian

    Motherwell travel to Edinburgh to face Hibernian this weekend for just their second away game of the league season so far. 

    Following three consecutive home games, the Steelmen will look to extend their impressive run of form and make it four wins on the bounce.

    But one of the biggest challenges facing Stephen Robinson’s men will be replicating their home form on the road.

    And tomorrow’s opponents Hibernian will be a difficult clash – with ‘Well travelling to face the Edinburgh outfit for the first time since 2014.

    The last league meeting between the two sides was a memorable one too – with a dramatic six-goal encounter ending in a 3-3 stalemate.

    One point and one place separates the Fir Parkers in 5th from the Hibees in 6th, and with the ‘Well on a three-game winning streak and Neil Lennon’s men now three games without a win – an interesting encounter awaits in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    And Stephen Robinson admits he is preparing for a “tough” afternoon in Edinburgh.

    Speaking to the broadcast press, he said: “Everything’s positive but we’re obviously not getting too carried away with things because we know it’s only a start – but it’s been a decent start and as long as we continue to do the simple things well then we’ll be ok.

    [pullquote]Hibs are a big, big club and Lennon has done brilliantly with them [Saturday] is a game when you’re in football that you really look forward to – it’s a nice stadium, there will be a big crowd there as well.[/pullquote]

    “Hibs are a big, big club and Lennon has done brilliantly with them [Saturday] is a game when you’re in football that you really look forward to – it’s a nice stadium, there will be a big crowd there as well.”

    He added: “But it’s a tough game for us, we’re well aware of that. They’re a well-organised, good team who get the ball on the ground and play as well so it’ll be a tough game for us.”

    With a number of attacking threats, one of the key men for the Fir Park boss will be the ever impressive Cédric Kipré, who has settled in to the game in Scotland in style.

    The 20-year-old is loving his football at Fir Park and reflected on what has been a positive few months in Scotland when he spoke to the broadcast press this week.

    Following a string of impressive displays, the centre-back admitted he was “surprised” to be offered a new deal with the Steelmen but he never hesitated to sign.

    And with Hibs up next for the Fir Parkers, Kipré looked ahead to the match as well as looking back over his stint in Lanarkshire so far.

    He said: “I’m loving it here – I’ve only been here two or three months but I’m really liking things.

    “I was surprised to be offered a new contract so soon after signing but it can only be good for me because it gives me a bit of security now. I was already focussing on my football but having one more year is always good.”

    He added: “It’s really good here because I’ve felt very welcome with the fans and the support they show us every weekend is really good – at the end of a game they sing a song for me which I like.”

     Hibernian V Motherwell
     Saturday 16th September 2017
     3.00pm
     Easter Road, Edinburgh
     Pre-purchase available from the Fir Park Ticket Office.

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £22
    CONCESSIONS     £12 
    • Concessions are listed as over 65, under-18s and students with a valid matriculation card
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161

    If you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t miss the action by tuning in to mixlr.com/motherwellfc for live commentary or follow the match on Twitter @MotherwellFC

    You can see the match highlights on MFC TV’s YouTube channel, as well as full reaction and a match report right here on the official website.

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    TV: Robinson expecting tough game

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson is preparing for a “tough” afternoon in Edinburgh when his side take on Hibernian this weekend.

    The Steelmen, who head in to the match on the back of three consecutive victories, will be hungry to maintain their fine run of form.

    But Saturday’s opponents sit just one point behind the Fir Parkers, and Robinson knows his side will be in for a hard match.

    [pullquote]Everything’s positive but we’re obviously not getting too carried away with things because we know it’s only a start – but it’s been a decent start.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to the broadcast press this morning, he said: “Everything’s positive but we’re obviously not getting too carried away with things because we know it’s only a start – but it’s been a decent start and as long as we continue to do the simple things well then we’ll be ok.

    “Hibs are a big, big club and Lennon has done brilliantly with them [Saturday] is a game when you’re in football that you really look forward to – it’s a nice stadium, there will be a big crowd there as well.”

