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  • First team

    Hartley signs permanent deal

  • First team

    Robinson: We need a league win

  • First team

    Carson: We are hard to beat again

  • First team

    Tickets on sale for Ross County

  • First team

    Motherwell face Scottish Cup away trip

  • First team

    Highlights: Motherwell 2-0 Hamilton

  • Club

    Player of the Year tickets on sale

  • Club

    Mixed Zone: Players react to Hamilton win

  • First team

    Robinson: Back to what we’re good at

  • First team

    Motherwell 2 – 0 Hamilton Accies

  • First team

    Hartley signs permanent deal

    Motherwell Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Peter Hartley on a permanent contract.

    The central defender, who signed on loan from Blackpool in the summer, has penned a deal until the summer of 2020.

    Hartley has established himself as a pivotal figure in Stephen Robinson’s side since his move, making 17 appearances so far in the 2017/18 campaign.

    “It was a very, very easy decision to make,” said Hartley. “I’ve been at this club for six months and it’s a fantastic dressing room, probably one of the best I’ve been in.

    [pullquote]It’s a club that’s trying to move forward and achieve things. I want to be part of that.”[/pullquote]

    Hartley has played a key role in the season so far, featuring in the Betfred Cup final and being a rock at centre back.

    “If I am going to be somewhere, it’s all or nothing with me,” he added. “I am going to give everything I’ve got for two and a half years.

    “I have enjoyed every moment. I’ve played at Hampden twice in the semi final and final.

    “We went on a good unbeaten run. I’ve made a lot of good friends in the dressing room. I’ve got nothing but good words to say about the coaching staff and everybody around the club.

    “It’s just the right place for me in my career right now. I’m happy to commit my future to the club.”

    Manager Robinson is naturally pleased to have landed the defender on a permanent deal.

    “Securing the future of Peter is a massive boost to this football club and everything we are trying to achieve,” he said.

    “As soon as the opportunity came up to get him on a permanent deal, we wasted no time in getting the transfer done.”

  • First team

    Robinson: We need a league win

    Stephen Robinson is eyeing a much-needed league win as his side prepare for the visit of Ross County on Wednesday. 

    And the Northern Irishman admits his players are confident as they get set to return to Ladbrokes Premiership action for 2018.

    Speaking to MFC TV, Robinson said: “We’re confident after our win on Saturday but more so because of the performance and the manner of the performance.

    [pullquote]We need to get back to winning ways in the league, it’s a chance for us to put some distance between ourselves and Ross County, and we’re looking forward to it.[/pullquote]

    “We were well aware that we needed a rest but I also think the new signings will give a boost around the place as well.

    “When you’re not winning games what you have to do is stay really positive that what you were doing before was the right way to do it, and you have to keep people believing that.”

  • First team

    Carson: We are hard to beat again

    Trevor Carson by his own admission had started to forget the feeling of going home with a clean sheet.

    The Motherwell goalkeeper kept a succession of shutouts in the early part of the season, but suffered as the team went through a mini-slump towards the end of 2017.

    Having picked up a win in the Scottish Cup against Hamilton Academical on Saturday, and crucially keeping the visitors out at his end, Carson believes the Steelmen are now successfully playing to their strengths again.

    “I’d forgotten what a clean sheet was to be honest,” the goalkeeper joked. “Keepers and defenders thrive on clean sheets.

    “Before we went out on Saturday I said to the boys ‘let’s get back to being hard to beat.’

    [pullquote]It’s great saying it but actually getting it, going home on Saturday at 5pm with a clean sheet and a win, there’s no better feeling in football.”[/pullquote]

    Ross County lie in wait in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Wednesday night, as Motherwell look to make it back-to-back wins at Fir Park.

    “The lads are raring to go,” Carson added. “We know how important the game is to put a bit of distance between ourselves. But more importantly, it’s a chance to get back into the top six.

    “We think we belong there. That’s our aims for the season, to get away from a relegation scrap and push on.”

  • First team

    Tickets on sale for Ross County

    Motherwell are back in action in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Wednesday night as Ross County travel to Fir Park.

    Stephen Robinson’s men returned after the winter break with a comprehensive victory over Hamilton Academical in the William Hill Scottish Cup and are looking to make it two wins from two in January.

    Over 4,000 ‘Well fans turned out to cheer the team to their win at the weekend. Your support means a lot to the team. We’d love to see you turn out in your numbers again for the visit of the Staggies.

    Adult tickets start at £19 and don’t forget our family deal, where one adult and one child aged under 15 can go together for just £24.

    Tickets are available in advance from the ticket office at Fir Park. Cash gates will also be in operation on the night.

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    Motherwell v Ross County

    Wednesday 24th January 2018
    7.45pm
    Fir Park
    Tickets on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office or pay at the gate.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£23/£19
    CONCESSIONS£16/£15
    JUVENILES£12/£9
    FAMILY (1 ADULT + 1 JUNIOR)£29/£24

    The 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.

    Away fans will be housed in the McEwan Fraser Legal South Stand. Cash gates are in operation.

    Motherwell fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07428 225254 or tickets@mfcdsa.com.. Fans must contact Brian by Monday night before the match.

  • First team

    Motherwell face Scottish Cup away trip

    Motherwell have been drawn away to either Dundee or Inverness CT in the fifth round of the 2017/18 William Hill Scottish Cup.

    The tie is due to be played on the weekend of Saturday, February 10.

    Dundee and Inverness CT played out a 2-2 draw in the fourth round on Saturday. They will face again in a replay at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Tuesday, January 30.

