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  • First team

    St Mirren 0 – 2 Motherwell

  • First team

    Curtis Main looks ahead to St Mirren trip

  • First team

    In Numbers: Well take on Saints

  • First team

    Previewing St Mirren v Motherwell

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan reacts to Morton win

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in deserved win over Morton

  • First team

    Get your tickets for St Mirren

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Four in action

  • Club

    Keeping North Lanarkshire’s children safe

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in action on Monday

  • First team

    St Mirren 0 – 2 Motherwell

    St Mirren 0 – 2 Motherwell

    Motherwell dealt with the pressure of a trip to Paisley to ease themselves to a much-needed victory over St Mirren.

    A goal in each half from David Turnbull and Chris Cadden rewarded the Steelmen for maintaining the upper hand throughout a game where they always looked like taking full points.

    In this Halloween fixture, there was no disguising the importance of the game, in the first of two matches inside four days which Stephen Robinson described as huge. The Fir Park players, however, responded to their manager and showed great determination as they controlled the entire 90 minutes.

    The ‘Well boss made four changes to his side, with Carl McHugh and Richard Tait restored to the starting line-up and Liam Grimshaw and Gaël Bigirimana joining them.

    With the latter in charge of set pieces, the first chance came within a minute when Bigirmana’s corner was headed over the crossbar by McHugh.

    There was no lack of confidence in ‘Well’s build up play ten minutes in, but the final ball across goal posed little threat to former ‘Well ‘keeper Craig Samson.

    Indeed, the first save came at the other end after 24 minutes, when a foul on Tait went unpunished allowing Adam Hammill a shot at goal but straight into Trevor Carson’s arms.

    However, five minutes later, Motherwell’s first strike on goal was more productive. Bigirimana kept possession on the touchline before rolling the ball inside to David Turnbull.

    With nobody closing him down he took a few strides towards the penalty area before driving a low hard shot which skidded under Samson for the 19-year-old’s first senior goal.

    ‘Well should have been two up in the 34th minute when Cadden’s cross found Main unmarked eight yards from goal, but he powered his header straight at Samson.

    Just before half time, Ryan Bowman outjumped the Saint’s ‘keeper to force the ball over the goal line, but the assistant’s flag indicated that the striker was offside.

    Two minutes after the break the Fir Parkers had the ball in the net again and this time it counted.

    Cadden found Main at the edge of the box who held the ball up long enough to return the pass, leaving the Scotland Under 21 man free to sweep a lovely left-footed shot beyond Samson to make it 2-0.

    The home side struggled to find a foothold in the match as ‘Well pressed to extend their advantage and boost their own confidence ahead of Dundee’s visit on Saturday.

    With 20 minutes remaining, Robinson decided to bolster the centre of the park, calling on the more defensive-minded Alan Campbell to replace Bigirimana.

    Less than four minutes later, Saints task of making a comeback were made more difficult when Ryan Flynn was shown a straight red card after a high challenge on Tait.

    With an extra man ‘Well, made the most of possession and should have added to their lead. Nine minutes from the end Cadden burst towards the Saints box before finding McHugh, but he couldn’t quite cap a fine performance in the middle of the park with his left footed effort, which flashed just outside the post.

    Danny Johnson replaced Main just before Cadden powered into the box again and testing Samson with a low drive.

    In the closing minutes, all the play was around the home penalty area and a neat exchange between Cadden and Turnbull set up Johnson but, from the corner of the box, his curled shot was easily taken by the Saints stopper.

    Barry McGuire made it four academy graduates on the pitch on a cold, wet night in the Ladbrokes Premiership, appearing for a few minutes as ‘Well comfortably remained in control for all three points and a confidence boosting win ahead of Saturday.

  • First team

    Curtis Main looks ahead to St Mirren trip

    Curtis Main has his sights set on an upturn in form as Motherwell prepare for a trip to take on St Mirren.

    Dundee then follow on Saturday, as the club head in to an important couple of games.

    “The results haven’t gone our way and we need to improve in certain areas,” he said. “Everyone is confident we can turn it around and climb the league.”

  • First team

    In Numbers: Well take on Saints

    In Numbers: Well take on Saints

    After a small break over the weekend, Motherwell return to Premiership action on Wednesday night for a trip to take on St Mirren.

