“We gave supporters belief we were still in it right to the end.”
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Manager reacts to loss at HeartsSaturday 02 October 2021
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Hearts 2-0 MotherwellSaturday 02 October 2021
Hearts defeated Motherwell in the capital, but the visitors left frustrated after a heavy attacking onslaught in the second half.
Liam Boyce’s early penalty and Stephen Kingsley’s free-kick was enough to do the damage, despite Motherwell banging down the door relentlessly in the second period.
Bevis Mugabi came in for Ricki Lamie in the only change to Motherwell’s starting team, with Graham Alexander sticking with the vast majority of the side which defeated Ross County last time out.
In front of a buoyant home crowd, the hosts would find themselves ahead early doors.
Boyce slipped in down the right and, with Kelly diving out, went down in the area.
Referee David Munro took his time but pointed at the spot, with Boyce stepping up to dispatch his spot kick powerfully into the bottom-left corner.
Motherwell didn’t wilt and matched up to a high-tempo battle in midfield, but it took time to get the ball into scoring positions.
Before they did, Hearts were two up.
Winning a free-kick on the edge of the box, Kingsley showed his prowess to curl the ball into the top-left corner of the net from 25 yards.
Motherwell grew in confidence and, restricting the hosts to one chance from open play all half, had plenty opportunities of their own.
Woolery’s shot from 25 yards was netbound before being deflected behind at the last moment, with Ojala rising to head narrowly over from the resulting corner.
Then, in first half stoppage time, two huge chances came Motherwell’s way.
Watt saw his chance from 30 yards and sent a dipping half volley towards goal which Gordon had to act fast to tip over the bar.
Then, from the corner, the visitors again caused chaos in the box and Watt’s swivel and shot from close range was somehow smothered by Gordon.
Hearts were on the front foot early in the second period and could have killed the game.
Devlin went down easily in the box and referee Munro was quick again to point at the spot.
This time, Kelly read Boyce’s intentions perfectly and turned away the penalty to keep ‘Well in it.
It was from there the momentum swung. Motherwell dominated proceedings, with Woolery having the best chance, only to be denied by the brilliant save from Gordon.
Van Veen, O’Hara and Ojala also went close but Gordon would stand firm and the boys in claret and amber left the capital empty-handed.
Motherwell: Kelly, O’Donnell, Mugabi, Ojala, McGinley, Grimshaw, O’Hara, Slattery, Woolery, Watt, Van Veen.
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Manager previews HeartsFriday 01 October 2021
The Motherwell boss looks ahead to the cinch Premiership clash at Tynecastle.
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Last chance to get tickets for HeartsFriday 01 October 2021
There’s one last chance to get tickets for Hearts v Motherwell.
Tickets are available from the ticket office at Fir Park between 10am and 12pm on Saturday before the match.
Adult tickets cost £27. Over 65s and those in full-time education get in for £19, Under 18s for £14, Under 16s for £7 and Under 13s for £5.
Mandatory vaccine certification will be in place for this fixture. Spot checks will take place as you enter the stadium.
You must be fully vaccinated to attend. You and everyone in your party must bring proof of this status with you to the match, unless you are exempt (under the age of 18, not able to get the vaccine for medical reasons, or taking part in vaccine trials).
Please only purchase tickets if you meet these criteria as Hearts will have to refuse entry if you are subject to a spot check and cannot comply with the Scottish Government vaccine certification legislation.
The match is available to buy on pay-per-view from Hearts in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Ireland for £15.
To buy, head to ppv.heartsfc.co.uk.
Due to UEFA restrictions, the game can not be sold in England.
International viewers can watch through our subscription service at live.motherwellfc.co.uk. Packages start at as little as £12.50 per month to watch all 38 cinch Premiership fixtures.
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Dundee United home game brought forwardFriday 01 October 2021
Our cinch Premiership home match with Dundee United later this year has been brought forward.
The game will now be played on Tuesday 30 November at 7.45pm. It was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday 1 December.
The match will be broadcast live in the UK and Ireland on Sky Sports.
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Graham Alexander named as Manager of the MonthFriday 01 October 2021
Graham Alexander is the Glen’s Vodka Premiership Manager of the Month for September.
The Motherwell boss guided his team to an unbeaten month, defeating Aberdeen and Ross County at home, and putting in a solid performance in a 1-1 draw at Rangers.
That run of form was matched only by the Ibrox side, with the panel electing to reward Alexander with the prize for the second time since taking over the role at Fir Park in January.
“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of every person that has contributed to our results over the past month,” Alexander said.
“They have all helped the team to win the points that they have.”
