“We’re content with a point, but not overly happy. But we showed mental strength and got what we deserved.”
- First team
Manager reacts to St Johnstone drawSunday 08 August 2021
- First team
St Johnstone 1-1 MotherwellSunday 08 August 2021
Motherwell rescued a point as Tony Watt’s equaliser secured a 1-1 league draw at St Johnstone.
Stephen O’Donnell’s own goal late in the first half put the hosts ahead, but Tony Watt rescued a point with 10 minutes to go.
Manager Graham Alexander made one change to his starting side from that which lost 3-2 to Hibernian on the opening day.
Tony Watt dropped to the bench, with Connor Shields coming into the team to make his first appearance in claret and amber.
Motherwell had the first clear chance of the match after five minutes.
A lovely threaded ball from Slattery to Van Veen inside the box on the right set up the Dutchman for a shot at goal.
Picking his spot in the bottom-right corner, Clark got down brilliantly with a strong hand to turn it away.
Disaster almost struck at the other end two minutes later.
Donnelly was caught in possession 30 yards from his own goal and May was immediately presented with a one-on-one opportunity.
Advancing on the penalty spot, he pulled the trigger but an excellent recovery from Mugabi to slide in and stop the shot saved a near-certain opener for the Saints.
With 17 minutes gone, Motherwell were certain they’d taken the lead.
Slattery’s delivery from the right on a short corner was met perfectly by Woolery, who steered his close-range header towards goal.
Goalkeeper Clark was alive to the situation, however, and managed to get down incredibly to tip the ball away on the line.
St Johnstone grew in stature thereafter, controlling large spells with the ball, and got their reward with 10 minutes left in the half.
Wotherspoon cut inside on the left and sent a bending ball into the box.
It sailed through everyone, taking a nick off of O’Donnell at the back post before finding the net.
Motherwell started the second half brighter and were scratching their heads as to how they didn’t have the equaliser five minutes in.
O’Donnell’s long throw from the right was flicked on by the head of Mugabi, leaving Clark stranded.
The ball cannoned back off the left post and bounced down where Van Veen was on hand to pounce, but Clark reacted quicker to smother.
The chances kept coming. Lamie’s close-range header from Carroll’s free-kick was turned away by Clark on the hour mark, while Woolery’s attempt to thread Van Veen on a three v three breakaway was thwarted.
Then the breakthrough came with 10 to go, with Slattery feeding Watt, who moved it wide for Lawless.
Lawless did brilliantly on the right to stand up a cross into the box to find the run of Watt, who showed great composure to volley home from 12 yards and get Motherwell level.
The visitors went in search of the winner. The ever-positive Slattery saw an opportunity open up from 30 yards, with his low drive sliding off the slick surface and just going wide of the left-hand post.
Watt then thought he’d won it with six to go. O’Donnell put in a great ball from the right and the striker peeled away, but couldn’t get a connection to score from point-blank range.
- First team
Manager looks ahead to St JohnstoneFriday 06 August 2021
“We have to look at the positives from the Hibs game and also what we can improve on.”
- Reserves & Under 18s
SPFL Trust Trophy match cancelledFriday 06 August 2021
We have been forced to withdraw from participating in the SPFL Trust Trophy in the 2021/22 season.
Due to a shortage of players, we will not be able to fulfil our first round tie with Stranraer, and have pulled our B team out of the competition.
We are disappointed that the young players, many of whom are first year pros, will not have the opportunity to take part in the game due to injuries and Covid-19 issues.
Our Club Academy Scotland Under 18s game with Hamilton Academical this Friday has also been postponed as a result.
“Consistent with previous announcements in respect of similar issues in the group stage of the Premier Sports Cup, the SPFL Board has now confirmed that any club unable or unwilling to field a team in an SPFL Trust Trophy first or second round tie will forfeit the match on the basis of a 3-0 defeat,” a statement from the SPFL said.
“Accordingly, Stranraer have been awarded a 3-0 win and will play Partick Thistle in the second round of the competition next month.”
TCL are our official handset sponsorFriday 06 August 2021
TCL, one of the world’s largest consumer electronics companies with over 70,000 employees worldwide, is the new official handset sponsor of Motherwell Football Club.
