“Everything we did last week, we didn’t do today. It came down to our choices and mindset.”
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Graham Alexander reacts to loss at DundeeSaturday 27 November 2021
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Dundee 3-0 MotherwellSaturday 27 November 2021
Motherwell suffered a humbling 3-0 defeat at Dundee in the cinch Premiership.
Buoyed by recent successes over Aberdeen and Hearts, the Steelmen headed to Dens in a positive mood, looking to extend their winning run.
But goals from Luke McCowan, Danny Mullen and Ryan Sweeney put paid to those hopes, and delivered a reminder of the work still to do for ‘Well.
Sean Goss dropped out of the squad completely from the team which defeated Hearts last weekend, with Liam Grimshaw stepping in.
Kevin van Veen and Jordan Roberts were restored to the bench after missing last weekend’s match through suspension and ineligibility.
At a bitterly cold Dens Park, both sides were slow to get the paying spectators warm.
The first major bit of action came on 17 minutes, when Mullen found himself in behind the ‘Well defence.
Pulling the trigger to the right of the goal 15 yards out, Kelly pulled off a brilliant reaction stop to prevent the hosts opening the scoring.
Motherwell though didn’t heed that warning and found themselves behind after 20 minutes.
A cross from the left wasn’t dealt with and the ball fell kindly to McCowan just inside the box to the left of the goal.
Wiggling free, he found room to fire off a shot from 12 yards which went through the bodies and past Kelly to give the hosts the lead.
Dundee cranked up the pressure, with Anderson going close and then Ashcroft being denied from the resulting corner by an outstanding tip over the ball by Kelly.
While Dundee’s intensity lessened as the half wore on, ‘Well were unable to create anything meaningful up top and went in at half-time with plenty to ponder.
Van Veen and Roberts were introduced at the break in an attempt to shake things up and the Dutchman almost made an immediate impact.
With the ball falling to him close to the left post, he dug out a shot to crack the crossbar just 90 seconds after his introduction.
But hopes of Motherwell momentum growing were instantly zapped.
A free-kick up the other end a minute later was helped back across goal, where Sweeney was the grateful recipient to slide the ball in from close range.
‘Well put balls into the box but couldn’t seriously trouble the home ‘keeper thereafter, and headed back down the road with the need to bounce back immediately at home to Dundee United on Tuesday night.
Motherwell: Kelly, Mugabi, Solholm, Lamie, McGinley, Grimshaw (Roberts 46), Maguire, Slattery, Woolery, Shields (Van Veen 46), Watt.
Subs: Fox, O’Connor, Carroll, O’Donnell, Cornelius.
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Graham Alexander previews Dundee tripFriday 26 November 2021
The Motherwell boss looks ahead to the trip to Dens Park in the cinch Premiership.
Bag some more Black Friday dealsFriday 26 November 2021
We’ve added more great items to our Black Friday sale.
What’s more, you can get 20% off hats, scarves and gloves when you buy two items or more. Just use the code BLACKFRIDAY to grab that offer.
And don’t forget, there’s a whole host of other deals still to be had. All offers end at midnight on Monday night.
First up, you can get 20% off our 2021/22 training range – our most popular training range ever.
If you’re looking for some Christmas gift inspiration, we’ve also got you covered.
Our commemorative bricks, which are placed in the wall in our Davie Cooper Stand, are reduced by 40% to £33.
Bring in the festive season
There’s also discounts to be had on our great party nights.
You can get £5 off our Christmas party night on 10 December, where you can enjoy a three-course meal.
We’ve also got our 80s Christmas night with buffet down to just £30 per person.
You can also bring in the bells at Fir Park on Hogmanay for just £15.
More great events
Enjoy a two-course meal in the Centenary Suite, half-time refreshments, match programme, teamsheet and a pay bar at our match with Ross County on 2 February.
Our special Black Friday prices are just £20 per person for season ticket holders, £30 for non-season ticket holders and £5 for kids.
Tickets for our ABBA tribute night on 19 March are also discounted to just £5 per person.
Keep an eye out too for even more great deals on some of our top products, including our replica kits.
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Dundee cash entry not available on match dayThursday 25 November 2021
Tickets for Dundee can not be bought at Dens Park on the day of the game.
Due to a late change by our opponents, if you do not yet have a ticket, you will not be able to get into the match.
Please do not travel if you do not have a ticket.
If you purchased a ticket from us and have not yet collected it, it will be available to collect from Dundee’s ticket office from 10am until kick-off.
SWPL1 match with Hibernian postponedTuesday 23 November 2021
Motherwell’s SWPL1 fixture against Hibernian, due to take place on Sunday 28 November, has been postponed.
This is due to a number of international call ups within the Hibernian squad.
A new date for the fixture and ticket information will be communicated in due course.
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Next up: DundeeMonday 22 November 2021
The cinch Premiership action continues away to Dundee on Saturday.
Kick-off at Dens Park is at 3pm.
If you have not already purchased your ticket, you will not be able to attend the match.
Dundee are not offering cash sales on the day of the game. Please do not travel if you do not have a ticket.
Fans of both clubs can buy a live stream of the game from ppv.dundeefc.co.uk for £12.50.
The game is available to purchase in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Please note that due to UEFA restrictions, this game is not purchasable if you are 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.
Tale of the tape
Both sides have picked up home wins in the two encounters so far this season.
Last time at Dens, a Lee Ashcroft goal secured progression in the Premier Sports Cup for the Dark Blues in a 1-0 win.
Then, at Fir Park two weeks later, Tony Watt’s strike was decisive in a 1-0 victory for the Steelmen.
Motherwell have won back-to-back matches in the cinch Premiership, toppling Aberdeen away and then Hearts at home.
Both games ended 2-0, making it a 100% record from games in November to date to take the team to fifth in the league table.
Dundee skipped action at the weekend due to their planned opponents being in cup action. Before the break, a 4-2 home loss to Celtic came after a 1-0 win at St Mirren.
James McPake’s men occupy 11th spot, four clear of bottom club Ross County.
Battling performance in defeat to Glasgow CitySunday 21 November 2021
Motherwell showed fighting spirit but would ultimately suffer a heavy 5-1 defeat to defending champions Glasgow City in a tough encounter at Alliance Park on Sunday.
Priscilla Chinchilla fired the visitors in front early into the second half, before Ode Fulutudilu netted a spectacular second minutes later.
Fulutudilu added a third on the hour mark, before Aoife Colville netted a fourth with a well-placed header.
Jenna Clark sealed victory for Glasgow City with a fifth, before Katie Rice added a late consolation for the hosts.
The women of steel started on the front foot with Paul Brownlie’s side showing real intensity in the early stages.
Clever link-up play between Amy Anderson and Carla Boyce allowed Motherwell to break quickly, and Boyce’s incisive through ball left London Pollard racing Glasgow City goalkeeper Lee Alexander to the ball, but the experienced stopper reacted quickly to clear her lines.
Khym Ramsay would be called into action in the Motherwell goal minutes later. Julia Molin’s floated delivery found Fulutudilu with her back to goal, but Ramsay was alert to close the angle and produce a smart save.
The visitors then came close to the opener on the half-hour mark following an exquisite interchange of play in the build-up. Hayley Lauder’s clever through ball was skilfully flicked on by Chinchilla, but Lauder’s low driven effort whistled past the post.
Motherwell headed into half-time with the scores level, following a strong battling performance in the first half.
However, Glasgow City would break the deadlock minutes into the second half.
Lauder’s looping free-kick was punched clear by Ramsay, but only as far as Chinchilla, who calmly placed her strike high into the net past the Motherwell shot-stopper from a few yards out.
The visitors doubled their advantage minutes later. A well-worked counter attack allowed Tyler Dodds to break with pace on the right, before playing through Fulutudilu who rifled her strike high into the top left corner, leaving Ramsay with no chance.
