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    Need to Know: A look at Hearts

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    Previewing Hearts v Motherwell

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    Manager looks ahead to Hearts

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    Story of the Match from Celtic draw

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    In Numbers: Heading to face Hearts

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    Get your tickets for Hearts

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    Highlights as ‘Well draw with Celtic

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    Players speak after draw with Celtic

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    Manager proud with point

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    Motherwell take brilliant point against Celtic

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    Need to Know: A look at Hearts

    Need to Know: A look at Hearts

    Motherwell travel to the capital on Saturday to face Hearts in the Ladbrokes Premiership. 

    After an impressive performance against Celtic on Wednesday night, the Steelmen take on the Jambos looking to find some domestic consistency.

    Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s opponents.

    Momentum swing

    Craig Levein’s side enjoyed a stunning start to the Premiership campaign, remaining undefeated until suffering a 3-1 loss against Rangers at Ibrox.

    Since that day in October, the side from the capital have lost five games, four consecutively and now find themselves fourth in the table.

    Fitness boost

    Much of the downturn in form at Hearts can be put down to crucial players picking up injuries.

    Christophe Berra is back to fitness, but the Jambo’s are still without Steven Naismith, John Souttar, Jimmy Dunne and Uche Ikpeazu.

    The four of them were instrumental to the club’s early season form and understandably they have suffered without them.

    Home form

    Craig Levein’s men have a terrific record on their home turf this term, going the first eight games at Tynecastle without suffering defeat.

    However, since then they haven’t won in their last three, but faced some tricky opposition in those matches.

    First up was Hibs, who they drew 0-0 with, before losing against Kilmarnock and Rangers.

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    Previewing Hearts v Motherwell

    Previewing Hearts v Motherwell

    Motherwell and Hearts meet for the third time in 2018/19 on Saturday, as the Steelmen make the trip to Gorgie.

    Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

    Head to head

    Motherwell have won three of their last six games, defeating Aberdeen, Dundee and St Mirren, drawing with Celtic and losing to Livingston and Rangers.

    Hearts have lost five and drawn two of their last seven fixtures, with their last win coming at Dundee on 23 October.

    Team news

    Charles Dunne and Peter Hartley will have fitness tests. Liam Donnelly is likely to miss out. Craig Tanner, Trevor Carson and Chris Cadden remain on the sidelines.

    Hearts are without Uche Ikpeazu, John Souttar, Jimmy Dunne and Steven Naismith, while Jamie Brandon is a doubt.

    Get your tickets now

    Tickets are available online now or you can buy from the Fir Park ticket office. The ticket office is open from 10am until 1pm on Saturday.

    Please note there will be no cash turnstiles at Tynecastle on the day. 

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    Adult£28£20
    Over 65s and full-time students£20£15
    Under 18£16£12
    Under 16£8£8
    Under 13£5£5

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

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    Manager looks ahead to Hearts

    Stephen Robinson says Motherwell have to first and foremost be patient and disciplined to get a result at Tynecastle.

    The Steelmen travel to face Hearts on Saturday and the manager says that with the fundamentals done right, the team can they try and find the moment of quality required.

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    Story of the Match from Celtic draw

    Champions Celtic came to town with their seventh straight trophy in the bag. But Motherwell showed their steel to stand up to the challenge.

    This is the Story of the Match.

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    In Numbers: Heading to face Hearts

    In Numbers: Heading to face Hearts

    It’s a quick turnaround for Motherwell this week, as they travel to face Hearts on Saturday, straight off the back of a 1-1 home draw with Celtic.

    Here’s the game previewed in numbers.

    Three

    This will be the third meeting between the two sides in the 2018/19 campaign.

    Hearts have had the upper hand on both occasions, but both have been close affairs. A 1-0 win for Hearts in the league at Fir Park was mildly controversial, with the goal coming following a robust tackle which left Trevor Carson out of action out of his box.

    A meeting in the Betfred Cup quarter-final followed with Hearts running out 4-2 winners, despite Motherwell taking the lead and then pegging the game back at 2-2.

    12

    Twelve points separate the two sides in the Ladbrokes Premiership table after 15 games for Motherwell, and 16 for Hearts.

    High flyers at the start of the season, Saturday’s hosts have had an indifferent run of form and haven’t won in their last seven games, losing five and drawing two.

    Motherwell meanwhile have won three of their last six, beating Aberdeen, Dundee and St Mirren, drawing with Celtic and losing to Livingston and Rangers.

    82

    The number of league goals racked up in matches involving the two teams so far in the 2018/19 Ladbrokes Premierships season.

    Hearts have scored 22 and conceded 19, while Motherwell have scored 16 and let in 25.

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    Get your tickets for Hearts

    Get your tickets for Hearts

    Motherwell are straight back into action on Saturday, as they travel to face Hearts in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Fresh from taking a point from champions Celtic on Wednesday night, Stephen Robinson’s men return to Tynecastle, the scene of a pulsating Betfred Cup quarter-final earlier this season.

    Tickets are available online now or you can buy from the Fir Park ticket office before 4pm on Friday, and between 10am and 1pm on Saturday.

    Please note there will be no cash turnstiles on the day. Pre-purchase is required.

