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    Manager reacts to Hamilton loss

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    Motherwell 1-4 Hamilton Academical

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    Storylines: Motherwell v Hamilton

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    ‘We need to show our quality’

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    ‘We want the three points more than ever’

  • Club

    Get £10 off this weekend with Uber Eats

  • Club

    Response to independent review into historic sexual abuse

  • Club

    Getting tech-life balance right is focus of free e-clinic

  • First team

    How to watch Motherwell v Hamilton

  • First team

    Next up: Hamilton Academical

  • First team

    Manager reacts to Hamilton loss

    “It hurts. We have to hold our hands up and admit we weren’t good enough.”

    Graham Alexander speaks after the derby defeat.

  • First team

    Motherwell 1-4 Hamilton Academical

    Motherwell 1-4 Hamilton Academical

    Motherwell’s impressive run of three wins in four games came to a shuddering halt as Accies made it a hat-trick of wins over the Steelmen this season.

    And while Hamilton’s win at Fir Park in August was slender, this one was emphatic with the points in the bag after the opening 30 minutes.

    It was obvious that Brian Rice’s men have the measure of the Fir Park side and Bruce Anderson’s goal after seven minutes gave them the advantage.

    However, the double whammy of Ross Callachan’s penalty and Stephen O’Donnell’s dismissal after 18 minutes left ‘Well facing an uphill task. That became mission impossible when Marios Ogkmpoe made it 3-0.

    Second-half goals from David Mayo and a consolation from Mark O’Hara made little impression on Accies’ control of the game.

    After standing by the same starting side for the three consecutive games, Graham Alexander made one change, O’Hara returning from injury with Robbie Crawford moving to the bench.

    ‘Well’s intentions of avenging the 3-0 drubbing at Hamilton last month were dealt an early setback when the visitors fired home the opening goal after only seven minutes.

    Callachan’s pass into the box found Anderson and from 10 yards the former Aberdeen striker rifled the ball low past Liam Kelly.

    The home side replied immediately but from around the same distance from goal Devante Cole’s shot was blocked by Aaron Martin.

    Barry Maguire left the field for treatment to a bloody nose and with ‘Well down to 10 men Accies passed up a couple of chances.

    The Scotland Under 21 man had no sooner returned to restore parity when the Steelmen were permanently reduced to 10 men.

    When O’Donnell impeded Callachan’s hopeful attempts to get his head to Lee Hodson’s cross, the referee David Munro’s decision to award a penalty seemed harsh. The official then compounded ‘Well’s misery when he showed O’Donnell a red card on the basis of denying a goalscoring opportunity.

    Callachan sent Kelly the wrong way from the spot but had to retake it as a disgruntled O’Donnell was still walking off the pitch. Although the ‘Well ‘keeper guessed correctly for the second attempt Callachan confidently drilled the ball home to make it 2-0.

    By the half-hour mark, and with the Fir Park men still to threaten Ryan Fulton in the Hamilton goal, ‘Well found themselves 3-0 behind.

    A neat exchange with Anderson at the edge of the box sent Ogkmpoe in behind Bevis Mugabi and Ricki Lamie and the Accies striker took full advantage of the opening, ramming the ball beyond Kelly and all but wrap up the points with an hour remaining.

    A couple of free-kicks from Maguire finally brought Fulton into action before Christopher Long made way for on-loan Blackburn Rovers defender Tyler Magloire.

    Three goals behind and a man down at the interval, Motherwell faced an almost impossible task in the second half.

    And it got worse after 63 minutes when Accies extended their lead.

    Scott McMann supplied the cross and substitute David Mayo, with his first touch the finish to make it 4-0.

    Four minutes later, ‘Well pulled one back after Cole went down in the box and O’Hara’s fired the penalty just beyond Fulton’s right hand.

    The ‘Well boss immediately made a positive change Max Johnstone replacing Mugabi.

    But the home side made little impression as Accies comfortably collected another three points at ‘Well’s expense.

  • First team

    Storylines: Motherwell v Hamilton

    Storylines: Motherwell v Hamilton

    Motherwell host Hamilton in the third Lanarkshire derby of the 2020/21 campaign.

    Here are the key topics going into the match.

    Wrongs to right

    Hamilton are unbeaten in the last four derby fixtures, winning three.

    You have to go back to August 2019 for Motherwell’s last victory in the fixture, which was away from home, and back to March 2019 for the last win at Fir Park.

    Room to breathe

    Motherwell are currently eight points clear of Hamilton, the bottom side in the Premiership.

    Victory would increase the breathing room for Graham Alexander’s men, and keep sights on a top six place in the run-in to the split.

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    ‘We need to show our quality’

    “These games are fiery and competitive. We need to stand up to that and show our qualities.”

    Allan Campbell speaks ahead of Saturday’s clash with Hamilton Academical.

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    ‘We want the three points more than ever’

    “We want to win the derby for the fans. We want the three points more than ever.”

    Motherwell assistant Chris Lucketti looks ahead to Saturday’s Lanarkshire derby.

  • Club

    Get £10 off this weekend with Uber Eats

    Get £10 off this weekend with Uber Eats

    Here’s an offer to get you in the mood for the derby. 

    We’ve teamed up with Uber Eats to secure you a great deal for the weekend. You can get £10 off your first order at a whole host of local establishments.

    Just use the promo code MOTHAM10 to get your discount.

