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    Preview: Partick Thistle v Motherwell

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    Robinson: We must be on our guard

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    Bowman keen to keep repaying faith

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    Robertson in charge at Firhill

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    Our schedule for the week ahead

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    SFA Youth Cup tie: Match off

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    TV: Highlights from Tynecastle

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    Hearts loss in pictures

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    Hearts 1 – 0 Motherwell

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    Preview: Partick Thistle v Motherwell

    Motherwell return to Premiership action with a trip to face Partick Thistle on Wednesday night.

    Following Saturday’s 1-0 loss against Hearts, the Steelmen are on the road again for a third consecutive match and this time face bottom-placed Thistle.

    ‘Well head in to this one on the back of consecutive defeats, and Robinson’s side will be eager to get back to winning ways with a run of important games ahead.

    The Fir Park men currently sit 12 points ahead of the Jags but face a side who have won two of their last three home games after enduring a rocky start to the 2017/18 campaign.

    And for manager Stephen Robinson, it is imperative his side prepare well for an historically difficult trip to a ground where the Steelmen have won just once in the league since 1996.

    “I’ve watched Partick numerous times and they’re a good side so it surprises me where they are,” the Northern Irishman admitted.

    “We definitely have to be on our guard tomorrow night and make sure there isn’t a backlash from that result.

    “I have total respect for Alan Archibald and Scott Paterson and I’m sure they’ll turn it around, we just have to make sure it’s not against us.”

    With a number of key players missing through injury, Robinson will be relying on incoming players to see his side through an important spell ahead of Christmas.

    One such player who will have a big role to play is Russell Griffiths, who has been thrown back in to action following an injury to Trevor Carson.

    And the stopper, who is eyeing a return to winning ways for the club, is hungry to pull on the jersey and seize his opportunity in between the sticks.

    The Englishman said: “I think we can take positives from the game on Saturday, but obviously we weren’t happy with the result because we felt like we could have gone there and beaten them.

    “It was a chance for a few of the boys coming in to the team, including myself, but I feel like there were some positives we can take in to Wednesday night’s game.

    [pullquote]We can’t go [to Firhill] and think we’ll get a result like Kilmarnock did, it’s going to be a tough game, they’re down there and they’re trying to get out of there.[/pullquote]

    “They’ll be ready for tomorrow after their defeat at the weekend so it’s going to be a tough game but we know what we need to do to beat them.”

    Alan Archibald’s side will be keen to pick up some crucial points as the season rumbles towards the winter break.

    And with the Steelmen heading in to the second game of three in the space of a week, it’s going to be an interesting encounter in Glasgow tomorrow night.

    Partick Thistle V Motherwell

    Wednesday 13th December 2017
    7.45pm
    Firhill Stadium, Glasgow

    Cash turnstiles only

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£22
    CONCESSION£15
    UNDER 16 £5
    • Concessions are over 65s or students with a valid matriculation card.
    • 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.

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    Robinson: We must be on our guard

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson admitted his side can’t allow Partick to turn around their fortunes as the Steelmen get ready for a trip to Firhill.

    Thistle currently sit bottom of the table, but Robinson insists his side must be on guard ahead of Wednesday night’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash.

    Speaking to the broadcast press, the Northern Irishman said: “I’ve watched Partick numerous times and they’re a good side so it surprises me where they are.

    [pullquote]I have total respect for [Alan Archibald] and [Scott Paterson] and I’m sure they’ll turn it around, we just have to make sure it’s not against us.[/pullquote]

    “We definitely have to be on our guard tomorrow night and make sure there isn’t a backlash from that result. I have total respect for Archie and Scott and I’m sure they’ll turn it around, we just have to make sure it’s not against us.”

    The Fir Park manager also addressed rumours surrounding the future of striker Louis Moult ahead of the January transfer window.

    He said: “Obviously there’s a lot of interest in Louis and we’ve spoke to clubs about Louis, they’ve had the respect to contact us, so that’s currently on-going.”

