The best of the action as Motherwell go out of the Betfred Cup at the hands of Hearts.
- First team
Highlights from cup loss to HeartsFriday 16 August 2019
- First team
Manager reacts to Hearts defeatFriday 16 August 2019
“There’s lessons to be learned. We weren’t good enough.”
Stephen Robinson speaks as Motherwell exit the Betfred Cup at the hands of Hearts.
- First team
Motherwell go out of Betfred CupFriday 16 August 2019
Motherwell crashed out of the Betfred Cup on a horrible night on and off the park.
Hearts made the most of their first half supremacy and a sodden pitch, with goals from Michael Smith and Conor Washington providing them with a 2-0 lead.
‘Well weathered the storm and as the heavy rain subsided in the second half, Christopher Long pulled one back and give the Fir Park men some 30 minutes to keep their cup hopes alive.
However, for the second consecutive season in the Betfred Cup, it was the Tynecastle men who progressed to the next round.
Stephen Robinson largely stood by the side which lost heavily to Celtic, making only one change with James Scott coming in to lead the attack and hopefully add to his three Betfred cup goals.
Hearts manager Craig Levein wasted no time bringing in on loan Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira to replace the underfire Zdenek Zlamal.
It was his opposite number who was put under immediate pressure as the Edinburgh pressed from the kick-off looking for an early advantage.
Mark Gillespie had to be brave and come through a pack of players to punch clear Andy irving’s free kick.
But after eight minutes when the ‘Well ‘keeper next punched away the Hearts midfielder’s corner it fell for Christophe Berra. Although his shot lacked any power, it was nudged on by Conor Washington and when it struck Charles Dunne’s hand, under the new ruling referee Bobby Madden had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot.
It looked the perfect chance for Hearts’ opener but Sean Clare slammed the spot kick against the foot off the post and Motherwell breathed a sigh of relief.
The Tynecastle side, undaunted by the missed opportunity, controlled the flow of the game.
It took the home side to muster any threat on the visitor’s goal and although Richard Tait’s deep cross was inviting it bounced a metre in front of Sherwin Seedorf as he raced towards the back post.
Three minutes later the on loan keeper was forced into action. Scot made a powerful run to the byeline before cutting the ball back to Alan Campbell. His shot was palmed out by Pereira but in the scramble which ensued in the six yard box neither Campbell or Seedorf could get the vital touch.
Most of the action was in the home box and after 25 minutes Dunne had to show terrific turn of pace to nick the ball off Washington’s toes. Two minutes later Gillespie was a full stretch along the Fir Park turf to block Jamie Walker low driven shot.
Five minutes from a half that they completely dominated Hearts deservedly took the lead with a fine goal. Fullback Smith drifted in from the right touchline and from the edge of the area his left foot drive whizzed through a busy penalty box before nestling in Gillespie right hand corner of the net.
As the rain clouds burst overhead the ‘Well forced a couple of efforts on the Hearts’ goal but from a tight angle and 25 yards, Jermaine Hylton and Liam Donnelly’s shots were comfortably held by Pereira.
The sodden pitch contributed to Hearts grabbing a second goal in injury time. Mulraney chased a long through ball into the box but as Gillespie slid out to collect, he caught the Hearts player.
At the second time of asking Washington made no mistake from the spot blasting the Tynecastle sid into a 2-0 lead.
Trying to retrieve themselves from an almost impossible position, ‘Well restarted the second forty five with the double threat of Christopher Long and Devante Cole up front.
It was Gillespie, though, who had to contend with the tricky surface firmly holding Clare’s grounder from 20 yards.
Just before the half hour mark Motherwell’s half time change paid off. Liam Polworth carried the ball towards the box before sliding a pass into Long and from an angle he slipped the ball under the ‘keeper to bring the home side back into contention.
With Christian Ilic waiting to take over from Alan Campbell, ‘Well forced a free kick near the corned flag. Polworth low drive found Washingson at the front of the six yard box and his touch was carrying the ball into his own net until Pereira reacted to push the ball round his post.
