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    Preview: Motherwell v St Johnstone

  • First team

    Lasley: We must be on our game

  • First team

    Dunne: Hope to rectify past defeats

  • First team

    Robertson in charge of Saints clash

  • First team

    St Johnstone ticket information

  • First team

    Highlights: Motherwell 1-1 Partick Thistle

  • First team

    Players react to Partick Thistle draw

  • First team

    Robinson: We got our just rewards

  • First team

    Motherwell 1 – 1 Partick Thistle

  • Women

    Ladies sign Cunningham and Russell

  • First team

    Preview: Motherwell v St Johnstone

    Motherwell are straight back in to Ladbrokes Premiership action as St Johnstone make the trip to Fir Park on Tuesday night. 

    And with a second home game in just four days, the Steelmen have a chance to extend their unbeaten home start to 2018 to four games.

    It’s been a while since Stephen Robinson’s side went up against Tommy Wright’s Saints outfit, with the 4-1 defeat at McDiarmid Park one of the few blots on the start of the 2017/18 campaign.

    Since that erratic encounter in Perth, when referee Craig Thomson flashed three red cards, Motherwell have gone on to a Betfred Cup final and have picked up some important victories in the league.

    And with three points separating the two teams, the chance to extend that to six points is a big opportunity for the Fir Parkers.

    Keith Lasley, who is confident that Motherwell can return to the sort of form that saw them storm to the Betfred Cup final, knows it will be a tough encounter.

    “In this division the margins are so fine,” admitted the assistant manager, “it can come down to a set-play or one lapse in concentration.

    [pullquote]We need to be on it at every minute of every game to make that crucial difference in those moments, starting with Tuesday’s game.[/pullquote]

    “I think that’s what we were doing at earlier parts of the season. We maybe just lost that slightly on the back of the cup final and in to the break, but we feel as if we’re back now.

    “The group as a whole are showing a real hunger and desire to get back to where we were and at the minute we’re looking good.”

    He added: “We certainly feel that we can be one of the teams challenging for the sixth position in such a tight league.”

    With some bad memories of the last encounter between the two sides, Charles Dunne is eager to bounce back with a big team performance on Tuesday night.

    The defender also has his own personal goals to aim for after being sent off against the Perthshire outfit back in August.

    [pullquote]“We didn’t get the rub of the green in some of the games during our bad run that we had towards the end of the year, so we just have to keep going and be positive.”[/pullquote]

    “The red cards changed the game the last time we played St Johnstone,” Dunne said, “so hopefully we can rectify our poor form against them and put in a good performance on Tuesday night.

    And the defender is confident ahead of Tuesday’s game, with spirits high around Fir Park. He said: “Everyone in the changing room is happy, the manager is happy and we just need to keep going. Everyone wrote us off at the beginning of the season so what we’re doing is good at the moment.”

    Motherwell v St Johnstone

    Tuesday 6th February 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
    • 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 Phil O’Donnell main stand. Cash gates are in operation.

    If you can’t make it along, 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.

  • First team

    Lasley: We must be on our game

    Keith Lasley is confident that Motherwell can return to the sort of form that saw them storm to the Betfred Cup final.

    The ‘Well assistant spoke to the broadcast press ahead of a second home fixture in three days.

    And the 38-year-old admitted that the winter break has been beneficial for everyone.

    “In terms of our energy we’re back to what we were a few months ago,” Lasley said, “so we feel we can have a good, strong end to the season.

    “In this division the margins are so fine,” he added, “it can come down to a set-play or one lapse in concentration. We need to be on it at every minute of every game to make that crucial difference in those moments.

    “I think that’s what we were doing at earlier parts of the season. We maybe just lost that slightly on the back of the cup final and in to the break, but we feel as if we’re back now. The group are showing a real hunger and desire to get back to where we were.”

  • First team

    Dunne: Hope to rectify past defeats

    Charles Dunne is confident of turning around a fairly poor record against St Johnstone ahead of Tuesday night’s league clash.

    The defender also has his own personal goals to aim for after being sent off against the Perthshire outfit back in August.

    “The red cards changed the game the last time we played St Johnstone,” Dunne said, “so hopefully we can rectify our poor form against them and put in a good performance on Tuesday night.

    “We didn’t get the rub of the green in some of the games during our bad run that we had towards the end of the year, so we just have to keep going and be positive.”

    And the defender is confident ahead of Tuesday’s game, with spirits high around Fir Park.

    He said: “Everyone in the changing room is happy, the manager is happy and we just need to keep going. Everyone wrote us off at the beginning of the season so what we’re doing is good at the moment.”

  • First team

    Robertson in charge of Saints clash

    Tuesday’s game against St Johnstone in the Ladbrokes Premiership will be officiated by Don Robertson. 

    The 31-year-old official oversees his third ‘Well fixture of the season, all of which have come in the space of two months.

