Hospitality packages for Kilmarnock and Livingston
Next up: Kilmarnock
Monday 28 October 2019
Kilmarnock are the visitors to Fir Park in midweek, as Motherwell look to arrest a run of two defeats.
Killie leapfrogged the Steelmen into third at the weekend, with Stephen Robinson’s side in fourth spot.
Kick off at Fir Park on Wednesday is at 7.45pm.
Tale of the tape
Back-to-back losses to Aberdeen and Rangers saw Motherwell drop a place in the league but form across the season remains positive, with five wins from 10 matches.
After a nervy start to the season, and the disappointment of going out of the UEFA Europa League at the hands of minnows Connah’s Quay Nomads, Angelo Alessio has steadied the ship and returned the team to form.
With wins in their last three league matches, Killie sit a point ahead of Motherwell going into the match.
Head to head
Motherwell haven’t won in their last five against Kilmarnock, losing four and drawing one.
The Steelmen have also netted just once – in a 3-1 defeat in September 2018 – and conceded six.
“We gave them more than a game. The challenge now is taking our quality today into the next matches.”
Stephen Robinson reacts to the narrow loss at Rangers.
Motherwell lose out at Rangers
Sunday 27 October 2019
Despite a terrific performance both tactically and in terms of commitment, Motherwell failed to take a point from an absorbing encounter at Ibrox.
Devante Cole’s 20th minute strike was just reward for Motherwell’s positive start and first half display. Jermaine Defoe grabbed the equaliser just prior to the half-time whistle, but that failed to deter the Steelmen, who were eventually beaten by Filip Helander’s headed winner 11 minutes from time.
Much to their credit the Fir Park men failed to fold and ended the game pressing the home side for a deserved equaliser and a well earned point.
Looking to reclaim third spot in the league Stephen Robinson made four changes from the side which lost to Aberdeen.
Bevis Mugabi made his first start, and with Jake Carroll back from injury he formed a back five. Liam Donnelly, returning from suspension, was anchored in front of the back line providing ‘Well with a strong defensive unit to blunt a free scoring Rangers’ attack.
However, at the other end of the park, and for the first time, the ‘Well boss opted to pair Christopher Long and Devante Cole in attack, in the hope of giving the home defence some problems of their own.
As it tuned out the first couple of goal threats came from the visitors. With three minutes on the clock Long released Liam Grimshaw down the right flank and when his low cross was partially cleared the ball found Long but his curled effort flew over the crossbar.
Two minutes later the former Blackpool striker was a couple of strides away from reaching Liam Polworth’s decisive through ball as Alan McGregor raced from his line to smother the threat.
The home side had a couple of long range efforts off target as the ‘Well defence stood tall against a series of crosses.
However, with 20 minutes played and just when the Ibrox fans thought their side was getting into its stride, the Fir Park men stunned them with the opening goal.
Allan Campbell, who showed great tenacity at the edge of his own box to win a free kick, then popped up at the other end where his snap shot was blocked. With his back to goal Cole collected the loose ball tuned and from 15 yards drilled a low shot past the diving McGregor to give the Steelmen a lead to protect.
Not surprisingly Rangers came surging forward in pursuit of a quick equaliser and within a couple of minutes there were two strong appeals for a penalty as they claimed the ball clattered off Peter Hartley’s and then Grimshaw’s arms. Mugabi, looking big and solid between Hartley and Declan Gallagher bravely charged down Greg Stewart’s powerful drive as the intensity around the visitor’s penalty area increased.
Rangers were finally awarded a spot kick after 37 minutes. Heading for the byline, James Tavernier hit the ground as he nipped past Polworth much to the ‘Well man’s indignation. Despite the Fir Park players pleas to referee Andrew Dallas, the decision stood – only for Tavernier to smack the spot kick off the foot of the post.
Three minutes from the break Steven Gerrard made an early change bringing on the highly rated Ryan Kent. And in injury time Rangers grabbed the equaliser, as ‘Well players again protested.
As Donnelly claimed a foul, Jermaine Defoe headed towards the visitor’s box where he set up Scott Arfield. From 20 yards the Canadian’s thumping drive was beaten out by Mark Gillespie but only as far as Defoe, who from an angle, slammed the ball under the ‘keeper to make it all level at the interval.
