“We dominated from start to finish. We solved the problems and eventually wore them down.”
Stephen Robinson speaks after the win at Dumbarton.
“We dominated from start to finish. We solved the problems and eventually wore them down.”
Stephen Robinson speaks after the win at Dumbarton.
Motherwell made it three wins from three in their Betfred Cup group with a comfortable 2-0 win at Dumbarton.
Christian Ilić and Peter Hartley scored in either half to ensure victory, having controlled large parts of the game.
Ilić was one of four changes for Motherwell, with Maguire, Hartley and Grimshaw also coming in. Jake Carroll, Charles Dunne, Liam Donnelly and Sherwin Seedorf dropped out.
On a long pitch at Dumbarton, the visitors had to adapt their normal fast-paced wing play, but did so well.
After knocking at the door for long spells, hitting both the post and the crossbar, the deadlock was broken before the interval in mildly controversial circumstances.
With the ball on the left of the box in Motherwell possession, the linesman’s flag on the near side went up quickly, then immediately back down again, as Hylton and Tait stepped over the ball.
With play then eventually being worked back to Ilić just behind the penalty spot, the Croatian swept home the ball into the bottom left corner to open the scoring.
The home team protested that the linesman had flagged, but the referee waved them away, saying no decision had been made and that play rightly continued.
Motherwell continued to surge forward in the second half, with Hylton in particular causing major trouble down the left side.
The second would come from a set play with 15 minutes to go. Polworth’s corner kick delivery from the right was met by the man who rose highest, with Hartley nodding down into the bottom right corner of the net.
Motherwell’s progression to the knockout stage still isn’t secure, however, with a win required against Annan Athletic to make sure.
Motherwell: Gillespie, Grimshaw, Gallagher, Hartley, Tait, Maguire, Campbell, Polworth (Semple), Hylton, Ilić (Seedorf), Scott (Long).
Subs not used: Carson, Sloth, Livingstone, Donnelly.
Allan Campbell has signed an improved contract with Motherwell Football Club.
The academy graduate has established himself as a key figure in the first team in recent seasons, making 85 appearances for the club.
The 21-year-old’s contract runs until the summer of 2021.
“We have now put Allan in line with other first team players,” manager Stephen Robinson said.
“We felt it was a deserved reward for his hard work and his consistent performances.
“He is continuing to improve with every game, and devotes his life to constantly trying to get better.
“He is a brilliant role model to every young player in our academy. He epitomises everything we strive for at this club with his work ethic and talent.
“When he signed his previous deal, he was at a different stage of his career. His development and growth has accelerated to such an extent that it was vital we matched that with terms to reflect that.”
Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows has been reappointed to the board of the Scottish Professional Football League.
Alan is the only club representative who will remain on the board. Peter Lawwell (Celtic), John Nelms (Dundee), Warren Hawke (Morton), Martin Ritchie (Falkirk) and Iain Dougan (Stranraer) have been replaced by Stewart Robertson (Rangers), Les Gray (Hamilton), Ross McArthur (Dunfermline), Graham Peterkin (Ayr) and Ken Ferguson (Brechin).
“I’m honoured to be once again voted on by our fellow Premiership clubs to the SPFL board,” Burrows said.
“Last year was a real learning curve for me and I hope my experience over the last 12 months can help me better serve the clubs and the game in Scotland.
“I am passionate about Scottish football and even more so about improving it and look forward to working with my colleagues at other clubs, together with the SPFL executive, in doing that.”
Keith Lasley spoke on Motherwell’s strong start to the season, making changes for the trip to Dumbarton and signing a new deal when he addressed the press on Monday.
Here’s the best quotes from his press conference.
“It’s been encouraging. Good start. A lot of new faces and a big turnaround in the squad.
“But the guys who have come in have worked hard and blended in with the group we had there already.
“It’s been an encouraging start. We know it’s early days.
“But certainly in terms of players taking on information and getting themselves ready physically for what we know is going to be a tough season ahead. I think it’s been encouraging.