    To pick your items, head to ubereats.com or download the Uber Eats app.

    Terms and conditions

    £10 off offer available until 11.55 pm on 19 February 2021, valid on one (1) order made via the Uber Eats app in the UK (check the Uber Eats app for availability of deliveries and restaurants) when you spend a minimum of £15 per order on food and drink, excluding the delivery fee. Delivery fee applies. Other fees (such as a service fee) may apply to order. Offer is not valid on any basket that includes alcohol or tobacco products.

    To be eligible for the promotion, apply code MOTHAM10 in the Uber Eats app at the checkout before completing the order. Offer available for first time users of the Uber Eats app only. Code can be applied for a maximum of 5000 users on a first come, first served basis. Read more at t.uber.com/EATST&Cs.

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    Response to independent review into historic sexual abuse

    Response to independent review into historic sexual abuse

    Motherwell Football Club acknowledges the report of the independent review into historic sexual abuse in Scottish football.

    We sincerely apologise to anyone personally affected by historic sexual abuse within the Scottish game. We recognise that the impact of abuse on survivors and their families is not historic and continues.

    As noted in the report, Motherwell FC undertook an internal inquiry in 2016 relating to the matters raised, which included hiring additional external help to try and uncover as much information as possible.

    All of the findings were passed to the independent review, as well as Police Scotland, at that time.

    The safety and wellbeing of children and young people, whilst in the care of Motherwell Football Club, was, is and will remain a priority for the board.

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    Getting tech-life balance right is focus of free e-clinic

    Getting tech-life balance right is focus of free e-clinic

    With reliance on technology soaring during the pandemic, our main partners Paycare are joining forces with Techtimeout to help people understand more about the potential wellbeing impacts of too much screen time.

    Their wellbeing manager Kerry B Mitchell is set to host the latest in a series of monthly e-clinics on Wednesday 17 February at 10am.

    This session is focused around ‘Tech-Life Balance’ and will feature guest speaker Stephanie Henson, founder of Techtimeout, a movement which encourages people to put down their phones and laptops regularly and enjoy some digital-free time.

    “Technology is a huge part of our lives,” she explains.

    “Most of us have no choice but to spend hours online – especially now work, homeschooling and socialising is mainly being done through screens.

    “What’s worrying is that research indicates that the overuse of technology can lead to feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression.

    “Technology is essential but it’s so easy to become addicted – ever lose track of time scrolling, or experience an overwhelming desire to check your phone multiple times a day, even when you don’t need to?

    “In a world where it’s near enough impossible to quit technology if it’s not supporting your mental health, it’s time to learn healthy habits and set boundaries.

    “I’m looking forward to sharing an insight into the impact of technology in the workplace and I’ll be providing actionable tips employers and employees can take to support mental wellbeing and productivity.”

    Kerry adds that all technology has a purpose and, now more than ever, it is extremely beneficial in keeping connected to enable those experiencing mental and physical health conditions to reach out to loved ones and to charities or professional support.

    However, everyone has to find a balance between technology usage and living a wholesome life.

    “We’ll be sharing information about the most up-to-date research on the topic, top tips for employers on how to support their teams to work productively from home, and suggestions about how to manage the pressure to be always online.

    “Getting the right balance between being on and offline is tricky, but it can be done – as Steph and the Techtimeout team are proving – so I’d love for people to join the session to find out more.”

    To book on to the free webinar, simply email wellbeing@paycare.org.

    In addition to monthly e-clinics, Paycare Wellbeing offers a range of training opportunities including a two-day virtual accredited MHFA course. Visit paycare,org to find out more.

  • First team

    How to watch Motherwell v Hamilton

    How to watch Motherwell v Hamilton

    The Lanarkshire derby is available to watch worldwide on Saturday.

    If you’re in the UK or Republic of Ireland, a live stream of the game will be available to buy on a pay-per-view basis for £12.

    Season ticket holders can watch the game for free, as usual, at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    International-based supporters can watch via their usual subscription at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Kick-off at Fir Park is at 3pm GMT.

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    Next up: Hamilton Academical

    Next up: Hamilton Academical

    The third Lanarkshire derby of the season takes place on Saturday.

    Motherwell host local rivals Hamilton Academical, looking to claim a first win of the 2020/21 campaign against Brian Rice’s side.

    Kick-off at Fir Park is at 3pm.

    Watch live

    If you’re in the UK or Republic of Ireland, a live stream of the game will be available to buy on a pay-per-view basis for £12.

    Season ticket holders can watch the game for free, as usual, at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    International-based supporters can watch via their usual subscription at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Tale of the tape

    Hamilton are unbeaten in their last four competitive Lanarkshire derbies.

    A 3-0 win at the start of 2021 at home followed a 1-0 success at Fir Park early on in the campaign.

    Motherwell started 2019/20 with a 3-1 victory at the home of their rivals, but a 2-1 home loss came before a 0-0 draw away.

    Form guide

    Motherwell made it three wins from four with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Kilmarnock in midweek.

    That success followed taking three points apiece from Dundee United and Ross County, as well as running Celtic close in Glasgow in a 2-1 defeat.

    Accies are without a win in five but came close to ending that at home to Rangers last weekend.

    A battling show looked to be in vain as the visitors took the lead late on, but Ross Callachan’s last-gasp equaliser ensured a share of the spoils.