Back in the team after injury, Chris Cadden says Motherwell head to Aberdeen mindful of the need to win to keep top six hopes alive.
- First team
Cadden: We know what’s at stakeTuesday 02 April 2019
- First team
Pick your Tullibardine player of the month for MarchTuesday 02 April 2019
After taking seven points in March, it’s time to pick your Tullibardine Motherwell player of the month.
To vote, just head to our Facebook page and choose who you think should scoop the award this time out.
In contention is David Turnbull, who scored in wins over Hamilton Academical and St Johnstone. The consistent, young midfielder is a multiple winner of the award.
Mark Gillespie kept three clean sheets in March, shutting out Kilmarnock, Hamilton Academical and St Johnstone. The goalkeeper also saved a penalty against the Saints for the second time this campaign, adding to a further saves against Celtic earlier in the season.
Tom Aldred has also been a pivotal part of the defence in that run in March, with the defender a rock at the heart of the backline.
His fellow defensive partner Richard Tait has also been involved in the shutouts, as well as skippering the team and adding a rare goal against St Johnstone in the last match of the month.
- First team
In Numbers: Previewing Aberdeen awayTuesday 02 April 2019
It is a must-win match for Motherwell on Wednesday, as Stephen Robinson’s men go to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen.
Here’s the game previewed in numbers.
It’s all about the top six. A win is needed for Motherwell against Derek McInnes’ side for there to be any chance of finishing in the top half of the table in the 2018/19 season.
At the same time, Hibernian must lose at home to Kilmarnock for the gap to be closed to two points going into the final day of the regular season.
Motherwell have won seven of their last 10 matches, a fantastic run of form which has yielded defeats only away to Celtic and Hibernian.
A reverse in form away from home is needed however, with those two defeats coming on the road, as well as a draw with Kilmarnock.
To reach the top six, the Steelmen must summon the spirit of 2014. Then, three wins were needed in the space of eight days to reach second place in the table.
We all know what happened. Victories over St Johnstone and Inverness CT set up a final day showdown at Pittodrie. Craig Reid’s last-minute winner sparked jubilant scenes, leapfrogging the Dons and taking second spot.
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Setting the scene on AberdeenTuesday 02 April 2019
Motherwell travel to Aberdeen on Wednesday night, knowing a win is required to keep in contention for a place in the top six.
Here’s an early look ahead to the match.
The top six permutations
A win is absolutely essential for Motherwell to keep up hopes of a late surge into the top six. Hibernian must also lose at home to Kilmarnock on the same night for the Steelmen to take the matter to the final day of the regular season.
Tale of the tape
Aberdeen have had topsy-turvy form in their last 10 matches. The Dons have recorded three wins, four draws and three defeats in that time.
Their home league form has also seen Derek McInnes’ side go without a Ladbrokes Premiership victory at Pittodrie in seven matches. Six games since 22 December have seen them draw three and lose three.
Motherwell’s win over St Johnstone on Saturday made it seven wins from their last 10 games. There has only been two defeat in that spell – losses at Celtic and Hibernian.
Head to head
Motherwell matches with Aberdeen are never predictable.
This season has seen both teams win on home turf. Aberdeen won 1-0 earlier in the campaign, before a resounding 3-0 victory for the Steelmen at Fir Park.
Motherwell won their second-last visit to the north east, with Louis Moult’s double in November 2017 getting all three points.
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- Reserves & Under 18s
Reserves lose cup final to HeartsMonday 01 April 2019
Motherwell lost out in the SPFL Reserve Cup final at Tynecastle, with two second half goals consigning them to defeat against Hearts.
Strikes from Lewis Moore and Calumn Morrison did the damage against a young visiting squad, which featured a host of 17-year-old players.
Coach Maurice Ross said that inexperience showed on the night in Gorgie.
“We had a very young side out there,” he said. “Essentially an Under 18s squad with some first team players.
“So the achievement in some respects was just getting to the final.
“Hearts looked stronger, more streetwise and more mature in their play. We looked naive, but that’s alright.
“They’re young, they are going to be naive and make mistakes.