TCL is a fast-growing consumer electronics company that specialises in the development and manufacturing of products, ranging from mobile phones, televisions, audio products and tablets.
Their brand logo will feature on the shorts of the first team’s home and away kits in the 2021/22 season.
Speaking about the partnership, UK and Ireland Country Director, William Paterson said: “We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Motherwell FC.
“Motherwell shares similar values with TCL. It’s a fan-owned club, and that community spirit is really important to us.
“TCL has a deep-rooted belief in providing great consumer electronics products at a price that is affordable to as many people as possible.
“We want everyone to be able to enjoy our products and Motherwell has the same ethos in putting Well’ fans first too.
“This partnership follows the work TCL has done in the football landscape previously.”
In early 2021, TCL showcased the brand’s tagline of Display Greatness through an ambassador partnership with iconic players across the globe including Harry Kane, Neymar and Paul Pogba.
Suzanne Reid, head of commercial and marketing at Motherwell FC, added: “We are very pleased to be partnering with TCL.
“This is a fantastic commercial deal for the club and represents further great news for the club and our supporters ensuring another positive, high value and high calibre partnership for the future.
“We thank TCL for their support.”
Apply for a Well In free season ticketThursday 05 August 2021
We want to give something back to those in our area who want to get to the football, and help them share in the community spirit and friendship that being part of our club brings.
To do that, we are giving free season tickets to unemployed and low-income people in our area.
If you are unemployed or on a low income and would like to apply for a season ticket, please fill out this quick form.
We want everyone to feel able to be part of our club, and remove the financial barrier to entry where possible.
Our fans have raised over £60,000 towards our Well In initiative to help us give out tickets. As a club, we’ve matched that amount to get as many tickets into people’s hands.
After you apply, we’ll get back to you shortly with details on your ticket. We can’t wait to welcome you to Fir Park.
How does a season ticket work?
A Motherwell FC season ticket gets you access to every home match played in the cinch Premiership in the 2021/22 campaign, which runs until next May.
You will be able to pick your own seat in the stadium, and will receive a membership card which you will use to gain entry.
Can I sit with friends and family?
Of course you can. If other family members would benefit from the scheme, please apply on their behalf. And if you’ve friends who could also be eligible, please encourage them to fill out the form.
What’s more – every supporter can get up to two free season tickets for kids, whether they are part of the Well In scheme or not. If you would like more than two, please let us know when you get in touch.
Join our women’s development teamWednesday 04 August 2021
Motherwell FC Community Trust’s women’s development team are looking for players who are 18 or older.
This team competes in the SWFL Central/South East league. This will provide a good opportunity to grow your football skillset.
If you believe you have what it takes to be a part of this team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- First team
Next up: St JohnstoneTuesday 03 August 2021
The cinch Premiership season continues with a trip to face St Johnstone on Sunday.
With the Saints in European action in midweek, we’ve an extra 24 hours before our first away league match of the 2021/22 campaign.
Kick-off is at 3pm.
St Johnstone are not making tickets available to away supporters.
There are two options instead to watch live.
If you’re in the UK/Ireland, you can purchase a live stream of the match from St Johnstone here.
Abroad, you can sign up to our live streaming service and get every game – home and away – from as little as £12.50 a month.
Tale of the tape
St Johnstone are unbeaten in their last three encounters with the Steelmen.
A 3-0 win last time at Fir Park came after a 2-1 victory in ML1 in the League Cup.
Last time in Perth, the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.
Mark O’Hara’s opening goal was cancelled out by Stevie May’s penalty, with both goals coming in the first half.
Motherwell opened the league season with a strong performance but ultimately defeat to Hibernian last weekend.
Goals from Kevin van Veen and Bevis Mugabi twice had the Steelmen ahead, only to be pegged back and then lose 3-2.
St Johnstone opened their campaign with a 0-0 draw away at Ross County.
Ali McCann missed a penalty as Callum Davidson’s side left Dingwall with a point.
Before Sunday’s match, they are in Istanbul to take on Galatasaray in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.
- First team
Manager reacts to Hibernian lossSunday 01 August 2021
“We’re disappointed to lose. But it was a really promising start to the season from the team.”
- First team
Motherwell 2-3 HibernianSunday 01 August 2021
Motherwell kicked off their cinch Scottish Premiership campaign enjoying a thrilling 90 minutes with Hibernian.
