Gaël Bigirimana, Danny Johnson and Carl McHugh spoke after the 1-0 home loss to St Mirren.
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Players react to St Mirren lossSaturday 22 December 2018
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Lasley reacts to St Mirren defeatSaturday 22 December 2018
Keith Lasley reflects on this afternoon’s 1-0 defeat against St Mirren in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
The assistant manager admitted the Steelmen were not good enough as they slipped to a disappointing loss at Fir Park.
“We’re bitterly disappointed. Even taking the result away from it, the performance wasn’t good enough,” he said.
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Motherwell lose to St MirrenSaturday 22 December 2018
There was little Christmas cheer for Motherwell, as a Simeon Jackson goal midway through the second half was enough to secure all three points for St Mirren.
With Stephen Robinson expelled to the stand for the next three games, Keith Lasley assumed the manager’s role on the touchline. But despite the former ‘Well captain highlighting the need for consistency, a poor performance after some terrific home form not only cost the Fir Parkers a crucial win but also saw their lead over the relegation threatened Buddies reduced to six points.
The injection of five changes from the midweek visit to Celtic Park failed to have an impact in a game devoid of any sustained football. As both teams struggled to maintain control and possession of the ball in conditions made difficult with bouts of torrential rain goalmouth action was scarce.
While the Fir Park men might have claimed to have had the bulk of the play in their visitors’ half they did little to threaten Dean Lyness in the Saints’ goal. Indeed the ‘keeper’s first save came almost midway through the half when David Turnbull’s free kick curled beyond the his defensive line forcing Lyness to clutch the ball under his cross bar.
The Saints ‘keeper should have been tested 10 minutes later when Turnbull’s cross picked out Curtis Main six yards in front of goal but his attempted header came off his should allowing Lyness to make a comfortable save.
The consensus was that the football and weather could only improve in the second half and in fresh strips and dry overhead ‘Well restarted in a more positive manner.
After seven minutes Richard Tait wriggled free of his marker at the corner of the box before hammering the ball across a packed area. Danny Johnson reacted well but could only hook the ball over the crossbar.
On the hour mark Lasley made his first and substitution, replacing Christian Mbulu with Gael Bigirimana.
However, it was the Saints sub Adam Hammill who brought some life to the Buddies. In the 68th minute his pass sent Lee Hodson through but when Mark Gillespie blocked his shot the ball bounced kindly into the path of Jackson who steered it past Tait on the goal line to put the Paisley side ahead.
That prompted a response from the Steelmen and Main’s powerful header from Turnbull’s corner looked like the equalizer until Lyness made a terrific block.
After 77 minutes Turnbull decided to take route one and his powerful drive from 30 yards had Lyness flapping to clear the ball but when Main nodded the rebound back towards goal the ‘keeper comfortably collect the ball and end any danger.
With ten minutes remaining ‘Well made a bold double substitution bringing on two strikers Conor Sammon and Ryan Bowman at the expense of Campbell and Tait.
Despite having the ball in the Saints box for most of the closing minutes, it took a great save from Gillespie to deny Hammill adding a second goal and killing off the game.
Motherwell came close to making the most of that save and snatching a point in the final action of the game. Liam Grimshaw’s cross into a crowded box found Turnbull sneaking in at the back post and his downward header from a couple of was heading inside the post until the ball was brilliantly blocked by the ‘keeper’s legs.
However, it was too little too late from a Motherwell side which will rue the opportunity to widen the gap between themselves and Saints.
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Highlights as Motherwell lose to St MirrenSaturday 22 December 2018
Watch the highlights as Motherwell lose at home to St Mirren.
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Watch a live stream of Motherwell v St MirrenSaturday 22 December 2018
Fans based outside of the UK/Ireland can watch Motherwell’s game with St Mirren on Saturday, 22 December live online.
Our live streaming service will have coverage direct from Fir Park. Kick off is at 3pm GMT.
To subscribe. just head to our live stream website. Monthly passes are available for international users for £12 a month.
Our game with Kilmarnock on December 26 will also be shown live.
Take care of yourself this ChristmasFriday 21 December 2018
We all recognise that Christmas and New Year are times of great celebration, providing people with an opportunity to come together, exchange gifts, share memories and show friends and family how important they are to us.
However it is almost impossible to get through Christmas without experiencing some level of stress.
For many, it can be a time that brings financial pressure, stress, loneliness and can remind us of sad times in our lives.
There are practical steps which we can take all year round to look after our own and others’ mental health. They include:
- Not over indulging
- Taking time for relaxation
- Fitting in time for some exercise, such as a gentle walk
- If you can, try to be around other people
Take care of yourself
Self-care is an important step to help manage difficult feelings.
When things seem a struggle, it’s understandable that bigger self-care tasks can be difficult. Things which may help to improve this include:
- Trying to schedule activities and planning out the week, maybe breaking days into manageable sections.
- Trying to think of things you should do to take care of yourself that you maybe haven’t had time to do recently, and ask yourself which of these are achievable.
- Remember it is OK to start with small objectives and, when you feel more able, plan more challenging tasks.
- Be kind to yourself. Self-compassion is important. We often have high expectations and feel frustrated if we don’t meet them.
- Some days you may feel more capable and productive than others. At other times you may feel overwhelmed. This is OK and affects everyone at some point in their lives.
