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    Robinson: Glad to have home game

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    Robertson to officiate Dee clash

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    Development League fixture postponed

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    Kilmarnock lie in wait in Youth Cup

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    Our schedule for the week ahead

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    TV: Highlights from Rugby Park

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    Kilmarnock in pictures

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    Robinson: We had lots of chances

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    Kilmarnock 1 – 0 Motherwell

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    Greek ‘keeper Xenodochov signs

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    Robinson: Glad to have home game

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson is looking forward to a long-awaited home game as his side prepare for the challenge of Dundee on Saturday.

    The Fir Park manager spoke to the broadcast press on Thursday morning and says he is encouraged by his side’s performances, despite a run of defeats.

    And with a return to Fir Park, the Northern Irishman is feeling optimistic ahead of an all-important Premiership encounter.

    He said: “It’s been a while now because we’ve had a run of games away from home, which is obviously difficult, and we haven’t picked up the results we’ve wanted in the last four games.

    [pullquote]So we’re looking forward to getting back to business, getting the fans behind us again and getting a home game under our belt.[/pullquote]

    “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we just have to pick ourselves up because we know our performances have been decent so if you’re not playing well it’s more of a worry.”

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    Robertson to officiate Dee clash

    Referee for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against Dundee at Fir Park is Don Robertson.

    The ref takes charge of his third Motherwell fixture of the season after officiating on three occasions in the 2016/17 campaign, and is in charge of his second ‘Well match this month after a thrilling 3-2 clash with Partick at Firhill.

    It will be his tenth 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.

    Don will be ably assisted by Andrew McWilliam and Daniel McFarlane with Grant Irvine on fourth official duties.

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    Development League fixture postponed

    Motherwell Under 20’s clash with Dundee United in the Development League on Wednesday has been postponed.

    Due to illness and injuries, United lodged a request to have the game pushed back, which has been accepted by the SPFL.

    The fixture, which was originally scheduled for December 20 at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling, will now be played in April 2018. 

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    Kilmarnock lie in wait in Youth Cup

    Kilmarnock potentially lie in wait for Motherwell in the quarter final of the 2017/18 Scottish FA Youth Cup.

    Stephen Craigan’s side are still to play their previous round against Stranraer, with a new date for the postponed tie still to be confirmed.

    The winners of that fixture will host Killie in the last eight. Quarter final ties are due to be played on or before Sunday, January 28, 2018.

    Motherwell reached the semi finals of last year’s competition, before losing out to eventual winners Celtic.

    The young Steelmen, of course, were the reigning champions after clinching the trophy at Hampden in 2015/16.

    2017/18 Scottish FA Youth Cup quarter final draw

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle or Hibernian v Greenock Morton

    Celtic v St Johnstone or Rangers

    Stranraer or Motherwell v Kilmarnock

    Aberdeen v Stirling Albion or Ross County

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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 the week beginning Monday, December 18. For more information on anything listed, click the relevant links or call the club on 01698 333333.

    Please note that many community-based activities are weather dependent.


    Monday, December 18

    Community

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

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


    Tuesday, December 19

    Community

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


    Wednesday, December 20

    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


    ThursdayDecember 21

    The Fir Park office will close at 1pm.

    Community

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

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


    FridayDecember 22

    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


    SaturdayDecember 23

    Football

    The first team host Dundee in the Ladbrokes Premiership. Kick off at Fir Park is at 3pm.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£23/£19
    CONCESSIONS£16/£15
    JUVENILES£12/£9
    • Cheaper price is for the John Hunter stand.
    • Concessions are applicable to 60 and over and full time students with a valid matriculation card.
    • Juveniles are applicable to aged 15 and under.
    • Motherwell fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161. Fans must contact Brian by Wednesday night before the match.

    Events

    Our Christmas Party nights continue on Saturday and we still have availability if you want to have your party at Fir Park. 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, December 24

    No events planned.

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    TV: Highlights from Rugby Park

    Highlights from Rugby Park as Motherwell lose 1-0 to Kilmarnock.

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    Kilmarnock in pictures

    Images from this afternoon’s 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Robinson: We had lots of chances

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson was determined to look at the positives following his sides defeat against Kilmarnock.

    The Fir Park boss was frustrated with the result at Rugby Park but reflected on yet another dominant ‘Well performance.

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, the Northern Irishman singled out some impressive performances during the Ladbrokes Premiership encounter.

    [pullquote]We got a lot of chances and some of our football was excellent at times so I’ve got to take real positives out of that because there were some super performances out there.[/pullquote] 

    He said: “It’s a wee bit different from Wednesday night because I thought we were excellent from the first minute to the last and I’d go as far as saying it was probably our best away performance.

    “Obviously everyone’s emotions are dictated by the result and when you make a mistake it’s blown out of proportion but we’ve played very well today and we haven’t come out with anything which is frustrating.” 

    He added: “We got a lot of chances and some of our football was excellent at times so I’ve got to take real positives out of that because there were some super performances out there.”