“The boys deserve credit for getting to the final. They just came up short. I feel sorry for them, but they will and get better for this.”
An even first half saw Jamie Semple have a handful of long-range efforts, but neither keeper was seriously tested as both teams went in level at the break.
But as Motherwell looked to increase their urgency going forward, Hearts got their opener early in the second half. With the ball bouncing in the box, Moore stole in the hammer home from close range.
Midway through the second half, the killer blow was struck. A low cross from the left saw Morrison run from right to left in the box onto the ball, firing past Rohan Ferguson to seal the result.
Motherwell: Ferguson, Donnelly, Devine, Hussain (McDonald), Livingstone, McAlear, Semple, Cornelius, Rehman (Watson), McKinstry, Johnson (Starrs).
Subs not used: Hemfrey, J Brown, Bowers.
Upgrade your Fir Park experience against RangersMonday 01 April 2019
There’s another way to watch the match at Fir Park, with our hospitality packages giving you the chance to take it in in more comfort and style.
All fans can upgrade on the standard match ticket to take in the game, enjoying a range of different packages with different meal and drinks options.
For the visit of Rangers, we have very limited availability in the Centenary Suite, South Stand and Cooper Boxes. Rangers fans are also welcome to join us.
The Centenary Suite
Priced at £120 for adults for our pay bar offering, or £160 for an inclusive bar for the game, 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.
You can buy quickly and easily online for the games with Rangers right now. Alternatively, give us a call on 01698 333333 to speak to one of our hospitality team.
Want to watch the game indoors?
Sometimes the elements don’t make for the best occasion to sit out in the stand. Don’t worry though, we’ve got your covered with our Cooper and South Stand boxes.
Our Cooper Boxes provide an easy way to get in from the cold with a seat in our glass-fronted boxes. What’s more, you can also enjoy half-time refreshments in the Cooper Bar.
Priced at £65 for a season ticket upgrade or £68 to buy, we’ve got availability online now for the visit of Rangers.
Our similar boxes in the South Stand come with a range of great packages for you to enjoy, or better still use to entertain at any of our Premiership fixtures.
Our South Stand Box package is our ultimate one, providing you with a three-course meal, inclusive drinks, armchair seating and half-time refreshments for £190 per person.
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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.
With great burger and beer deals, plus plenty activities for the kids, it’s a great place to build up to the match.
- Reserves & Under 18s
Loan Watch: Gordon makes his comebackMonday 01 April 2019
Shea Gordon made his long-awaited return to action at the weekend, as his Partick Thistle side picked up a vital three points against Morton at Cappielow.
The midfielder missed almost eight months after picking up a quad injury against Celtic back in August, but was named in the starting line-up by Gary Caldwell. Steven Anderson and a double from Kris Doolan gave the Jags the win, moving them out the bottom two in the process.
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair netted his first for his new club, but it would ultimately end in disappointment as 10-man Crewe Alexandra would lose 3-1 at home to Cheltenham.
The ‘Well defender put his side in front, brushing past Jordan Tillson on the edge of the box before driving a low across keeper Scott Flinders in the visiting goal. However, an equaliser from Kevin Dawson and second half goals from Billy Waters and Luke Varney ensured a disappointing loss for the Railwaymen.
Scotland Under 21 international Barry Maguire was a starter for Queen of the South as they secured an impressive and important win over Dundee United at Tannadice.
Stephen Dobbie had given Queens the lead from the spot, before Livi-bound Lyndon Dykes doubled their lead five minutes later. United did pull one back through Nicky Clark, but Maguire and company held on for the win.
Peter Morrison was again named in goals for Albion Rovers, who incredibly got themselves off the bottom of the table during the week with their third successive win. However, the wee Rovers couldn’t make it four on the bounce when they lost 1-0 at home to Clyde. Martin McNiff’s goal 11 minutes from time separated the sides.
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Story of the Match from win over SaintsSunday 31 March 2019
It was win or bust for our top six hopes.
This is the Story of the Match from the visit of St Johnstone.
