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    Motherwell knocked out of Scottish Cup

  • First team

    Manager wary of difficult cup task

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    Previewing Motherwell v Ross County

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    Elliott Frear eager to get back to action

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    Watch a live stream of Motherwell v Ross County

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    In Numbers: ‘Well host Ross County

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    Need to Know: A look at Ross County

  • First team

    Setting the scene on Ross County

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stephen McManus leaves for Celtic

  • First team

    Allan Campbell ready to push on again

  • First team

    Motherwell knocked out of Scottish Cup

    Motherwell knocked out of Scottish Cup

    Motherwell suffered defeat in the William Hill Scottish Cup at the hands of Championship side Ross County.

    Brian Graham’s double early in the second half was the difference between the two sides in a scrappy affair at Fir Park, despite a late, late goal from Jake Hasie that briefly gave hope.

    Stephen Robinson handed debuts to Ross McCormack and Gboly Ariyibi, with Carl McHugh, Charles Dunne and David Turnbull all being restored to the starting team.

    But it was County who started the stronger, with the second tier side having early chances through McManus, who stung the palms of Gillespie, and Spence, who shot over.

    New boy Ariyibi showed first half flashes, setting up Frear for a shot at goal and seeing a low cross from the left blocked.

    McCormack made way for Main at the interval but it was the visitors who made the breakthrough early on.

    Graham’s header with seven minutes gone gave the Staggies the lead, but worse was to follow.

    With Aribiyi seemingly taken out, referee Steven McLean let play go on and a cross from the right found Graham unmarked at the back post to double the lead on the hour mark.

    Motherwell struggled to carve out scoring chances, save for a late Aldred header that was well gathered by Fox, but they were given late, late hope when Hastie headed in Frear’s cross from close range in stoppage time.

    But it wasn’t to be, as they bowed out at the fourth round stage.

  • First team

    Manager wary of difficult cup task

    Stephen Robinson says Motherwell are essentially facing a Premiership side in Ross County, as the Steelmen prepare to host the second-tier outfit in the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday.

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    Previewing Motherwell v Ross County

    Previewing Motherwell v Ross County

    The William Hill Scottish Cup kicks off again for Motherwell on Saturday, as Championship high-flyers Ross County visit Fir Park.

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

    Secure your seat early

    Season ticket holders can guarantee their seat if they buy in advance. Your seat is being held for you until 9am on the day of the game. Tickets will automatically be loaded onto your season card when purchased.

    All fans can buy their tickets in advance online right now.

    A cash gate will also be in operation. Kick off is at 3pm.

    Adult£15
    Over 60s / Under 18s / Students£10
    15 and under£5

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

    Pre-match hospitality

    Both our Cooper Bar and Centenary Suites are open before the game for pre-match food and drink for both sets of fans.

    The Cooper Bar, open from 11am, runs a £5 burger and beer deal. Our Centenary Suite, situated in our Phil O’Donnell main stand, will serve main meals and drinks from 12pm.

    Team news

    Trevor Carson, Chris Cadden and Craig Tanner remain out long term. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Christian Mbulu are doubts through injury.

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    Elliott Frear eager to get back to action

    Elliott Frear says he’s determined to build on his performance, as well as the result, gained against Hamilton last month.

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    Watch a live stream of Motherwell v Ross County

    Watch a live stream of Motherwell v Ross County

    Motherwell return to action against Ross County on Saturday, and you can watch the game live online.

    Subscribers to our streaming service who live outside of the UK and Ireland can see the William Hill Scottish Cup match direct from Fir Park on Saturday, 19 January. Kick off is at 3pm GMT.

    To sign up for our service, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk and choose your package. Subscriptions to see live games start at just £12 a month.

    If you’re in the UK or Ireland but can’t make the game, there’s also live audio commentary available on our service. Our domestic subscriptions cost £6 a month and also get you full game replays.

    Saturday’s cup clash is the first of three live games available across January, with our Ladbrokes Premiership matches with Hibernian and Dundee also on air outside of the UK and Ireland.

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    In Numbers: ‘Well host Ross County

    In Numbers: ‘Well host Ross County

    Domestic football is back after the winter break, and the Steelmen get started for the new year with a Scottish Cup clash at Fir Park.

    Championship side Ross County are the opponents for Stephen Robinson’s side, who have been boosted by an encouraging January transfer window so far.

    Here, we take a look at the game in numbers.

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    No side has scored more goals in the Championship than Ross County, and it is no surprise that the Staggies sit top of the table as a result.

    The club have failed to score in their last two games though, and have lost both.

    They’ll be hungry to turn their fortunes around in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup this weekend.

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    Motherwell fans will be excited at the chance of seeing January signing Ross McCormack in action.