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    Bowman keen to keep repaying faith

    Ryan Bowman has had to show great determination in his year-and-a-half spell with Motherwell.

    The English forward completed a deadline day move from National League side Gateshead to the Scottish Premiership in the summer of 2016.

    But Ryan didn’t immediately make the strides that had seen him score on a regular basis in England, notching only two goals during a campaign that could have easily derailed the striker.

    Now he’s a changed man – and he says it is all down to his hard work and determination to make his stint in Scotland a success.

    “I had to meet and speak with the gaffer quite a lot over the summer because I knew there were other strikers coming in,” he said.

    “Because I didn’t have my best season last year, it was safe to say my place in the team was likely in doubt.

    [pullquote]But I wasn’t going to roll over and give up just like that. I wanted to prove that I deserved to be at a club like Motherwell and that I could make my move here work out for everyone.[/pullquote]

    Having already trebled his goal tally in claret and amber this term, it’s safe to say that Stephen Robinson and Ryan’s choices have certainly been vindicated.

    The forward now faces a different challenge over the coming weeks though, with news of Louis Moult’s injury meaning ‘Well’s number 12 is without his strike partner who, between them, have struck 20 goals in all competitions.

    “Losing Moulty to injury is a huge loss for us, everyone’s aware of that,” he said.

    “But we’ve shown this season that we’ve got quality all over the park as near enough every outfield player scored on our way to the Betfred Cup final.

    “We need more of that now, and with a lot of games coming up we know just how important it is to get back to winning ways and to try and find some momentum again.

    “I’ve improved my game in front of goal and I hope to continue that. While I want to do that for the club and for my own game, I also want to do it for the manager who has shown me he’s willing to believe in me.”

    The important meetings he had with Robinson didn’t come to an end after the summer window. They still happen regularly, as the Fir Park boss works hard to keep all of his players motivated and hard-working.

    In particular, Ryan found himself having a number of talks with the ‘Well boss following a high-profile collision with Rangers centre back Fabio Cardoso in the Betfred Cup semi final.

    “It was a lot to take to be honest,” the striker reflected. “After that moment there was a lot of people talking about me and looking at my style of play.

    “I’m not a malicious player but suddenly that’s how everyone viewed me and it started to affect my game a bit.

    “The gaffer told me that if I allowed that to be the case that I’d be a waste of space and that is the sort of thing that could knock you down even more if you let it.

    “But I’m not thinking about it like that, instead I’ve used that to motivate me and every day I try my best to make sure I work as hard as I can for the manager and the team.”

    With his sights now set on Partick Thistle on Wednesday night, the forward added: “After Saturday’s defeat to Hearts we’ve all had to regroup straight away to turn our attentions to the game mid-week.

    “It’s going to be another important match and we’re all confident, as well as determined, to get back to winning ways.”

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    Robertson in charge at Firhill

    Referee for Wednesday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against Partick Thistle at Firhill is Don Robertson.

    The ref takes charge of his second ‘Well fixture of the season after officiating on three occasions in the 2016/17 campaign. 

    It will be his ninth ever Motherwell fixture during his stint as a senior official.

    The two fixtures he was in the middle for last season included two league defeats in which ‘Well failed to score a goal – a 3-0 loss to Inverness CT and a 2-0 defeat against Celtic at Parkhead.

    However, he was also in charge of the 3-0 Betfred Cup win over Stranraer back in July last year. Goals from Chris Cadden, Scott McDonald and Marvin Johnson secured three points in the group stage fixture.

    The 2015/16 season brought more success for the Steelmen in league fixtures overseen by Robertson.

    A 2-1 win over Aberdeen was preceded by a 2-1 loss against Dundee and a 1-1 draw against Ross County.

    The official takes charge of his third Thistle fixture this term after he was the man in the middle for the Glaswegian side’s 1-1 draw against Hearts back in September and their 2-1 League Cup win over Airdrieonians. 

