“We were well worth our win and we arguably could have won by more goals. But we won’t get carried away.”
Stephen Robinson speaks after the 3-0 win over Hibernian.
“We were well worth our win and we arguably could have won by more goals. But we won’t get carried away.”
Stephen Robinson speaks after the 3-0 win over Hibernian.
Motherwell emerged from a tight and entertaining game with a convincing 3-0 win over Hibernian.
A screamer from Sherwin Seedorf midway through the first half was all that separated the sides at the end of a keenly contested first 45.
But another penalty converted by Liam Donnelly, for his eighth of the season, and a terrific finish from Jermaine Hylton had the points well wrapped up before the final whistle.
Stephen Robinson kept faith with the side which won convincingly at Hamilton, the only change being the return of Jake Carroll at left back with Charles Dunne moving to the bench. Richard Tait had also recovered from last week’s virus but the defender had to be content with a seat beside Dunne.
It was a furious opening from both sides, and within 30 seconds Mark Gillespie was forced to dive and beat away a Florian Kamberi shot.
A minute later a neat exchange between Christopher Long and James Scott at the edge of the box opened up the Hibs defence. But having created the space the former Blackpool striker’s side foot from 12 yards was blocked by Ofir Marciano’s outstretched boot.
The Easter Road men had more of the ball and referee Steven McLean allowed them two opportunities to break the deadlock. Despite Liam Donnelly’s tug on Scott Allan, the visitor’s were given the advantage until Daryl Horgan’s shot was blocked inside the box.
The ref then awarded Hibs the free kick. Stevie Mallan whipped the ball over the defensive wall and heading just inside the post until a superb one handed save from Gillespie pushed the ball behind.
Liam Polworth, having recovered from an early knock then slid a superb pass behind Steven Whittaker and into Seedorf’s path but his drive from 18 yards was blocked.
Then in the 22nd minute Hibs almost grabbed a controversial opener. A clear handball from Lewis Stevenson just outside his own box was undetected by the assistant referee. Play then raced down the pitch where Glenn Middleton’s angled drive forced another good stop from Gillespie.
The ‘Well ‘keeper immediately sent play to the other end where Seedorf cut in from the left wing and from the corner of the box sent a sensational drive flying low across Marciano and into the corner of the Hibs’ net.
In a highly open and entertaining first half play continued to race from end to end.
The best chance came ‘Well’s way after 36 minutes. Scott, revelling in his role on the right, cut in and sent a cross field pass to Seedorf. When the Dutch winger cut the ball back from the byeline, Scott had continued his run to the corner of the six yard box, only to scoop his shot over the bar.
Gillespie then made another crucial stop, blocking Kamberi’s powerful angled drive with his right boot.
The Fir Park men finished the first half on the front foot and two successive inviting crosses from Carroll found Long and Scott with neither striker able to direct the ball towards goal.
As the second half got underway, Hibs still looked threatening with some sublime passes from Scott Allan opening up the home defence.
Motherwell’s build up play was equally impressive and slick passing involving Seedorf, Carroll and Long produced first corner of the half.
When Polworth’s corner kick found Declan Gallagher towering beyond the back post, his downward header looked like a second goal for ‘Well until Marciano scooped it up and off his line. The ‘keeper was then relieved to watch Long react inside the packed six yard box only to nod the ball over the bar.
Eight minutes later and Long passed up another great chance to extend the home side’s lead. Peter Hartley’s deflected pass played the striker onside but having time to pick his spot behind the helpless ‘keeper he allowed Marciano to stretch out a leg and force his shot over the bar.
You suspected the Fir Park men might regret those missed opportunities to put the game beyond the Edinburgh side.
In the 63rd minute Scott hurdled a couple of challenges as he galloped down the left but his intended lay back for Long found Seedorf running in front of his team mate and the chance was wasted.
That was the last involvement for the tireless pair as they made way for Devante Cole and Jermaine Hylton in the 65th minute.
