Motherwell will host Friday night football in March when Aberdeen visit Fir Park.
The match, originally scheduled for Saturday 14 March, will now be played on Friday 13 March at 7.45pm.
The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport.
Our scheduled match with Celtic on Wednesday 5 February will also be televised, with BT Sport also showing the game. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
Manager speaks ahead of Hibernian trip
Friday 22 November 2019
Stephen Robinson spoke about the international break, Bevis Mugabi’s new deal and facing Hibernian on Friday morning.
Here’s what he said to the broadcast media.
On the break
“It has been a good week. A frustrating week in a way, because a lot of the players aren’t around until the latter stages of the week.
“For Declan Gallagher, Liam Donnelly and Trevor Carson, this is the first day they will train today.
“But it also obviously allows you to pinpoint more individual training, and work on certain aspects of people’s games that we’ve identified can improve.”
On international recognition for players
“[Declan Gallagher] certainly didn’t look out of place. It’s brilliant for the boy’s confidence, as well as the Under 21 boys who went away, with Barry and Allan getting game time under their belt as well. Same for Bevis Mugabi who has gone away and got good results with Uganda.
“For Declan, I thought that his performances were very, very assured for Scotland. Maybe there’s a partnership going forward that will give Steve something to think about.”
On a new deal for Bevis Mugabi
“We’ve only had Bevis for a short period of time. We got quite lucky because Charles got injured the same day we had Bevis in. We were able to find the money to go and do it when we got the injury.
“We are delighted to get somebody who has calibre at that stage of the season. In the two games [at Celtic and Rangers] he came through very difficult games. And I think he acquitted himself very well.
“But he’s under no illusions that he’s got a real fight on his hands to stay in the team.”
On defensive options
“I think they’ve all got different attributes. They all add something to the team. But what all of them have got is they can all defend. First and foremost, they can defend. That’s what we pay them to do.
“I think in modern football, sometimes defenders forget how to defend and it’s all about what they do on the ball. And we’re very lucky that all three of them are very comfortable on the ball as well.
“But first and foremost, they’re willing to get hurt. They’re willing to go and be aggressive – and in both boxes.
“That’s what we judge them on first and foremost. And I think they’ll get better. ”
On getting through the 2019 run-in
“I think we’ve had a lot more injuries in previous years than we have this year, touch wood.
“We probably seen after the two cup finals, we had a really hard time with injuries. Last season, I think we had 13 players out at this stage of the season. And not many of them from muscle injuries that you can do anything about.
“So we are okay where we stand at this moment in time, bar the longer-term boys. We’ve got a lot of competition for places.
“There’s a real fight for places and when I look at the quality we’ve got on the bench, that keeps people on their toes.”
On facing Hibernian
“We go prepared as we always do. Hibs have a high calibre of players and spent a lot of money putting the squad together. They’ve got a lot of talent in the squad.
“So we definitely go there having to be at the top of our game as usual. But we don’t go there with any kind of fear.
“We defeated them already this season with a good result, and people were at the top of the game to get that result. And we’re going to need that again.”
Bevis Mugabi signs new deal
Friday 22 November 2019
Bevis Mugabi has signed a new deal with Motherwell.
The defender, who impressed during his initial short-term contract, will now stay with the club until the summer of 2021.
“I’m delighted to be staying with the club,” Mugabi said after agreeing to stay.
“I’ve had nothing but positive experiences so far with the club and I am glad to now have the chance to stay longer.”
Mugabi has made four appearances for the club since signing in September.
“Bevis gives us another fantastic option in defence and has taken to Scottish football with ease,” manager Stephen Robinson said.
“We’re pleased he’s agreed to stay with us.”
Tickets available at Easter Road
Thursday 21 November 2019
Fans have the choice of buying Hibernian v Motherwell tickets in advance, or buying from a ticket booth at Easter Road on Saturday.
On the day of the match, tickets will be available from a ticket booth at the away turnstiles from 1pm until 2.45pm. The game at Easter Road kicks off at 3pm.
Over 65s / 12-17s / full-time students
Children aged 2-11
Children price applies to pre-sale only. Tickets on the day will cost £14.
Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opposition report: A look at Hibernian
Thursday 21 November 2019
The race towards the end of 2019 starts at Easter Road on Saturday, as Motherwell travel to face Hibernian.
Off the back of another international break, both teams have plenty incentive to try and take all three points in the Ladbrokes Premiership match.
