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    Dallas in the middle for Tynecastle trip

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    TV: Highlights from Paisley 2021 Stadium

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    St Mirren U20s 0 – 1 Motherwell U20s

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    Robinson: Aim to return to winning ways

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    Calendar signing session this week

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    Don’t miss our Christmas deals

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    TV: Highlights from Celtic Park

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    Celtic loss in pictures

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    Robinson: Tiredness no excuse

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    Celtic 5 – 1 Motherwell

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    Dallas in the middle for Tynecastle trip

    Referee for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Hearts at Tynecastle is Andrew Dallas.

    It will be Andrew’s first Motherwell game of the season, after the 34-year-old took charge on three occasions last term.

    The first was a goalless draw against Dundee before a 2-0 win over Partick Thistle in November.

    His most recent ‘Well appointment was in this very fixture, meaning Dallas has officiated two consecutive Motherwell/Hearts clashes and three in three seasons. 

    The previous game, which was played at Fir Park, ended 3-0 in favour of this weekend’s opponents. The Scot also oversaw a huge 1-0 victory for Mark McGhee’s side against Hearts at Tynecastle in the 2015/16 season.

    With Hearts just one spot above the ‘Well before that game, it was a massive win in solidifying fifth spot as the season was coming to a close.

    Son of famous referee Hugh Dallas, Andrew takes charge of his sixth Motherwell game today.

    So far he has dished out twenty-two yellow cards and one red, when Carl McHugh was sent for an early bath against Hearts back in February. In total, Dallas has booked ten Motherwell players.

    He will be assisted by Graeme Stewart and Stuart Hodge with Alan Newlands on Fourth Official duties.

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    TV: Highlights from Paisley 2021 Stadium

    The best of the action from Paisley as Deimantas Petravicius’ late penalty gave Stephen Craigan’s men a 1-0 win over St Mirren.

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    St Mirren U20s 0 – 1 Motherwell U20s

    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

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    Robinson: Aim to return to winning ways

    ‘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.”

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    Calendar signing session this week

    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.

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    Don’t miss our Christmas deals

    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:

    —Starter—

    Parsnip Soup, served with a crusty roll

    or

    Pate, served with oatcakes and chutney

    — Main—

    Traditional Roast Beef, served with seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and onion gravy

    or

    Sliced Roast Turkey, served with a medley of vegetables, roast potatoes and gravy

    —Vegetarian—

    Roasted Red Pepper and tomato cous cous crumble, served with roast potatoes and an arrabiata sauce

    —Dessert—

    Traditional Christmas Pudding with brandy sauce

    or

    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.

    You can find out information about our hospitality packages here.

    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.

    You can find out information about our hospitality packages here.

    To book and make sure you don’t miss out, call our team on 01698 333333.

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    TV: Highlights from Celtic Park

    Highlights from Celtic Park as Motherwell lose 5-1 to Celtic.

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    Celtic loss in pictures

    Images from today’s 5-1 loss to Celtic at Celtic Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Robinson: Tiredness no excuse

    ‘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.”

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    Celtic 5 – 1 Motherwell

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    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.

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     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!!

    GOAL!!

    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!!!