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    Players react to Hibs victory

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    Motherwell reserves defeat Hibernian

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    Loan watch: Trio in lower league action

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    Story of the Match from win at Dundee

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    Highlights from the win over Dundee

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    Players react to win over Dundee

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    Robinson hails terrific performance

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    Dundee 1 – 3 Motherwell

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    Need to Know: A look at the Dee

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    In Numbers: ‘Well ready for Dundee

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    Players react to Hibs victory

    Mark Gillespie, Alex Rodrgriguez Gorrin and goalscorer Davie Turnbull reflected on a well-earned 3-1 win over Hibernian in the Reserve League. 

    The victory means Motherwell remain undefeated this term, ahead of Thursday’s Irn-Bru cup clash.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Motherwell reserves defeat Hibernian

    Motherwell reserves defeat Hibernian

    Motherwell’s reserve side returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Hibernian on Monday.

    A double from David Turnbull and a well-worked goal by Adam Livingstone secured victory for an experienced second string at Forthbank, against a Hibs team who had won two from two in the league this season.

    Mark Gillespie, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Alex Rodriguez Gorrín and Liam Grimshaw all featured for Stephen Craigan’s side, as they looked to get minutes under their belts.

    But it was youngster Livingstone who opened the scoring in Stirling, in a first half in which the Steelmen were largely on top.

    Turnbull was at the heart of it though, turning cleverly past Emerson Hyndman and striking a terrific effort on goal, only to find an equally decent stop from Hibs keeper Maciej Dabrowski to deny him the opener. Fortunately though, it fell kindly for Livingstone who lashed home.

    Starting the second period with one change, Liam Brown being replaced by Broque Watson, the Steelmen carried on from where the left off.

    And it was so nearly 2-0 thanks to a wonderstrike from Barry Maguire. However, the holding midfielder’s rising effort from 25-yards was tipped over the bar by Dabrowski.

    But 20 minutes after the restart, Motherwell made it two. Some brilliant work in the middle of the park between Gorrin and Turnbull opened up the visitors from Edinburgh and the Spaniard nearly capped it off with a goal from the edge of the box.

    The Hibs keeper palmed it clear though, only to scythe down Newell who raced on to the loose ball, conceding a penalty. Up stepped Turnbull, who side-footed underneath the keeper from 12 yards.

    The visitors looked like they would be capable of causing problems though, particularly from short corners, and it was in such fashion that they pulled one back in the 70th minute.

    Working a neat one-two, Thomas Agyepong raced in to the box and thundered a brilliant finish high past Gillespie from a tight angle.

    The two goal advantage was restored for the hosts though, when Gorrin’s quick-thinking freekick teed up Turnbull who grabbed his second thanks to a deflection.

    The home side held firm for a 3-1 victory at Forthbank Stadium, to remain undefeated in the Reserve League.

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    Loan watch: Trio in lower league action

    Loan watch: Trio in lower league action

    For the second successive week, three of Motherwell’s four loan players were in weekend action.

    Ross MacLean’s Morton travelled to Firhill to take on Shea Gordon’s Partick Thistle in the Ladbrokes Championship.

    Although MacLean was named amongst the starters for ‘Ton, who lost their manager Ray McKinnon to Falkirk less than 24 hours before the match, Gordon missed out again through injury.

    Thistle won the match by 1-0, Chris Erskine’s goal inflicting the Greenock side’s first defeat of the league campaign, but a freak ‘ghost goal’ will no doubt overshadow the game.

    Thistle striker Kris Doolan’s fired a firm shot into the net, so much so, the ball came looping back out and into play.

    None of the match officials were able to spot the ball had clearly crossed the line, even hitting the side-netting, and a throw-in was the outcome.

    MacLean played the full 90 and was almost the architect of a late leveller, his fizzed cross almost putting the home defence in a spin, but ultimately the Jags held on for all three points.

    Jake Hastie was again named in Jim Goodwin’s starting team for Alloa’s home match against Dundee United.

    United took a 71st minute lead through Paul Watson, his third goal in two games, heading in Fraser Aird’s corner kick.

    However, Iain Flannigan’s perfect free kick ensured the Wasps took a point from the game. After previously hitting the crossbar, set-piece specialist Flannigan curled his next opportunity into the top-left corner from 25 yards.

    Finally, Neil McLaughin was again introduced from the bench as Stirling Albion won their first game of the season at Borough Briggs against Elgin.

    Cammy Thomson, Peter MacDonald and Jordan Allan had the Binos in a commanding first-half lead.

    McLaughlin was introduced on the 76th minute and almost opening his account for the season with a close-range header, only to be denied by a wonderful reaction save from Elgin stopper Kyle Gourlay.

  • First team

    Story of the Match from win at Dundee

    Both Motherwell and Dundee went into their weekend fixture seeking their first win of the Ladbrokes Premiership season.

    Thanks to Danny Johnson, Gaël Bigirimana and Allan Campbell, the Steelmen came out with the points. This is the Story of the Match.