The ‘Well winger was immediately involved when he was pulled to the ground by Whittaker as he made his way into the box. While the home fans screamed for a penalty the referee astonishingly awarded the free kick to Hibs.
After 72 minutes Adam Jackson should have had the 1600 Hibs fans behind Gillespie’s goal on their feet celebrating an equaliser but his tame effort from 10 yards afforded the ‘Well ‘keeper a comfortable save.
James Scott, now on the right, was still causing Hibs problems and his clever foot work in the corner after 78 miutes earned ‘Well another corner.
Once agin Polworth found Gallagher’s head and when his goal bound effort clattered off Adam’s raised hand the ref immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Donnelly’s run up was short but decisive as he sent Marciano the wrong way and bag his fourth goal in three league games.
Hylton then cheekily nutmegged Whittaker to find Cole who turned his marker only to see Marciano’s boot deny him his first goal.
The ‘Well defence with Gallagher and Hartley in particular stood tall and strong to any kind of fightback from the visitor’s.
However, any doubts the points were staying at Fir Park were erased four minutes from time with a wonderful solo effort from Hylton. An electric burst of pace took the former Solihull Moors winger inside Horgan before he unleashed a thundering drive which Marciano couldn’t prevent from screeching high into his net.
The Hibs ‘keeper was shaping up as the visitor’s man of the match when he produced another flying save in the dying minutes to turn away another effort from Cole as ‘Well ran out comprehensive winners.
Have a drink and something to eat in our Cooper Bar before Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match with Hibernian.
We’re open from 11:30am on the first floor of our Cooper stand. Fans of both clubs are welcome to join us.
In addition to the food and drink on offer, we’ve also got a face painter in attendance and games for the kids, as well as appearances from Steelman and a first team player, as we build up to kick off.
Motherwell’s scheduled fixtures with Celtic and Rangers in the remainder of 2019 will all be rescheduled.
The Steelmen were due to travel to Ibrox on Saturday, 26 October and to Celtic Park on Saturday, 9 November.
Rangers were also pencilled to visit Fir Park on Saturday, 14 December.
As a result of Celtic and Rangers’ involvement in the UEFA Europa League, all three fixtures will now be played on the Sunday.
Kick off times for the games are currently set at 3pm. They may be subject to change, if games are selected for television at a later date.
|Fixture||Original date||New date|
|Rangers v Motherwell||Saturday, 26 October||Sunday, 27 October|
|Celtic v Motherwell||Saturday, 9 November||Sunday, 10 November|
|Motherwell v Rangers||Saturday, 14 December||Sunday, 15 December|
Stephen Robinson discussed facing Hibernian, offering new contracts and the looming transfer deadline to the media on Friday.
Here’s what he had to say.
“I’m not sure what other people were expecting of Hibs. I concentrate on Motherwell.
“But what I do know is they’ve got a very good manager who did wonders last season as well.
“He propelled them into the top six. And they’ve got a very strong squad of players.
“A huge football club and it’s a big test for us again. It sees where we are.
“We’ve beat Hamilton. We got a brilliant away draw at Livingston as well. Make no mistake, that’s a good result on that surface away at Livingston.
“We have to take it a little bit further and try and get the first home win of the season.”
“I’ve offered Trevor Carson and Mark Gillespie new contracts. That’s what we are trying to do. We are trying to build a squad.
“We are trying to keep the squad getting stronger as well as bringing other players in. We have to make sure we secure the players we’ve got.
“So the two goalkeepers, plus another couple of outfield players we are trying to start discussions with early on and keep building what we are doing.
“We’ve got brilliant competition for the number one jersey and there’s nothing between the two goalkeepers.
“Whether they sign that or not, that’s up to them.We’ve put that in front of them.
“I think it would be a real positive to get both signed to keep the goalkeeping department strong.
“There’s other players we’re opening early negotiations with even though their contracts aren’t up until the end of the season.