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    Kilmarnock 1 – 0 Motherwell

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    Grant Russell at Rugby Park

    Motherwell again slumped to defeat in an evenly-contested contest at Rugby Park, losing 1-0 thanks to Scott Boyd’s first half strike.

    Kilmarnock had goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald in particular to thank for keeping them in the lead, as he kept out a succession of golden chances for the Steelmen.

    Trevor Carson, Peter Hartley, Chris Cadden and Louis Moult continued to miss out through injury, and they were joined on the sidelines by Elliott Frear.

    Steven Hammell, Gael Bigirimana, Alex Fisher and Craig Tanner came in from the start as manager Stephen Robinson rang the changes from the 3-2 loss at Partick Thistle. Andy Rose, Allan Campbell and Deimantas Petravicius dropped to the bench.

    New goalkeeper Gennadios Xenodochov came in on the bench, filling the need for a replacement the team had been lacking at Tynecastle and Firhill.

    Within 11 minutes, the visitors carved out the first clear chance of the match.

    After patient build-up play, Bigirimana’s cross from inside on the right was perfectly floated over the heads of the centre backs to be met by Tanner, but the forward’s header was well blocked by MacDonald.

    Twelve minutes later, Kilmarnock had their first response. Youssouf Mulumbu tricked his way past three players before laying the ball right to Chris Burke. The winger’s cross found the head of Eamonn Brophy, but the ball went high over the bar.

    The majority of the rest of the first half saw the ball changing possession on plenty occasions, with both sides only carving out half chances with balls into the box that failed to come to much.

    But Motherwell arguably should have taken the lead with five minutes left until the break. Tidy play on the right between Tait and Bowman saw the ball break to Fisher 12 yards out. But, on his left foot, he couldn’t steer the ball far enough wide of the goalkeeper and his shot was blocked.

    The hosts then took their opportunity in immediate response. Burke’s corner from the left caused havoc in the six yard box. Griffiths was blocked coming to collect and the ball bounced around until it was poked home by Scott Boyd.

    Neither sides made changes at the break but Motherwell were forced into one within a minute of the restart. A head knock for Grimshaw led to him being replaced by Rose.

    The first chance fell to the Steelmen. After Rose’s initial shot was blocked in the area, Fisher’s shot on the turn was well kept out by MacDonald.

    Motherwell continued to knock on the door. Dunne’s header from a corner bounced wide as the visitors cranked up their pressure. And a constant stream of Bigirimana crosses went begging in the box.

    Sixty-six minutes in, Kilmarnock thought they had their second. The home fans were on their feet as Jordan Jones’ deflected shot looked to have sent the diving Griffiths the wrong way. But the ‘keeper just managed to get his legs to block the ball and keep it out of the net.

    Six minutes later, Newell came within a whisker of a first goal for the club. The substitute burst down the right and, at an angle, just narrowly missed seeing his shot creep inside the far post.

    Motherwell continued to push but struggled to create the late effort to get them a point and the match ended in another defeat for the Lanarkshire side.

    Motherwell: Griffiths, Tait, Dunne, Kipre, Hammell, Grimshaw (Rose 47), McHugh, Bigirimana (MacLean 80), Tanner, Fisher (Newell 63), Bowman.

    Subs not used: Xenodochov, Livingstone, Campbell, Petravicius.

    Kilmarnock: MacDonald, Taylor, Broadfoot, S Boyd, O’Donnell, Power (Jones 55), Dicker, Mulumbu, Burke (Erwin 85), Brophy (Kiltie 75), K Boyd.

    Subs not used: Bell, Waters, Hawkshaw, Thomas.

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     Alastair Reilly at Rugby Park

    Live Blog Kilmarnock v Motherwell
     

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    Greek ‘keeper Xenodochov signs

    Motherwell Football Club have signed goalkeeper Gennadios Xenodochov on a short-term deal.

    The Greek stopper has put pen to paper on a temporary contract that will keep him at the club until the middle of January.

    Xenodochov has been brought in to provide competition to Russell Griffiths in goals, with Trevor Carson still sidelined with a shoulder injury.

    “I feel good,” said the 29-year-old on his arrival at Fir Park, “When the team called me I didn’t think about anything. I said yes straight away, got on the plane and got here to help.”

    Xenodochov started his career with OFI Crete. After loan spells at lower league clubs in Crete, he moved to the mainland to play for Thrasyvoulos and Doxa Drama.

    Moves followed to Zakynthos and Larissa, the latter at which he received brief worldwide attention for scoring a header from a corner kick in the 96th minute in a match to earn his team a draw.

    In the 2016/17 season, he made 17 appearances in the Greek Superleague, keeping clean sheets against both Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.

    Motherwell have had to go without a recognised goalkeeper on their substitute bench for their last two matches, with SPFL rules blocking the return of Peter Morrison from a loan at Clyde despite the club having a recall option.

    Xenodochov will go straight into the squad for the trip to face Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon.