The best of the action from Paisley as Deimantas Petravicius’ late penalty gave Stephen Craigan’s men a 1-0 win over St Mirren.
TV: Highlights from Paisley 2021 StadiumTuesday 05 December 2017
St Mirren U20s 0 – 1 Motherwell U20sTuesday 05 December 2017
Motherwell under-20s returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win against St Mirren at the Paisley 2021 stadium.
Stephen Craigan named five first-team players in his starting eleven, including Gaël Bigirimana, Alex Fisher, Deimantas Petravičius and Stevie Hammell. Ellis Plummer also started but was forced off after half an hour.
It was a fairly uneventful evening in Paisley, with Craigan’s side controlling most of the ball and making most of the chances but failing to find the breakthrough in the opening 45.
Petravičius should have put his side in front when he broke through one-on-one, but a heavy touch afforded Ross Stewart the chance to smother the danger.
Ten minutes before the break Fisher went close too, sending a curling, left-footed effort narrowly over the bar from outside the box.
Craigan made a change at half time, replacing Liam Brown with striker Jamie Semple, as the Northern Irishman looked to find the breakthrough in the Development League encounter.
And just before the hour mark ‘Well had the ball in the back of the net through Fisher. The Englishman turned the ball beyond Stewart only to be denied by the linesman’s flag.
Despite hardly threatening the ‘Well goal, the home side nearly took the lead in the 77th minute but O’Keefe was denied by a phenomenal save from PJ Morrison to keep the game goalless.
Down the other end of the park, and with just seven minutes to go, Petravicius was hacked to the deck inside the box leaving no doubt in the referee’s mind who pointed to the spot.
The Lithuanian dusted himself, stepped up and thundered his spot kick perfectly in to the top corner.
It sealed all three points as ‘Well went close again through Fisher in the last minute, but held on for the narrow win.
Motherwell U20s: Morrison, Bowers, Livingstone, Maguire, Plummer (MacDonald ’32), Hammell, Bigirimana, Turnbull, Fisher, Petravičius, Brown (Semple ’45)
Unused subs: King, Agyeman, Falconer
Robinson: Aim to return to winning waysTuesday 05 December 2017
‘Well boss Stephen Robinson has his sights set on returning to winning ways this Saturday as the Steelmen face Hearts at Tynecastle.
The Northern Irishman reflected on a triple-header with Celtic last week and admitted he can learn a lot from a tough run of games.
Sitting down with MFC TV, Robinson looked ahead to a busy December for the Fir Parkers.
[pullquote]We’ll get back to playing with a tempo, getting our balls in to the box and buying that extra pass that maybe the tired legs didn’t allow on Saturday.[/pullquote]
“Our last three league games have been against Aberdeen and Celtic and we’ve taken four points,” Robinson said. “We’re aiming to get right back to winning ways on Saturday.
“We’ll get back to playing with a tempo, getting our balls in to the box and buying that extra pass that maybe the tired legs didn’t allow on Saturday.”
He added: “But we’ll take a lot of positives because we’ve had a good run of results and we need to make sure that’s not the end of it and we keep going.”
Calendar signing session this weekMonday 04 December 2017
Looking for a Christmas gift to remember? Then don’t miss our open signing session for fans wanting their newly-purchased 2018 calendar autographed by the first team squad.
The first team squad will be available in the Centenary Suite between 6pm and 7.30pm on the evening of Wednesday, December 6 to sign the calendar, available here from motherwelldirect.co.uk and the club shop.
The shop will be open throughout the event and we will also be selling calendars in the Centenary Suite.
And if you’re looking for some other Motherwell-related gifts, we will also have tiles, bricks, gift vouchers and signed bottles of wine on sale for those little extra gifts.
You can purchase the calendar prior to the event at the ‘Well Shop and take it along with you or you can buy one at the event on the evening.
Don’t miss our Christmas dealsSunday 03 December 2017
Looking to book a Christmas night out with friends or colleagues? Then look no further than Fir Park for a great value Christmas party night.
There are now limited tickets available, with two of our dates completely sold out. Spaces remain on Saturday, December 23.
Enjoy a fabulous three-course meal in the Centenary Suite before dancing the night away with our DJ. This year the price will be £35 per person.
Each evening the menu will be:
Parsnip Soup, served with a crusty roll
Pate, served with oatcakes and chutney
Traditional Roast Beef, served with seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and onion gravy
Sliced Roast Turkey, served with a medley of vegetables, roast potatoes and gravy
Roasted Red Pepper and tomato cous cous crumble, served with roast potatoes and an arrabiata sauce
Traditional Christmas Pudding with brandy sauce
Milk chocolate mousse
Book now and we will take care of the rest, offering you and your guests a 100% Motherwell hospitality experience this Christmas.
£10 per deposit to confirm the booking, To book, click here to buy online or give the events team a call on 01698 333333.
Perhaps you’re planning a Christmas day out in December?
Why not spend the day with us here at Motherwell Football Club with our special hospitality and Christmas party offer.
We play host to Dundee on December 23 and we’re offering an upgrade to one of our Christmas party nights for just £19.91 when you take out a hospitality package for the match.
