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    In Numbers: Counting down to the derby

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    Taylor-Sinclair prepared for derby clash

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    Story of the Match from Kilmarnock clash

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    Setting the scene on Hamilton

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    Highlights as Motherwell lose to Kilmarnock

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    Pay at the gate at Hamilton

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    Players react to Kilmarnock defeat

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    Manager: Brave but lacking a cutting edge

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 Kilmarnock

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    Watch a live stream of Motherwell v Kilmarnock

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    In Numbers: Counting down to the derby

    In Numbers: Counting down to the derby

    The year ends with a trip to face Hamilton Academical in the Lanarkshire derby.

    Here, we take a look at Saturday’s fixture in numbers.

    Four

    With Motherwell and Hamilton in ninth and 10th respectively in the league, four points separate them in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Both teams have played 20 games so far in the 2018/19 campaign. Motherwell have won a game more, having claimed five victories to Accies’ four.

    10

    With injuries mounting up, a potential of 10 players could be absent for the trip across the M74.

    Trevor Carson, Craig Tanner and Chris Cadden are out long term. Liam Donnelly, Charles Dunne, Carl McHugh and Christian Mbulu are sidelined, while Curtis Main is suspended.

    Peter Hartley and David Turnbull are doubts but could be fit in time to feature.

    11

    Saturday will mark 11 years to the day since we lost our captain Phil O’Donnell.

    Our fans plan to mark his passing with a minute’s applause in the 10th minute of the game, which we encourage you all to join.

    104

    Both sets of fans have seen a combined 104 goals on league business so far in the 2018/19 campaign.

    Motherwell supporters have witnessed 50, with the Steelmen netting 18 and conceding 32.

    Accies have a worse-off goal difference, having netted 13 and conceded 41.

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    Taylor-Sinclair prepared for derby clash

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair is hoping for a big performance against Hamilton Academical on Saturday as the Steelmen look to end 2018 on a high. 

    The defender is eager to put the disappointments of the last two matches to bed in the final match of the year at New Douglas Park.

    “Hopefully we can put the two results behind us and end the year on a high in the derby,” he said.

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    Story of the Match from Kilmarnock clash

    When you’re facing a Kilmarnock team high on confidence, you need fortune to be on your side.

    This is the Story of the Match from the visit of Steve Clarke’s men.

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    Setting the scene on Hamilton

    Setting the scene on Hamilton

    It’s the second Lanarkshire derby of the 2018/19 campaign on Saturday, as Motherwell make the short trip to face Hamilton Academical.

    Here’s an early look ahead to the match.

    Second meeting

    Hamilton took the spoils in the first derby of the season at Fir Park, with Steven Boyd netting a spectacular volley off a rebound from a free kick to secure a 1-0 victory.

    Form guide

    Both sides have similar form going into Saturday’s game.

    Hamilton have won two, drawn one and lost seven of their last 10 games, with their wins coming against Livingston and St Mirren.

    Motherwell have won a game more, having defeated St Mirren, Dundee and St Johnstone.

    The Steelmen sit four points ahead of the Accies with 20 games played in the Ladbrokes Premiership table.

    Pay at the gate

    Due to demand, a cash gate will be in operation. There will be no more sales of tickets at Fir Park, and the offices are now closed until 3 January.

    Supporters who have ordered tickets for collection will be contacted by the ticket office. These will be available for collection outside of turnstiles 10, 11 and 12 at Hamilton from 2.15pm until 2.45pm.

    Turnstiles seven, eight and nine are in operation for Motherwell fans wishing to purchase tickets.

    Supporters with pre-purchased tickets can access the ground via turnstiles 10,11 and 12, next to the Morrisons car park.

    Cash gate prices are as follows:

    Adult£22
    Over 65s / Under 18s£12

    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 Motherwell lose to Kilmarnock

    Jordan Jones scored the only goal as Kilmarnock took all three points from the Boxing Day clash.

    Motherwell suffered three losses through injuries in the first 25 minutes, and saw Curtis Main sent off, as they fought hard but came up short.

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    Pay at the gate at Hamilton

    Pay at the gate at Hamilton

    A cash gate will be available at our year-ending Lanarkshire derby at Hamilton Academical.

    Motherwell make the short trip across the M74 to take on the Accies on Saturday, 29 December. Kick off is at 3pm.

    Due to demand, a cash gate will be in operation.

    There will be no more sales of tickets at Fir Park, and the offices are now closed until 3 January.

    Supporters who have ordered tickets for collection will be contacted by the ticket office. These will be available for collection outside of turnstiles 10, 11 and 12 at Hamilton from 2.15pm until 2.45pm.

    Turnstiles seven, eight and nine are in operation for Motherwell fans wishing to purchase tickets.

