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    Players react to win over Clyde

  • First team

    Motherwell top group after Clyde win

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    Buy your Hibernian tickets online now

  • First team

    Richard Tait: Stranraer was a wake-up call

  • First team

    Previewing Clyde v Motherwell

  • First team

    Need to know: A look at Clyde

  • First team

    Manager urges ‘intensity and quality’ at Clyde

  • Women

    Eddie Wolecki Black to leave for Celtic

  • First team

    Charles Dunne sidelined with groin injury

  • First team

    Scene setter: ‘Well travel to Clyde

  • First team

    Players react to win over Clyde

    Conor Sammon, Danny Johnson and Elliott Frear spoke after the comeback 3-1 win over Clyde.

    The result guaranteed Motherwell’s top spot finish in their Betfred Cup group, and a place in Sunday’s draw for the knockout stages.

  • First team

    Motherwell top group after Clyde win

    Motherwell top group after Clyde win

    Motherwell left it late to secure the win they needed to take the top spot in group G and progress to the last 16 of the Betfred cup.

    Three goals in the final 15 minutes from strikers Curtis Main, Danny Johnson and Conor Sammon saw off a plucky Clyde side which had looked determined to hold onto David Goodwillie’s first half opener.

    In the knowledge that nothing less than three points would guarantee their progress from the group stages, Motherwell had only injured pair Charles Dunne and Ryan Bowman missing from what might be considered their strongest line-up.

    That meant Peter Hartley returned to partner Carl McHugh  at the centre of defence while at the other end Main was back to pair up with mid-week goal hero Sammon.

    The pressure on the Clyde goal was immediate and a couple of efforts from Main and Andy Rose sailed over Kieran Hughes’ crossbar.

    The Bully Wee ‘keeper made his first save when he comfortably gathered Main’s tame effort from 20 yards. Hughes’ next stop was much more impressive diving full length to palm Elliot Frear’s left foot drive, at the end of a mazy run, round his right hand post.

    In a collision with his own ‘keeper, McHugh came off second best and having failed to recover after onfield treatment, was replaced by Liam Donnelly.

    Another tempting cross from Frear found Main six yards out but he sent his header narrowly wide of goal.

    At the other end, Carson was virtually a spectator for the first half hour until he picked the ball out of his net after 31 minutes.

    David Goodwillie looked offside as he chased a long ball into the ‘Well box, closely marked by Hartley. As the former Scotland striker checked back though, the ‘Well captain slid and won the ball, only for it to sit up kindly for the forward who kept his composure and side-footed beyond Carson in to the far corner.

    That stunned the ‘Well players who failed to muster a response for the remainder of the first half.

    When the game resumed, Alex Rodriguez Gorrin had replaced Alan Campbell. The Spaniard’s first action came within five minutes but he could only rattle a 25 yard free kick into the defensive wall.

    The tempo of Motherwell’s game was lifted, though, with crosses from Frear and Cadden whizzing across the home box with no takers.

    On the hour Stephen Robinson decided to go with three up front bringing on Johnson for Tait.

    As Clyde bravely defended their lead and Motherwell needing a break in front of goal, it came after 76 minutes. Gorrin, who enjoyed an influential 45 minutes, whipped in a corner which Rose headed towards goal. And although the ‘keeper got a touch to turn the ball on to the bar, the ball rebounded down for Main to nod it over the line.

    The ‘Well players sensed a killer second goal and within two minutes they were in front. Cadden burst from the middle of the park before feeding the ball out to Frear. His cross found Johnson beyond the six yard box who lashed his finish high into the net to put Steelmen ahead.

    Danny Lennon’s side kept chasing an equaliser but in the final minute another sweeping move sent Frear heading for the goal line. This time his cross into the centre found Sammon who cushioned his header directing the ball in off the post to ease any doubts that ’Well would take the three points they needed.

  • Club

    Buy your Hibernian tickets online now

    Buy your Hibernian tickets online now

    Tickets are now on sale for our Ladbrokes Premiership opener with Hibernian.

    The match on Sunday, 5 August will kick off at 3pm, as the Steelmen return to top flight action.

    The game is currently all-ticket for travelling Motherwell supporters. You can buy yours online right now through our online ticketing platform.

    Adult tickets are priced at £23. Those aged over 65, between 12 and 17 or full-time students can get in for £14, while it costs £12 for children aged 11 and under.

     

  • First team

    Richard Tait: Stranraer was a wake-up call

    Richard Tait says the team know exactly what’s expected of them as they play for top spot at Clyde.

    After a draw at Stranraer in the second group match, Motherwell must beat the Bully Wee to secure first place and guaranteed qualification for the knockout stage of the Betfred Cup.

  • First team

    Previewing Clyde v Motherwell

    Previewing Clyde v Motherwell

    It’s a must-win for Motherwell as they make the short trip to Cumbernauld to face Clyde on Saturday.

    Here’s all the important information you need if you’re heading to the final Betfred Cup group stage match.

    You can pay at the gate

    The same pricing applies at Broadwood as for all of our games in the competition so far. At the gate you can pay £12 for adults and £6 for concessions to get in.

    Motherwell fans should enter via turnstiles A, B and C in the main stand.

    The permutations

    A win for Motherwell will guarantee we progress to the knockout stages of the Betfred Cup. The draw for the last 16 takes place on Sunday.

    A draw – and a bonus point win on penalties – would put the Steelmen on nine points but behind Queen of the South on goals scored unless the game finishes 5-5 or any higher score draw.

    In the event of Motherwell finishing on eight or nine points and coming second in the group, only four of the eight runners-up progress. It would then come down to results in other groups.