Season ticket holders can buy hospitality for £45 per person, while non-season ticket holders can buy for £80 per person. Then it’s just an extra £19.91 to add on a night out here at Fir Park with a fabulous three-course meal, before dancing the night away with our DJ.
To book and make sure you don’t miss out, call our team on 01698 333333.
We’re also offering our hospitality upgrade for the Ladbrokes Premiership matches with Dundee and Hamilton.
Stephen Robinson’s side face the two opponents on Saturday, December 23 and Saturday, December 30 respectively. Season ticket holders can upgrade their ticket to hospitality for just £45 per person per match.
To book and make sure you don’t miss out, call our team on 01698 333333.
TV: Highlights from Celtic ParkSunday 03 December 2017
Highlights from Celtic Park as Motherwell lose 5-1 to Celtic.
Celtic loss in picturesSaturday 02 December 2017
Images from today’s 5-1 loss to Celtic at Celtic Park.
Snaps courtesy of SNSPix
Robinson: Tiredness no excuseSaturday 02 December 2017
‘Well boss Stephen Robinson insists tiredness cannot be used as an issue after his side lost 5-1 at Celtic Park this afternoon.
A third meeting with Celtic in the space of a week proved a game too many for the hard-working Fir Parkers who kept themselves in the game until the closing stages.
And speaking to MFC TV at full time, Robinson admitted that after going 2-0 down, the game became open as ‘Well pushed to get a foothold in the fixture.
[pullquote]I definitely won’t be using [tiredness] as an excuse because we turned up today fully expecting to give them a real tough game and perhaps nick something.[/pullquote]
“I definitely won’t be using [tiredness] as an excuse because we turned up today fully expecting to give them a real tough game and perhaps nick something,” the manager said.
“But we started the game really poorly, we set-off and gave them ownership of the game and I think the game is over at half time when you’re 2-0 down at Celtic.
“We made positive changes, we tried to chase the game so that always leaves you open to the counter attack.”
Celtic 5 – 1 MotherwellSaturday 02 December 2017
Lewis Irons at Celtic Park
The signs of a week of hard work were visible as Motherwell lost 5-1 against Celtic in the third meeting with the side in six days.
Elliott Frear reduced the half time deficit with a neat finish just after the hour mark following Odsonne Edouard’s first half brace, but Brendan Rodgers options off the bench ensured the Parkhead side brushed aside the Steelmen for all three points.
Stephen Robinson made three changes from the side who started on Wednesday night – recalling Ryan Bowman and Andy Rose to the starting eleven, whilst giving Craig Tanner his first start since November’s trip north to take on Ross County.
Much like Wednesday and Sunday’s fixtures with the Hoops, Robinson’s men were limited to very little time on the ball, whilst the hosts tried to unlock a resolute ‘Well side.
And the Steelmen went within inches of taking the lead when Chris Cadden curled a decent effort just over Craig Gordon’s crossbar.
However, unlike the other two encounters, the scoring was opened in the first half trough PSG loanee Odsonne Edouard, who tapped home a slick Celtic move in the 16th minute.
The young forward made it 2-0 with a low effort from outside the box on the half hour mark as the home side asserted their control on the clash.
Robinson was quick to make changes and at the start of the second period introduced Frear and club captain Carl McHugh – withdrawing Tanner and Chris Cadden.
Shortly after, Deimantas Petravičius made his introduction in place of Louis Moult as Robinson looked to get his side back in to the game.
The changes made an almost immediate impact too, with the Fir Parkers gaining more of a foothold in the game and eventually pulling one back just after the hour mark.
A pinpoint, in-swinging cross from Richard Tait required just the slightest of touches from Frear – who ghosted in to finish beyond Gordon.
Ten minutes later though, Celtic all but secured the win when substitute James Forrest cut inside to finish beyond Trevor Carson.
From there, Celtic were in cruise control as they added two more – the first ensuring Edouard completed his hat-trick and the second resulting in Forrest’s third goal of the week.
[tab:As it happened]
Alastair Reilly at Celtic Park
FT: Celtic 5 – 1 Motherwell
90′ | 5-1
Tait whips in a deep cross which finds Frear but he can only shoot straight at Gordon.
Three minutes added on.
88′ | 5-1
Goal – Forrest picks up the ball wide on the right and curls it past Carson with the outside of his boot.
84′ | 4-1
Goal – Edouard gets on the end of a pass back and slots it past Carson.
79′ | 3-1
Great save by Carson, tipping Armstrong’s shot over the bar after a Celtic counter attack
77′ | 3-1
Celtic sub, Armstrong on for Sinclair.
76′ | 3-1
Goal – Forrest restores Celtic’s two-goal lead, firing low past Carson from the right-hand side.
75′ | 2-1
McHugh booked for a tackle on Rogic. Not that much in it.
71′ | 2-1
Rogic peels off his man and has a pop at goal but again it flies over the bar.
And another switch, Hayes off for Forrest.
67′ | 2-1
Celtic sub, Ntcham off for McGregor
65′ | 2-1
The Steelmen have a goal back! Tait with a lovely ball in which is read by Frear and poked past Gordon!!