    Admission information will be confirmed in due course.

    FULL FIFTH ROUND DRAW

    Formartine United or Cove Rangers v Livingston or Falkirk

    Morton v Peterhead or Dumbarton

    Hearts v Albion Rovers or St Johnstone

    Kilmarnock v Brora Rangers

    Ayr United v Fraserburgh or Rangers

    Aberdeen v Dundee United

    Dundee or Inverness CT v Motherwell

    Celtic v Partick Thistle

  • First team

    Highlights: Motherwell 2-0 Hamilton

    Watch extended highlights of the Steelmen’s 2-0 William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round victory over Hamilton Accies, as Stephen Robinson’s side bring an end to their losing run.

  • Club

    Player of the Year tickets on sale

    Tickets are now on sale for our 2017/18 Player of the Year awards dinner.

    This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 7 at the Alona Hotel in Strathclyde Park.

    The first team squad and management team will be in attendance as we celebrate the campaign’s top performers and reflect on the memorable moments of the season.

    Included in the price of the ticket is a three-course meal, entertainment from our headline act Weekend Debt, and then the awards ceremony itself.

    Tickets are priced at £50 for adults and £20 for children. To book, buy online from our shop or call 01698 333333.

  • Club

    Mixed Zone: Players react to Hamilton win

    Motherwell got back to winning ways with a comfortable win over Hamilton Academical in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

    Nadir Çiftçi, Craig Tanner and Steven Hammell gave their thoughts after the match.

    Craig Tanner: “I feel like we owed that to the fans. We had a little dip before the winter break.

    “The performance, particularly in the opening 10 minutes, showed the intent. We did it for the fans.”

    Nadir Çiftçi: “Hopefully we made them [the fans] proud and made them happy.

    “We are happy to be in the next round. It was a great performance from the boys.”

    Steven Hammell: “I don’t know if that will be my last game here but, if it is, I just want the fans to know ‘thanks’.

    “I just wanted to make sure I let them know what I think of them and the reception they gave me was brilliant.”

  • First team

    Robinson: Back to what we’re good at

    Stephen Robinson was delighted to see his side get back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Hamilton Accies.

    The Northern Irishman’s recuperated side controlled their fourth round Scottish Cup encounter in the first fixture of the year.

    In particular, the manager praised his team’s efficiency – admitting they were back to doing what they’re good at.

    [pullquote]We got back to what we’re very good at, we were physical and we were aggressive. We got balls into the box and we had quality up top.[/pullquote]

    “We needed the rest, we needed it to recuperate and to recharge our batteries,” the ‘Well boss admitted, “but I thought the performance today was very comprehensive.

    “I thought we were efficient and did the simple things really well. We got back to what we’re very good at, we were physical and we were aggressive. We got balls into the box and we had quality up top.”

    He added: “Nadir will get better and fitter with every game, Curtis is a big handful and we haven’t seen the best of him yet and Craig Tanner is coming to the fore too.”

  • First team

    Motherwell 2 – 0 Hamilton Accies

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    Lewis Irons at Fir Park

    Motherwell ended their losing run with a convincing 2-0 win over local rivals Hamilton Accies.

    A bizarre Scott McMann own-goal gave Stephen Robinson’s side a perfect start to their Scottish Cup campaign, before Craig Tanner coolly converted from the penalty spot to send the Fir Parker side through to the fifth round.

    There were three new faces in claret and amber as Curtis Main, Nadir Çiftçi and Tom Aldred made their debuts in the opening game of 2018.

    And things got off to the perfect start when Scott McMann’s back-pass evaded goalkeeper Gary Woods and rolled in to the net after just four minutes.

    Aldred nearly marked his debut with a goal when the ball broke to the centre-back from a corner, but the defender’s effort on the spin flashed wide of the mark.

    Two minutes later, Tanner was bundled to the deck in the Accies box and it seemed a certain penalty, but Craig Thomson waved play on despite protests around the ground.

    Curtis nearly became the main man of the afternoon when Allan Campbell’s surging run and neat through ball picked out ‘Well’s new number nine, but his prodded effort flew narrowly over Woods’ crossbar.

    Ten minutes before the break though, Tanner doubled the hosts advantage with a well-taken penalty.

    But it was the build-up that made it, with a glorious Çiftçi flick freeing Main in the box. The striker was tripped and Thomson pointed straight to the spot, before Tanner sent Woods the wrong way to bag his seventh goal of the season.

    Aldred’s impressive start to life in Lanark was marred slightly when the defender pulled up with injury in the 37th minute. Robinson took no risks and replaced the new recruit with the soon-to-retire Stevie Hammell.

    Just minutes in to the second half, Charles Dunne produced a crucial block to deny Accies a route back in to the game – but the home side quickly regained focus.

    Cédric Kipré nodded Tait’s clever cross inches over the bar, before skipper Carl McHugh nearly produced a stunning goal with a half-volley from the edge of the area which was narrowly wide.

    Çiftçi couldn’t bag his first Motherwell goal before being replaced by Gaël Bigirimana in the 66th minute, but his curled effort minutes before tested keeper Woods, who produced a good stop.

    Main made way for Alex Fisher in the 78th minute of the match, and a minute later McHugh crashed a header against the bar from Tanner’s delivery, before sending an audacious over-head kick wide of the mark – which would have sent the home crowd wild had it found the top corner.

    Fisher nearly found the back of the net to wrap up a fine afternoon for the Steelmen but his effort from Tanner’s neat cut-back was straight at Woods.

    [tab:As it happened]

     Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    Live Blog Motherwell v Hamilton
     

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