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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    Robinson: We weren’t at the races

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    Hibernian in pictures

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 Hibernian

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    Lasley signs contract extension

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    The Signing Zone returns

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    Saints fixture switched

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    Hibs matchday magazine preview

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    Build-up: Hibernian

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    Limited edition Cup Final scarf

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Highlights from Fir Park where a frustrating game ends with a 0-1 win for Hibs.

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    Robinson: We weren’t at the races

    Stephen Robinson reflected on an afternoon when his side “got what they deserved” in the shape of a 1-0 loss against Hibs.

    But the Fir Park boss admitted it wasn’t like his team, and that he expects higher standards going forward.

    Following the Betfred Cup semi-final win against Rangers and an important win over Dundee, it’s been a hard and busy week for the club.

    [pullquote]I think we got what we deserved. We weren’t at the races today and there were seven or eight who were below par from what we’ve come to expect.[/pullquote]

    And following his side’s third game in a week, Robinson said: “I think we got what we deserved. We weren’t at the races today and there were seven or eight who were below par from what we’ve come to expect, but let’s not take anything away from Hibs.

    “I thought for 20 minutes they were the better team, then we got to grips with their system, but they were coming out with every second ball, every header and every challenge they won, which isn’t like us at all.”

    He added: “Whether that’s a hard week has maybe caught up with us but we’ll go again on Tuesday and we’ll sit down and make people aware of why we’ve been winning football matches.”

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    Hibernian in pictures

    Images from this afternoon’s game agisnt Hibernian at Fir Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 Hibernian

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    Phil McGhee at Fir Park

    A heroic and exhausting week for Motherwell finally took its toll, as a first half goal from Martin Boyle was enough to earn Hibs three points from what was a rather uninspiring game.

    With too many players in claret and amber having an off day at Fir Park, ‘Well failed to respond after a poor first half.

    And even the introduction of three substitutes early in the second half, a change of shape and a more positive second 45 minutes, failed to give ‘Well a route back in to the encounter as both ‘keepers enjoyed a quiet afternoon.

    Elliot Frear kept his spot in the team to take up his wide left berth but he and his teammates failed to a make an impression in a first half where ‘Well toiled to match a determined Hibs.

    Similar to their opening 30 minutes in the cup semi final, Motherwell looked sluggish and intent on playing a long ball and too easily conceding possession to the opposition.

    There was an early warning after 19 minutes when Boyle was allowed to break down the right but his powerful angled drive found Trevor Carson standing strong to chest the ball behind.

    However, unlike the previous week, Motherwell’s opponents made the most of their advantage, taking the lead after 27 minutes.

    Marvin Bartley’s hopeful ball towards the ‘Well goal caught out Cédric Kipré, allowing Boyle to nip in behind him, round the advancing Carson before rolling the ball into the net for the lead.

    With John McGinn dominating the middle of the park, Neil Lennon’s men looked the more likely to add to their score and a burst from the Hibs’ midfield man ended with a 20-yard shot straight at Carson.

    Towards the end of a scrappy half, the Fir Park side almost nicked an equaliser. Ryan Bowman and Carl McHugh combined at the edge of the box to set up Allan Campbell but his effort from 20-yards curled just outside the post.

    It was anticipated that the ‘Well players would once again raise their game for the second half and Stephen Robinson made his intentions clear with a double substitution, bringing on Gaël Bigirimana and Craig Tanner, in an attempt to control the middle of the park.

    And within five minutes, Bigirimana forced the first save from Ofir Marciano, but his 25-yard drive was comfortably held by the Hibs’ ‘keeper.

    That aside, though, the Edinburgh side were sitting comfortably on their lead. In a further attempt to change the pattern of play, Deimantas Petravičius came on to make hIs first team debut, with the Lithuanian striker given over 30 minutes to make an impression.

    Almost immediately, an in swinging free kick from Tanner just evaded the heads of Petravičius and Peter Hartley inside the six yard box. For a short spell, ‘Well then put some pressure on the visitor’s goal.

    The Lithuanian internationalist came within a foot of the equaliser. Bigirimana’s terrific pass released Chris Cadden wide on the right and when his low ball across the face of goal found Petravičius he seemed certain to claim his first goal until his shot was blocked on the line by Steven Whittaker.

    Charles Dunne did have the ball in the net but Hartley’s touch played the defender offside.

    As the game entered the last 15 minutes there was a lot more urgency to ‘Well’s play. And with three strikers on the pitch they looked more threatening but ultimately lacked that decisive edge and the Steelmen slumped to only their fourth defeat of the season.



     Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    FT: Motherwell 0 – 1 Hibernian

    There will be three minutes added on.

    88′ | 0-1
    Cadden forces a Motherwell corner. Delivered to the back post but headed clear

    85′ | 0-1
    Hibs sub, Matulevicius on for Boyle.

    76′ | 0-1
    Chace for Shaw but Hartley makes a great block to put it wide for a corner.

    72′ | 0-1
    Close! Hartley pulls the ball down in the box and lays it off to Dunne who has the ball in the net but it’s ruled out for offside

    70′ | 0-1
    What a chance as Cadden slides a low ball across goal and somehow Whittaker block Petravicius’ shot at the back post!

    68′ | 0-1
    Hibs sub, Shaw on for Murray

    66′ | 0-1
    Good chance for Barker as he races through on goal but makes a hash of the finish, firing well over the bar.

    …..Tanner fizzes the free-kick across the face of goal but no takers!

    60′ | 0-1
    Free-kick to Motherwell just outside the box on the right hand side.

    58′ | 0-1
    Murray has the ball in the net but the linesman’s flag was up before he finished.

    53′ | 0-1
    Motherwell make their final change, Petravicius makes his debut, on for Rose

    49′ | 0-1
    Bigirimana tries his luck from distance but his powerful shot is straight at Marciano

    And we’re back underway here at Fir Park. COYW!!

    Double sub for ‘Well at the break, Bigirimana and Tanner on for Frear and McHugh.

    HT: Motherwell 0 – 1 Hibernian

    43′ | 0-1
    Great effort from Campbell, collecting the ball from Moult and curling a shot just wide from 25 yards!

    33′ | 0-1
    McGinn drives forward and stings the palms of Carson with a good effort from 25 yards.

    27′ | 0-1
    Goal – Hibs take the lead through Boyle who burst through on goal and touched it past Carson to slide into the empty net

    22′ | 0-0
    Decent breakaway there but Cadden’s final ball is too deep and goes out for a goal kick

    19′ | 0-0
    Decent chance for Boyle as he latches on to a through ball but Carson stands tall and makes a fine save to deny him.

    16′ | 0-0
    Free-kick to Hibs midway inside the Motherwell half as Hartley fouls Stevenson. Hooked in deep and headed wide at the back post.

    14′ | 0-0
    A decent midfield tussle so far but little in the way of chances to mention

    1′ | 0-0
    Early sniff of goal there as Cadden gets down the right but his cross is too close to Marciano who gathers.

    Andy Rose gets the action underway. COYW!!!


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    Lasley signs contract extension

    Motherwell FC is today delighted to announce that assistant manager Keith Lasley has signed a contract extension with the club.

    Lasley, whose deal was set to expire at the end of the season, has now penned a deal to keep him at Fir Park until 2020.

    The contract means the ex-skipper has now committed his future to the club for the same period as ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson.

    Together, the duo have steered the club to a first League Cup final since 2005, as well as picking up an impressive 19 points in the first ten games of the season. 

    And Lasley, who hung up his boots in the summer, will be set to extend his stay at Fir Park to a total of 19-years following his impeccable commitment to the club as a player and now as assistant. 

    [pullquote]”I’m loving every minute of it and I’m just determined to continue to work hard for the manager and for the club.[/pullquote]

    The 38-year-old admitted he is “loving every minute” in his role and that he didn’t have to think twice about penning an extension. 

    “Once it was offered to me it didn’t take too much thinking about. It’s been a fantastic start for myself in the role and a lot of hard-work too, which will continue to be the case.” Lasley revealed. 