“We’ve done a lot of transfer activity early on, it’s important we secure people that are here as well.”
“[We are] always looking. Always looking.
“I think I’ve said all along it has to be someone that either is going to be in the starting 11, or is going to really push people that are in the starting 11.
“We’ve got our eyes on people. We had a deal fall through last week we thought was over the line.
“But I’m not just going to bring people in to make up numbers. I think that’s important.
“I would rather use the money to secure people that are here. Put contract offers as we’ve already discussed to other people.
“But potentially, potentially we could have one in on Monday.”
Fans outside of the UK/Ireland can watch Motherwell v Hibernian live through our streaming service on Saturday.
Kick off at Fir Park is at 3pm BST, and the game is available as part of a subscription package priced at £12 a month.
To subscribe, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk.
All of our home matches are broadcast on the service, as well as the majority of away matches in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
If you are in the UK or Ireland and can’t make the game, there’s also a live audio service available for £5.99 a month. All subscribers also get access to extended highlights and full match replays.
2019/20 Motherwell streaming service
|31 August 2019||Motherwell v Hibernian||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|14 September 2019||Hearts v Motherwell||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|21 September 2019||Motherwell v Ross County||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|28 September 2019||St Johnstone v Motherwell||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|5 October 2019||Motherwell v St Mirren||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|19 October 2019||Motherwell v Aberdeen||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|27 October 2019||Rangers v Motherwell||Live audio only|
|30 October 2019||Motherwell v Kilmarnock||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|2 November 2019||Motherwell v Livingston||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|10 November 2019||Celtic v Motherwell||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|23 November 2019||Hibernian v Motherwell||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|30 November 2019||Motherwell v St Johnstone||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|4 December 2019||St Mirren v Motherwell||Live audio only|
|7 December 2019||Motherwell v Hearts||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|15 December 2019||Motherwell v Rangers||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|21 December 2019||Kilmarnock v Motherwell||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|26 December 2019||Ross County v Motherwell||Live audio only|
|29 December 2019||Motherwell v Hamilton||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|22 January 2020||Aberdeen v Motherwell||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|25 January 2020||Motherwell v Hibernian||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|1 February 2020||Livingston v Motherwell||Live audio only|
|5 February 2020||Motherwell v Celtic||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|12 February 2020||St Johnstone v Motherwell||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|15 February 2020||Motherwell v St Mirren||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|22 February 2020||Hamilton v Motherwell||Live audio only|
|4 March 2020||Motherwell v Ross County||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|7 March 2020||Hearts v Motherwell||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|14 March 2020||Motherwell v Aberdeen||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|21 March 2020||Motherwell v Kilmarnock||Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all|
|4 April 2020||Rangers v Motherwell||Live audio only|
Motherwell will face Queen’s Park in the quarter-finals of the 2019 SSE Scottish Women’s Cup.
Last year’s finalists will host the SWFL1 team at Ravenscraig on Sunday, 15 September.
Donald Jennow’s side have defeated Partick Thistle and Inverness CT so far in the competition.
Queen’s Park have so far seen off Westdyke Ladies and Dunfermline Athletic.
SSE Scottish Women’s Cup quarter-final draw
Hibernian v Hamilton Academical
Celtic v Glasgow City
Motherwell v Queen’s Park
Aberdeen v Rangers
Trevor Carson and Liam Donnelly are in the Northern Ireland squad for their matches with Luxembourg and Germany.
The Motherwell duo are in Michael O’Neill’s selection for the respective friendly and Euro 2020 qualifier.
Carson will be looking to add to his four international caps so far, having made his debut for his country in 2018.
The goalkeeper makes his first formal return to the squad after recovering for DVT, although he was involved in a training camp in the summer.
Donnelly, the record cap holder at Under 21 level for his country, makes his return to the senior squad after picking up his only cap in a match with Chile in 2014.
The 23-year-old has started the season in blistering form for Motherwell, scoring seven goals in seven games after switching from defence to central midfield.
