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    Connor Shields keen to put down roots at Motherwell

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    Connor Shields keen to put down roots at Motherwell

    Connor Shields keen to put down roots at Motherwell

    After spending the last three years on the move, Connor Shields is hoping Motherwell will be a place to call home in the long term.

    The 24-year-old was the first new arrival in a summer that saw 12 new faces join the ranks at Fir Park. However, he would endure a frustrating start to life at the club as injury ruled him out of all four Premier Sports Cup fixtures and the Premiership opener against Hibernian.

    A week later, Shields was handed his debut when he started against St Johnstone in a 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park and in ‘Well’s next match, he played 66 minutes of the cup defeat at Dens Park, before having to play the waiting game.

    Aside from a few substitute appearances, the striker had to watch from the sidelines as Motherwell made an impressive start to the campaign. During his time out of the team, he enquired about the possibility of going out on loan for some much-needed game time.

    Steelmen boss Graham Alexander had other plans for the former Sunderland man, however, persuading him that he had an important part to play. Shields’ patience was rewarded when he netted his first goal for the club – smashing home the opener in the impressive 2-0 victory over Hearts earlier this month.

    Now, after making his breakthrough, Shields‘ next target is holding down a starting berth amidst strong competition for a forward role in ML1.

    “Obviously there was a bit of fortune in there with Kev being suspended, and I got brought in for the Hearts game,” he explained. “The manager has been brilliant, having arrived at the club in January he is also relatively new as well.

    “This is the first time I have played in the Premiership, and he understands that. I’m thankful for the opportunity he has given me. Obviously at the start, it was unfortunate with my injuries, but I was given my chance against Hearts and hopefully I have shown what I can do.

    “I wanted to get my first goal as soon as possible, and it was brilliant to score. I thought the team performed brilliantly against a good Hearts team who are right up there – it was a good day all round.”

    Although it is not spoken about internally at Fir Park, the wait for a striker to score their first goal for the club often leads to supporters making comparisons to two strikers from the recent past.

    Alex Fisher and Jordan White joined Motherwell from Scottish clubs and failed to break their duck before departing in a relatively swift fashion.

    There was a mixture of joy and relief as Shields opened his scoring account against Hearts, and Jambos fans must now dread the sight of the Coatbridge-born forward – it was his first goal in eight months – and on that occasion, he also scored against Hearts – netting a double in Queen of the South’s shock 3-2 win at Tynecastle.

    “It’s not really spoken about, though as a striker, you want to get a goal as soon as possible, especially when you go to a new club,” he added. “I’m glad it is out the way, and now I can focus on scoring more and playing more often.

    “I wasn’t playing at the start, and I felt like I needed to play games like every player wants to do. I had a conversation with the manager, and he told me he wanted me to stay here and be coached by him.

    “He explained he brought me to the club for a reason, and it would take a bit of time to settle. Hopefully, that’s behind me now. I know in terms of the strikers that I am one of the younger ones, it will take time, but hopefully I can play a few more games and cement my place in the starting XI.”

    The Steelmen boss has plenty of attacking options at his disposal, with Kevin van Veen, Tony Watt and Kaiyne Woolery all having got among the goals during the first 16 games of the league campaign.

    Shields is enjoying the chance to play alongside his fellow strikers and believes their experience and knowledge of the game is helping move his game to a higher level.

    “It’s good competition,” he said. “There are a lot of forwards at the club, but having players that good in training every day is good for me as one of the younger players.

    “I’m 24 and the other strikers are a few years older than me. It’s great to learn from them – the standards they set in training every day – it lets me know what I need to match and go above to get a chance.

    “I need to prove myself at this level. Obviously, guys like Kev and Tony are proven at a high level, whereas this is my first time in this league. Last season I did not too bad and got my move to Motherwell, and that’s my next challenge – I got off to a rough start, but hopefully the Hearts game was a turning point.

    “I speak to Kev quite a lot about his time at other clubs and as forwards, we do separate stuff in training. Tony has played at a high level too – they both pass on really good knowledge, as do Kaiyne and Robbo (Jordan Roberts) – it is good to learn from them and I take it all in my stride.”

    Although this is his first season in the Scottish Premiership, Shields is no stranger to having to make a step up in his career.