    The Steelmen and the Saints are separated by a single point in the league table, only adding to the importance of three points for both sides.

    Here, we look at the fixture in numbers.

    One

    The total number of points separating ‘Well and Saints in the league table.

    Three points for either side could see them move to ninth, depending on other results.

    Wednesday night’s game has added importance considering the Steelmen take on Dundee on Saturday, before the Buddies face the Dee the following weekend.

    10

    The number of games since St Mirren last won a competitive match.

    Both teams heading in to the game are in difficult spells, with Stephen Robinson’s men failing to record a victory in their last six games.

    1,264

    The total number of days since the two sides last met, in a clash in Paisley back in May 2015.

    It was the final game between Motherwell and St Mirren in the 2014/15 campaign, with the hosts coming out on top, winning 2-1.

    It wasn’t enough to save them from the drop however, in a season where the Steelmen won three of the four fixtures against the Buddies.

  • First team

    Previewing St Mirren v Motherwell

    Previewing St Mirren v Motherwell

    Motherwell are back in Ladbrokes Premiership action on Wednesday, with a trip to Paisley to take on St Mirren.

    Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match. Kick off is at 7.45pm.

    Setting the scene

    The first meeting of the 2018/19 season is also the first encounter between the two clubs since the 2014/15 season.

    Motherwell won three out of four matches that campaign, winning home and away 1-0 before a 5-0 victory at Fir Park.

    After the split, St Mirren took a 2-1 win in the last fixture between the two.

    The form guide

    Wednesday’s hosts have drawn one and lost nine of their last 10 matches. Their draw came in manager Oran Kearney’s first game in charge against Celtic, before a run of five straight defeats.

    The Steelmen have drawn one and lost four of their last five league games, with the point coming in a home draw with Livingston.

    The man in the middle

    Kevin Clancy takes charge of his first Motherwell match of the season as he takes up the whistle at St Mirren Park.

    The referee has officiated 13 matches in the 2018/19 season, including Europa League matches at Spartak Trnava and Sevilla. He averages 4.15 yellow cards per game and 0.38 reds.

    His last match involving Motherwell was the Scottish Cup final with Celtic in May.

    Get your tickets

    You can buy your tickets online now and pick them up at Fir Park before you travel until 5pm on Wednesday, or buy from the window at the away end of the ground in Paisley between 6.30pm and 7.45pm.

    Adult tickets are £22, while kids aged 12 and under go for £6. Students, the unemployed, under 18s and over 65s can get in for £12.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan reacts to Morton win

    Stephen Craigan admitted his side were not at their best after defeating Morton 1-0 in the Reserve League.

    Broque Watson’s second half goal secured yet another three points for the youngsters, who have now won four games on the bounce.

    Despite the result, the reserves boss wants more from his side. He said: “It was a bit stuttered and we didn’t really get any flow in to the game, but we always felt in control.”

     

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in deserved win over Morton

    Reserves in deserved win over Morton

    Motherwell’s reserve side picked up a deserved league win on Monday, taking all three points in a 1-0 victory at home to Greenock Morton.

    Broque Watson’s goal early in the second half was decisive in a match the young Steelmen controlled for the most part.

    Stephen Craigan made six changes to the side which defeated Dunfermline Athletic in their last outing.

    Mark Gillespie, Christian Mbulu, George Newell, Conor Sammon, Danny Johnson and Akeal Rehman all dropped out. PJ Morrison, Jason Krones, Jamie Semple, Dean Cornelius, James Scott and Jake Hastie came into the side.

    For all their possession, chances in the first half were at a premium. Watson troubled the ‘Ton keeper briefly with a low shot he had to turn around the post, while Semple had a shout for a penalty turned down.

    The breakthrough would come just after the interval as the pair combined.

    Semple’s angled run from the middle took him to the left flank. Hitting the byline, his low cross back across goal was perfect for Watson to tap in from close range.

    A succession of set plays gave the youngsters a number of half chances, while substitute Alfredo Agyeman saw an effort agonizingly fall wide of the post from a deflection, after showing great pace and power to burst through.

