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  • First team

    Alex Fisher leaves for Yeovil Town

  • First team

    Aldred: Keen for more clean sheets

  • First team

    Robinson: Must have creative edge

  • First team

    Collum to officiate Hearts match

  • First team

    Tickets on sale for Hearts clash

  • First team

    Highlights: Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

  • First team

    Robinson: We were very organised

  • First team

    Mixed Zone: Players react to County win

  • First team

    Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

  • Club

    Pete’s piano and shirt up for auction

  • First team

    Alex Fisher leaves for Yeovil Town

    Alex Fisher has left Motherwell Football Club to join Yeovil Town on a permanent deal.

    The English striker, who joined in the summer from Inverness CT, will go straight into the League Two side’s squad for the FA Cup tie with Manchester United on tonight.

    Fisher made 19 appearances for the Steelmen and was part of the squad who made it to this season’s Betfred Cup final. However, he has found regular football difficult to come by.

    “I just want to say thanks to everyone at Motherwell for making me feel so welcome,” the 27-year-old said of his departure.

    [pullquote]”Although I only spent a short time with you all, it was a memorable time to be involved with the club.[/pullquote]

    “I leave with a heavy heart but also relishing the opportunity to play in England again, and potentially make my debut against Manchester United.

    “Thanks to everyone involved with Motherwell. I wish you all the very best for the future.”

    Manager Stephen Robinson said of the player’s departure: “We wish Alex all the best at Yeovil.

    “He was someone we signed based on his performances in the Scottish Premiership last season, but unfortunately it hasn’t happened for him here due to the form of others.

    “That can happen sometimes in football. Sometimes things don’t just work for boys at certain clubs.

    “This move will give Alex the chance of a fresh start. Around this club, he has been the model professional and his attitude is first class.

    “We wish him well for the future. We will now look to replace him before the window closes.”

  • First team

    Aldred: Keen for more clean sheets

    Tom Aldred is eyeing more clean sheets in claret and amber, after settling in comfortably in Lanarkshire following his January loan switch from Bury.

    The defender, who has featured in the club’s back-to-back shut outs against Hamilton and Ross County, says it is just the start, but hopes to follow up on two consecutive wins on Saturday.

    [pullquote]To keep two in the first two games is obviously a good start, but it’s only the start, so it’s something to build on and go on from there.[/pullquote]

    “First and foremost, there’s a great set of lads and from the two games I’ve played here it seems like we’ve got a good team and it’s definitely one that we can go on to achieve something with this season.

    “As a defender you pride yourself on keeping the ball out of the back of the net and keeping clean sheets.”

  • First team

    Robinson: Must have creative edge

    Stephen Robinson insists his side will need to find the creative edge to overcome Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday.

    The Edinburgh side have kept eight consecutive clean sheets but face a ‘Well side who are brimming with confidence following two confident victories.

    “We have to make sure that we’re creative but also solid like we were on Wednesday night,” he said.

    “We haven’t conceded a goal either in 2018 so we must accentuate the positives.

    [pullquote]It was a tight match the last time we played each other and the game was won from a mistake.”[/pullquote]

    “They’ve gone 11 games undefeated and not conceded many goals in that period of time.

    “We have to make sure we produce the same solid performance but with a bit more quality up the top end of the pitch.”

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    Collum to officiate Hearts match

    Referee for Saturday’s league clash with Hearts at Tynecastle Park is the experienced Willie Collum.

    One of Europe’s most recognisable officials, Willie will be handling his second ‘Well fixture of the campaign, after taking charge of the Steelmen’s 1-1 draw with Celtic at Fir Park.

    On that evening, a late penalty snatched all three points away from the Steelmen against Brendan Rodgers’ then-unbeaten side.

    Last season, Collum oversaw four ‘Well fixtures, including two 4-2 wins. The first was an historic win over Accies at Fir Park when Louis Moult bagged all four goals, and the second was a ‘Well win by the same deficit against Inverness CT.

    His overall record in charge of the Steelmen reads 11 wins, 19 defeats and nine draws from 39 matches in all competitions. In those games, Motherwell have scored 56 and conceded 70.

    Eighty-eight players have gone into the book, 41 wearing claret and amber, while eight players have been dismissed.

    Willie will be assisted by Alastair Mather and Brian Templeton. The fourth official is Gavin Ross.

  • First team

    Tickets on sale for Hearts clash

    Motherwell are back in action in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday as they head to Tynecastle to take on Hearts. 

    Stephen Robinson’s men face their third game in a week, following consecutive 2-0 victories over Hamilton Academical and Ross County respectively.

    Thousands of fans braved the midweek cold to cheer on the Steelmen and we’d love to see you turn out in your numbers again for our trip to the capital.

    Adult tickets start at £19 and student prices start at just £14.

    Tickets are available in advance from the ticket office at Fir Park, or available over the phone. Call 01698 333333, and select option 2.

    Please note, tickets will not be available on the gate.

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    Hearts v Motherwell

    Saturday 27th January 2018
    3.00pm
    Tynecastle Park
    Tickets on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office or by telephone.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£26/£19
    OVER 65s & STUDENTS£19/£14
    UNDER 18£15/£11
    UNDER 13£5

    Please note, tickets must be purchased in advance and won’t be available on the gate.