    Team news

    Charles Dunne has joined Craig Tanner on the sidelines long term with a groin injury. Ryan Bowman is also likely to miss out through injury.

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  • First team

    Need to know: A look at Clyde

    Need to know: A look at Clyde

    The final game of Group G pits Motherwell against Clyde in the Betfred Cup on Saturday. 

    Three points would guarantee top spot in the table for the Steelmen, who face the Bully Wee for the first time since 2011.

    Broadwood battle

    A trip to Broadwood Stadium will not be an easy task for Stephen Robinson’s team, who face a Clyde side in strong form at home.

    Danny Lennon’s side have lost just once in their last eight games on their own patch, picking up six wins and a draw in the process.

    The League Two side’s strong form stretches back to the start of the year, with just two home defeats inflicted on Clyde in 2018.

    Top-flight experience

    The League Two side have a number of key personnel, but in John Rankin and David Goodwillie, they have two particularly experienced players in their ranks.

    Club captain Rankin, 35, made more than 100 appearances for Hibernian and Dundee United, and signed in the summer from fellow Group G side Queen of the South.

    Goodwillie, 29, also played for Dundee United in the top flight and spent long spells of his career in England, playing for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool.

    Building momentum

    Not only do the Bully Wee have an impressive home record to defend, but the prospect of a strong group stage in the Betfred Cup could transition in to strong start in League Two.

    Three points would mean Danny Lennon’s side would finish level on points with ‘Well, with goal difference deciding who would finish runner-up to Queens.

    However, three points for ‘Well would leave them as winners of the group and could see Clyde finish fourth in the table, meaning Saturday’s opponents have a lot to play for.

  • First team

    Manager urges ‘intensity and quality’ at Clyde

    Stephen Robinson says Motherwell must show the performance levels that gave them wins over Edinburgh City and Queen of the South, as they prepare to face Clyde.

    The Steelmen must win at Broadwood to finish top of their Betfred Cup group and qualify for the knockout stages, but the manager has warned against the sort of form that saw the team draw at Stranraer.

  • Women

    Eddie Wolecki Black to leave for Celtic

    Eddie Wolecki Black to leave for Celtic

    Eddie Wolecki Black, manager of the Motherwell women’s team, is to leave in mid-August to become the new head coach at Celtic’s women’s team.

    The 53-year-old was appointed at Fir Park in late 2017 and has led the team to a 13-point lead to the second tier of the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

    Recruiting a wealth of new players in the summer, Motherwell have thrived under his stewardship and currently have a +47 goal difference on their push to reach the top flight.

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Motherwell,” he said. “I had a very difficult decision to make and I leave with a heavy heart, but this is a big opportunity.

    “I’m staying with the team with a view to staying with them until the title is won. They are in a very good position and I want to see it through.

    “We did a lot of recruitment in the summer and there’s so much talent in the squad. They’ve played their way into title contention through hard work and ability, and they are a fantastic group.

    “I want to thank everyone involved at Motherwell. They’ve been so supportive and I’ve really enjoyed my time.”

    Alan Burrows, chief executive at Motherwell FC, added: “We are sorry to see Eddie go. He has transformed our women’s team since joining late last year and has put them on course for promotion to the top flight.

    “He has put foundations in place now for his successor to build on and we are grateful for the work he has put in. We wish him well in his new position when the time comes.”

    Everyone at Motherwell wishes Eddie well for his new position and are looking forward to continuing to work with him until the SWPL2 title is decided.

     

  • First team

    Charles Dunne sidelined with groin injury

    Charles Dunne sidelined with groin injury

    Charles Dunne is expected to be out for a minimum of three months with a groin injury.

    The defender suffered the injury when making a clearance during our Betfred Cup match at Stranraer last Saturday.

    Following scans earlier this week, Dunne will likely require an operation, ruling him out for a significant period of time.

    “It’s a blow to lose Charles,” manager Stephen Robinson said of the news. “He is a key part of our defence and showed last season how important he is to the team.

    “We wish him a quick and full recovery. The onus now is on the other defenders in the squad to step up and nail down a first team place.”

  • First team

    Scene setter: ‘Well travel to Clyde

    Scene setter: ‘Well travel to Clyde

    Motherwell travel to take on Clyde in the final fixture of Group G in the Betfred Cup on Saturday. 

    Nothing less than three points will do in the bid to top the table in the competition in which the Steelmen were runners-up last term.

    Winning momentum

    Following the disappointments of the 1-1 draw and penalty shootout defeat against Stranraer, ‘Well returned to strong form against Championship side Queen of the South.

    A Conor Sammon double led the Fir Parkers to a 2-0 victory over Gary Naysmith’s men, and maintained the unbeaten start to the season for Stephen Robinson’s side.

    With a trip to Broadwood Stadium up next, Motherwell will be searching to carry winning momentum in to the crucuial fixture against the Bully Wee.

    Must-win cup clash

    The only guaranteed way to progress to the knockout stages is by finishing top of Group G.

    Queens currently occupy that spot, having played a game more, but three points would put ‘Well one ahead of the Doonhamers and guarantee first in the table.

    A draw would leave Robinson’s men in second spot, and even a bonus point through penalties wouldn’t guarantee progression, with only the four best second-placed sides making it through to the last-16.

    Injuries to deal with

    Ryan Bowman was forced off the field of play after being on the receiving end of a horror tackle against Queens on Tuesday,  and the striker is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Cumbernauld.

    Charles Dunne, who picked up an innocuous injury against Stranraer, is one of the biggest losses for Stephen Robinson, with the defender now facing a spell on the sidelines.

    Craig Tanner, who is stepping up his recovery, is still not due back till later this year, but Curtis Main looks set to be back from a slight knock and fully fit for the final game of the group.