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  • First team

    Manager: There’s a lot to play for

  • First team

    Jake Carroll to have Achilles operation

  • Women

    Motherwell kick off SWPL1 campaign

  • First team

    Opposition report: A look at Accies

  • First team

    Listen to live audio from Hamilton v Motherwell

  • First team

    Next up: Hamilton Academical

  • First team

    Highlights as ‘Well exit Scottish Cup

  • First team

    Manager reacts to cup exit

  • First team

    Motherwell exit Scottish Cup to St Mirren

  • First team

    St Mirren league game rearranged

  • First team

    Manager: There’s a lot to play for

    “The quicker we come out of it the better. There’s a lot to play for.”

    Stephen Robinson looks ahead to Motherwell’s trip to Hamilton on Saturday.

  • First team

    Jake Carroll to have Achilles operation

    Jake Carroll to have Achilles operation

    Jake Carroll will miss the remainder of the 2019/20 season with an Achilles injury.

    The left-back, a virtual ever-present since his summer move to Motherwell, was forced off during the William Hill Scottish Cup replay on Tuesday.

    Carroll will now undergo an operation to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. His recovery will be monitored before a return date is forecast.

    “Jake will be out for the rest of the season and maybe the start of next season, but we will see how he progresses.

    “It’s a bad injury for him and really disappointing. He’s been terrific for us.

    “We’ve got him with a top surgeon and we are confident he will be 100% right. But it will be a period of time.”

  • Women

    Motherwell kick off SWPL1 campaign

    Motherwell kick off SWPL1 campaign

    The SWPL1 season starts for Motherwell on Sunday, with a trip to take on Forfar Farmington.

    Having been beaten by the weather so far this campaign, leading to the cancellation of two SWPL Cup matches, the women of steel finally get a shot at competitive a action on league business.

    Kick-off at Station Park in Forfar is at 2pm.

    The story so far

    While Motherwell have been dormant, Forfar have managed one SWPL Cup game – a 2-0 home win over Kilmarnock.

    Motherwell finished 10 points ahead of their weekend opponents in their maiden SWPL1 season last campaign, although only one league place separated the two with ‘Well in sixth and Forfar seventh.

    Head to head

    Motherwell and Forfar Farmington have met six times through games in SWPL2 and SWPL1 over the last few years.

    Forfar won the first outing 5-3 back in 2017 and have been victorious three times, as have Motherwell, who won the most recent encounter between the two at Station Park 1-0 last season.

    The two sides will also meet in the SWPL Cup on Sunday 1 March at Ravenscraig.

    Ticket information

    Admission to Station Park is priced at £4. Children under 16 get in for free.

  • First team

    Opposition report: A look at Accies

    Opposition report: A look at Accies

    Hamilton Academical lie in wait next for Motherwell on Saturday.

    Here’s a look at our opponents.

    The story so far

    Hamilton currently occupy the play-off spot in the Premiership, one point above bottom club Hearts and two behind St Mirren in 10th.

    As Motherwell have learned to their detriment, Brian Rice’s men are always capable of a result. A 2-1 win at Fir Park in December gave them the bragging rights in the derby, although they have also lost this season in the fixture at New Douglas Park.

    Form guide

    Hamilton are seven games without a win, having drawn two and lost five of their last seven matches.

    Their last game at Hearts saw Accies go 2-0 up within 16 minutes at Tynecastle, before losing Jamie Hamilton to a red card soon after. But the hosts fought their way back to a 2-2 draw through a late Craig Halkett equaliser.

    Ticket information

    Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office. Cash gates are not confirmed and will be subject to pre-sales.

    Adult£25
    Over 65s / Under 18s£15

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

    Can’t make it? Listen live

    There’s live audio available from Hamilton Academical v Motherwell on Saturday.

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

  • First team

    Listen to live audio from Hamilton v Motherwell

    Listen to live audio from Hamilton v Motherwell

    There’s live audio available from Hamilton Academical v Motherwell on Saturday.

    To subscribe and get live streams of 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
    22 February 2020Hamilton v MotherwellLive audio only
    25 February 2020Motherwell v St MirrenTBC
    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

    Next up: Hamilton Academical

    Next up: Hamilton Academical

    It’s derby day on Saturday, as Motherwell make the short trip across the M74 to take on Hamilton Academical.

    Kick-off in the Ladbrokes Premiership match is at 3pm.

    Tale of the tape

    Motherwell found themselves 4-1 down at the break at home to St Mirren in the Scottish Cup on Tuesday night. By full-time, they had somehow pulled off the comeback to level the game, but ultimately lost out on penalties.