    He added: “But it’s a tough game for us, we’re well aware of that. They’re a well-organised, good team who get the ball on the ground and play as well so it’ll be a tough game for us.”

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    TV: Kipré loving life at Fir Park

    Cédric Kipré is loving his football at Fir Park and reflected on what has been a positive few months in Scotland as he spoke to the broadcast press this morning.

    Following a string of impressive displays, the 20-year-old admitted he was “surprised” to be offered a new deal with the Steelmen but defender never hesitated to sign.

    And with Hibs up next for the Fir Parkers, Kipré looked ahead to the match as well as looking back over his stint in Lanarkshire so far.

    [pullquote]I’ve felt very welcome with the fans and the support they show us every weekend is really good – at the end of a game they sing a song for me which I like.[/pullquote]

    He said: “I’m loving it here – I’ve only been here two or three months but I’m really liking things.

    “I was surprised to be offered a new contract so soon after signing but it can only be good for me because it gives me a bit of security now. I was already focussing on my football but having one more year is always good.”

    He added: “It’s really good here because I’ve felt very welcome with the fans and the support they show us every weekend is really good – at the end of a game they sing a song for me which I like.”

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    Cook in charge for Hibs clash

    Barry Cook will take charge of his third Motherwell match on Saturday when the Fir Parkers travel to face Hibernian in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    And the official will oversee the first meeting between the Edinburgh side and the Steelmen since 2014, when a dramatic clash ended 3-3.

    The referee may be fairly new to Premiership fixtures but has established himself as an experienced official in the lower divisions.

    The first time Cook took charge of a Motherwell fixture was their trip to Firhill back in February 2016.

    A late, late goal cost ‘Well a point that day when ex-Fir Park man Steven Lawless’ deflected shot gave Thistle the win.

    On a miserable night for football, neither side deserved three points as both sets of fans must have wished the pitch had failed its late inspection.

    A stark statistic of only two saves, one in each half from Connor Ripley, summed up a match best forgotten – and especially from a Motherwell side which didn’t deserve to win, but certainly didn’t deserve to lose either.

    ‘Well fans will be hopeful of a more exciting match this time around.

    Barry will be assisted by Graham Chambers and Graeme Stewart, with Stephen Finnie on Fourth Official duties.

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    Semple gets Scotland U17s call

    Youngster Jamie Semple has been named in the Scotland U17s squad for a two-game fixture round against Wales.

    Semple, who played a significant part in the last Victory Shield squad, was also a prominent figure when the Under 17s last played together in the International Tournament at St George’s Park last month, which featured the likes of England, Italy and Turkey.

    He has once again been named in Brian McLaughlin’s 20-man squad for games against Wales in Llanelli on the 20th and 22nd of September.

    Under 20s boss Stephen Craigan said: “We are delighted Jamie has been included in the squad again as this sort of International experience is fantastic for his development.

    “It’ll be two competitive games for his country that I am sure will only make him hungry for more. We wish him well in the matches.”

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    Ticket information: Hibernian

    After the visit of Kilmarnock on Saturday, Motherwell face the tough task of taking on Hibernian at Easter Road.

    So make sure you don’t miss next Saturday’s clash in Edinburgh, with tickets available to buy now from the Fir Park ticket office.

    It marks the first competitive encounter with the Hibees since March 2014.

    Under the guidance of Neil Lennon, the Edinburgh outfit have returned to the top flight and look set to have a strong campaign this time around.

    Ticket prices are as follows:

     Hibernian V Motherwell 
     Saturday 16th September 2017
     3.00pm
     Easter Road, Edinburgh
     Pre-purchase from the Fir Park ticket office / Away ticket booth at Easter Road

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £22
    CONCESSIONS     £12 
    • Concessions are listed as over 65, under-18s and students with a valid matriculation card
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725917161
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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

    Extended highlights from Excelsior Stadium as the Under 20s remain top of the Development league with a 3-0 win over Partick Thistle.