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  • First team

    Robinson: We face Hibs with confidence

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s highlights: Aberdeen 1 – 2 Motherwell

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: Relieved to be back

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Aberdeen U20s 1 – 2 Motherwell U20s

  • First team

    Celtic and Rangers games moved for TV

  • Club

    Our schedule for the week ahead

  • First team

    Highlights: Hearts 1 – 1 Motherwell

  • First team

    Robinson: Point was thoroughly deserved

  • First team

    Players react to late Hearts draw

  • First team

    Hearts 1 – 1 Motherwell

  • First team

    Robinson: We face Hibs with confidence

    Stephen Robinson says his side go in to Wednesday night’s clash against Hibs brimming with confidence.

    The Steelmen face a second trip to Edinburgh in the space of five days following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Hearts, and the manager is remaining focused on football ahead of the January transfer window closing.

    Looking ahead to the Ladbrokes Premiership clash, Robinson said: “We’ve won two out of three and got a brilliant draw away to Hearts, and deservedly so. So there’s a real good atmosphere and we have another tough game against Hibs.

    [pullquote]But we go in to it confident. It leads us in to three home games in the league and offers us a chance to build on what we’ve already done.”[/pullquote]

    With the transfer deadline fast approaching, the Northern Irishman also addressed Celtic’s interest in goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

    “In my opinion Trevor Carson is the best goalkeeper in the league,” the ‘Well boss said.

    “We’ve rightly valued him at a price. We have to stand strong until his valuation is met. Until then, he’s very much our player.

    “It’s strange to put games on deadline day and it’s a tough one for us, but my focus has to be on Hibs and we have to be focused on the game, but it’s football and these things happen.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s highlights: Aberdeen 1 – 2 Motherwell

    Goals from James Scott and Shea Gordon gave the young Steelmen victory at Glebe Park.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: Relieved to be back

    Under 20s manager Stephen Craigan was relieved to see his side finally play competitive football, after nearly two months without a game.

    And he was even happier with the hard-working, determined performance from his side during their 2-1 win over Aberdeen.

    Speaking to MFC TV at full-time at Glebe Park, Craigan reflected on an impressive three points in his sides first game of 2018.

    [pullquote]When it went to 1-1 I thought, do we have the guts and the desire and the determination to go and win the game? And we did.[/pullquote]

    “First and foremost, I think the result will stand out, but I also think the performance does too,” the Northern Irishman said.

    “It’s been almost two months since our last competitive game on December 5th, so it’s been a frustrating two months for the players.”

    He added: “To put that effort in to the game for 90-minutes, the fitness levels that requires, asks even more questions of them, but I’m really pleased with the performance and the grit and determination.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Aberdeen U20s 1 – 2 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell returned to Development League action with a 2-1 win over Aberdeen, after nearly two months without a game.

    Snow and ice led to countless postponements for Stephen Craigan’s youngsters over December and January, and following an early morning pitch inspection, the clash at Glebe Park was given the go ahead.

    First team midfielder Ross MacLean was included in the starting line-up, with forwards Alfie Agyeman, Jamie Semple and James Scott all included from the start. Shea Gordon, returning from a long injury lay-off, made the bench.

    Agyeman and Semple, working tirelessly up front, nearly combined to give the Steelmen a perfect start in Brechin. The former closed down Dons stopper Archie Mair, who sliced the ball straight to Semple, whose attempted finish landed narrowly over the crossbar.

    In a rather quiet first half, Craigan’s side nearly took the lead in style just before the break. Barry Maguire linked up Davie Turnbull in the middle of the park, who slid in James Scott with a reverse pass on the left side of the box, but his shot was dragged wide of the mark.

    But it didn’t take long in the second half for the travelling Steelmen to take the lead. After winning the ball in the middle of the park, ‘Well broke down the left flank. Scott, racing back on to the park following an injury, burst through and slotted beyond the keeper.