    Stephen Robinson’s men are without a win in six, drawing with Hibernian and St Mirren, while losing to Livingston, Celtic, St Johnstone and St Mirren.

    The Steelmen are still joint third in the Premiership, however, and know they must get to winning ways quickly to keep up with Aberdeen.

    Hamilton are without a win in seven, having lost five and drawn two. Their last win came in a 5-0 Scottish Cup victory over Edinburgh City on 18 January, and their last league victory was at Fir Park before the turn of the year.

    Brian Rice’s side occupy the play-off spot in the league as things stand, one point ahead of bottom club Hearts and two points behind St Mirren in 10th.

    Head to head

    Both sides have won away from home in this fixture so far this season.

    Motherwell were 3-1 victors earlier in the campaign in Hamilton, with Peter Hartley, Liam Donnelly and Christopher Long all netting.

    Then in late December, Motherwell gave up a one-goal lead to lose to second half goals from Aaron McGowan and David Moyo in a 2-1 defeat.

    Pay at the gate

    Cash gates will be in operation.

    Adult£25
    Over 65s / Under 18s£15

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

    Can’t make it? Listen live

    There’s live audio available from Hamilton Academical v Motherwell on Saturday.

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

  • First team

    Highlights as ‘Well exit Scottish Cup

    The highlights as Motherwell come from 4-1 down against St Mirren, but go out of the William Hill Scottish Cup on penalties.

  • First team

    Manager reacts to cup exit

    “We never said die. We showed great character to come back. But you don’t win many games if you go 4-1 down at home.”

    Stephen Robinson reacts to Motherwell’s Scottish Cup exit.

  • First team

    Motherwell exit Scottish Cup to St Mirren

    Motherwell exit Scottish Cup to St Mirren

    Motherwell’s Scottish Cup run came to a disappointing end as St Mirren eventually progressed to the quarter-finals on penalties.

    It was a dramatic and exciting cup tie as ‘Well came storming back from 4-1 down at the interval to dominate the second half and extra-time, before frustratingly failing three times from the spot in the penalty shootout.

    In truth, though, the Fir Park men were second best all over the pitch as Saints clinically punished them with four first half goals.

    Liam Polworth’s equaliser midway through the first half brought some false hope as the visitors looked to have booked their spot in the last eight.

    However, when Tony Watt grabbed a second 11 minutes into the second half, ‘Well’s faint hopes were raised.

    Nobody, though, could have envisaged the fightback which followed, as goals from Rolando Aarons and Allan Campbell drew the sides level, with Motherwell pushing for a winner before the game moved into extra time and penalties.

    Motherwell might have argued that on their second half onslaught they deserved a winner in regulation time. But ultimately three tame penalty attempts cost them a place in the last eight.

    The Fir Park pitch had recovered well from Storm Dennis but neither Gallagher or Christopher Long were fit enough to participate in this fifth round replay.

    That meant Bevis Mugabi partnering Peter Hartley in the centre of defence and Tony Watt making his home debut up front.

    Ross MacIver was also given a start alongside the former Celtic striker, as Stephen Robinson searched for an attacking combination that would turn chances into much needed goals. Mark O’Hara, the goal hero in Paisley, had to make way for a fully fit Allan Campbell.

    After Saturday’s postponement both teams were eager to kill off this tie as quickly as possible.

    To that end, Saints with a crucial relegation encounter on Friday, started the game more positively pushing towards Mark Gillespie’s goal from the start.

    However, the first goal threat came at the visitor’s end. Liam Polworth’s inswinging corner was nodded on by MacIver forcing Vaclav Hladky to palm the ball over his bar. The Saints’ ‘keeper was then tested with a couple of crosses but Hladky, on a wet surface firmly held the ball.

    Motherwell appeared to be about to take the initiative when, after 14 minutes, Saints fired home the opening goal.

    The ball was worked to Ilkay Durmas wide on the left and when he whipped a cross towards the six yard box, Jon Obika reacted quickest to steer the ball inside Gillespie’s right hand post and put the visitors in front.

    That unsettled the Fir Park players and the home fans shared their frustrations in the 23rd minute when Jamie McGrath raced through unchallenged but his tame finish was easy for Gillespie to beat away.

    However, three minutes later the home fans were celebrating as ‘Well equalised. Polworth again whipped a corner into the six yard box and when Conor McCarthy returned the ball to him the former Inverness man stepped inside the advancing defender before drilling his shot through a packed defence and into the net.

    It was shaping up to be a keenly contested cup tie before Saints hit the home side with a quick double.