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    Highlights from the win over Dundee

    Danny Johnson, Gael Bigirimana and Allan Campbell netted the goals that gave Motherwell their maiden league win of the 2018/19 season.

    The 3-1 win at Dens Park lifted the Steelmen up the table, with their usual gutsy performance backed up by stylish play.

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    Players react to win over Dundee

    Allan Campbell, Danny Johnson and Richard Tait speak after the 3-1 Ladbrokes Premiership win at Dundee.

    The Steelmen picked up their first league victory of the campaign with the victory at Dens Park, building on last week’s 3-3 draw with Rangers.

     

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    Robinson hails terrific performance

    Stephen Robinson believes his side showed more to their game than just physicality as they picked up a 3-1 win over Dundee.

    Goals from Danny Johnson, Gaël Bigirimana and Allan Campbell capped an impressive showing for the Steelmen.

    And a pleased manager reflected on his side’s first league win of the campaign.

    “It was a terrific performance,” he said. “We are a difficult team to play against but with some very, very good footballers. If I was a fan, I’d be proud of them.”

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    Dundee 1 – 3 Motherwell

    Dundee 1 – 3 Motherwell

    Motherwell notched their first league victory of the 2018/19 Ladbrokes Premiership campaign with a convincing 3-1 win over Dundee.

    Goals from Danny Johnson, Gaël Bigirimana and Allan Campbell capped an impressive claret and amber performance at Dens Park.

    It was an unchanged side which started proceedings against bottom of the table Dee, and despite a goalless first half it was an entertaining encounter.

    And it was one largely dominated by the Fir Park side, going close through Andy Rose and Curtis Main but failing to find the breakthrough in the opening 45.

    In form Johnson made no mistake though, when the hard work of substitute Elliott Frear teed up the forward to finish neatly beyond Jack Hamilton just 10 minutes after the restart.

    Another player hot in form doubled the deficit, and it was the cleverness of Bigirimana which looked to have put the game to bed in the 68th minute.

    Conceding a freekick on the edge of their box, Dundee watched on helplessly as the Burundi midfielder reversed his freekick cleverly in to the bottom left corner.

    That sparked a revival from the hosts though, who pulled one back from a corner just three minutes later. Benjamin Kallman rose highest to nod last Trevor Carson, at the start of a period of Dundee attacks.

    But they were met with a resolute defence, and a scintillating Carson between the sticks, who denied the hosts with two instinctive saves to hold on to the scoreline.

    And in brilliant fashion, Motherwell broke up the park and scored a third, with another well worked freekick falling for young midfielder Campbell to lash home and wrap up all three points.

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    Need to Know: A look at the Dee

    Need to Know: A look at the Dee

    After the dramatics of last weekend’s draw with Rangers, the Steelmen head for Dens Park on Saturday.

    Despite Neil McCann’s side failing to notch a point on the board yet this season, ‘Well face a tricky encounter against Dundee.

    Basement blues

    With Dundee sitting bottom of the table, just one point separates the hosts from Stephen Robinson’s side in 11th.

    And it will make for an extremely tricky encounter for the Fir Park side, who will face a side determined to get up and running on their own patch.

    Bolstered by experience

    Former Livingston boss Kenny Miller signed a two-year deal with the Dens Park side this summer, after a brief spell as player-manager at Livingston.

    The 38-year-old bolsters the striking options for Neil McCann, and certainly brings bags of experience.

    Tight-knit defence

    In their eight games this season, Dundee have kept three clean sheets and look to have tightened up defensively.

    Even in the games they’ve lost this term, it’s been by narrow margins, including two 1-0 defeats against Aberdeen and St Johnstone.

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    In Numbers: ‘Well ready for Dundee

    In Numbers: ‘Well ready for Dundee

    Motherwell take on Dundee on Saturday, as the Steelmen go looking for their first Ladbrokes Premiership victory of the season.

    Here’s the game in numbers.

    One

    The number of points accumulated by both sides so far in the league.

    Dundee have lost their opening three matches, going down to Aberdeen, St Mirren and St Johnstone. The Steelmen meanwhile have lost to Hibernian and Hamilton, before their 3-3 draw with Rangers last weekend.

    Three

    Both teams may find themselves further down the table but their defensive records are still decent.

    From eight games this season, both have kept three clean sheets. All of Dundee’s came in the Betfred Cup group stage, while Motherwell got two in the group stage and one in the second round at Livingston.

    Seven

    The goals have been shared about by Motherwell so far in 2018/19, with seven different scorers netting.

    Elliott Frear, Richard Tait, Curtis Main, Peter Hartley, Conor Sammon, Danny Johnson and Carl McHugh have all got on the scoresheet across the eight competitive games so far.

    11

    The number of clubs new striker Kenny Miller has accumulated in his career, having joined Dundee in midweek.

    The 38-year-old has already faced the ‘Well this campaign when at Livingston but failed to hit the net in a 1-0 victory for the Steelmen.