    The referee has dished out 33 yellow cards this season and has shown one red – when St Johnstone skipper Steven Anderson was shown a second yellow in his sides 3-0 defeat to Rangers. 

    Don will be ably assisted by Michael Banks and Gary Hilland with Mike Roncone on fourth official duties.

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    Our schedule for the week ahead

    Motherwell Football Club is a busy place all week long, with community activities and great events going on as well as football matches.

    This is our schedule for the week ahead across the departments. For more information on anything listed, click the relevant links or call the club on 01698 333333.


    Monday

    Community

    Walking Football: Fir Park astro turf, 1-3pm

    Girls Development Centre: Fir Park astro turf, 3-5.30pm


    Tuesday

    Community

    Football Fans in Training: Fir Park astro turf, 11am-1pm


    Wednesday

    Football

    The first team are in Ladbrokes Premiership action away to Partick Thistle. Kick off is at 7.45pm. Cash turnstiles are in operation at Firhill.

    Concessions are over 65s or students with a valid matriculation card. Motherwell fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£22
    CONCESSION£15
    UNDER 16 £5

     

    Community

    Girls Development Centre: Fir Park astro turf, 3-5.30pm

    Muir Street After School Club: Muir Street Primary School, 3-4pm

    Dalziel After School Club: Dalziel High School, 5-6pm

    Fir Park Mini Steelkids: Fir Park astro turf, 5-6pm

    Lanark Mini SteelkidsLanark Grammar School, 6-7pm

    Fir Park Football Development Centre: Fir Park astro turf, 6-7pm and 7-8pm

    Lanark Football Development Centre: Lanark Grammar School, 7-8pm


    Thursday

    Community

    Muir Street After School Club: Muir Street Primary School, 3-4pm

    Dalziel After School Club: Dalziel High School, 5-6pm


    Friday

    Community

    Bellshill Mini Steelkids: Sir Matt Busby Centre, 4-5pm

    Bellshill Football Development CentreSir Matt Busby Centre, 5-6pm

    Fir Park Mini Steelkids: Fir Park astro turf, 6-7pm


    Saturday

    Football

    The first team travel to face Kilmarnock. Kick off at Rugby Park is at 3pm. Tickets must be purchased from Fir Park in advance.

    Motherwell fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161.

    Ticket prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£20
    STUDENT£15
    OVER 65£15
    UNDER 21£15
    UNDER 16 £5

     

    Events

    Our Christmas Party nights continue on Saturday. This weekend’s is completely sold out but if you’re looking for a venue to have your party, we still have availability on December 23. To book, click here to buy online or give the events team a call on 01698 333333.

    Community

    Fir Park Mini Steelkids: Fir Park astro turf, 9-10am and 10-11am

    Saturday Club, Fir Park astro turf, 12-1pm and 1-2pm


    Sunday

    No events planned.

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    SFA Youth Cup tie: Match off

    Motherwell’s Scottish FA Youth Cup tie against Stranraer has been postponed just 50 minutes before kick off.

    Although the match was an ‘away’ tie against the Blues, the young Steelmen were in Glasgow at Benburb FC’s New Tinto Park for the fourth round clash.

    Frozen overnight temperatures, which reached as low as -6 in the city, meant the synthetic surface was frozen and unsafe to play. The match official, who arrived around one hour before kick off, was quick to cancel the game following a brief inspection.

    [pullquote]“The decision by the match official to cancel the game is absolutely correct; there is absolutely no way it could’ve gone ahead.[/pullquote]

    Under 20s boss Stephen Craigan, who along with all his players were at the ground, spoke of his frustration saying: “The decision by the match official to cancel the game is absolutely correct. There is absolutely no way it could’ve gone ahead.

    “Our biggest frustration is that with the temperatures the way they were overnight, we had hoped this decision could’ve been taken earlier, rather than the players and staff travelling all the way to the match only to confirm what we had expected.

    “We will get ourselves back to Motherwell and find an alternative to train.”

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    TV: Highlights from Tynecastle

    Highlights from Tynecastle Park as a frustrating ninety minutes ends with a 0-1 loss to Hearts.

