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  • First team

    ‘Feels like we’re back on track’

  • First team

    Motherwell earn point at Hamilton

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in cup semi-final action

  • 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

    ‘Feels like we’re back on track’

    “It was a terrific point but we could have won it. It feels like we are back on track again.”

    Stephen Robinson reacts to Motherwell’s draw at Hamilton.

  • First team

    Motherwell earn point at Hamilton

    Motherwell earn point at Hamilton

    Ten-man Motherwell’s brave show earned them a valuable point which allowed them to reclaim third spot in Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Bucking the trend from midweek, the team put on a masterclass in denying Hamilton any real goal opportunities after Christopher Long was ordered off eight minutes from half-time.

    And after some highly organised and committed defending to protect Mark Gillespie, the best chances to claim all three points came ‘Well’s way in the latter stages of an evenly contested game.

    Motherwell were looking to take the positives from their second half performance in the midweek defeat to St Mirren. Conversely, Stephen Robinson was hoping that his side erased the defensive lapses that ultimately cost them a place in the last eight of the Scottish Cup.

    With that in mind and partially due to Jake Carroll’s horrible Achilles injury, ‘Well reverted to a central back three of a fit again Declan Gallagher, Liam Donnelly and Peter Hartley. A five-man midfield meant that Christopher Long, back from a thigh injury was partnered in attack with Tony Watt.

    The swirling wind around the Fountain of Youth stadium provided a challenge for both sets of players on an otherwise perfect-looking 4G pitch.

    To their credit both teams quickly adapted to the elements and after three minutes Mark Gillespie produced his first save.

    David Moyo slipped the ball through to Accies on-form striker Marios Ogkmpoe who tried to dink the ball past the advancing ‘keeper. But Gillespie stood firm to block the ball with his feet.

    Some mazy runs on the right from Rolando Aarons stretched the Accies defenders. The only opening came after 13 minutes when his cutback found Long at the corner of the six yard but his sclaffed shot rolled into Luke Southwood’s hands.

    Then from Aarons’ inswinging corner, Watt laid the ball back to Polworth but his 18 yard drive was straight at the Hamiton ‘keeper.

    A poor pass from David Templeton sent Long scampering towards the Accies box but from wide on the right he screwed his shot across goal and well wide of target.

    The ‘Well striker then picked up a needless yellow card when he kicked the ball away near the Accies corner flag. That was to prove costly for the former Everton man who continued to look a frustrated figure.

    Not unexpectedly then, Long was shown a second yellow card eight minutes from the break for a lunge at Templeton, leaving ‘Well down to 10 men for over 50 minutes.

    Accies almost turned their numerical advantage into the opening goal two minutes from the interval. Johnny Hunt lifted the ball over Gillespie to find Moyo lurking at the back post but the Hamilton striker headed over the bar when it looked easier to score.

    ‘Well re-gigged their line-up at half-time, Richard Tait forming a back four and Aarons moving in from the wing to provide more support for Watt.

    The first action of the half was at the other end where where Ogkmpoe’s turn and drive from the edge of the box forced Gillespie into a comfortable diving save.

    Allan Campbell then worked his way to the byline before crossing towards the six-yard area. Despite having defenders on either shoulder, Watt managed to head the ball down towards goal but again it was a comfortable save for Southwood.

    In an attempt to stretch 10 man ‘Well, Hamilton made a couple of substitutions before the hour mark.

    ‘Well then made their first change after 66 minutes when Watt, who is regaining his match fitness and looking sharper with every passing game, was relieved of his duties with Ross MacIver taking over the thankless striker’s role.

    The Steelmen remained stout in defending with Accies having plenty of possession but posing very very little threat to Gillespie.

    With 15 minutes remaining and thoughts of stealing a winner Jermaine Hylton replaced Aarons. Five minutes later the Fir Park side passed up their best chance of finding a winner.

    Polworth’s free kick found Gallagher completely unmarked just beyond the six-yard area, but after taking a touch the defender’s shot was well blocked by Alex Gogic’s desperate lunge.

    As Accies ran out of ideas it was the visitor’s who looked more likely to unlock the defences as the game moved into four minutes additional time.

    And urged on by the 1200 ‘Well fans behind Southwood’s goal, the Steelmen came closest to claiming all three points.

    The better chance came Polworth’s way when Donnelly’s well measured pass spilt the home defence but Southwood raced from his line to brilliantly block the angled drive.

    Then, with Accies pinned in their own box, Donnelly’s long throw was nodded on by Gallagher only to see Hylton’s hitch-kick volley the ball over the bar from 20 yards.

    The point was enough to leapfrog Aberdeen, with the opportunity to strengthen their hold on third place when St Mirren visit Fir Park on Tuesday night.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves in cup semi-final action

    Reserves in cup semi-final action

    Motherwell’s reserve side take on Aberdeen in the semi-finals of the SPFL Reserve Cup on Monday.

    Kick-off at Broadwood Stadium is at 2pm.

  • 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.