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    Adult£28£20
    Over 65s and full-time students£20£15
    Under 18£16£12
    Under 16£8£8
    Under 13£5£5

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

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    Highlights as ‘Well draw with Celtic

    Danny Johnson bagged a late equaliser as Motherwell battled to a point against champions Celtic.

    Mark Gillespie’s penalty save in the first half, after Ryan Christie’s opener, gave the hosts the platform to make it three home games unbeaten against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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    Players speak after draw with Celtic

    Mark Gillespie, Danny Johnson and Carl McHugh reflected on a terrific performance under the Fir Park floodlights against Celtic. 

    A dramatic late Johnson goal sealed a point against Brendan Rodgers side as the Steelmen bounced back following Saturday’s defeat to Livingston.

    Gillespie said: “We showed loads of spirit, loads of fight, and that’s what this club is all about.”

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    Manager proud with point

    Stephen Robinson reflects on an impressive performance against Celtic as his side bounced back from Saturday’s defeat.
    The ‘Well boss believed his side were deserving of a point against Brendan Rodgers in-form side.
    Robinson said: “We were brave. We went and pressed Celtic, forced some errors and deserved a point in the end.”
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    Motherwell take brilliant point against Celtic

    Motherwell take brilliant point against Celtic

    A stunning late equaliser from on-form Danny Johnson, earned ‘Well a share of the points –and a third consecutive home draw with Celtic.

    After a most unfortunate opening 13 minutes, when ‘Well lost two defenders and the opening goal to Ryan Christie, the Steelmen recovered to produce a gutsy second half performance.

    But just when it seemed that their efforts would go unrewarded Danny Johnson produced a terrific equaliser three minutes from time, and have the ‘Well fans on their feet until the final whistle.

    However, the turning point came five minutes from the interval when Mark Gillespie’s wonderful save denied Leigh Griffiths a second and decisive goal.

    Motherwell took heart from that and having created the majority of the chances in the second half were well worth a share of the points.

    Peter Hartley and Carl McHugh returned from suspension and with Connor Sammon partnering Danny Johnson up front, the Fir Park line-up added some steel through the spine of the side.

    Liam Donnelly returned after a six week injury to fill the right back berth in a solid looking back four.

    But it was at the other end, in ‘Well’s first attack that Donnelly combined with McHugh and his tempting cross into the six yard area was headed clear by the towering Filip Benkovic.

    Sadly, Hartley’s involvement was curtailed after only four minutes, a knee injury forcing him off, with McHugh fallling back and Andy Rose coming on to take a midfield role.

    A few minutes later Mark Gillespie made his first save comfortably catching Callum McGregor’s 20 yard drive.

    With only 12 minutes played Stephen Robinson game plan was throw into disarray when Donnelly limped off. However, before Adam Livingstone could come on to make his senior debut at left back, the home side were a goal behind.

    It was a double blow for the home side as Christie galloped into the space vacated by Donnelly before squeezing the ball beyond Gillespie and inside the ‘keeper’s far post.

    Motherwell almost had the perfect response when Sammon headed for the visitor’s end before cutting the ball back to Alan Campbell. He then laid the ball into the path of David Turnbull at the edge of the box but his well driven shot flew over Craig Gordon’s bar.

    For the remainder of the half the Parkhead men held the bulk of possession but never troubled the home goal – although Benkovic forced the ball into the net only to have his counter disallowed.

    Other than that Gillespie was untroubled until five minutes from half-time. And even then Celtic’s effort from the penalty spot was self-inflicted. There was little danger when Rose clattered Christie on the byeline but referee Kevin Clancy had little sympathy as he pointed to the spot.

    It seemed certain that ‘Well would fall two behind as the reliable Griffiths stepped up to take the kick. However, Gillespie pulled off a fabulous double save, diving low to his left to block the initial shot and then recovering to punch the ball away as the Scotland striker raced onto the rebound.

    The half-time break appeared to steady the Fir Park men after their early upsets as they pushed the game towards the Celtic goal from the restart.

    Within three minutes Campbell worked a one –two with Sammon before his shot from 20 yards forced Gordon into his first real save.

    The Scotland under 21 midfielder then had another effort from the centre of the box deflected behind before a strong crossfield run from Turnbull ended with a shot wide of target.

    After 66 minutes Johnson’s well meant header drifted over Gordon and the bar but the ‘Well fans sensed that an equaliser might be on the cards. Five minutes later, and after an exhausting hour on his debut, Livingstone was replaced by Curtis Main as ‘Well contested the last 20 minutes with three forwards on the pitch.

    Nine minutes from time Sammon came close to rewarding the side’s second half efforts. Having latched on to a loose ball in the middle of the park the on loan Hearts’ striker powered towards the visitor’s goal but with Johnson on his right he dragged the ball on to his left foot before driving low to the keeper’s left forcing a fine diving save from Gordon.

    ‘Well continued to chase a leveler and it arrived three minutes from time. As the ball bounced around at the corner of a packed penalty box Turnbull fed the ball to Johnson. From a really tight angle the former Gateshead striker unleashed a superb low drive which zipped past Gordon and inside the ‘keeper’s far post.

    There was still time for Celtic to respond but with McHugh and Tom Aldred brilliantly marshalling the defence for the entire second half, Gillespie finished the game without a single second half threat to his goal.