    Supporters with pre-purchased tickets can access the ground via turnstiles 10,11 and 12, next to the Morrisons car park.

    Cash gate prices are as follows:

    Adult£22
    Over 65s / Under 18s£12

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

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    Players react to Kilmarnock defeat

    Richard Tait, Tom Aldred and Elliott Frear speak after the 1-0 defeat at home to Kilmarnock.

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    Manager: Brave but lacking a cutting edge

    Stephen Robinson says his side showed bravery on the ball against Kilmarnock, but ultimately came up short in the final third.

    Jordan Jones’ goal was the difference between the two, with the hosts seeing three players taken off in the early stages with injuries.

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 Kilmarnock

    Motherwell 0 – 1 Kilmarnock

    A 10-man Motherwell side, cursed by misfortune, fell to single goal defeat against high-flying Kilmarnock.

    Three head injuries inside the opening 25 minutes to Carl McHugh, Charles Dunne and Christian Mbulu, who all required hospital treatment, forced repeated re-arrangement to an already injury ravaged ‘Well line-up.

    Curtis Main, who also received a head injury in that crazy 10-minute spell, bravely played on and still required treatment in the second half until 20 minutes from time when he was shown a double yellow card for lashing out at Stephen O’Donnell.

    By that stage the Fir Park men were behind to Jordan Jones’ goal, which to add insult to ‘Well’s injuries, as it fell into the category of cross-cum shot.

    However, while still only a goal behind the Steelmen kept their shape, showed great courage and determination and continued to push for a deserved equaliser until the final whistle.

    With Stephen Robinson watching from the stand, the Fir Park boss made three changes to the ‘Well line-up following the disappointment of the defeat to St Mirren.

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Elliot Frear came in to fill berths on the left allowing Ricard Tait to revert to his right back slot. With Carl McHugh stepping back into the back four, Alex Gorrin replaced the ill David Turnbull in midfield.

    Frear, appearing on the right created the first chance after nine minutes but although his cross found Danny Johnson at the back post the striker, at full stretch, could only guide the ball over the bar.

    A minute later a horrific clash of heads between McHugh and Dunne had serious consequences for both players and the team. After six minutes treatment on the pitch Dunne was carried off on a stretcher, while a shaky looking McHugh was helped up the tunnel.

    That enforced a very early double substitution with Gael Bigirimana and Christian Mbulu coming into a rearranged line-up.

    Incredibly the latter’s contribution lasted less than ten minutes when the ball caught him full in the eye. ‘Well were then temporarily down to nine men as Curtis Main received treatment for boot in the head before he returned to the action and Liam Grimshaw replaced the unlucky Mbulu.

    This was all before the midpoint in the first half when the most involved people were the physios and medical team.

    As Keith Lasley desperately tried to organise the Fir Park side from the touchline, Jordan Jones whizzed a low drive across Mark Gillespie’s goal and just outside the far post.

    The Killie winger was luckier several minutes from half time when he collected the ball wide on the left and then curled a cross over a packed box, the ‘Well ‘keeper and under the cross bar for another blow to the Steelmen.

    Then, in the first of seven minutes injury time, Kris Boyd tried to catch out Gillespie with a floated effort from 25 yards but the ‘Well ‘keeper confidently claimed the ball a couple of yards from his goal line.

    In the final minute of additional time Motherwell almost snatched the equaliser. Grimshaw, who had a terrific game, showed great determination on the right before crossing the ball to Johnson.

    With his back to goal he played the ball into the path of Frear and his effort from four yards was netbound until it was blocked by the combined efforts of Stepehen O’Donnell and his ‘keeper Danny Bachmann.

    After Main’s dismissal, Gillespie kept his side’s slim hopes of an equaliser alive with a couple of saves, diving to hold Chris Burke’s drive and then bravely racing from his line to smother the ball at the feet of the Rory McKenzie.

    In a storming finish and pushed on by Tait who outstanding having occupied every position in the back four, ‘Well created a series of chances.

    Six minutes from time Tom Aldred rose to meet Frear’s in-swinging corner only to power his header wide of target.

    Urged on by an appreciative home support ‘Well continued to push forward and Grimshaw’s ball across the visitor’s box found Bigirimana ghosting in but his ambitious volley drove the ball wide.

    In the final minute, and with the Rugby Park men hanging on to their slender lead, they withstood appeals for a penalty when O’Donnell caught Frear at the corner of the box.

    Despite their brave performance ‘Well finished empty handed and now face Accies on Saturday’s derby in the final match of the year, with a largely depleted team.

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    Watch a live stream of Motherwell v Kilmarnock

    Watch a live stream of Motherwell v Kilmarnock

    Fans based outside of the UK/Ireland can watch Motherwell’s game with Kilmarnock on Wednesday, 26 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 match with Hamilton on 29 December will not be available on the service.