    “But I’m loving every minute of it and I’m just determined to continue to work hard for the manager and for the club. 

    “I probably didn’t imagine that things would start as well as this but you always work towards that. Our mantra since the summer has been trying to raise expectations of the players themselves, first individually then you hope that transcends on to the group as a whole and the club.”

    He added: “When I first got in to the job I was just wanting to get the head down and get on with things, particularly since it was my first role in this side of the game. But as I’ve said before it’s something I’ve always planned for, something I’ve always felt as if I had a decent skill set to go in to – but it’s not until you land in the job that you realise there’s a lot of hard-work, a lot of hours and a lot of dedication.

    “But I’m up for it and I’m ready for that and, in particular, I’m enjoying it.” 

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    The Signing Zone returns

    ‘The Signing Zone’ returns to Fir Park tomorrow as the Steelmen host Hibernian in the Ladbrokes Premiership. 

    So don’t miss your chance to meet Allan Campbell and Liam Grimshaw, who will be in the Cooper Bar from 12:45pm ’til 1:15pm ahead of kick off. 

    Midfielder Campbell has enjoyed a phenomenal start to the season and is tomorrow’s matchday magazine cover star, so why not meet the youngster and get your copy of ‘Steelmen’ signed!

    Liam Grimshaw is making his debut appearance in the Signing Zone following his summer switch to the club and offers supporters the chance to meet the Englishman who is back at Fir Park for a second spell. 

    There will be face painting, fun activities and good offers on food and drink in the Cooper Bar ahead of the club’s seventh home match of the 2017/18 campaign. 

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    Saints fixture switched

    ‘Well’s fixture with St Johnstone, due to be played on Saturday, November 25, has been rearranged to Tuesday, February 6. 

    The switch has been made due to the Steelmen’s upcoming Betfred Cup final clash with Celtic, due to be played on Sunday, November 26. 

    Full fixture details are as follows:

     Motherwell V St Johnstone
     Tuesday 6th February 2018
     Fir Park, Motherwell
     Ticket sales information will be announced in due course 

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £23/£19 
    CONCESSIONS     £16/£15
    JUNIOR   £12/£9
    FAMILY     £29/£24
    • Cheaper price is for John Hunter Stand
    • Juniors are 15 and under
    • Concessions are listed as over 60, 16-18 and over and full time students
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161
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    Hibs matchday magazine preview

    The tenth issue of ‘Steelmen’ is on sale now ahead of the Fir Parkers clash with Hibernian in the Ladbrokes Premiership. 

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

    Young midfielder Allan Campbell has enjoyed some of the finest few months of his career so far, following up on impressive displays in claret and amber with a call-up to the Scotland team – and the 20-year-old is the feature interview for the latest matchday magazine. 

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson and skipper Carl McHugh give their updates following a terrific run for the club, and we take a look back at Wednesday’s win over Dundee, as well as the historic victory over Rangers at Hampden.  

    There are the usual updates from the Community Trust and the Well Society, along with another instalment of ‘Goal Zone’ – where the heroic’s of Louis Moult at Hampden feature. 

    Feature writer Andrew Paterson profiles Fir Park Corner FC’s Chris Jones in his latest ‘We are the Motherwell FC’ piece. 

    An in-depth look at Neil Lennon’s Hibs side is featured, as well as the new ‘Scouting Report’ section, where some of the Hibees key men are profiled. 

    An update on Stephen Craigan’s U20s side is included too, with the youngsters in fine form and second in the Development League table.

    Some historic features are again included in the programme, one looking at the career of Bobby Graham and the other looking at the hoodoo Robinson’s men managed to put to an end on Sunday afternoon in Glasgow.

    Six pages of kids content remain, with quizzes, games and prizes to be won for young ‘Well fans.

    You’ll also get an update from the Ticket Office as well as an in-depth look at tonight’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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    Build-up: Hibernian

    The Steelmen head in to their third game in the space of a week as they prepare for the visit of Hibs tomorrow afternoon.