    Just four minutes later, Aberdeen were level. Jordan Armstrong’s foul on the edge of the area led to a free kick in a decent position. A low, driven effort was palmed in to the path of Sam Roscoe, who finished high past PJ Morrison to equalise.

    Craigan didn’t hesitate to change things up, introducing Gordon in place of Semple with just under 25 minutes remaining.

    And it was the Northern Ireland under-21 international who nearly provided the leveller with a terrific cross from a clever free kick.

    Turnbull slipped a neat reverse ball around the Dons wall for Gordon to stand up to the back post. Hastie turned a header goal ward but it crashed off the crossbar.

    Play stayed alive though and MacLean’s cross back in to the box was headed beyond Mair by Gordon late on to grab all three points for the Steelmen.

  • First team

    Celtic and Rangers games moved for TV

    Motherwell’s forthcoming Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures with Celtic and Rangers have both been moved for television coverage.

    The games, both of which are at Fir Park, have been chosen by Sky Sports and BT Sport respectively.

    The fixture with Celtic has been pushed back to Sunday, March 18 with a 2.30pm kick off. It was originally scheduled for the Saturday.

    The visit of Rangers will still be played on Saturday, March 31 but the game will now kick off at 12.30pm.

    Ticket information will be announced in due course.

  • Club

    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, January 29. 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, January 29

    Football

    Our under 20s are back in Development League action against Aberdeen. The game, which will be played at Brechin’s Glebe Park, kicks off at 2pm.

    Community

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

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


    Tuesday, January 30

    Community

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


    Wednesday, January 31

    Football

    Motherwell travel to face Hibernian in the Ladbrokes Premiership. Kick off at Easter Road is at 7.45pm. Tickets can be purchased in cash outside the turnstiles.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£22
    OVER 65s / UNDER 18 £12

     

    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, February 1

    Community

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

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


    FridayFebruary 2

    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


    SaturdayFebruary 3

    Football

    The first team host Partick Thistle in the Ladbrokes Premiership. Kick off at Fir Park is at 3pm. Supporters can buy tickets in advance or on the gate.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£23/£19
    CONCESSIONS£16/£15
    JUVENILES£12/£9
    FAMILY (1 ADULT + 1 JUNIOR)£29/£24
    • 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 Wednesday night before the match.

    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, February 4

    No events planned.

  • First team

    Highlights: Hearts 1 – 1 Motherwell

    Watch extended highlights from Tynecastle as Motherwell dramatic late goal earns ‘Well a point.

  • First team

    Robinson: Point was thoroughly deserved

    Stephen Robinson felt Motherwell’s late point gained away to Hearts was “thoroughly deserved”.

    A tightly fought encounter in the capital went to the death with the hosts looking to have claimed all three points.

    But Curtis Main stooped with the very last action of the game to send the team back home with the draw.

    [pullquote]I think we thoroughly deserved the point and if anything I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t get all three.[/pullquote]

    “If you look at the chances we had here at Tynecastle, we go through one-on-one through Craig Tanner and it was probably a penalt,” Robinson said, “Curtis Main goes through one-on-one too and Deimatas misses a header.

    “We’ve played three strikers at home and it’s gone well for us but we changed it a bit today.

    “Craig’s had a niggling knee injury and that would’ve been his third start in a week. We knew that he might not get the full game, but he came on and changed things.”

  • First team

    Players react to late Hearts draw

    Motherwell battled their way to a deserved point away to Hearts in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday, with Curtis Main nabbing an equaliser at the death.

    The goalscorer spoke after the match along with Tom Aldred and Chris Cadden.

    Curtis Main: “To equalise so late in the game obviously is a great feeling. Sometimes it feels like a win.

    “The ball was bouncing everywhere. I hoped it would come to the back stick and it did, so I managed to get something on it. The keeper parried it but he’s put it in to the net with him.

    Chris Cadden: “It’s deserved. I thought their goal slightly against the run of play.

    “That’s what we are all about. We try to be as fitter than everybody else. The desire the boys showed to get the last-minute equaliser and the scenes with the fans were brilliant.