Ten minutes into the second half and with Rangers furiously pressing to take the lead, ‘Well made their first substitution Richard Tait replacing Carroll at left back.
Campbell, thriving on the midfield action, shrugged off a couple of challenges but after a smart exchange with Cole he just failed to play the on loan Wigan striker in behind the home defence.
Despite Rangers’ possession around the box, Gillespie was well protected until 62 minutes when he threw himself low to his left to push Tavernier’s angled shot beyond his post. A minute later Donnelly’s trip on Defoe 20 yards from goal presented Tavernier with another set piece but the full back fired the free kick over Gillespie’s bar.
As the Ibrox side became increasingly frustrated as they failed to break through the organised and hard working ‘Well defence, the Steelmen had a great chance to score on the counter-attack.
Campbell again did the spade work releasing Cole who carried the ball towards the Rangers’ box before playing in Long. Although the angle was tight he failed to test McGregor firing his shot into the side netting.
With 20 minutes remaining and the frustrations extending to the home stands, Gerrard sent on top goal scorer Alfredo Morelos. ‘Well then made a positive change when Jermaine Hylton took over from the tiring Long.
Morelos’ only chance came when he latched on to a though ball but closely marshalled by Hartley the Columbian’s touch was gathered by Gillespie.
Rangers finally grabbed the eventual winner after 79 minutes. Helander threw himself in front of Mugabi to nod Tavernier’s corner beyond the diving Gillespie and inside the ‘keeper’s right had post.
Sherwin Seedorf immediately replaced Mugabi as Motherwell pressed Rangers for the closing stages in search of an equaliser.
With five minutes additional time indicated it was the Rangers’ fans who were disgruntled and screaming for the final whistle as the home side hung on to their slender lead.
‘Well now look to the visit of Kilmarnock on Wednesday to overtake the Ayrshire side and move back into third place.
Spartans trip for Well in SWPL1
Sunday 27 October 2019
It’s a trip to Edinburgh on Sunday for Motherwell in SWPL1, as Donald Jennow’s side take on near-challengers Spartans.
After enduring defeat to Glasgow City in midweek as the league giants went for the win that would give them the title, the women of steel now face a side they’re chasing to try and finish above in the league.
Kick-off is at 1pm at Ainslie Park. Adult entry is £5, concessions £3 and Under 16s go for free.
Spartans – fifth in SWPL1 – 20 points
Motherwell – sixth in SWPL1 – 18 points
Head to head
Motherwell are looking to claim back fifth spot in the league with a victory, albeit knowing their opponents still have two games in hand as the season races to its close.
The two sides have faced each other five times since the first meeting in 2017, which finished 4-3 to Spartans in the SWPL Cup.
Victory for then-second-tier Motherwell in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final last October was a hugely significant win for the team, setting up a place in the final against Hibernian.
In the league this campaign, Spartans were 3-1 winners on Motherwell’s last trip east, with a 0-0 draw at Ravenscraig last time out.
Spartans were also 5-0 SWPL Cup winners in Motherwell earlier this campaign.
WHAT THEY SAID
“This is a chance for us to put the disappointment of the last few weeks behind us and finish the season strongly,” head coach Jennow said.
“We’ve had to come up against all of the top four in our last five matches, so we have to ensure that doesn’t take its toll.
“Spartans are also strong, as we’ve found out this season. But we know realistically we need to get a positive result to have a chance of finishing above them in the table.”
Live commentary available from Ibrox
Sunday 27 October 2019
Wherever you are, you can listen to live audio commentary from Rangers v Motherwell on Sunday.
Rangers lie in wait for Motherwell at Ibrox on Sunday in the Ladbrokes Premiership, as they return to league action after facing Porto in Europe on Thursday night.
Here’s the lowdown on our opponents.
The story so far
Sitting joint top of the Premiership with Celtic, Steven Gerrard’s side are second solely on the count of scoring one goal less than Celtic. They are also in the semi-finals of the Betfred Cup, where they will face Hearts on 3 November.
In Europe, they’ve won seven from 11 UEFA Europa League matches and drawn three, with the latest draw coming in an impressive 1-1 draw at Porto on Thursday night.