“So, we keep going. Another tough game on Tuesday night at Dumbarton. We keep the process going of getting through this League Cup first and foremost. That’s the main target. Then obviously with a few to starting the league campaign.”
“We’ve got a competitive squad. A really competitive squad.
“The guys that have not started are really chapping at the door. We put a big emphasis on that here.
“It’s not about the 11. It’s about the guys behind there, driving the guys on lucky enough to get those shirts.
“There will be some changes in the next couple of games. But it won’t be for change’s sake. It will be guys that are deserving of a chance and really pushing to nail down a first team jersey.
“A good indication of that were the substitutes the other night. The subs that came on – Grimmy, Christian and Barry Maguire – came on and you wouldn’t have known there was any change there. If anything, they came on and enhanced the game.
“There’s guys that are ready,It’s testament to how they train, how the group trains as a whole. I think when we are at our best, that is the case at this club.Everybody is pulling together and ready to take their opportunity when they get it.
“So yeah, there will be changes. But it will be done for the right reasons. It’s guys that are really hungry to come in and make an impact.
“It’s not a word that you associate with football a lot is it? Stability?
“Delighted to be given the opportunity to be able to continue working alongside the manager. It’s a couple of years now.
“In that time, there’s been a lot of progress made. As always, there’s big squad turnarounds. Every year presents its own challenges. Certainly since I’ve came into the job.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It has been challenging, but certainly the experience of working alongside the manager, who has done a fantastic job, has been great for me.
“I just want to continue learning and I am delighted I have been given the opportunity to do that.”
Motherwell Football Club will wear sponsorless jerseys in the 2019/20 season, thanks to Paddy Power coming on board as our main sponsor.
We’re now part of the betting firm’s Save Our Shirt campaign, dedicated to removing sponsor logos from the front of jerseys.
Having launched the campaign with Huddersfield Town last week, our club is the next to benefit from the initiative. The front of both our home and away jerseys will be sponsor-free for the duration of the season.
The deal with Paddy Power is the largest in Motherwell FC’s history, and it is a massive boost to the club to be linking up with such a prominent and innovative brand.
“We’re delighted to be associated with Paddy Power’s Save Our Shirt campaign,” Motherwell chairman Jim McMahon said.
“This partnership represents our biggest shirt sponsorship in history, and the chance to team up with a renowned brand. It’s a fantastic achievement by our commercial team to get them on board.
“Paddy Power are forward thinking and innovative, and it is a mark of how our fan-owned club is perceived in the world that we were able to attract such a high-calibre partner.
“We thank them for their support and look forward to working with them over the course of the season.”
Paddy Power will also be our official gaming partner for the 2019/20 season.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Motherwell are the second club to join the Save Our Shirt campaign, which sees us give something back to the fans – namely, their shirt.
“We’re delighted that The Well are joining in the fun for the upcoming campaign and we’ve been impressed with their ability to keep their involvement top secret, despite all the noise of the past week.
“We’ve been planning this with them for months, and it feels great to finally unveil their involvement and their beautiful home and away kits for next season.”
“We know our place, and it’s not on your shirt.”
For more information on the Save Our Shirt campaign, go to saveourshirt.co.uk.
With six points from six so far in the Betfred Cup group stage, Motherwell head to Dumbarton on Tuesday night in pursuit of another win.
A 3-0 win over Queen of the South on matchday one was followed up by a 4-0 home victory over Morton on Friday, with a performance which has got the Fir Park faithful excited for what lies ahead.
Fans can pay at the gate for £12 for adults and £6 for concessions. Motherwell fans will be accommodated in the west side of the main stand at the ground. Turnstiles are signposted for away fans.
Motherwell sit top of Betfred Cup group E on six points, having played two matches. Queen of the South are the nearest challengers on five, but they have played a game more.
Dumbarton are second bottom in the group with three games played. A 1-0 away win at Annan in their first game was followed up by a 6-1 defeat at Morton, and then a 4-1 loss at home to Queens at the weekend.
Motherwell wait on news on Christopher Long and Devante Cole, who both missed the win over Morton.