And although Graham Alexander’s men were unlucky not to get a share of the points, the ‘Well boss had a lot of positives to take from an absorbing match.
Not least the performance of his summer signings and in particular Callum Slattery and Kevin van Veen.
The towering Durch striker gave the Hibs defence a torrid time before tiring in the second half. By then he had grabbed his first goal in claret in amber to give ‘Well a 13th minute lead.
After Hibs equalised through Kyle Magennis, Bevis Mugabi marked his return by restoring the home side’s lead.
Two second half goals from Christian Doidge and a rather harsh penalty converted by Martin Boyle gave the Easter Road men the edge and all three points.
With the Fir Park pitch resplendent in the August sunshine and the 5,800 fans socially distanced in the refurbished stands, the scene was set for a richly anticipated and noisy return to league action.
For the opening league game, the ‘Well boss relied largely on the players which helped the side advance to last 16 of the Premier Sports Cup.
Mugabi, fully recovered from his shoulder injury, lined up alongside Ricki Lamie at the heart of the home defence.
After being sidelined for an entire league season Liam Donnelly returned to the midfield, where recent acquisition from Southampton Slattery made his first start.
Up front Tony Watt was joined with summer signings Kaiyne Woolery and Van Veen.
It was the Dutch striker who immediately impressed the home fans as he used his towering frame and body strength to give Ryan Porteous and Paul Hanlon an uncomfortable opening spell.
And his industry was rewarded as he opened his ‘Well goal account after 13 minutes. Tony Watt’s cute backheeler allowed the overlapping Jake Carroll to whip a cross into the six-yard box where Van Veen expertly cushioned his header back across the ‘keeper to give the Fir Parker side the perfect start.
Before they could build on that lead , though, Hibs found an equaliser. From wide on the right Paul McGinn’s cutback was missed by a team-mate. Unfortunately, the ball bounced off the unsuspecting Donnelly and into the path of Magennis who stabbed the ball past the helpless Kelly and make it 1-1.
That provided a boost for the Edinburgh side and Hanlon headed over before former Fir Park favourite Jamie Murphy lobbed his effort over Kelly and into the Davie Cooper stand.
However, it was the home that regained the lead after 29 minutes.
Slattery, who looked highly accomplished on the ball, drew a foul from Alex Gogic. Carroll whipped the resultant free kick to the back of the Hibs’ six yard box where Mugabi’s downward header saw the ball bounce inside Matt Macey’s right hand post.
With both sides committed to playing three up front the action continued at both ends of the pitch until the end of a thoroughly entertaining first half.
Play resumed with Hibs on the front foot and after five minutes only a top class save from Kelly kept ‘Well ahead. Gogic thought he had netted the equaliser as his powerful drive headed just under the bar but the ‘Well ‘keeper threw himself high to his left to palm the ball over the crossbar.
Jack Ross made the first substitution of the game in the 53rd minute sending on Christian Doidge for Gogic. And the striker had an immediate impact scoring the equaliser within two minutes.
Kevin Nisbet’s shot from 15 yards rebound from Kelly’s left-hand post and Doidge got his boot in front of Donnelly’s to force the ball over the line to make it 2-2.
‘Well could have been back in front eight minutes later. Van Veen’s incisive pass split the Hibs’ defence allowing Woolery a clear run towards goal only to see his low shot blocked by Macey’s outstretched leg.
The next chance came Hibs way courtesy of the penalty spot. McGinn’s ball into the box found its way to Nisbet and when his low shot struck Stephen O’Donnell’s trailing hand, referee David Munro immediately awarded a penalty.
Although Kelly guessed correctly Martin Boyle blasted the spot kick past the diving ‘keeper to put the Easter Road men ahead with 20 minutes remaining.
After an impressive 73 minutes Slattery merited his standing applause from the home fans as he made way for Justin Amaluzor who added more threat to the home attack.
A second change seven minutes from time brought Steven Lawless into the action but as the Motherwell players pushed forward until the final whistle they were denied a share of the spoils.
The final chance to grab a deserved leveller came Barry Maguire’s way in injury time but after switching the ball to his left foot at the edge of the box, the Scotland Under 21 man fired his shot over the bar.