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  • First team

    Motherwell win 3-0 at St Mirren

  • Club

    Book a bus for Dundee cup tie

  • First team

    Live commentary from St Mirren v Motherwell

  • First team

    Opposition Report: A look at St Mirren

  • First team

    Keith Lasley previews trip to St Mirren

  • First team

    Dundee cup tie picked for television

  • Club

    Take part in our charity five-a-side tournament

  • First team

    Next up: St Mirren

  • First team

    Motherwell FC calendar signing event

  • Club

    Hospitality deals for Hearts clash

  • First team

    Motherwell win 3-0 at St Mirren

    Motherwell win 3-0 at St Mirren

    Another solid workman-like performance from Motherwell gave a comfortable win over St Mirren and close the gap on third-placed Aberdeen to a single point.

    Desperate to turn their decent away form into points, Motherwell were favourites to return from Paisley with all three.

    But it took a quick double from James Scott midway through an untidy first half to put the Fir Park men in control. Allan Campbell’s goal midway through the second sealed the points to strengthen their hold on third place.

    With three games this week, Stephen Robinson made a couple of changes to the side which defeated St Johnstone. After coming on as a sub James Scott retained the striker’s jersey at the expense of Christopher Long. At the other end Bevis Mugabi stepped in for Peter Hartley for his second start of the season.

    The early exchanges were very scrappy with neither side able to hold onto the ball. Joint bottom of the league, the Buddies had a bit more urgency to their play but it took 17 minutes before a ‘keeper was tested.

    James Scott playing wide on the right touch line cut across the box but his low left foot shot was straight at Vaclav Hladky.

    Two minutes later Saints, desperately searching for a win, passed up a chance to threaten Mark Gillespie’s goal when Calum Waters’ free kick was easily defended.

    Even at this stage the ‘Well defence, with Mugabi solid alongside Gallagher, provided a terrific platform to build from the back – but the distribution further up the park was not ideal.

    The game badly needed a spark and it arrived from the visitors after 27 minutes.

    An exchange of passes in the middle of the park allowed Liam Grimshaw to find Scott wide on the left.

    There looked little threat to the home goal until the teenage striker dribbled the ball past a couple of defenders before smashing a low drive across the ‘keeper and inside the far past for a stunning opener.

    That dented home confidence and five minutes later Scott and ‘Well made it two.

    Liam Polworth’s pass split the Saints central defenders inviting Scott to advance towards goal, which he did before confidently clipping the ball past Hladky.

    From that point the Steelmen threatened every time they broke upfield and it might have been an eight minute hat-trick for Scott. However, after again dragging the ball into the box from the left, his powerful drive took a deflection to carry the ball off target.

    Despite the failure to add a third goal Robinson’s men and the travelling support appeared more than content at half-time after a slow start to the 45.

    Jim Goodwin’s men, the poorest scorers in the league, had the monumental task of breaking down Motherwell’s firm defensive unit from the start of the second half – but it never looked likely as Gillespie waited until the final minute of the game to make his first save.

    Goalmouth action at either end, though, was a rarity. As such the ‘Well fans behind Hladky’s goal were off their seats as Gallagher, although offside, headed Polworth’s free kick just outside the post.

    However, the Fir Park faithful were on their feet with justification after 67 minutes to celebrate a third goal.

    Jermaine Hylton’s speed carried him between a couple of defenders and his cross found Campbell, who squeezed the ball over the line to kill off any thoughts of a Saints revival.

    Motherwell, on the other hand were not content with their comfortable lead.

    From a succession of Polworth corners, Devante Cole’s lofted shot was headed off the line by Ryan Flynn, before Mugabi’s drive was deflected over the bar and Gallagher’s header was a fraction too high.

    Mark O’Hara and Sherwin Seedorf were given some game time. With eight minutes remaining Christy Manzinga also came off the bench but he was unable to repeat his goal scoring debut from Saturday.

    Junior Morias looked to have netted a consolation goal for the Buddies but the ball bounced off the post and beyond the ‘Well keeper. From eight yards Tony Andreu seemed certain to slam the rebound home but Gillespie recovered and at full stretch somehow kept the ball out to claim another clean sheet.

  • Club

    Book a bus for Dundee cup tie

    Book a bus for Dundee cup tie

    We’re putting on supporters buses to our William Hill Scottish Cup tie with Dundee on Saturday, 18 January.

    With kick-off now at 7.20pm, come and spend time with us in our Cooper Bar at Fir Park before departure at 5.30pm.

    Bus tickets cost £12 per person and can be purchased online now, in person at the ticket office or by calling 01698 333333.

    Match ticket information will be announced shortly.

  • First team

    Live commentary from St Mirren v Motherwell

    Live commentary from St Mirren v Motherwell

    There’s live audio commentary available from St Mirren v Motherwell on Wednesday.

    To subscribe and get live video streams all Motherwell home matches – and the majority of away games – head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk now and sign up.

    2019/20 Motherwell streaming service matches

    DateMatchService available
    4 December 2019St Mirren v MotherwellLive audio only
    7 December 2019Motherwell v HeartsLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    15 December 2019Motherwell v RangersLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    21 December 2019Kilmarnock v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    26 December 2019Ross County v MotherwellLive audio only
    29 December 2019Motherwell v HamiltonLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    22 January 2020Aberdeen v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    25 January 2020Motherwell v HibernianLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    1 February 2020Livingston v MotherwellLive audio only
    5 February 2020Motherwell v CelticLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    12 February 2020St Johnstone v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    15 February 2020Motherwell v St MirrenLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    22 February 2020Hamilton v MotherwellLive audio only
    4 March 2020Motherwell v Ross CountyLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    7 March 2020Hearts v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    14 March 2020Motherwell v AberdeenLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    21 March 2020Motherwell v KilmarnockLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    4 April 2020Rangers v MotherwellLive audio only

     

  • First team

    Opposition Report: A look at St Mirren

    Opposition Report: A look at St Mirren

    St Mirren are Motherwell’s hosts in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Wednesday night.

    Kick-off against Jim Goodwin’s side is at 7.45pm at the Simple Digital Arena.

    The story so far

    Sitting 11th in the table, St Mirren are level on points with bottom club St Johnstone and 10th placed Hearts. A 10-goal better goal difference keeps them ahead of the Perth club, with Hearts a place higher on account of having scored four more goals.

    The club’s second season in the top flight came after surviving the play-off final against Dundee United on penalties last campaign. This term, they’ve picked up al 11 of their points at home.

    Form guide

    The 11 points gained at home come from a possible 21. Motherwell, on the other hand, have accumulated 10 points from a possible 21 on the road.

    With one win and four defeats in their last five matches, recent performances at home to Hibernian and away to Aberdeen resulted in narrow defeats which didn’t tell the whole story, as they passed up chances in both to at least take a point.

    Three to watch

    Vaclav Hladky

    Despite a season in which St Mirren have struggled at the wrong end of the Scottish Premiership, only four teams in the table have conceded fewer goals than the Paisley side.

    Much of that is owed to the performances of Czech keeper Vaclav Hladky, who after playing a key role in ensuring Saints’ top flight survival last season, has been pivotal yet again in the early stages of 2019/20.

    There has been speculation linking Hladky with a host of clubs both home and abroad, and he has already intimated his desire to win a move to England when his contract at St Mirren expires at the end of the season.

    Stephen McGinn

    After injury ruled Stephen McGinn out of the first three months of the Scottish Premiership season, the Saints captain has stressed his determination to make up for lost time.

    McGinn returned to the team in the 2-0 victory over St Johnstone in late October and last Tuesday’s 2-1 home loss to Hibernian marked his 200th appearance for the club.

    It was to be a disappointing evening for the 31-year-old, who voiced his frustration at refereeing decisions that he insisted played a big part in taking the shine off his big night, though after back-to-back losses it’s imperative he plays a captains role as St Mirren look to get back to winning ways against ‘Well.

    Jonathan Obika

    Jonathan Obika looks to be settling into life at St Mirren after penning a two-year deal with Jim Goodwin’s side in the summer.

    The Englishman began his career with Tottenham, before a vast number of loan spells seemed to hamper his career building up much in the way of momentum.

    He eventually made the move to Swindon Town on a permanent basis and two years at Oxford United followed.

    Obika appears to finding his scoring touch – netting three times in his last seven appearances, making him the club’s top scorer in the league.

    Get your tickets in advance

    Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office.

    There are no cash gates are available at St Mirren. Pre-purchase is encouraged from the Fir Park ticket office or online to save queues at the away ticket booth on the night.

    Adult£22
    Over 65s / 13-17s / full-time students£12
    Under 13s£6

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

    Can’t make it? Watch or listen live

    Wherever you are, there’s live audio commentary available on our streaming service for £5.99 a month. Just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to subscribe.

  • First team

    Keith Lasley previews trip to St Mirren

    Motherwell assistant boss Keith Lasley talked form, facing a dangerous opponent and prioritising constant improvement over worrying about league position on Tuesday.

    Here’s what he said to the broadcast media.

    On a busy December

    “We do set short term targets. We don’t have an overall one if you like, but it’s good to have targets. I won’t tell you what they are, but we do. And we are striving for them in this period coming up as well.

    “We know if we can take as many points as we can on the run up to this break, we put ourselves in a good position going into that break.

    “We don’t have a massive squad but in many ways that’s a good thing. We’ve got a good, tight-knit group of people that are really committed. They are desperate to play and make an impact.

    “I think team selection has been pretty consistent. That’s down to form more than anything across the board. But we’ve got some guys on the bench and are around about it that are itching to get in there and contribute. They’re training fantastically well and pushing on the guys that are playing.

    “We’re going to need everybody. You mentioned the many games coming up and these guys staying motivated and staying hungry, which they are, is really important to us. As I said for the harmony of the whole group and pushing on.”

    On facing St Mirren

    “We won’t underestimate St Mirren. That’s for sure. We’ve watched most of their games.

    “The manager and I were at the Hibs game last week and they were very unlucky to lose that game.

    “The Aberdeen game was a very similar story. They had chances to not only draw the game, but possibly win it, when you’re looking at the chances within the game.

    “We certainly know how St Mirren have been playing and we’ll give them the respect that they deserve.

    “You see how tight it is from bottom to top and we need to be at it tomorrow night. That’s what we can take care of and why we will be preparing as well as we do.”

    On recent form

    “We look at our form in general to be honest. We don’t get too uptight about away form. We just want to win football matches. We managed to do that on Saturday and we want to carry it on into tomorrow night.

    “Before that, funnily enough our away form has been pretty good overall. But it’s certainly not something that we’re conscious of, or really thinking about on a daily basis.

    “It’s just another game of football for us and it’s about being ready for that game. Our preparation has been good. It was a good result on Saturday but we felt as if aspects of our play could have been better.

    “That’s the good thing for ourselves. We still think that there’s more to come from this team and hopefully in these upcoming games you’ll see that.”

  • First team

    Dundee cup tie picked for television

    Dundee cup tie picked for television

    Our William Hill Scottish Cup match with Dundee will be played on Saturday, 18 January with a 7.20pm kick off.

    The game at Dens Park will be shown live on BBC Scotland.

    Ticket information will be available shortly.

  • Club

    Take part in our charity five-a-side tournament

    Take part in our charity five-a-side tournament

    We’re looking for teams for a charity five-a-side tournament in conjunction with the Beatson Cancer Charity.

    Come play in the shadow of Fir Park on the astro and raise funds for charity on Sunday, 16 February 2020.

    We’re looking for teams of seven to take part, with guaranteed matches in round-robin group stage, a trophy for the winning team, goodie bags and prizes.

    Entry is £150 per team. To sign up, just head to our booking page.

    “On behalf of everyone at Beatson Cancer Charity we are honoured to be working alongside the Motherwell FC Community Trust,” Charlene Clay, from the Beatson charity, said.

    “Thanks to the support, we can continue to invest in services, staff, research and education to provide a better future for those affected by cancer.

    “We aim to make the journey easier by transforming the way patients and cared for and the way treatment is funded. Whether it is in the hospital ward, or within the community, we believe no one in Scotland should experience cancer without care, without love and without hope.

    “We are with patients and their families whenever they need us. All our work is made possible by supporters like yourselves and it is due to your generosity which allows Beatson Cancer Charity and all our staff and volunteers to deliver an innovative and patient-focused approach to cancer care and change the lives of those affected by the disease every day.”

    Dawn Middleton, general manager of the Motherwell FC Community Trust, added: “We are proud to partner with the Beatson Cancer Charity to raise funds through the five-a-side tournament.

    “They do incredible work in the care and treatment of cancer patients. Sadly, many of us will know someone or experienced the harrowing nature of this illness. But many of us will also know of the support received from Beatson and it is important we raise funds to help them continue to provide such incredible care.”

  • First team

    Next up: St Mirren

    Next up: St Mirren

    It’s straight back to Ladbrokes Premiership action on Wednesday night, as Motherwell head to St Mirren.

    Kick-off at the Simple Digital Arena is at 7.45pm.

    Tale of the tape

    Motherwell have won three of their last five, all at home, against Kilmarnock, Livingston and St Johnstone. On the road, they’ve lost at Celtic and Hibernian in the same time period.

    St Mirren have won one and lost four of their last five. A 2-1 home victory over Ross County came in the run, as did defeats against Aberdeen, Hibernian, Hearts and Celtic.

    Head to head

    Motherwell have won three of their last five matches against the Paisley side, with one draw and one win for St Mirren.

    The Steelmen have won their last two visits west, winning 2-0 and 2-1 respectively last campaign.

    Get your tickets in advance

    There are no cash gates are available at St Mirren. Tickets can be bought from an away ticket booth on the night.

    Adult£22
    Over 65s / 13-17s / full-time students£12
    Under 13s£6

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

    Can’t make it? Watch or listen live

    Wherever you are, there’s live audio commentary available on our streaming service for £5.99 a month. Just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to subscribe.

  • First team

    Motherwell FC calendar signing event

    Motherwell FC calendar signing event

    Our popular calendar signing will be held this year on Thursday, 12 December.

    The first team squad will be at the Centenary Suite at Fir Park between 6pm and 7.30pm on the night to meet fans and sign autographs. Just turn up on the night to see the squad.

    Calendars can be purchased from the club shop from Monday, 9 December in store or online at motherwelldirect.co.uk.

  • Club

    Hospitality deals for Hearts clash

    Hospitality deals for Hearts clash

    It’s Christmas jumper day in our hospitality suites for our match with Hearts.

    Come in from the cold and enjoy the game in style with one of our great offerings. But also remember to come dressed in your best festive jumper.

    You can buy online right now the match on Saturday, 7 December. Alternatively, phone our hospitality team on 01698 338012.

    Centenary Suite

    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.

    Millennium Suite

    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.