64′ | 2-0
Ntcham’s free-kick is beaten away by Carson then Tierney fires wide of the post.
60′ | 2-0
Frear wins a free-kick wide on the left….ball falls to Kipré but he fires over the bar from 20 yards
59′ | 2-0
Lustig with a good volley from the edge of the box which is beaten away by Carson
57′ | 2-0
Motherwell sub, Moult off for Petravicius
Celtic get the second 45 underway.
Double Motherwell change at half-time, Cadden and Tanner off for McHugh and Frear
HT: Celtic 2 – 0 Motherwell
One minute added on.
40′ | 2-0
Celtic think they have scored but after some debate, the linesman raises his flag. Looked the right decision.
37′ | 2-0
Campbell booked for a foul on Tierney midway inside the Celtic half.
33′ | 2-0
Goal – Edouard gets plenty of space from 20 yards and picks his spot low past Carson.
24′ | 1-0
Tait goes into the ref’s book for a foul wide on the Motherwell right on Tierney.
18′ | 1-0
Hayes cuts in off the right and curls a left-footed shot just wide of the post.
16′ | 1-0
Goal – Edouard gets on the end of Sinclair’s cut-back and pokes it past Carson
14′ | 0-0
Ntcham gets a bit of space 25 yards and opts for the shot but it never looks like troubling Carson, sailing over the bar.
12′ | 0-0
Chance! Ball falls to Cadden on the edge of the box but his shot curls just over the bar!
11′ | 0-0
From that corner Motherwell breakaway 2v1 but Moult is brought down by Brown with Tanner ready to race clear. A booking for the Celtic man.
10′ | 0-0
First chance of the game as Hayes floats in a cross from the left but Tait gets his head to it and knocks it wide for a corner.
1′ | 0-0
Early Celtic corner but it’s dealt with by Dunne who heads away.
Allan Campbell gets the game underway. COYW!!!
Build-up: CelticFriday 01 December 2017
Motherwell face up to a third meeting with Celtic in the space of a week following Sunday’s Betfred Cup final and Wednesday night’s dramatic 1-1 draw.
And following further controversy surrounding penalty decisions, Saturday’s trip to Celtic Park presents a third bite at Brendan Rodgers side.
The Fir Park men will be hungry to go one step further, having come just minutes away from ending the Glaswegians long unbeaten run, only to be cruelly denied by a soft penalty decision by referee Willie Collum.
With Parkhead the setting for the third and final head-to-head clash between the sides this year, all eyes will be on what will inevitably be a heated encounter.
And manager Stephen Robinson has called for attention to turn to football as his side prepare for a third clash with Celtic in six days amid a lot of on and off-field talking points
Robinson, who expressed his pride for his team following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw, is keen to get back to business on Saturday.
Speaking to the broadcast press this morning, the Northern Irishman addressed a number of talking points from the previous two encounters, but called for more people to talk about the hard-work of his team.
He said: “Let’s talk about how good a player Scott Brown is, and Chris Cadden and Allan Campbell and people like that.
“Nobodies spoke about Motherwell, instead it’s rivalries, but nobodies actually said that we had seven clean sheets last season and we’ve got nine already.
“We’ve won fourteen games already and we only won thirteen last season, we’ve taken four points off Aberdeen and Celtic in our last two games – we took none at all last season.”
[pullquote]We’ve won fourteen games already and we only won thirteen last season, we’ve taken four points off Aberdeen and Celtic in our last two games – we took none at all last season.[/pullquote]
Robinson will have a full-strength squad to pick from tomorrow – but admits he will have another selection headache on his hands.
Allan Campbell, one of three changes Robinson made from the cup final side to Wednesday night, is an example of the options the manager has to ponder.
And the young midfielder is hungry to get back to action too.
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s meeting with Celtic in Glasgow, the young Steelman is aiming to do all of his talking on the park and insists that him and his teammates will approach every game in the same manner.
With confidence high around Fir Park, Campbell believes ‘Well can go to Parkhead and end Celtic’s unbeaten run.
He said: “We approach every game just the same, we go out every week and try and win the game and I think tomorrow is going to be the same.
“We’ll prepare right today, train well, have a meeting with the gaffer, see what we can improve on and just prepare for the game as usual.”
He added: “We just need to go and do our talking on the park and hopefully prove tomorrow that we’re going to win the game and get stuck in about it just the same.”
With Brendan Rodgers side hungry to extend their incredible run, it makes for an interesting encounter in Glasgow.
The Celtic manager could be without the injured Moussa Dembele and Nir Bitton, whilst Patrick Roberts may be doubtful after he left the park early on Wednesday night.
Please note, this is a ticket-only fixture – no cash turnstiles will be in operation.
Admission prices are as follows:
ADULTS £27/£24 CONCESSION £17/£14 UNDER 13 £10/£7
- Cheaper price is for restricted view seats. Once full view allocation has been sold, restricted view tickets will be available.
- Concessions are listed as over 65s and under 16s
- Please note, all under 13s attending the match must be accompanied by an adult
- Please note that there are no remaining spaces for ambulant or wheelchair access in the Celtic end. These are sold out.
- Motherwell 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.