Three minutes from time Gillespie made a terrific one footed block to deny Aidan White from eight yards and keep alive ‘Well’s faint hopes of taking the tie to extra time.
But it was Hearts who held on to their slender lead and progress to the quarter-finals.
Cooper Bar open on Friday nightFriday 16 August 2019
Come and have some food and drink with us before the match on Friday in our Cooper Bar.
Open from 5pm for both Motherwell and Hearts supporters, we’ve got a new food menu for you to enjoy, as well as our popular bar.
If you’re bringing the kids, we’ve got a whole load of activities from table football and giant Jenga, to being able to meet Steelman.
A first team player will also be coming along to meet supporters as we count down to kick off at 7.45pm.
- First team
Stephen Robinson speaks ahead of HeartsThursday 15 August 2019
‘Well boss Stephen Robinson spoke about the opposition, learning from mistakes and the importance of cup progression ahead of Friday’s Betfred Cup tie.
The manager spoke to the broadcast media on Thursday afternoon.
On learning lessons
“We’ve not had to really do it in pre-season. We’ve dominated every game, bar the Livingston game, where it was more of a 50/50 game and a bit of a scrap.
“So that was the first time we’ve really had to press at a high intensity. And we were only able to do that for 45 minutes. So it’s another game under their belt.
“I think the new players that have come in, you put Devante Cole and James Scott into that as well, then it gives them another bit of fitness.
“And when you are playing against a team that can bring on a £10m striker, a £2m winger and goodness knows what Ryan Christie is worth, then that’s the level you’re playing against. They continue to play and probe you, and you continue to have to press.
“That won’t be the case in every single game. There’s lots of positives I take out of the game. We went against a top side. Anyone who came in and saw that first half would think it’s two very good teams going against each other.
“We ran out of steam. And you have to give credit where credit is due. They are quality. They had five shots on target and scored all five. So that’s the difference in levels. We won’t come across that every week.
“So the positives I’ll take are we will approach the game the same way.We will be very confident. We will be attack minded.
“The individual errors we made have to stop. People will get another opportunity but they won’t get loads of opportunities if that’s continuing to be the
individual errors they make.
“But we’ve been very good. We’ve had five clean sheets up until then. So we will go again and we will go in with confidence.”
“They are a big, strong, physical side with real threats in the team. The squad they’ve put together, they’ve put together with a lot of money.
“They are a good squad. They maybe haven’t had quite the start but they are in the same round of the cup as us, and we’ve played two league games. So you have to put that into perspective.
“It will be a very tough game for us. But one we are looking forward to. Friday night, under the lights at Fir Park.It is an exciting one.”
On cup incentive
“When you get to the quarter-finals or semi-finals at Hampden, that takes care of itself. The media attention, the stadiums, the size of the crowds, it takes care of itself. It’s them early rounds.
“We did show a video of how we got to the cup finals right at the start of the season. Because that’s the bits that get you there. This is another game towards that.
“It’s a tough test. Perhaps we were unfortunate to get such a strong team when we’ve been seeded.But we will deal with that.
“If we are going to progress in the cup competitions, you have to beat the better teams in the competition. We will deal with that and be up for Friday night.”
Ladies Day returns for 2019Wednesday 14 August 2019
Our ever-popular Ladies Day event returns for 2019 when Motherwell host Ross County on Saturday, 21 September.
Hosted by Clyde 1’s Amber Zoe, there’s a full day of fun and laughter planned, as well as a £100 cash prize and runners-up prizes for the best dressed in attendance.
Priced at £45 for season ticket holders, and £55 for non-season ticket holders, our package includes:
- A two-course meal
- Match ticket
- Best dressed competition
- Games and music
It’s a day not to be missed, thanks to our partners SRB Wealth Management and Cadzow Nursery.
Motherwell learn SSE Scottish Cup fateWednesday 14 August 2019
Motherwell will take on either Hutchison Vale or Inverness CT in the fourth round of the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup.
