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    Jennow happy with progress after Newcastle draw

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    Welsh: ‘Well ready to prove doubters wrong

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    Highlights from Ross County cup loss

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    Players react to cup exit

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    Manager reacts to Ross County defeat

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    Motherwell knocked out of Scottish Cup

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    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

  • Women

    Jennow happy with progress after Newcastle draw

    Jennow happy with progress after Newcastle draw

    Motherwell boss Donald Jennow believes game time was the most important factor, as his side conceded a late leveller in a friendly draw at Newcastle United.

    The women of steel twice led the match and despite working with a vastly different squad from last season, played some encouraging football during an encounter that was contested in freezing conditions.

    With Motherwell’s SWPL1 season opener against Stirling University just three weeks away, Jennow will continue to ramp up the intensity of training to ensure his side are ready for the step up to the top flight.

    “The team have come off the back of quite a long off season and while training has been very good, nothing substitutes the minutes and the type of work that goes into a game,” he said.

    “We’re getting there, there’s still work to be done though, we’ll able to continue to ramp things up in terms of intensity.

    “Things are going to schedule so far and hopefully as we move closer to the start of the season, then that will continue.”

    The 280-mile round trip presented a good opportunity for the much changed ‘Well squad to build team spirit, as well as testing themselves against English opposition.

    It was a test Jennow believes they handled well and he was keen to talk up the positive effects of a lengthy pre-season trip.

    “It was a good first step,” he added. “The couple of hours on the bus and in the restaurant after the game gives the players a chance to have a conversation about something other than football.

    “You want players who get on with each other as much as being able to play football together.”

  • Women

    Welsh: ‘Well ready to prove doubters wrong

    Welsh: ‘Well ready to prove doubters wrong

    Maxine Welsh says Motherwell are relishing the chance to prove the doubters wrong again.

    The 21-year-old played a big part in the latter stages of ‘Well’s charge to the SWPL2 title last season, securing promotion to the top flight.

    A record-breaking campaign ended with the stinging disappointment of 8-0 thrashing in the Scottish Cup final against Hibs, but Welsh insists the experience will ensure the women of steel will return stronger and more determined.

    “I think there is a bit of unfinished business following the final,” she said.

    “I don’t we did ourselves justice and while there’s a lot of new faces, those of us who have stayed are determined to make up for the disappointment and hopefully the rest will have the same desire.

    “I think I’ve said it before but I think we were really underestimated last season. We won the league last season and now want to show we can handle it in SWPL1.

    “It’s a good calibre of players, we’re gelling well and quickly as a team – so I think we’ll do well this season.

    “We know that it’s important we are fitter than we were last season as we are up against better teams, the hard work is required.”

    Motherwell make the trip south on Sunday for a pre-season encounter with FA Women’s National League North side Newcastle United.

    It’ll be the first of three warm up matches ahead of the start of the SWPL1 campaign on 10 February, and one the former Glasgow City youngster says the full squad are looking forward to.

    “It’s quite exciting and the trip away will give the team a good chance to bond too,” she said. “I’m looking forward to playing in the top league much more with Motherwell than I was City.

    “Personally I’m hoping to cement my position, last season I was obviously just filling in at centre half, I want to find my position, make it permanent, make sure I’m in the team every week and enjoy my football after a long time out with injury.”

  • First team

    Highlights from Ross County cup loss

    Watch back the action as Motherwell exit the William Hill Scottish Cup.

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    Players react to cup exit

    Captain Peter Hartley, Mark Gillespie and Danny Johnson speak as Motherwell exit the William Hill Scottish Cup.

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    Manager reacts to Ross County defeat

    Stephen Robinson reflected on a disappointing Scottish Cup defeat against Ross County at Fir Park. 

    The ‘Well boss admitted his side let themselves down as the Staggies won 2-1 in the forst fixture of 2019.

    “I’m disappointed. There’s no excuses, we deserved to lose the game,” he said.

  • 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.

  • First team

    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.

  • First team

    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.