    His first of the 2017/18 campaign was the 3-2 defeat at Firhill in December. A poor start to the match saw Partick Thistle take a three goal lead before Ryan Bowman and Craig Tanner reduced the deficit to one.

    Later that month, the Glaswegian official was in the middle when Dundee arrived at Fir Park and the Steelmen drew 1-1.

    In those two matches, Robertson has issued six yellow cards and flashed three at players in claret and amber.

    The referee will be assisted by David McGeachie and Ivan Stankovic.

  • First team

    St Johnstone ticket information

    It’s two games in quick succession for Motherwell as St Johnstone visit Fir Park on Tuesday night.

    After the weekend draw with Partick Thistle, Stephen Robinson’s men are looking to extend their undefeated run at home in 2018.

    Tickets start at £19 for adults, £15 for concessions and £9 for juveniles.

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    Motherwell v St Johnstone

    Tuesday 6th February 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
    • 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 Phil O’Donnell main stand. Cash gates are in operation.
  • First team

    Highlights: Motherwell 1-1 Partick Thistle

    Extended highlights from Fir Park as Nadir Çiftçi scores his first in claret and amber to earn ‘Well a point.

  • First team

    Players react to Partick Thistle draw

    Motherwell came from behind to take a point from their Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Partick Thistle at Fir Park.

    Nadir Ciftci scored his first goal for the club in the 1-1 draw and he spoke after the match, along with Allan Campbell and Carl McHugh.

     

  • First team

    Robinson: We got our just rewards

    Stephen Robinson believes his side got the point they deserved after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Partick Thistle.

    Speaking at full time, the Northern Irishman reflected on the encounter which extends the unbeaten home run to three matches.

    “I think it’s a point gained in the end and it was frustrating how we conceded the goal, it was really poor marking from the set play,” the Fir Park boss said.

    “We pride ourselves on being organised, people are designated to do jobs. But we’re a young job and it’s a young player that’s made a mistake.

    “But we’ll deal with that and the boys showed super character,” Robinson added, “we kept playing and we kept trying to penetrate and put balls in the box and we got our just rewards in the end.”

  • First team

    Motherwell 1 – 1 Partick Thistle

    Lewis Irons at Fir Park

    Motherwell maintained their unbeaten home start to 2018 with a 1-1 draw against Partick Thistle.

    But it required Nadir Çiftçi’s first goal in claret and amber for Stephen Robinson’s side to come from behind to grab a point.

    Kris Doolan’s free header put the visitors in front on an afternoon when ‘We’ll were denied an offside goal and keeper Tomas Cerny turned a Tom Aldred header off the line.

    Stephen Robinson named three changes to the side which lost narrowly to Hibs, recalling Chris Cadden and goalscorer Çiftçi to the starting line up whilst handing a debut to Stephen Hendrie.

    Çiftçi was unfortunate to be denied by the ankles of Cerny when he turned a delightful ball from Craig Tanner on target. And then down the other end, Ryan Edwards missed a glorious opportunity to head Partick in front from four yards.

    During a rather uneventful first half, Thistle perhaps escaped a red card when Abdul Osman went in high on Allan Campbell. Referee Nick Walsh flashed a yellow card.

    Robinson made an immediate change at half time to try and wrestle control of the match, introducing Richard Tait in place of Hendrie, who is still chasing full match fitness.

    Tom Aldred nearly turned a header beyond Cerny from close range, but a deflection off Çiftçi and a last gasp turn off the line denied ‘Well taking the lead.

    Instead, it was the visitors who went in front. Martin Woods sent a pin point free kick on to the head of Kris Doolan, who arrowed a header in to the top corner and beyond the stretch of Trevor Carson.

    The response was swift from the Steelmen though, who dominated the second half and eventually drew level.

    Çiftçi, bringing the ball under control in the box, let the ball bounce before lashing a terrific finish low past the keeper and in to the bottom corner.

    In the end, it was the clock that denied Robinson’s side grabbing all three points. However, the draw extends an unbeaten start to the year at Fir Park ahead of another home fixture on Tuesday night, when St Johnstone arrive in Lanarkshire.

  • Women

    Ladies sign Cunningham and Russell

    Motherwell Ladies have added two more to their squad for the 2018 season with the signings of Hayley Cunningham and Caitlin Russell.

    Cunningham, 28, has three Scotland caps and has been a prolific scorer in the top flight with Celtic, Hibernian and Rangers over the years.

    Midfielder Russell, 18, is a current Scotland Under 19s international and joins on loan from Hibs.

    The pair are the ninth and 10th signings for Eddie Wolecki Black’s team as they gear up for the new campaign.

    They join Kerry Montgomery, Emma Black, Stephanie Knox, Sammy Hare, Claire Johnstone, Ashley Nicolson, Kirsty McLaughlin and Suzanne Mulvey in moving to Motherwell.

    “We are delighted to have signed Hayley and Caitlin,” said manager Wolecki Black.

    “We are building a strong squad ahead of the new season and the two will bring competition to the squad. We are still hoping to get more in before the season starts.”