    In 2018, he swapped part-time football at Albion Rovers to join Sunderland in the English Championship.

    The whirlwind transfer would see him go from mixing training and work to training five days a week at the Sunderland Academy, which produced the likes of Jordan Henderson, Jordan Pickford and Peter Hartley. After arriving in January 2018, he was a regular in the Black Cats’ Under 23 side.

    It was a far cry from Cliftonhill, and although he did not manage to make a first-team appearance, Shields holds no regrets over the move.

    During his time with the Wearside club, he had a loan spell at Alloa before joining Aldershot in the National League – making 22 appearances and scoring once. His time in England ended after a short spell with Billericay Town, and he would return to Scotland to sign for Queen of the South in the summer of 2020.

    “At the time, it was brilliant. I couldn’t really turn down the opportunity to go full-time from part-time,” he recalled. “It was a massive jump. Obviously it was a big standard – I don’t regret moving away and going down there and trying it.

    “You learn a lot from going elsewhere and trying things at different levels, it didn’t work, and I came back to Scotland.

    “I was pleased to get the opportunity in the Championship with Queen of the South – I felt I had to prove myself, and I knew I could do better.”

    Shields proved to be a hit at Palmerston last season, scoring 11 times and winning the Championship ‘Player of the Month’ award for January.

    As the season ended, many clubs expressed an interest in signing the powerful forward, including this evening’s opponents Dundee United. In the end, it was a positive meeting with Alexander that sold Shields on a move to North Lanarkshire, and he put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

    As well as Shields, ‘Well have signed Sondre Solholm, Liam Kelly, Callum Slattery and Kaiyne Woolery on deals until 2024, demonstrating the Fir Park boss’ long-term vision for the club.

    “I spoke to all the managers interested, and when I spoke to the gaffer, he showed me about the club and told me what he expects of his teams and the way he wants to play,” he explained. “There’s a real feel-good factor about the club, it felt like Motherwell were the club that suited me, and it’s proving to be the right decision. Hopefully I can repay them.

    “For the last few years, I was in England and then Dumfries. I only live 15/20 minutes away from Fir Park, so it suits me in that respect. I have a long contract – I do my talking on the pitch, and hopefully I can perform well enough to get settled for even longer.

    “I was the first one to arrive in the summer, but there have been a lot of boys who have two or three-year deals. That has been good to see. I know managers come and go, but for the manager to put that level of faith in us for that length of time, that shows he’s wanting to stay here, do well and get us right back up the table.”

    Before his move to ‘Well, most of Shields’ experience of Scottish football has been played in front of small crowds and, in the case of last season, behind closed doors.

    In the aftermath of the victory over Hearts, the players embarked on their now traditional lap of honour, allowing the players to mix and soak up the adulation of the fans.

    Shields feels there is a real bond between the players and the fans and believes that connection can grow stronger if he and his teammates can continue to produce the goods on the park.

    “Especially with fans not being there last season due to Covid, it is brilliant to have them back – especially at home games,” said the former Sunderland man. “I think because of those circumstances, it has brought the players much closer to the fans.

    “We are engaging much more with the supporters. We want to give them good results and good performances – there is a strong connection between us just now, and the more we can win games, then I’m sure that’ll only get better.”

    Tonight’s fixture at Fir Park begins a run of seven matches in just over a month for Motherwell – a crucial period that will play a big part in determining the direction of the remainder of this season.

    After recovering from a difficult run of results, Well recorded back-to-back wins against Aberdeen and Hearts, victories that have helped build a gap over teams outside the top half of the table.

    With little separating the sides in third to fifth place, fans could be forgiven for beginning to turn their minds to challenging for a European spot, and Shields believes that on their day, the Steelmen can prove to be a match for anyone in the Premiership.

    “We definitely have belief in ourselves that we can do well,” added Connor. “If you look back on the first 16 games of the season, we have made a really good start. The games at home to Celtic and Rangers aside, we have given the rest of the teams a strong challenge. There’s no reason we can’t finish in the top six. That is the ambition for a club of our size.

    “We have to keep up the standards that we have produced recently, and hopefully that’ll help us finish as high up the league as possible – we can now look up the table rather than looking over our shoulders.