With seven league wins from nine, Gerrard’s men are in ominous form.
In all competitions, they’ve won nine of their last 10 matches at Ibrox, with their only blip coming in the 2-0 derby loss to Celtic in September.
Their last domestic result was a 1-1 draw at Hearts last weekend.
How they shaped up last time
Three to watch
An integral part of the Rangers defence, Croatian internationalist Nikola Katic has built on the momentum from his strong finish to the 2018-19 season with some excellent displays at the beginning of the new campaign.
Katic was recently rewarded with an extended contract until the summer of 2023 and speaking afterwards Gers boss Steven Gerrard hailed the 23-year-old as a player willing to put his body on the line for the cause.
After having to watch on from the bench as Rangers earned a point against Porto on Thursday, Katic will be determined to return to the starting-eleven as the Ibrox side return their attentions to domestic matters against ‘Well.
Another player celebrating a new deal at Ibrox is Scotland midfielder Ryan Jack, who this week put pen to paper on a contract extension that will see him remain with Rangers until 2023.
A leader in the middle of the park, Jack is closing in on 100 appearances in light blue after joining the club from Aberdeen in the summer of 2017 and has almost been a mainstay in the team since the arrival of Steven Gerrard one year later.
Jack is second in the Scottish Premiership when it comes to progressive passing accuracy and he averages more attempted passes than any other player in the league.
On the back of scoring yet another goal in the Europa League, the hype surrounding Alfredo Morelos has rarely been higher.
The Colombian took his goal brilliantly midweek and has been in fantastic form so far this season – netting 16 times in 21 appearances.
‘Well boss Stephen Robinson will be well aware of the importance of how important shutting out Morelos will be if his side are to upset the odds and leave Govan with a result on Sunday. The striker has scored on both occasions he has come up against Motherwell at Ibrox and will be determined to put the Steelmen to the sword again when the teams clash on Sunday.
Manager looks ahead to Rangers
Thursday 24 October 2019
Stephen Robinson discussed the forthcoming clash with Rangers, the loss to Aberdeen and the difference between home and away form with the broadcast media on Thursday.
Here’s what he had to say.
On defeat to Aberdeen
“Of course we were extremely disappointed. It was a an opportunity to maybe put a little bit of distance between us and Aberdeen.
“People get frustrated. They voice their opinions. The problem is when expectations are risen, which they have massively, when you do lose then the downside of it is that the the criticism is harder.
“But if you want to be up there and you want to be in the top reaches of the league you have to deal with that.
“The players have to deal with that. I’ve warned them time and time again not to read social media and to concentrate on what we’re doing. Keep improving, keep learning and see where it take us.
“Everyone’s dictated to by results. We get beat, we are rubbish. We win, we are brilliant.
“That’s not the way I look at it. There’s lots of good positive aspects from that performance and we have to take the positive aspects and tighten up in the bits we got punished for.”
On facing Rangers
“There’s what you’re in football for. To go to Ibrox and Celtic Park and big venues like that in front of 50,000-60,000 people.
“It gives people an opportunity. Every game gives you an opportunity to express yourself. Show how good a player you are.
“Hopefully we can go and perform. We’ve been there a couple of times. I’ve got results in the past with teams. I’ve had bad experiences there as well. So we need every single player at the top of their game.
“Last week we had four or five. I thought the boys on international duty came back a little bit jaded. A little bit sluggish. We need to be right at the top of our game to make sure we get something out of it.”
On positive away form
“We’ve had a terrific away record. You know we hit teams on the counter, with a lot of pace. All of the forward players have got a lot of pace and it causes teams problems.
“We’ve struggled a little bit more at home because teams have come in and sat in. It’s very difficult to break teams down and teams have done that.
“We have to be clever of that at home. But certainly we go with a lot of confidence away from home.”
Hospitality packages for Kilmarnock and Livingston
Thursday 24 October 2019
There’s still time to secure one of our great hospitality deals for our forthcoming Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures with Kilmarnock and Livingston.
You can buy online right now for Kilmarnock on Wednesday, 30 October, and Livingston on Saturday, 2 November. Alternatively, 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.
South Stand Boxes
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.
Davie Cooper Boxes
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.