    Tom Aldred: “We’ve kept going and got ourselves a last-minute equaliser.

    “To come to a place like this today and get a point is a really good result. We go to Hibs on Wednesday and will go for the three points.”

  • First team

    Hearts 1 – 1 Motherwell

    Grant Russell at Tynecastle Park

    Motherwell demonstrated their never-say-die attitude as they earned a deserved point at the death away to Hearts.

    The hosts had been on an eight-game run without conceding a goal and looked like they had kept it going until Curtis Main scrambled the ball over the line with the last action of the match.

    Manager Stephen Robinson made one change to the side that defeated Ross County in midweek. Richard Tait returning from suspension, replacing Craig Tanner in a rejigged lineup.

    Hearts could have had the lead after just 10 minutes but for the heroics of Trevor Carson. A low cross from Ross Callachan into the box took a deflection at the front post but the Northern Irishman’s reflexes saw him leap to turn away a certain goal.

    In windy conditions, Hearts continued to apply pressure. McDonald was next to try his luck, beating Tait down the right before his attempt at a placed finish on his left foot sailed over.

    Carson was then called upon to make a big double save. Naismith’s shot from distance was well blocked and then the resulting rebound from Callachan was also well beaten away by the ‘keeper.

    With 28 minutes gone, the visitors had the ball in the net. Cadden’s free kick eventually found its way to Campbell to swing into the box.

    Aldred met the delivery on the bounce. His shot towards goal was into the path of Main who, with his back to to goal, flicked it into the net from close range. But he was ruled offside by the linesman.

    Every home fan was then on their feet protesting for a penalty as the clock hit the half hour mark.

    Tom Aldred made a late diving challenge to stop the advances of a Hearts forward but, to the disagreement of the Tynecastle support, was ruled to have got his foot on the ball.

    Five minutes from the break, the Steelmen were inches away from taking the lead.

    Kipre’s surge down the right led to a pass to Ciftci. The forward held the ball up well before swinging a cross towards the penalty spot.

    On the end of it was Main who, under pressure, beat his man to the ball with the header. But his bouncing effort found its way just wide of the right hand post at the Gorgie end.

    Right on the stroke of half time, Hearts were denied by the width of the post.

    Mitchell’s surge inside on the right led to a low, curling effort to the back post that had Carson beaten, but it clipped the sticks and bounced out wide.

    The second half started at frantic pace, with both sides eager to get a foothold in the game.

    The first big chance fell to Mitchell for the hosts. Cutting inside against from the left, his dipping shot towards the far right corner was inches over the crossbar.

    Straight up the other end, Motherwell had a similarly big chance. Main was played in down the right by Campbell, with his cross into the box just too high for substitute Tanner to turn goalwards.

    Straight away, Tanner found himself in again behind the defence. His surging run momentarily had him one on one with McLaughlin, before he was caught up and seemingly bundled over in the box. Referee Collum waved away the shouts for a penalty.

    Motherwell found themselves pinned and restricted to chances on the counter as the hosts continued to press and press, only to consistently be resisted by a resolute visiting defence.

    The chance to grab a goal on the counter almost came with 15 minutes to play. Campbell held the ball well as he surged forward down the inside left channel.

    Main got the better of the defender as the ball was played into the box and steered a shot past the onrushing McLaughlin, but it failed to make it the full distance to the line before it was cleared away.

    Motherwell’s resistance was finally broken with 10 minutes to play. A free kick into the box caused havoc, with the ball eventually bouncing out to the onrushing Milinkovic, who steered the ball into the bottom left corner.

    Five minutes were added on as Robinson’s men battled to give the 562 travelling fans something to go home with and it looked like they had been given it deep into injury time.

    Tanner’s free kick from the left into a packed box found the head of substitute Petravicius but his effort bounced wide of the right post.

    Remarkably, they did it with just seconds left on the clock to end Hearts’ long run without conceding.

    Tanner’s delivery deep from 40 yards was headed back across the goal by Rose. After that, a stramash ensued before the ball was eventually prodded over the line by Main.