City then added a third on the hour mark. Leanne Crichton was dispossessed deep into her own half in what appeared to be a clear foul on the midfielder, but the referee waved play on and Fulutudilu coolly slotted her strike past Ramsay for her second of the game.
The visitors added a fourth with 20 minutes left to play. Molin’s perfectly weighted delivery was met superbly by Colville who guided her headed effort off the inside of the post to secure a comfortable advantage.
City continued to threaten the Motherwell goal and would add their fifth in the latter stages of the game. Lauder’s curling free-kick was met excellently by Clark, who diverted her header into the bottom left corner.
Motherwell netted a well-deserved consolation in the dying stages. Rice’s powerful strike from long-range was too hot to handle for Alexander, who spilled the midfielder’s effort over the line to give Brownlie’s side something to show for their efforts.
Despite the scoreline, Motherwell will have several positives to take after a strong battling performance against tough opposition. The women of steel will look to rectify the result with a win away to Hibernian next week.
Gill Inglis leading by example as ‘Well thrive in SWPL1Sunday 21 November 2021
Every day is a school day for Motherwell midfielder Gill Inglis as she mixes her career as a primary teacher alongside captaining the Motherwell women’s side in SWPL1.
It is a tough routine, but one that is going well, with children back in the classroom and Paul Brownlie’s side on a run of three straight home wins in the league – taking them into the top half of the table and within two points of last season’s points tally after just nine games played.
The last 18 months have not been easy, however, and through the more difficult periods of the pandemic, Gill believes that football was often her escape from the difficulties and stresses she endured.
She also points to the sacrifices made by female footballers during one of the most challenging times in the game’s history and hopes with a degree of normality returning to our everyday lives that women’s football in Scotland can continue to thrive.
“It has been challenging at times, it was hard working from home and doing online learning,” she explained. “I’m just happy things are getting back a bit closer to normal now.
“There are numerous teams in the league where players will still have full-time jobs alongside training in the morning, training at night and having games at the weekend. We are used to making sacrifices for football.
“We continued to work hard during the pandemic, and I think like it was for many of us, football was a bit of a saviour for us at times. It gave us something to focus on when things weren’t so easy in other parts of our lives.
“I think we are all delighted and grateful that it has been able to continue and was able to start back as quickly as it did.”
This summer saw wholesale changes in the women’s setup at ‘Well, with a new management team appointed and almost a complete overhaul of the playing squad.
Inglis captained the side during the 2020/21 campaign and shortly after the arrival of new head coach Brownlie, it was announced she would again lead the team in what is their third season in the top flight.
Inglis has over 10 years experience of playing club football at the highest level in Scotland and after her appointment as captain, Brownlie praised her leadership qualities and her abilities to work as a connection between players and staff.
The captaincy is a role that she has embraced and this season she has been assisted by the addition of a former Scotland star with great experience in the game.
Leanne Crichton was capped 72 times, with two of her three goals for the national side coming in games hosted at Fir Park. She joined the ranks at Motherwell in June as a player/coach and has already made a positive impact on the squad – scoring twice in nine appearances and playing a key role in helping the younger players integrate into the team.
“Being captain is a huge honour and something I am really proud of,” Inglis explained. “I love captaining the team – my aim is to do my best for the squad and I’m happy to help in any way that I can.
“Leanne is a great role model for us as a squad and for the younger players coming through as well. You can always learn; it doesn’t matter what age or stage you are at in your career – you always want to better yourself.
“She’s a huge factor in anyone that wants to play for Motherwell, playing alongside someone so experienced helps anybody, no matter how old you are or how long you’ve been in the game.”
As the women’s game continues to gain increased exposure and respect, there has been increased importance on the players conducting themselves in a professional manner off the pitch.
The players have adjusted well to the increased media exposure as well as being aware of the importance of conducting themselves in the correct manner in the press and on social media.
“I think with the Scottish national team doing so well we need to carry that into Scottish football domestically,” the former Rangers midfielder said.
“Having the focus on social media and the highlights show on the BBC was a wee bit strange at first, it wasn’t something we were used to, but it is something as players that we have all embraced as players.