‘Well lose in capital against SpartansSunday 31 March 2019
Motherwell put up a fight but lost out to Spartans for the second week in succession.
Goals late in the first half from Elena Santoyo-Brown and Zoe Johnstone put the hosts in control at the interval, but Donald Jennow’s side fought their way back into contention in the second 45.
Claire Adams’ goal gave hopes of a comeback, before Georgie Rafferty’s red card was followed by a decisive strike from Becky Galbraith to seal a 3-1 win for Spartans.
Morgan Hunter, Kirsten Rolph and Caitlin Russell all dropped out from the team which lost at Ravenscraig to the same opponents in the SWPL Cup last weekend, with Anna Vincenti, Natasha Roberts and Mhairi Fyfe all taking their place.
The first clear chance at Ainslie Park fell to the visitors. A corner kick was met by Kerry Montgomery in the air, but her header sailed over the crossbar.
Down the other end, Spartans came close from chances from Clelland and Santoyo-Brown, before the latter broke the deadlock with five minutes left in the first half.
Douglas played through the scorer, who was able to slot under debutant ‘keeper Vincenti.
Just minutes later, it was two. Clelland’s cross from the right fell to Johnstone, who swept home to double the hosts’ advantage.
The second half saw the visitors get back into things when Adams struck, but Motherwell’s task became the more difficult when Rafferty saw red soon after.
They then saw hopes of a comeback extinguished, as Becky Galbraith headed in Tara McGonigle’s cross to seal the points.
Motherwell: Vincenti, Knox, Roberts, Rafferty, Crilly, Montgomery, Rice, Adams, McEachran, Fyfe, Gardner.
Subs: McManus, McLeod, Trialist.
Jennow expects reaction from ‘Well at SpartansSunday 31 March 2019
Donald Jennow expects to see a reaction from his side when they take on Spartans for the second time in seven days on Sunday.
The women of steel suffered a highly disappointing 5-0 defeat against Debi McCulloch’s team at Ravenscraig last weekend.
Five goals in 20 first half minutes put the tie out of sight and Jennow admits he was shellshocked by his team’s below par showing.
A return to league business against their last opponents presents an opportunity for ‘Well to bounce back and the head coach is stressing the need for a much improved performance.
“I think last week caught us all a bit off guard,” he said. “It’s not a reflection of my team and so as group we have to put it down to a bad day and make sure that that kind of thing doesn’t happen again.
“After Monday’s analysis we put the game to bed and the focus has been on the next game since then.
“It wouldn’t matter who it was against, we know we have to play better.
“Scottish football often throws up these back to backs which can work either way for you.
“Ultimately the next game is a chance to prove last week was an anomaly.”
In a game where positives were few and far between, one glimmer of light for Motherwell was they didn’t concede again after Zoe-Ann Johnstone put Spartans 5-0 ahead after just before the half hour mark.
Jennow insists he has no doubts regarding the resilience within his squad, but feels they must improve their focus.
“I would hate anyone to see my team chuck it,” he added. “That would hurt more than any scoreline.
“We had a bit of a melt down for 20 minutes and that killed the game.
“After the half hour we created chances and did a bit better, but the damage was done.
“Resilience isn’t a concern for me with this group but we need to concentrate more. The unexpected part of Sunday’s game was our performance.
“After defending well against Celtic and being really competitive, we did neither in against Spartans.
“We all know the consequences of not doing those two things so we all expect to improve.”
After registering four points from their opening four league encounters, ‘Well occupy fifth spot in an already tightly contested SWPL1 table.
Though Jennow insists he’s paying little attention to the table at this early stage he is well aware of the importance of making the most of scoring opportunities.
Motherwell have failed to score in their last three games and Jennow knows that his team need to be more clinical.
“The table is irrelevant to me right now,” he added. “Everyone has played different teams in different conditions.
“The table matters in the final round of games once everyone has played home and away.
“All our focus is on the next game and we want as many points from each game as we can.
“Taking chances is massive for us. Top tier teams don’t give you as many and don’t make as many mistakes so you have to work that much harder to create.
“When we do the work to get a chance, we need to capitalise.”