Colin Matthews, CEO of Glen’s owner the Loch Lomond Group, added: “Motherwell are enjoying a brilliant start to their season.
“After leading his side through September undefeated, which included a tough away game against the defending champions, Graham Alexander fully deserves his Glen’s Manager of the Month award.
“Congratulations to him, his players and his staff.”
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Pick your September player of the monthFriday 01 October 2021
It’s time to pick your Paycare Motherwell FC player of the month for September.
Having ended August with back-to-back scoring games, Tony Watt continued his form into the new month.
A pivotal figure again in the win over Aberdeen and draw at Rangers, he then went on to net the winner in the 2-1 win over Ross County in the final match.
Arriving from Southampton in the summer, Callum Slattery has already demonstrated his prowess in midfield.
A standout performer in the middle, he also netted his first senior goal with a spectacular strike to open the scoring in the win over Ross County.
Liam Kelly continued his run as a pivotal figure in the team, with the goalkeeper again outstanding through the month.
Keeping a clean sheet against Aberdeen, his vital saves contributed heavily to the seven points gained.
Juhani Ojala‘s form at the back earned him a recall to the Finland national team.
The towering centre back also got his first goal for the club in the rampant win over Aberdeen.
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David Devine joins East Fife on loanThursday 30 September 2021
David Devine has joined League One side East Fife on loan until the end of the season.
The 20-year old, who made his first-team debut for the Steelmen back in May 2019, is on the verge of returning from an injury picked up in pre-season.
Having previously spent time on loan with Queen of the South, the young defender will gain further experience as part of Darren Young’s side.
“David will go out on loan to gain valuable experience of playing first-team football,” ‘Well boss Graham Alexander said.
“He’s got all the attributes of a strong centre half and has a great attitude on and off the pitch, which will hopefully help him come back a better player.”
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INSIDE MOTHERWELL // Riding highThursday 30 September 2021
Things are going in the right direction in ML1.
After a busy summer with 12 players signing on, the transfer window slammed shut on the final day of August.
In the immediate aftermath of the season’s first deadline day, our new head of recruitment operations Nick Daws outlined the club’s strategy to help source the best players in the market.
Motherwell’s longest-serving player, and fans’ favourite, Liam Grimshaw, is a regular in the starting XI again after recovering from glandular fever, which had him ruled out of action since early 2021.
Now back in the side, and still on a high from scoring his first professional goal, Grimshaw enjoyed a day off at Hamilton Racecourse – something he hasn’t been able to do for a long time due to lockdowns and illness.
Meanwhile, on the pitch, the team, faced a tricky run of games. A dramatic win against Aberdeen was followed by a point at Ibrox to silence the 50,000-strong home support.
A late winner against Ross County then closed September with seven points from nine, leaving the Steelmen fourth in the Scottish Premiership table, just two points off the top spot.
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Players and staff join Well SocietyThursday 30 September 2021
Our players and football management team have joined the Well Society.
The players, together with the coaching staff, decided to collectively join and contribute monthly to the club’s fan ownership group, highlighting their commitment to the cause and to play their part in the continuing health and growth of Motherwell Football Club.
“It was very important to the whole squad that we demonstrated our effort away from just a Saturday afternoon,” club captain Stephen O’Donnell said.
“This is a special club where the supporters and the local community are at the heart of everything we do and stand for.
“The players buy into that and are proud to represent the club, but we also want to play our part by giving something back.
“We are delighted and honoured to be involved.”
‘Well boss Graham Alexander added: “I have said on many occasions that togetherness can help drive a club forward.
“It’s so important that all aspects of a club, from the boardroom to the dressing room, from the terracing to the pitch, are united and working towards the same goal.
“This group, both players and coaches, not only want to make the fans proud of their team when they are on the pitch but want to make them proud when they’re off it too.
“They do that by working hard to understand the ethos, the principles and the character of the supporters and people in this part of Lanarkshire, and what is expected of us as Motherwell players and coaches, which will hopefully transfer onto the pitch on a matchday and drive good performance.”
The Well Society, the vehicle in which the club operates its current fan ownership model, bought Motherwell FC from Les Hutchison in October 2016.
With over 3,000 active members, almost 1,300 of them contributing each month, the Society has supported the club throughout its ten-year existence, investing over one million pounds in working capital.
“We are thrilled to have the first-team squad and coaching staff as part of the Well Society and it clearly demonstrates the spirit and determination of this group,” the Well Society’s co-chair Douglas Dickie said.
“The more fans who are in a position to join the Society and contribute on a monthly basis will only help the club grow and grow.
“As we approach the fifth anniversary of taking a majority ownership in the club, it would be great if we could use this as a launchpad to attract more people to come on board.”