We’ve got great last-minute deals in our hospitality lounges and boxes for our game with Hibernian.
We have great offers available for the Ladbrokes Premiership match on Saturday 31 August. You can buy online right now, or phone our hospitality team on 01698 338012.
A two-course meal with half-time refreshments served within our Centenary Suite with main stand seating and a pay bar for £80 per person, or £45 per person for season ticket holders. A fully-inclusive bar is also available for £120 per person.
Inclusive bar with two-course meal and half-time snacks with indoor seating for £70 per person for our beer and wine package, or £90 for our spirits, beer and wine package.
View the match from the comfort of one of our boxes at the top of the Davie Cooper Stand. With access to the Cooper Bar before and after the match, and half-time refreshments, tea, coffee, pies and cakes, our deal is available for £50 per person.
If you’re a season ticket holder, you can upgrade for £40 per person.
Enjoy hot snacks with half-time refreshments with main stand seating for £75 per person, with an inclusive bar one hour before and one hour following the match. We also have an offer for Under 18s priced at £30.
The dress code for all areas is smart, with no jeans, trainers or colours. To book, please phone our hospitality team on 01698 338012 or book online at tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk.
Motherwell opened their Reserve League Cup Group A campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Morton at Cappielow.
Goals from Yussuf Hussain, Ross MacIver and a Christian Ilic double ensured last year’s finalists got off to the perfect start.
Maurice Ross was able to call on the likes of Ilic and Craig Tanner for the cup tie, whist Livingstone, Barry Maguire, David Devine and Dean Cornelius also have top-team experience.
Motherwell made a positive start to the match with a low Ilic shot and a MacIver effort over the bar setting the early tone for the afternoon.
The hosts didn’t heed that warning though as the Steelmen got themselves ahead with their next attack.
An impressive passing combination allowed Tanner to collect deep in Morton territory. He turned well before whipping a ball across goal where Ilic was on hand to head home from close range.
The Steelmen had a golden opportunity to double their advantage ten minutes later, when Ilic was brought down inside the box for a penalty.
Cole Starrs stepped up, but his low effort was expertly turned away by Sam Ramsbottom in the home goal.
‘Well continued to dominate and the second was inevitable. It came via a set-piece just before the half hour mark, Tanner’s dipping corner was prodded home at the back post by Hussain.
Tanner was proving a threat from deep and he almost got his name amongst the scorers himself, his shot deflected on route after good hold up play by Starrs inside the area.
He was in the mix again shortly after, twisting and turning in the box only for his low shot to be turned away by Ramsbottom.
Just before the break, Ilic had a wonderful chance to make it three, when he found himself one-on-one with Ramsbottom. The Morton keeper did well to stand up and got a vital block before it was hooked clear.
The second half started much as the same the first ended, with the Fir Parkers on top. Tanner’s low pass had Starrs haring away from the last ‘Ton defender, but Ramsbottom was again equal to the low shot.
Incredibly, with their first real attack of the afternoon, Morton reduced the arrears by one. A long, hopeful punt over the top had Shaun Rodgers racing clear. He used the bounce of the ball to loop it smartly over Morrison and into the net.
Motherwell recovered from that bow and could and perhaps should’ve reestablished their two goal advantage, but Starrs could only turn a Tanner corner wide of target under no pressure.
Findlay Cook was introduced in place of Starrs for the last ten minutes and his first touch was to send a fizzing shot over the cross bar from the edge of the box.
‘Well wrapped up the game in the dying minutes when Ross MacIver got on the end of a Livingstone cross from the left to bundle home at the second attempt, before Ilic grabbed his second of the game, slamming home after Cornelius’ tempting ball from the left.
Motherwell: Morrison, Brown (McDonald), Livingstone, Hussain, Devine, Maguire, Cornelius, MacIver, Tanner, Ilic, Starrs (Cook)
Subs Not Used: Connolly, Muir, Kettings, Williamson