    And following a strong run of form, Stephen Robinson’s side are in the midst of a four game winning streak after notching an important 1-0 win over Dundee on Wednesday night.

    Three points now separate ‘Well from tomorrow’s visitors Hibernian, who also picked up a 1-0 win midweek heading in to their eleventh Premiership fixture of the campaign.

    Neil Lennon’s side will be keen to maintain their fine run of form away from home, having gone undefeated on the road since March in league football.

    And with a number options at his disposal following some impressive performances on Wednesday night, Robinson admitted he may have a selection headache on his hands.

    He said: “There’s a confidence about the place and going in to games [the boys] don’t fear anybody and they obviously go in looking forward to games.

    “When you’re winning that’s easy, you don’t feel tired and you just want another game to come as soon as possible.”

    He added: “There’s not a lot of difference, there’s fine margins between the teams that I’m picking and at this moment in time we’ve won a lot of games, so it’s difficult to give those boys a lot of opportunities.”

    [pullquote]I said to them that they could come back here and have a beer if they wanted to… but they said no. They wanted to show their face, acknowledge the crowd and get home to prepare for Dundee.[/pullquote]

    Gaël Bigirimana and Alex Fisher came in to the fold and impressed, working tirelessly as the ‘Well held on to a fifth clean sheet in eight games.

    Craig Tanner made the difference as his fifth minute finish proved the difference on a night when the Steelmen largely dominated proceedings at Den’s Park.

    But one man who particularly impressed was Elliott Frear, the flying winger who returned to the starting eleven following a frustrating period on the sidelines with injury.

    The Englishman completed 90 minutes and received a number of plaudits on a night when the Fir Park men looked particularly threatening down the left flank.

    And the 27-year-old hopes to have put his injury concerns well and truly behind him as he prepares for tomorrow’s clash with the Hibees.

    He said: “The boys are delighted and there’s a really good feeling around the football club at the moment. Everyone’s pulling together and winning football matches which is great.” He said.

    [pullquote]We keep speaking about our togetherness and it’s not a lie, you can see that on the pitch and it does help when you win games obviously but we just want to carry that on now for the next few games.[/pullquote]

    “We keep speaking about our togetherness and it’s not a lie, you can see that on the pitch and it does help when you win games obviously but we just want to carry that on now for the next few games.

    “We’re in a very good position in the league at the moment. We’ve got three important games before the cup final for everyone to try and get a place in the starting eleven on that Sunday – but like I said we’re not getting ahead of ourselves and we’ll have a game plan for Saturday which hopefully we can carry out.”

    Stephen Robinson will have a near full strength side to pick from as his team host the Edinburgh outfit for the first time since 2013 – with George Newell still on the mend from an injury lay-off.

    Motherwell V Hibernian
    Saturday 28th October 2017
    Fir Park, Motherwell
    On sale now from the Fir Park ticket office. Also available on the gate.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS £23/£19
    CONCESSIONS £16/£15
    JUNIOR £12/£9
    FAMILY £29/£24
    • Cheaper price is for John Hunter Stand
    • Juniors are 15-years and under
    • Concessions are listed as over 60, 16-18s and full time students
    • 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 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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    Limited edition Cup Final scarf

    We are pleased to announce we have a limited edition cup final scarf being produced in the Official Motherwell FC Tartan.

    Each scarf will be embroidered with a commemorative crest, marking the occasion. They are 100% lambswool and are a fantastic quality, priced at £25 each.

    To allow the Club to focus on Cup Final tickets, we have made exclusive arrangements with i4travel in Wishaw to take your orders and for collection.
    To order your scarf please call i4travel on 01698 377510 or call in to the Shop:

    King Street
    ML2 8BS

    They are Open Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm.


    The scarfs will be available for COLLECTION ONLY on Friday 24th November 2017 from 3pm – 7pm and on Saturday 25th November 2017 from 9am – 4pm and must be collected from the i4travel Shop and not the Club.

    There are only a limited number of scarfs available so please order now!