    The Steelmen have now won three and drawn one of their opening five Reserve League matches, with their sole defeat coming at Rangers.

  • First team

    Get your tickets for St Mirren

    Get your tickets for St Mirren

    Motherwell return to Ladbrokes Premiership action with a trip to face St Mirren on Wednesday, 31 October.

    You can buy your tickets online now and pick them up at Fir Park before you travel, or buy from the ticket window at the away end of the ground in Paisley.

    Adult tickets are £22, while kids aged 12 and under go for £6. Students, the unemployed, under 18s and over 65s can get in for £12.

    Tickets purchased online can be collected from Fir Park up until 5pm on Wednesday.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Four in action

    Loan Watch: Four in action

    Four Motherwell youngsters were in action at the weekend on loan in the Ladbrokes Championship and League Two.

    Jake Hastie got 25 minutes as Alloa Athletic held Inverness Caledonian Thistle to a goalless draw at home.

    The result keeps the Wasps within touching distance at the bottom end of the table, sitting in the play-off position but just a point behind Partick Thistle and three behind Dunfermline Athletic.

    Also in the Championship, Ross MacLean played an hour as Morton lost 5-0 at league leaders Ross County.

    In League Two, Neil McLaughlin played 75 minutes for Stirling Albion as they lost 1-0 at home to league leaders Edinburgh City.

    The youngster lined up alongside former ‘Well striker Dylan Mackin, who was making his debut for the Binos after his move from Falkirk.

    PJ Morrison was also in action for Albion Rovers, as they lost 3-0 at home to Queen’s Park.

  • Club

    Keeping North Lanarkshire’s children safe

    Keeping North Lanarkshire’s children safe

    Players and staff at Motherwell Football Club’s youth academy, together with the North Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee, are working together to raise awareness about what we can all do to help keep North Lanarkshire’s children and young people safe.

    We can all play our part by helping to make our communities safe nurturing places for all children to grow up in. Listening to what children say to us and taking any worries they have seriously helps children feel valued and respected, and encourages them to speak up if they don’t feel safe.

    The long-established partnership sees the youth academy continue to back the child protection message by displaying the Child Protection Committee logo on their tops throughout the season.

    The club will also display prominent child protection messages around Fir Park, as well as information on how to report concerns. Motherwell will also promote important child protection messages through their social media and digital channels.

    “We are delighted to continue our partnership between our academy and the Child Protection Committee,” Suzanne Reid, head of commercial and marketing at Motherwell FC, said.

    “Our particular focus this year will be on keeping children safe online, especially in the area of social media.

    “Our first team and academy players and coaches will work to spread the message of internet safety across our local area.”

    Marian Martin, chair of the North Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee, added: ”Protecting our children from abuse, neglect and exploitation, whether online or in our communities, is everyone’s responsibility.

    “We want to make sure that everyone understands what to look out for and is confident that they can talk to someone who can help, if they are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person.

    “Working with the academy at Motherwell Football Club, we can extend the reach of our message amongst those who might not otherwise hear it.”

    If you are worried about something that is happening to your child or a child you know, please speak out.

    You can contact a child’s health visitor or teacher, or contact the locality social work office or Police Scotland. All information shared is treated seriously and the first priority will always be to make sure the child is safe.

    For more information go to northlan.gov.uk/childprotection.

    Contacts

    Childline – 0800 1111 (free 24 hour service), childline.org.uk

    Parentline – 08000 28 22 33 (free to call 9am-9pm Mon – Fri and 9am-12pm Sat – Sun), children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland

    CELCIS Protecting Children – celcis.org/our-work/protecting-children

    Think u Know, an education programme for children, young people parents and workers – thinkuknow.co.uk

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in action on Monday

    Reserves in action on Monday

    Motherwell’s reserves side resume league action on Monday, as they host Greenock Morton.

    Stephen Craigan’s side welcome the Ton to Forthbank Stadium in Stirling in the SPFL Reserve League. Kick off is at 2pm.

    Entry to the game is free. The two sides face each other for the first time in November, with the Steelmen making the trip to Cappielow later in the month on SPFL Reserve League Cup duty.

    Both sides are currently level on points in the table after four games, having both won two and drawn one. Morton sit ahead in fifth place with a superior goal difference.