    The cheaper priced tickets are for the lower section of the stand. Students purchasing a match ticket must provide a valid matriculation card.

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

  • First team

    Highlights: Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

    Watch extended highlights of the Steelmen’s 2-0 win over Ross County as Stephen Robinson’s men make it two wins from two in 2018.

  • First team

    Robinson: We were very organised

    Stephen Robinson hailed his side’s organisation following a second consecutive 2-0 victory.

    A Harry Souttar error and a first ‘Well goal for Curtis Main secured all three points for the Steelmen under the floodlights at Fir Park.

    And Robinson admitted that, whilst it wasn’t the best of games, it was crucial to return to winning ways in the league.

    [pullquote]We’ll play better than that as it wasn’t a great game of football, but I thought we were really well organised.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, the manager said: “We’re happy with the result as it obviously takes us back in to the top six again. We’ll play better than that as it wasn’t a great game of football, but I thought we were really well organised.”

    “Our back four were outstanding. Trevor Carson, with the one save he had to make, was an outstanding save.

    “That’s what won us the game tonight and up front we had that little bit of quality that we’ve maybe been lacking. Nadir, with a little bit of quality in to the box and a super finish from Curtis.”

  • First team

    Mixed Zone: Players react to County win

    Motherwell made it two wins from two in 2018 as they saw off Ross County by two goals to nil in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Tom Aldred, Carl McHugh and Curtis Main, the latter of which scored his first goal for the club in the win, spoke in Mixed Zone after the match.

    Tom Aldred: “Tonight was one of those games that probably could have gone either way. I think at the crucial times, we defended the situations really well.

    “The clean sheet, as defenders, is what you pride yourself on. Another one after the weekend is brilliant and gives the team good foundations to build on.

    Carl McHugh: “It was pretty but at this time of year, games are like that a lot. It’s just important to come out on the right side of it.

    “We probably played better on Saturday. But we’ve been in efficient in both games and defended well.

    Curtis Main: “Pleased with the performance, individually and collectively. We wrap that one, put it to bed and we go again Saturday.

    “The goal happened very quickly. Nadir did well to close the guy down, pinched it off him, got his head up and seen the run. It was just instinctive [after that]. The ball came quick and I just had to guide it past the keeper.”

  • First team

    Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

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    Lewis Irons at Fir Park

    Two is the magic number around Fir Park, as Motherwell made it two wins from two to get 2018 off to a perfect start with yet another 2-0 win.

    And it was a second own-goal in two games which got the Steelmen off the mark, before Curtis Main bagged his first goal for the club to wrap up all three points.

    Stephen Robinson was forced in to one change from his side’s win over Hamilton Accies following suspension to Richard Tait, so the returning Chris Cadden came in for the defender.

    Visitors Ross County arrived in Lanarkshire in search of their first win in ten games, with new arrivals David N’Gog and Harry Souttar on the Staggies bench.

    The latter was introduced to the action early on after captain Andrew Davies was forced off the field of play, but the Stoke-loanee got off to a disastrous start when a rather uneventful first 45 sparked in to life on the stroke of half time.

    Some clever work down the right hand side between Andy Rose and Craig Tanner allowed the former to work himself a yard before whipping in a terrific cross. It was a tough one to deal with for the centre back but he could only arrow a powerful header in to his own net.

    Some inspired words at half time saw the Fir Parkers come out after the break on the front foot, and in the 48th minute, Nadir Çiftçi’s hard-work and terrific ball left Main with a brilliant opportunity to double the hosts lead. Close to goal, but under serious pressure, ‘Well’s number nine lifted a delightful finish over Aaron McCarey.

    On an otherwise quiet evening, a resolute and extremely organised ‘Well side held out comfortably, barring an incredible close-range stop from Trevor Carson, to keep a second consecutive clean sheet.

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     Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    Live Blog Motherwell v Hamilton
     

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  • Club

    Pete’s piano and shirt up for auction

    After clocking up nearly four million views online, Peter Hartley’s signed shirt and piano from the popular #Pete6 social media campaign are being auctioned off for a local charity. 

    Following Hartley’s agreement to pen a permanent contract at Fir Park, the media team took inspiration from Manchester United’s video to announce the signing of Alexis Sanchez by creating a parody. That video has appeared on Sky Sports News, BBC Breakfast and many more.

    You can bid on the piano and shirt on eBay.

    All proceeds from the auction will go towards aiding Reeltime Music, a charity aiming to provide a range of quality services for disenfranchised young people and the local community in North Lanarkshire. They do this through the provision of affordable recording and rehearsal services, workshop and training provision, volunteering and partnership projects.

    By providing an informal service, music is a great way to break down barriers, learn new skills, increase aspirations and develop a more active lifestyle. By promoting an environment where young people can work with friendly, knowledgeable, trained staff to learn about things they want to learn, young people can learn about the value of creativity, growth and participation.

    We want to use the popularity of #Pete6 to do something for our local community. Our special “Pete” shirt used in the video, and the miniature piano used, are being auctioned off for the local North Lanarkshire charity Reeltime Music. The shirt is signed by Peter Hartley.

    All money raised, minus fees, will go to the charity.

    Please note the piano has a small crack down the back but is otherwise in good condition. Well, Peter Hartley did smash it on the ground…