    But with the striker still working his way towards full match sharpness, this weekend’s clash may arrive just too soon.

    It won’t stop the Fir Park faithful getting excited about the club’s number 44 making his return though.

    63

    Despite the fact Ross County were relegated last season, it has only been 63 days since they were last at Fir Park.

    But that was for a clash against Motherwell Colts in the Irn-Bru Cup, where the Northern outfit left 2-1 victors.

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    Need to Know: A look at Ross County

    Need to Know: A look at Ross County

    Scottish Cup football is back, and Ross County lay in wait for the Steelmen in the first game of 2019.

    The Championship side travel to Fir Park on the back of consecutive defeats, but won’t be short of motivation for the fourth round clash.

    Championship leaders

    Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell have led their side on a revival of sorts in the first half of the 2018/19 campaign.

    After suffering relegation, the Staggies have enjoyed a scintillating six months or so and now sit top of the Championship after 21 games.

    However, it’s a tight league this term, with Ayr and Dundee United hot on the Highlanders tails.

    Premiership experience

    Having been in the top flight just a matter of months ago, County are no strangers to opposition like Motherwell.

    A number of their first team players have valuable Premiership experience, with the Dingwall outfit themselves or with other clubs.

    Don Cowie spent a number of seasons at Hearts, Liam Fontaine arrived from Hibs, whilst players like Marcus Fraser and Michael Gardyne have been at the club for a number of years.

    Another shot at glory

    The Staggies made it to the Scottish Cup final in 2010, but fell narrowly short as Dundee United went on to lift the famous old trophy.

    Every season that rolls around presents another opportunity for the club to go one step further, and they’ll be desperate to do just that.

    They are no strangers to lifting silverware though, having won the League Cup in 2016.

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    Setting the scene on Ross County

    Setting the scene on Ross County

    Motherwell return to competitive action on Saturday as Ross County visit in the William Hill Scottish Cup.

    Here’s an early look ahead to the match.

    Form guide

    Motherwell ended 2018 with a morale-boosting win over rivals Hamilton Academical, with Tom Aldred netting a double to secure the bragging rights going into the winter break.

    Ross County, meanwhile, have continued action in the Ladbrokes Championship. Their last two games, both away from home, have seen them lose 1-0 to Greenock Morton and 4-0 to Queen of the South. Prior to that, they won two on home turf against Partick Thistle and Inverness CT.

    Head to head

    The Staggies faced the Steelmen five times in the 2017/18 campaign, four times in the Premiership and once in the Betfred Cup.

    Motherwell won three, two of which were at Fir Park. County won one, while there was also one draw.

    Secure your seat early

    Season ticket holders can guarantee their seat if they buy in advance. Your seat is being held for you until 9am on the day of the game. Tickets will automatically be loaded onto your season card when purchased.

    All fans can buy their tickets in advance online right now.

    A cash gate will also be in operation. Kick off is at 3pm.

    Adult£15
    Over 60s / Under 18s / Students£10
    15 and under£5

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

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stephen McManus leaves for Celtic

    Stephen McManus leaves for Celtic

    Stephen McManus has left Motherwell to become the new Under 18s coach at Celtic.

    The former defender departs after a five-and-a-half year spell with the club, which saw him serve both as a player and youth coach.

    “While it is unfortunate and coincidental timing to lose both Stephen McManus and Stephen Craigan in quick succession, our ongoing review of our player progression pathway at the club is continuing,” chief executive Alan Burrows said.

    “Steven Hammell and David Clarkson are assisting with the squads in the interim, giving us the opportunity to conclude a thorough interview process for both vacant roles.

    “It is due to the nature of our success at this club that our players and staff occasionally depart, having been sought out by other clubs. That is testament to the work we put in and the opportunities provided to the likes of Stephen over the years.

    “We hope to appoint replacements for both positions in the very near future. Steven Hammell and David Clarkson’s involvement ensures continuity in our day-to-day work in the meantime.”

    Speaking of his departure, McManus said: “It was a difficult decision to leave Motherwell after five great years.

    “From day one back in 2013, it has been an honour to work and represent the club. The opportunity given to me to move into coaching, after deciding to retire from playing, is one I will forever be grateful for.

    “I’d also like to thank everyone at the club for their support and understanding over my decision to leave, for their help and guidance over the years, and wish all the very best for the future.”

    We would like to thank Stephen for his time at his club and his professionalism throughout, as well as wishing him well in his new role and the very best for the future.

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    Allan Campbell ready to push on again

    Allan Campbell says he understands the reasons he’s been often rested in the early part of the 2018/19 season, but believes he’s ready to reach his previous heights again.

    The young midfielder had a hectic 2018, barely having a summer break due to international commitments after being a club regular, and says he respects manager Stephen Robinson’s call to rotate him in order to avoid burnout.