- It is important to show yourself compassion and kindness. Be more forgiving of yourself when you feel overwhelmed. That way, you can get back to feeling better quicker.
- It can be helpful to write down positive things about yourself when you feel good and then go back to them when you are having a tough day, to remember how good you can be.
There is only one you. Take care of yourself.
Tragically, almost one person every week dies by suicide in North Lanarkshire. Males between the ages of 34 and 54 are almost three times more likely to take their own lives.
Keeping Christmas stress to a minimum
- Aim for “enjoyable”, not “perfect”. Keep expectations for the holiday season manageable. Don’t try to make it perfect.
- Recognise that being together 24/7 may cause tensions, and allow for this.
- Minimise “are we nearly there yet?” issues when travelling. It is disappointing to make travel plans in order to promote family togetherness, only to get to the destination feeling stressed. Include pre-planned rest stops, drinks and snacks, music and books and lots of activities for the kids in the back. Travel off-peak if possible.
- Plan out what you need to do over the festive season.
- Make plans with services you are currently receiving, such as health and social care workers, support workers or peer supporters.
- Find time for yourself. Don’t spend all your time providing activities for your family and friends. If you’re a parent, remember you need to have fun, and aim for a balance of activities that meets everyone’s needs.
- Planning and teamwork. Involve the family in plans and in the workload, Children can have some say, and parents’ needs count as well.
- Don’t try to do it all.
Our advice is brought in conjunction with North Lanarkshire Council.
If you’re reading this and feel low, we want you to know that everybody feels low sometimes.
We all face difficult situations in our lives. That applies to everyone, whether they are our friends and family, supporters and even footballers.
Suicide is not the answer. There is always another way. Help is available. You are not alone. We know it is not always easy to talk but you are contemplating this, please open up to someone.
You can call the Samaritans on 116123, Breathing Space on 0800 838587 or Childline on 0800 1111. Further advice is also available from North Lanarkshire Suicide Prevention.
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Need to Know: A look at the BuddiesFriday 21 December 2018
Motherwell host St Mirren in the Ladbrokes Premiership in what is an important game for both sides on Saturday.
Oran Kearney’s Buddies come in to the encounter on the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of Aberdeen.
Here, we take a look at the visitors to Fir Park.
Searching for points
St Mirren sit nine points behind the Steelmen ahead of Saturday’s clash in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
With a small gap now separating the bottom two sides, Saints will be eager to close the deficit and not become cut further adrift ahead of the winter break.
Three points for Oran Kearney’s men would not only help them pull closer to Hamilton, but could also see them get ahead of Dundee mathematically instead of just goal difference.
Must find consistency
Over the course of the campaign, Saints best run without defeat has been just two matches.
A draw with Dundee was immediately followed up with a win over Hearts, and it’s the best the club have managed this term.
Finding some form of consistency could be crucial to the Buddies campaign.
Experience in their ranks
Finding themselves towards the foot of the table, Saints will call on some of their experienced players to help turn the tide.
33-year-old Anton Ferdinand is certainly not lacking in that department, and alongside the likes of Stephen McGinn and Adam Hammill, makes up a solid core for the Buddies.
The Paisley outfit is also blessed with some exciting youngsters too, icluding Ethan Erhahon and the on-loan duo of Alfie Jones and Matty Willock.
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Keith Lasley looks ahead to St MirrenFriday 21 December 2018
Assistant boss Keith Lasley says the three-game spell before the winter break could be defining for Motherwell’s season.
The Steelmen face St Mirren on Saturday, before welcoming Kilmarnock on Boxing Day and then travelling to face Hamilton Academical on 29 December.
Don’t miss our Christmas hospitality dealsFriday 21 December 2018
There’s still time to grab a great hospitality deal for our forthcoming home games with St Mirren and Kilmarnock.
On 22 December against the Buddies, our Centenary Suite will play host to a day where we invite all our guests to come dressed in their finest Christmas jumper, with prizes for the best.
On Boxing Day we welcome Killie, with our normal great hospitality on offer.
Priced at £80 for adults for our pay bar offering, or £120 for an inclusive bar, you can enjoy a three-course lunch, before taking in the game in comfort in our Phil O’Donnell stand.
With half-time refreshments and a chance to unwind in our suite after the match, it’s the perfect way to watch a match with us at Fir Park.
What’s more, season ticket holders can upgrade to our pay bar package for just £45 per person.
Fancy something different?
If you’d prefer just light refreshments before the game, then there’s also our Millennium Suite.
With complimentary drinks one hour before and after the game, snacks on arrival and at half-time and a ticket for the match, for £75 per person you can come and enjoy our hospitality.
There’s also our Cooper Bar
Our Cooper Bar is also open from 11am on the day of the match, and offers a casual setting for you to catch up with friends ahead of the game.
On 22 December ahead of the match with St Mirren, we’re also offering a special incentive.
Turn up with your Christmas jumper on, and we’ll upgrade those with the best ones to one of our Cooper Boxes for the game, so you can watch the game from inside your own warm box behind the goal.
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Campbell prepared for busy Christmas spellFriday 21 December 2018
Allan Campbell knows the importance of the next three matches as Motherwell prepare for the visit of St Mirren on Saturday.
The midfielder is eager to take things one game at a time though, and believes the club’s recent home form can propel them to victory against the Saints.
“These home games are the ones we need to go out there and win, so we go in to this one with motivation,” the 20-year-old said.