“The club having a dedicated press officer for the team shows how much the club is invested in us and we are aware of our responsibilities as players and how we conduct ourselves.”
In their first few seasons in the top league, there has been an element of frustration that the Motherwell women’s side have been unable to find a settled ground for their home matches.
That has changed this season with an agreement in place to host all home fixtures at Alliance Park, based in Strathclyde Park, and a settled home seems to be paying off.
‘Well have defeated Hamilton, Hearts and Aberdeen in their last three home encounters, while in contrast have yet to record a league win on the road.
Inglis feels like having a solid base has been integral in the team’s recent success and believes that the new management team at the club have brought with them a new lease of life to the women’s side.
“It is massive for us, we definitely feel a bigger part of the club and having a home ground that we can base ourselves at and can pick up positive results will definitely help us over the course of the season,” she added.
“Everything has completely changed; the manager has tried to bring in a mix of people – I think he has a mix of characters and is finding the best way to get the best out of us.
“You can see the positive changes that have been made. The staff are a breath of fresh air; he’s changed the squad and the way we do things.
“Our approach is different, the manager always says ‘trust the process’, some things he’s fixed in the short term, but there are still things he wants to change, and he has set long term goals for us. We now have a clear vision of where we are going as a squad and that definitely helps us.”
The change of management team has also brought an increased focus on the women’s academy at Motherwell.
As well as his role as head coach, Brownlie also holds the position of head of women and girls performance and he brings with him a great deal of experience from his seven years with the women’s academy at Celtic.
The vision of the women’s academy is like that of the men’s – develop young talent and integrate them into the first team reckoning and given the financial disparity between the top three teams in Scotland (Celtic, Glasgow City and Rangers) and the rest of the teams in the top two leagues, it is imperative that the chasing pack try to find ways in which they can bridge the gap.
“We are probably quite like the men’s team in that model, we want to have an academy and bring players through to the first team,” said Inglis. “If they can successfully make that transition from academy right the way through, then I think the club have done their job well.
“It is difficult because obviously there is a huge financial gap to the teams at the top and sometimes that can be evident on the pitch.
“The governing bodies want to push women’s football and a lot of focus is on the so-called bigger clubs – they bring in a lot of attention and media, but it’s about finding that balance of promoting every club and closing the gap between teams in the league so that it is more competitive – you will get a lot more viewers in if the league is more competitive all over.”
One occasion that was sure to increase interest in the women’s team at Motherwell was the first Lanarkshire derby of the season as the women of steel welcomed Hamilton to Alliance Park.
It was to be an occasion to remember for Brownlie’s side as they recorded a convincing 3-0 success to claim the local bragging rights.
Having spent 10 years at Accies, the result held extra significance for Inglis and it is one she hopes will help tempt more supporters along to future matches.
“It was great, we were firstly delighted with the win in the first derby,” she said. “We were happy with how large parts of the game went.
“It was great to see the media attention around the game and hopefully some of those who go see the men’s team will consider coming along and watching us one week too.”
With the first third of the season completed, Inglis has been pleased that Motherwell have recovered from a difficult start to the campaign.
After dropping out of the SWPL Cup at the group stage and losing their first four league matches, their recent run of 10 points from the last five league matches has come as a much-needed boost.
Behind the scenes, the team have been set targets, though the ‘Well captain is keen to stress that they must focus on continuing to improve and find an improved level of consistency.
“We had quite a tricky start to the season, but we are relatively happy at how we have played over the last few weeks,” she said. “Now the aim is to make our home ground a fortress – having three wins on the bounce there is huge for us.
“Everything is really positive just now, we are only two points off our total for the entirety of last season, when you compare this season to last, I think we have made huge gains.
“We just want to pick up as many points as we can, we obviously have certain targets that we will work on, though the main one is continuing to improve and show a level of consistency as well.”
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Manager reacts to win over HeartsSaturday 20 November 2021
“That performance had everything we work for.”