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    Hearts loss in pictures

    Images from today’s 1-0 loss to Hearts at Tynecastle Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Robinson: Extremely frustrating loss

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson admitted it was a frustrating afternoon as his side slumped to a 1-0 loss against Hearts at Tynecastle.

    A solitary goal from Kyle Lafferty secured all three points for the hosts during a scrappy encounter in the capital.

    And for the Northern Irishman, it was a hard one to take as the Fir Park men suffered a second consecutive defeat in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    [pullquote]It was extremely frustrating today because there’s not a lot in the game at all and we’ve lost the game with two slips.[/pullquote]

    “Cedric slipped when he went to tackle Kyle Lafferty and Carl McHugh has slipped as well.

    “But we dominated large parts of the game without creating anything which is the disappointing thing.”

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    Hearts 1 – 0 Motherwell

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    Grant Russell at Tynecastle

    Motherwell showed plenty endeavour but ultimately came up short as they lost out 1-0 to Hearts at Tynecastle in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Stephen Robinson rang the changes through the enforced absences of Trevor Carson, Peter Hartley and Louis Moult. Russell Griffiths and Alex Fisher were the direct replacements, while Carl McHugh was also reinstated to the team but at centre back. Elliot Frear replaced Craig Tanner.

    The Steelmen were also forced to go without a substitute goalkeeper as league rules blocked the return of Peter Morrison, who is on loan at Clyde.

    The first half as a contest was slow to get going, with neither side fully able to get a grip on the game. Chris Cadden’s shot from outside the area was the first 17 minutes in, but it was safely gathered by Jon McLaughlin.

    Ten minutes later, the visitors had the first clear chance of the game. Frear beat two men on the left flank to drive inside, but his low shot from the edge of the box was straight at the ‘keeper.

    Immediately up the other end, Hearts worked a chance from a corner. McHugh’s slip meant he could only half clear, but Kyle Lafferty steered the ball wide from 12 yards.

    The hosts then passed up a golden chance to open the scoring. A long ball to the back post was met on the volley by an unmarked Moore, but his shot from an angle was high and over the bar.

    Their pressure then told after 38 minutes. Campbell appeared to be fouled as he tried to play his way out of midfield, with the ball then being played in to Lafferty. The Northern Irishman played his way past Kipre and McHugh before turning the ball past Griffiths.

    Fisher, who picked up a heavy blow to his cheek in the first half, was placed at the break by Craig Tanner. Gael Bigirimana had earlier replaced Chris Cadden through injury.

    Motherwell had the first chance of the second half. Tanner’s corner was met by Ryan Bowman on the penalty spot, but his header under pressure went over the bar.

    The Steelmen continued to threaten. Tanner’s free kick from 25 yards out took a deflection which briefly troubled McLaughlin, and Petravicius was introduced to add yet more pace in attack.

    Tanner then had another free kick chance with 65 minutes gone. This time 30 yards out, to the left of goal, his dinked effort to the back post was met by McHugh but he was adjudged to be offside, with Lafferty also blocking the chance.

    The chances kept on coming. And the unlikely next goal threat was Kipre. Winning a loose ball in midfield, the big centre half had options but elected to take a drive at goal from 20 yards, and only narrowly put the ball past the top of the post.

    Motherwell kept on pushing to try and make something from a positive second half and send the 691 fans who made the trip to Gorgie home happy.

    But despite plenty of the ball in the closing stages, Robinson’s men couldn’t create the clear opportunity needed to give them a shot at taking a deserved point.

    Motherwell: Griffiths; Tait, Kipre, McHugh, Dunne, Frear; Rose (Petravicius 62), Cadden (Bigirimana 36), Campbell; Bowman, Fisher (Tanner 45).

    Hearts: McLaughlin; Randall, Berra, Souttar, Smith; Walker (Milinkovic 30, Stockton 88), Djoum (Callachan 63), Buaben, Cowie, Moore; Lafferty.

     

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