The story so far
Hibs have a new man at the helm. Jack Ross will be in the dugout for the first time on Saturday, having been named as Paul Heckingbottom’s replacement this week.
He arrives to inherit a team who have had a disappointing campaign so far. Eighth in the league table, they’ve mustered 12 points from their opening 12 games to leave them just two points above the play-off spot as things stands.
Three to watch
New Hibernian boss Ross will take charge of the Easter Road club for the first time when the Steelmen visit the capital.
Ross returns north of the border 18 months after departing St Mirren to take up the managerial reins at Sunderland. It was to be a chastising experience for the 43-year-old, who eventually paid the price for a mixed start to the 2019/20 season when he was sacked last month.
Previous successes with both St Mirren and Alloa demonstrate Ross’ managerial credentials and, after taking up the hotseat at Hibs, he has targeted challenging for a European spot.
After returning from a knee surgery over two months ahead of schedule, Australian international Martin Boyle will be keen to make up for lost time.
Boyle initially sustained the injury in December of last year while preparing for the Asia Cup with the Aussie national side. On returning in the Betfred Cup back in July, he played two games before sustaining a re-occurrence of the injury against Elgin City.
A second course of surgery was required. But Boyle has battled back to fitness quicker than expected and he marked his return to the team by netting a last-gasp equaliser in Hibs’ 2-2 draw with Livingston last month.
When Christian Doidge scrambled home the opening goal in Hibernian’s 4-1 victory at St Johnstone, the relief on the striker’s face was clear for all to see.
It was his first Scottish Premiership goal and he would add a further two goals against Saints to cap an impressive display, as well as sending a message to some of those questioning his slow start to life at Easter Road.
Doidge joined Hibs from Forest Green Rovers on a three-year-deal this summer, during his time with the Green Devils he netted 59 times in 108 appearances.
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Donald Jennow steps down as head coach
Monday 18 November 2019
Donald Jennow is to step down from his role as Motherwell’s head coach, following the conclusion of the SWPL1 campaign.
Jennow arrived at Motherwell two years ago as assistant to Eddie Wolecki Black and together they helped mastermind a storming SWPL2 title-winning season.
When Wolecki Black switched to Celtic, Jennow was promoted to the top job and took his side to the final of the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup, where they lost to Hibernian.
This season, Jennow has rebuilt his team and consolidated ‘Well’s spot in the top flight, whilst again enjoying a good run in the cup, eliminated once again by Hibs at the semi-final stage.
Jennow is stepping down to concentrate on home and work life, although the former Airdrieonians assistant hasn’t ruled out a return to the dugout at some point in the future.
“I can’t thank Donald enough for his contribution to Motherwell in the two years he’s been with us,” chief executive Alan Burrows said.
“We are very sorry to be losing him, but we also understand and completely respect his reasons.
“Donald has been helping us redraw some of the structure and strategy around our women’s department and we hope to start implementing some of those recommendations very soon, whilst also looking to replace him with a high-calibre candidate.”
Jennow added: “I have really enjoyed my time at Motherwell and am grateful to Alan for the opportunity to lead the team and represent this fantastic club.
“I want to thank all the players and back room team who give up so much to do their best for the team.
“Together we secured our position in the league and reached the semi final of the Scottish Cup.
“The players can be proud of what they achieved and I will watch on and hope they continue to improve.”
Victory for Bevis Mugabi with Uganda
Monday 18 November 2019
Bevis Mugabi’s international break ended on Sunday with a role in Uganda’s 2-0 home win over Malawi.
Following a positive 0-0 draw at Burkina Faso last week, the Motherwell defender again featured as his side went top of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations group.
Three of our players have games still to play before returning to Fir Park.
Declan Gallagher is looking to win his second Scotland cap in their match with Kazakhstan at Hampden on Tuesday.
Trevor Carson and Liam Donnelly are also hoping for minutes as Northern Ireland play a dead-rubber tie at Germany on the same day, as they gear up for March’s play-offs.
SWPL1 season ends in defeat
Sunday 17 November 2019
Motherwell’s first SWPL1 season ended with defeat on Sunday to champions Glasgow City.
Donald Jennow’s side suffered a 9-0 reverse at Petershill Park, as the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finalists breached the 100-goal mark in the 21-game season.
Motherwell have now finished sixth in the eight-team league, having also reached the last four of the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup.