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  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose at St Mirren

  • First team

    Next up: Ross County

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell beat Kilmarnock

  • First team

    Pay at the gate at Ross County

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves travel to St Mirren

  • First team

    Manager: ‘A hard-earned result’

  • First team

    Motherwell go third with win at Kilmarnock

  • Women

    Eddie Wolecki Black makes ‘Well return

  • First team

    ‘Huge three games for us’

  • First team

    Tickets available at Kilmarnock

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose at St Mirren

    Reserves lose at St Mirren

    Motherwell surrendered a one-goal lead go to down 3-1 to St Mirren in the SPFL Reserve League on Monday.

    St Mirren went close first in the match with nine minutes played. Djorkaeff hit a swerving shot from distance, which Hemfrey had to palm over the bar for a corner.

    After a shout for a penalty for a trip on Devine was turned down, Sam Muir had Motherwell’s first effort, his shot from 18 yards going over the bar.

    After Starrs and Hutchison went close, Motherwell took the lead on 18 minutes. A quick free-kick from Dean Cornelius set Starrs down the right, with his cross not cleared by the home defence and allowing Robertson to slide home from close range.

    Twenty minutes later, it was 1-1. Well were caught short playing out from the back, with Josh Jack intercepting Robbie Hemfrey’s pass and having the simplest of tasks to roll home from 15 yards.

    Starrs could have put Motherwell back in the lead just before the break, being sent in on goal after a terrific Cornelius through ball. But his first touch was a little heavy, allowing the goalkeeper to get off his line to make the save.

    Errors would compound matters in the second half. A coming together between Devine and Hussain allowed Djorkaeff the chance to put a pinpoint cross into the box midway through the second half, which Lewis Jamieson did not pass up, putting St Mirren 2-1 ahead.

    Then, at the death, another defensive mistake afforded Jack the chance to fire home his second of the game and complete a comeback victory for the Saints.

    Motherwell: Hemfrey, Brown, Devine, Hussain, Muir, Kettings, Cornelius, Hutchison, MacIver, Robertson, Starrs.

    Subs: Connolly, Williamson, McSwegan.

  • First team

    Next up: Ross County

    Next up: Ross County

    Next up for Motherwell is a trip to take on Ross County on Boxing Day.

    Kick-off in Dingwall is at 3pm.

    Tale of the tape

    Sitting eighth in the Premiership table, Ross County sit two points off the top six going into the festive fixture.

    With two wins in their last two home matches over Hibernian and Kilmarnock in December, the Staggies ended a near-three month wait for a victory.

    Back in the top flight after a year out, they’ve won four and lost four at home in the league this campaign.

    Motherwell head into the match third in the Premiership table, following the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend.

    Victory over Ross County could seal that spot going into the winter break, depending on Aberdeen’s result at home to Livingston.

    Head to head

    Ross County were victors at Fir Park in the first encounter of the campaign, coming from behind to win 2-1.

    That was the same score in the game before that, as the Staggies knocked Motherwell out of the William Hill Scottish Cup in January.

    With a 0-0 draw at the Global Energy Stadium in the game before that, you have to go back to January 2018 and a 2-0 win at Fir Park for Motherwell’s last win in the fixture.

    Pay at the gate

    Cash gates are in operation on the day at the Global Energy Stadium.

    Adult£25
    Over 65s / Students£10
    Under 18sFree

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

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  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell beat Kilmarnock

    Highlights as Motherwell beat Kilmarnock

    Jake Carroll’s free-kick was the difference as Motherwell jumped back to third with a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock.

  • First team

    Pay at the gate at Ross County

    Pay at the gate at Ross County

    Next up for Motherwell is a Boxing Day trip to take on Ross County in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Fans heading north can pay in at the gate at the stadium.

    Kick-off in Dingwall on 26 December is at 3pm.

    Adult£25
    Over 65s / Students£10
    Under 18sFree

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

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves travel to St Mirren

    Reserves travel to St Mirren

    The final SPFL Reserve League match of 2019 takes place on Monday afternoon, as Motherwell travel to St Mirren.

    Maurice Ross’ side are in action at the Ralston Training Complex in Paisley. Kick-off is at 2pm.

  • First team

    Manager: ‘A hard-earned result’

    “A hard-earned result. A moment of magic won it for us.”

    Stephen Robinson reacts to Motherwell’s win over Kilmarnock.

  • First team

    Motherwell go third with win at Kilmarnock

    Motherwell go third with win at Kilmarnock

    Jake Carroll’s pinpoint free-kick gave Motherwell the deserved three points against Kilmarnock to put the team third in the league for Christmas.

    The full-back’s set piece from just outside the area deceived the home ‘keeper and brought the decisive goal to claim victory.

    Peter Hartley, Mark O’Hara and James Scott came into the team after last weekend’s defeat to Rangers, replacing Bevis Mugabi, Liam Polworth and Devante Cole.

    Manager Stephen Robinson had asked for a more positive and disciplined performance and got it in good measure, with a strong defensive showing and desire to create chances.

    The first big chance of the opening exchanges fell to Allan Campbell. Jermaine Hylton’s knock into the path of the onrushing midfielder was stopped from going in only through the late block from Johnson.

    A fairly tepid first half was in contrast to the second.

    It was the visitors who looked more threatening early on. Polworth, on for the injured Liam Donnelly, laid off Jermaine Hylton to hit a shot which deflected into the path of Christopher Long.

    The striker took the invitation to turn the ball into the net, but he did so from an offside position and no goal was given.

    Soon after, Carroll took his chance. With a central free-kick 25 yards out, he put the ball to the left of the wall and wrong footed the goalkeeper to put the Steelmen ahead.

    Mark Gillespie was called to the rescue several times as the hosts fought to get back into the match, denying Brophy on a number of occasions with some massive saves.

    At the other end, Polworth could have put the game to bed when clean through, but could only fire straight at Branescu.

    With three minutes added at the end, Motherwell saw the game out well to take all three points and leapfrog Aberdeen back into third.

    Motherwell: Gillespie, Grimshaw, Gallagher, Hartley, Carroll, Donnelly (Polworth), Campbell, O’Hara, Scott, Hylton (Seedorf), Long (Cole).

    Subs not used: Carson, Tait, Mugabi, Semple.

  • Women

    Eddie Wolecki Black makes ‘Well return

    Eddie Wolecki Black makes ‘Well return

    We’re delighted to announce the return of Eddie Wolecki Black as the head of our women’s football department.

    The 54-year-old returns to the club following a previous, highly-successful spell as manager in the 2018 season, where he took the team to an unbeaten SWPL2 campaign and promotion to the top flight.

    He returns as the team prepare for their second season in SWPL1, having comfortably secured their status in 2019.

    “I’m excited to be back at Motherwell,” he said on his return. “There’s an opportunity to grow the club further and my day-to-day remit will be doing that.

    “Instantly when I came back I felt part of things again. This is a club that is determined to improve in every aspect, working together to achieve that, and that motivates me greatly.”

    Wolecki Black will be responsible for all areas of women’s football at Motherwell, from first team level through to youth level, and is tasked with the strategy, growth and development of the club.

    He will also lead the first team as manager, with two assistant coaches to be appointed shortly.

    Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows added: “The opportunity to welcome Eddie back was one we instantly took up when it arose.

    “With the team now established in the top division, and with the pace at which the game is continuing to grow, being able to bring him in with all his experience on a daily basis is another big step forward for the club.”

    After success in his first spell at the club, Wolecki Black was head hunted by Celtic towards the end of the 2018 season.

    His year was at Celtic Park was also successful, with the Hoops finishing in joint second spot and improving their points tally by 13 on the previous campaign.

    Prior to his time at Fir Park, the 54-year-old won four trebles in four years at Glasgow City – lifting the Scottish Women’s Premier League title, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup each season.

    He also managed SPFL sides Montrose and Airdrieonians, as well as a short stint at Lowland League outfit Edusport, now known as Caledonian Braves.

  • First team

    ‘Huge three games for us’

    Stephen Robinson spoke about the trip to Rugby Park, the importance of the next three games and facing a side who are without a manager on Friday.

    Here’s what he said to the broadcast media.

    On the festive run-in

    “It’s a huge, huge three games for us. Three games I think we can take points out of. We have to be at our best again.

    “There were bits in the Rangers game that reminded me of our game against Hearts at home in the cup when we lost. We just got into little habits of not doing the things we have been doing. Forward thinking, putting balls into areas, into the box, forward runs. Playing with that energy and positivity.

    “That might have been the level of team we were playing against. But I think it was more our mindset on the day. And we have to make sure we get back to being positive, trying to take the game to Kilmarnock and obviously Ross County and Hamilton,

    “So three huge games that we are very much looking forward to that we can really leave our year on a high.”

    On the difference to last year

    “We’ve got a couple of doubts for Saturday. Christopher Long has not trained for the last 48 hours. Christy Manzinga won’t play for two or three weeks with a hamstring injury again.

    “I think this time last year we had 10 to 13 injuries. All boys that were in and around the first team out of a squad like Motherwell, any squad, it takes its toll.

    “So the good thing is we are in a better place injury wise. We are in a better position league wise, so it takes a little bit of pressure off you. The only pressure we’re really under is what we’re trying to achieve and trying to continue to take the football club forward.”

    On Kilmarnock

    “They’ve still got the squad that performed so well last year and they’re in a position in the league  that’s still a very high position. So they are always going to be a very tough team to play against.

    “They do play deeper. They do let you have a lot of the ball and they do it well. Organised and disciplined. Alex [Dyer] played a massive part in that under Steve.

    “So I’m sure they’ll be exactly the same. So we have to have our forward player better than we had last Sunday. More aggressive in terms of going at people. Better decision making, more positivity, not plan with a wee bit of fear, which I felt we did on Sunday.

    “We have to make sure we’re positive because they’re a tough, tough team to break down.”

    On success at Motherwell

    “I’m a very lucky position that I have a lot of backing from the board. The fans are incredibly good to me.

    “I think most people at Motherwell know the parameters that we work under. What we try and achieve and how are we trying to achieve it. We will go up and down. We will have bad games and stages of the season, due to the personnel that we’ve got and the age of our team.

    “It makes you appreciate what you’ve got. You’ve got people that are loyalty and the are very, very supportive. Everyone can be supportive when you’re doing well.

    “You know, at the minute we’re all great, but it’s when you’re not doing well. And this time last year I had the full backing of the board and the vast majority of fans as well.

    “Unfortunately in life, only the negative people are heard. On the internet sites and all that, you don’t really hear the positive stuff. For some reason, it’s only the negative stuff that’s heard.

    “So we’ve got a lot of positive people around Motherwell. We’ve got a lot of supportive individuals, and as a group, as a whole, being very supportive to me. When you do hit that bad patch, you just hope people stick by you.

    On looking ahead

    “We’ve got a good group of young players. We’re trying to add players already for next season. We can look at people on pre-contracts now already and we’re looking at that.

    “I’ve been down to England this week to watch other players that we feel can take the squad forward.

    “So we’re just trying to keep building, trying to keep improving, trying to make the young boys better and educate them every day.”

  • First team

    Tickets available at Kilmarnock

    Tickets available at Kilmarnock

    Fans can buy tickets at Rugby Park on Saturday ahead of Kilmarnock v Motherwell.

    Supporters are urged to buy early from the old Kilmarnock FC Fitness Centre on Rugby Road, directly across from the Chadwick Stand. Sales, which will be cash only, will start at 1pm.

    There will also be a barrier entry system in place outside the Chadwick Stand turnstiles. Fans are advised to arrive early to avoid any unnecessary delays.

    Motherwell fans who wish to purchase further in advance can buy from the Fir Park ticket office until 4pm on Friday.