After defeating title-chasing SWPL2 side Partick Thistle at the weekend, Donald Jennow’s side will play hosts at Ravenscraig on Sunday, 25 August. A kick-off time will be announced shortly.
Hutchison Vale and Inverness CT will play each other on 18 August to determine which team will take on last year’s finalists.
Motherwell have already faced Hutchison Vale in the SWPL Cup this season, winning 13-0 away to progress against the SWPL2 side.
Inverness CT play in the third tier, and currently sit fifth in their table, nine points behind Aberdeen.
- Reserves & Under 18s
Colts exit Tunnock’s CupTuesday 13 August 2019
Motherwell’s Colts side bowed out of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup with a 4-0 loss at Clyde on Tuesday night.
A youthful Steelmen squad held their own in large spells against League One opposition, but struggled to create telling chances and were punished by their opponents.
It took five minutes for the experienced hosts to take the lead.
A long throw was flicked on at the front post and over the heads of the Motherwell defence. David Goodwillie was waiting to put the ball into the net from close range on the right side of the goal.
Clyde continued to test PJ Morrison in the visiting goal, before the youthful Steelmen started to settle into possession. But they failed to open up the home defence to seriously test David Mitchell in goal.
After a balanced start to the second half, a decisive counter attack doubled the hosts’ advantage.
A breakaway following a loose pass in the middle set Goodwillie scampering clear.
His shot came back off the right post and into the path of Ally Love, who steered home into the empty net.
It didn’t take long for the third to come. Ally Love’s corner from the right drifted over everyone and Martin McNiff was there at the back post to head it in.
PJ Morrison had to stand tall on several occasions in one v one situations to keep the score down, as Clyde went hunting to add to their three-goal advantage.
The fourth came with five to play. A free-kick from the left made it to the box unchecked, and McNiff netted his second, with the ball bouncing up past a helpless Morrison.
Motherwell: Morrison, Brown, Devine, Hussain, Carroll, Kettings, McDonald, Ferguson, Cook (Williamson), Robertson, Starrs.
Subs not used: Hemfrey, Muir.
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Liam Donnelly is July player of the monthTuesday 13 August 2019
Liam Donnelly has been named as the Tullibardine Motherwell player of the month for July.
The midfielder won the public vote after finding the back of the net four times in three Betfred Cup group stage games.
He has since continued his form into the new month, netting two goals against Celtic to take his tally to the season to six.
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Next up: HeartsMonday 12 August 2019
It’s back to cup football on Friday night, as Hearts visit Motherwell in the last 16 of the Betfred Cup.
Tickets are available to buy online now for Motherwell supporters. Hearts fans should contact their club direct.
Kick off on Friday at 7.45pm. Our Cooper Bar is open from 5pm for fans to enjoy pre-match food and drink.
Tale of the tape
Hearts and Motherwell both sit with a point in the Ladbrokes Premiership from two games so far, having drawn with Ross County and Livingston respectively.
In the Betfred Cup, Hearts went into the last 16 draw unseeded after progressing as group winners with nine points. They beat Stenhousemuir and Cowdenbeath, before taking a bonus point after a draw with Dundee United, and taking a point at East Fife.
Motherwell had a 100% record in their group, beating Queen of the South, Morton, Dumbarton and Annan Athletic, scoring 13 goals and conceding none along the way.
Head to head
Hearts have won three of the last five meetings between the two clubs, with Motherwell winning the other two.
The last encounter came at Fir Park in February, with David Turnbull’s last-minute winner sealing victory for the Steelmen in the league.
The visitors won the last cup match between the two, which came in the 2018/19 Betfred Cup quarter finals at Tynecastle. In an end-to-end game, Craig Levein’s side eventually prevailed 4-2.
Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office for Motherwell supporters. You can also pay at the gate, but advance purchase is advised.
Hearts fans should contact their club direct.
Adult £15 Over 60s / 18 and under / full-time students £10 Under 16s £5
Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email email@example.com.
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