David Turnbull (knee), Craig Tanner (knee) and Casper Sloth (compassionate leave) will all miss the match.
Dumbarton advise on the following directions for travelling to the C&G Systems Stadium.
If travelling by car, you should follow the A814 into the town from the main A82 trunk road. Journey along Glasgow Road until you see Dumbarton East Station. Then, 100 yards or so along from the station, you will see a brown sign for the Castle (Victoria Street) and the ground is at the bottom of this road.
By train, Dumbarton East Station is approximately five minutes walk from the stadium.
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James Scott grabbed a double, with Jermaine Hylton and Liam Donnelly also netting, as Motherwell went top of their Betfred Cup group with a 4-0 home win over Greenock Morton.
“We’re only at the start of this. There’s a lot of improvement still to come.”
Stephen Robinson speaks as Motherwell beat Morton 4-0 in the Betfred Cup group stage.
Motherwell topped their Betfred Cup group with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Morton at Fir Park.
James Scott grabbed a double, before Jermaine Hylton and Liam Donnelly added further strikes to put further gloss on the win.
With five summer signings making their home debut, it was an early opportunity for them to impress the Fir Park fans and the BT Sport viewers at home.
And almost immediately Sherwin Seedorf, with some deft touches and a fierce turn of pace, caught the eye.
After Morton had a couple of attempts wide of Mark Gillespie’s goal, Seedorf cleverly played in Scott. From a tight angle he forced the first save from Sam Ramsbottom.
‘Well’s teenage striker came closer a minute later when he redirected Jake Carroll’s powerful drive, with the ball clipping the top of the crossbar.
In the 17th minute, Seedorf decided to go it alone and when his first angled drive was parried by Ramsbottom, the Dutchman fired in the rebound, producing a terrific save from the Morton ‘keeper.
There was no surprise when the Steelmen opened the scoring five minutes later – with Seedorf the provider.
Liam Polworth, who showed some wonderful vision and passing, released the flying Dutchman, who sped into the box. He squared the ball across goal, leaving Scott with a simple tap in to open his account for the season.
Scott should have made it a double on the half hour mark, when a perfectly weighted pass from Polworth sent the striker through on goal. But once inside the box, he dithered allowing Jim McAllister to clear the danger.
At the other end of the pitch Gillespie was totally idle until a minute from the break. Former ‘Well striker John Sutton slipped the ball in front of Aidan Nesbitt and from the angle of the six yard box, his snap shot forced the ‘Well ‘keeper to stab out a foot to divert the ball away from goal.
Fifteen minutes into the second half and seeking a second goal to kill the tie, Scott tried his luck with a dipping drive from 35 yards which forced Ramsbottom to push the ball over his bar. From the resultant well-worked corner, Polworth played the ball in front of Seedorf, who fired it narrowly over.
That was the last action for the impressive winger who was replaced by Christian Ilic.
As the Fir Park side continued to press the game towards the visitor’s goal, Hylton cut inside to fire a low drive from the corner of the box which the ‘keeper was glad to beat away.
The Morton goal was finally breached for a second time after 66 minutes. Scott worked a neat one-two with Polworth at the edge of the box and, after taking a touch, the striker slammed the ball down the middle of the goal for his second of the night.
A thundering drive from Allan Campbell forced another fine save from Ramsbottom but the Morton ‘keeper was helpless when ‘Well made it 3-0 after 76 minutes.
Hylton showed quick feet to create space at the edge of the box, before curling a low shot beyond the ‘keeper and inside his right post to make it two goals in two games.
Another quality goal arrived nine minutes from time. Ilic showed great skills on the left before floating over a teasing cross. Ramsbottom could only palm the ball out to Scott and although his effort was blocked, Liam Donnelly rammed the rebound home to make it four.
Croatian midfielder Ilic came close to making it five when he collected a pass from Scott, stepped inside his marker only to see his low drive cleared off the line.
Perhaps promisingly, ‘Well had to settle for a 4-0 win over Morton, a repeat of the scoreline at the same stage two years ago, when the Fir Park men progressed all the way to the Betfred Cup Final.