    And in both cases the ‘Well defending could have been better.

    After 31  minutes, Cammy MacPherson’s long free kick drifted over the static home defenders, Obika was left to stroke the ball low past Gillespie and in off the ‘keeper’s left-hand post to regain the lead.

    Within 90 seconds Saints had stretched their lead to 3-1. Again the Fir Park defenders were slow to challenge Sam Foley as he strode through the centre of the box. Gillespie did well to block his shot from 12 yards but unlucky to see the ball cannon off Hartley and roll into an empty net.

    It might have been a fourth for the Buddies five minutes later but for a brilliant one-handed save from Gillespie to deny Jamie McGrath as Saints threatened to run riot against a beleaguered looking ‘Well.

    Two minutes from the break Foley did make it four when he collected Hartley’s poor clearance before drilling a low shot beyond a helpless Gillespie.

    With the Saints fans in dreamland some of the Fir Park faithful, fearing a nightmare, headed for the exit before the first half was even over.

    To round off a miserable first half, Mugabi then limped off to be replaced by Mark O’Hara.

    In an attempt to produce the greatest comeback since the memorable one against Hibs in 2010, Hartley stayed indoors at the interval with Richard Tait coming on to form a back three along with Liam Donnelly and Jake Carroll.

    Within seven minutes of his arrival Tait popped the ball into the box for MacIver to hook his shot just wide of the post.

    Five minutes later, though ‘Well reduced the leeway. Watt wriggled his way through a packed box before firing his shot low past Hladky to make it 4-2.

    Gillespie palmed away MacPherson’s 25 yard drive before ‘Well made their last substitution, Jermaine Hylton replacing Liam Grimshaw. Effectively that was Gillespie’s last involvement as ‘Well dominated the remainder of the half.

    Hylton’s trickery on the left was immediate and his cross to the back post after 68 minutes found Campbell. As he forced the ball back across the goal the ball rebounded from the foot of the post before Hladky prevented a follow up drifting under his bar.

    With 20 minutes remaining there was a renewed sense of optimism among the ‘Well support as the Steelmen laid siege on the home goal.

    And two minutes later that was increased further as Rolando Aarons’ long and low cross from the right  eluded everyone including Hladky to sneak inside the ‘keeper’s post to make it 4-3.

    Unbelievably, in a flash it was 4-4. Campbell raced into the box and from an angle his driven shot took a deflection to carry the ball over the ‘keeper and under his bar to make it all level with 16 minutes left for either team to win the tie.

    The impetus had now shifted ‘Well’s waym with the 918 Buddies’ fans totally shellshocked.

    It was all ‘Well until the end of the 90 and Campbell thought he had come up with the winner when he latched on to MacIver’s cut-back but his low driven shot was blocked in a packed six-yard area.

    And so, after a two minute breather, this amazing cup tie headed for 30 minutes of extra time.

    Nine minutes into the extra period Hylton worked his way along the line before shooting with the outside of his boot and leaving Hladky relieved to scoop the ball behind.

    With the luxury of a fourth substitute in extra time, ‘Well re-energised their firepower with Christy Manzinga coming on for MacIver.

    Facing their favoured Davie Cooper stand for the final 15 minutes there was still a sense that Motherwell would snatch the winning goal to complete another memorable fightback before the penalty shoot-out.

    However, down to 10 men for the last few minutes when Carroll limped off, Donnelly had to head the ball off the goal-line to leave the sides level at 4-4 after an exhilarating 120 minutes.

    As both sets of leg weary players raised themselves for a dramatic penalty shoot-out in front of the Cooper Stand there were as many missed as converted. Ultimately, Aarons and Polworth netted but Donnelly, Watt and Hylton all failed from the spot, as ‘Well’s comeback and cup run came to a disappointing end.

  • First team

    St Mirren league game rearranged

    St Mirren league game rearranged

    Motherwell will face St Mirren on Tuesday, 25 February in a rearranged Ladbrokes Premiership match.

    The original game was cancelled on Saturday, 15 February due to adverse weather conditions.

    The William Hill Scottish Cup tie with St Mirren on Tuesday, 18 February is going ahead as planned.

    All tickets purchased for the original match will be valid for use at the rearranged match. Season cards will also work as normal.

    Tickets can be bought online, or you can pay at the gate.

    Adult£24 / £20
    Over 60s / 16-18s / full-time students£17 / £16
    Children aged 15 and under£3
    One adult and two kids£28 / £24

    The cheaper price is for our John Hunter Stand for home supporters. Away fans can pay at the gate at the South Stand.

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