    “The fact the games come around fast at this time of year is good. The more you play, the more you can build your confidence.

    “If I can bag a few goals and get some wins, it will help with my aim to stay in the side. Obviously it’s up to the manager, there might be times where I come out for different personnel or rest, but if I’m put back in, I’ll make sure I’m ready to go again and hopefully deliver a good performance.”

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    Two potential opponents in Scottish Cup fourth round

    Two potential opponents in Scottish Cup fourth round

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle or Greenock Morton will be our opponents in the fourth round of the 2021/22 Scottish Cup.

    We will play host to one of the Championship sides on the weekend of 22 January 2022.

    The two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the third round, with a replay set for 7 December at Cappielow.

    Motherwell enter the competition at this stage. Last season, Graham Alexander’s side reached the quarter-finals, before losing in a penalty shootout to Hibernian at Easter Road.

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    Get your tickets for Hibs

    Get your tickets for Hibs

    Tickets are now on sale for our trip to Hibernian.

    Graham Alexander’s side head to the capital in the cinch Premiership on Saturday 4 December. Kick-off at Easter Road is at 3pm.

    You can buy your tickets online now.

    Tickets must now be collected from the ticket office at Fir Park. We are open 10-5 on Thursday and 10-4 on Friday, as well as from 10am to 12pm on Saturday.

    Please note there will be no sales at Easter Road on Saturday.

    Prices are:

    • Adult: £26
    • Over 65s and students: £14
    • 12-17 year olds: £13
    • 2-11 year olds: £11
    • Under 2s: Free of charge

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

    Covid-19 information

    Vaccine certification is required for this fixture.

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    Manager looks ahead to Dundee United

    Graham Alexander previews the visit of Dundee United in the cinch Premiership on Tuesday evening.

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    Next up: Dundee United

    Next up: Dundee United

    Dundee United come calling on Tuesday night in the cinch Premiership.

    Kick-off at Fir Park is at 7.45pm.

    Ticket information

    Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cash gates will not be in operation.

    The easiest way to buy is online from our ticket site. You can choose to print your ticket at home, or use a digital ticket with a QR code.

    You can also call 01698 333333 or visit the ticket office at Fir Park. The ticket office is open 10am to 5pm Monday and from 10am until kick-off on Tuesday.

    Our capacity will be limited to under 10,000 for this match. Vaccine certification is not required.

    Away fans

    Dundee United fans can buy tickets direct from us by following this link.

    A ticket booth will be in operation at the Tommy McLean Stand for away supporters. Please note this is cash only.

    Watch live

    The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Pay per view is not available.

    If you’re a Motherwell season ticket holder who cannot make the match, you can still watch a live stream for free at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    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

    Dundee United were the victors in the first meeting of the season, with Ryan Edwards and Charlie Mulgrew netting either side of Tony Watt’s penalty to secure a 2-1 win.

    Last time at Fir Park, Devante Cole and Christopher Long netted in a 2-1 victory for the Steelmen in February.

    Form guide

    Motherwell’s run of back-to-back wins over Aberdeen and Hearts was ended in a 3-0 loss at Dundee on Saturday.

    United led 1-0 at Ross County on Saturday through Louis Appere, before Jack Baldwin’s 93rd minute equaliser ensured a share of the spoils for the hosts.

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    Graham Alexander reacts to loss at Dundee

    “Everything we did last week, we didn’t do today. It came down to our choices and mindset.”

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    Dundee 3-0 Motherwell

    Dundee 3-0 Motherwell

    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 trip

    The Motherwell boss looks ahead to the trip to Dens Park in the cinch Premiership.

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    Bag some more Black Friday deals

    Bag some more Black Friday deals

    We’ve added more great items to our Black Friday sale.

    With Christmas just around the corner, don’t miss the opportunity to get 20% off our 2021/22 replica kit on both our home kits and away kits.

    We’ve also got 20% off our brilliant Motherwell FC branded Ready2Music headphones, and 10% off all gift cards.

    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.

    We’ve also got £10 off our Scottish Cup Anniversary whisky, and 50% off our warm-up top sponsorship.

    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 day

    Dundee cash entry not available on match day

    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.