“I’m proud of the players. A point and a clean sheet, with 10 men, is worth applauding.”
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Manager reacts to Hibernian drawWednesday 26 January 2022
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Motherwell 0-0 HibernianWednesday 26 January 2022
Ten-man Motherwell had to settle for a share of the points with Hibernian when the only winner at Fir Park was the weather.
The swirling wind made it difficult for either team to produce flowing football in a game of stops and starts.
And ‘Well’s task was made all the more challenging when they had to play the final 17 minutes with 10 men when Liam Donnelly was shown a second yellow card.
Graham Alexander made only one change from the side which eventually progressed in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.
Kevin van Veen was rewarded for his pivotal role when he came off the bench to overcome Morton, starting up front beside Connor Shields.
The wind and rain initially failed to dampen proceedings as both teams made a bright start to the game.
Within a minute, Kevin Nisbet ignored claims for offside as he bolted towards the home penalty area but Jake Carroll came across his box to block the Scotland striker’s shot on goal.
Six minutes later, Donnelly attempted to emulate his wonder winner against Morton but from 30 yards his left foot skimmed past Matt Macey’s goal.
The first real chance came ‘Well’s way after 12 minutes. Van Veen’s marker Rocky Bushiri got too close and conceded a free-kick eight yards beyond the corner of the Hibs box.
Having demonstrated his dead ball accuracy against Livingston, ‘Well’s Dutch striker tried to repeat the feat but although he directed his effort beyond the wall it was straight into the arms of the waiting ‘keeper.
Play raced to other end when Josh Doig intercepted a Sean Goss cross-field pass. But having worked himself into the home box, Sondre Solholm got in front of Liam Kelly’s goal to block the danger.
The best chance of the first half arrived after 26 minutes when the Fir Park men really should have opened the scoring. From a Goss corner on the left, Carroll’s nod helped the ball on its way to Shields.
His thumping drive from 10 yards was well blocked by Macey but the ball rebounded only as far as Van Veen at the corner of the six-yard box who could only slice his shot into the huge Hibs contingent behind the goal.
As the game headed towards the interval, the wind was having an impact as any pass in the air was subjected to the ball being blown off course.
In the final move of the half, Motherwell managed to keep the ball on the deck. Goss sent Jordan Roberts into the Hibs half before playing in Van Veen who cut into the box only to hammer his shot off the close marking Bushiri.
If there was any advantage from the wind it was behind Motherwell as they started the second half facing the Davie Cooper stand.
In the 56th minute, a decent build up between Roberts and Van Veen set up Donnelly at the edge of the box. His strike on goal rebounded from a defender into Stephen O’Donnell’s path and his attempt to test Macey was similarly blocked by a tightly organised Hibs’ defence.
Five minutes later, in at attempt to get his forwards into the game, Shaun Maloney made his first change bringing on Drey Wright.
It was Alexander who made the next alteration. Similar to Saturday, he provided Ross Tierney with 25 minutes to make an impact when he came off the bench to replace Shields.
Those plans were thrown into disarray after 73 minutes. Donnelly’s sliding tackle on Wright brought a second yellow for the Motherwell midfield man but when referee Andrew Dallas then produced a red, the home side were reduced to 10 men.
As Donnelly headed up the tunnel the referee went back into his top pocket this time to show the ‘Well boss a red card.
As the Hibs’ boss sent on more forwards to make most of their numerical advantage it was the home side who had another chance to open the scoring. Paul McGinn tripped Roberts five yards outside the box and again Van Veen took the free kick. This time his curling shot clipping the top of defensive wall and going behind for a corner.
Maguire’s corner found Goss at the edge of the box but like previous attempts on goal from the home side his powerful drive was blocked.
In the additional four minutes, despite being a man down, the Fir Park side skilfully maintained possession of the ball and settle for a hard-earned point.
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Get your tickets for the trip to HeartsTuesday 25 January 2022
We head to face Hearts in the cinch Premiership on Saturday 29 January.
Kick-off at Tynecastle is at 3pm.
To buy tickets, you can get yours online now, or from the Fir Park ticket office.
- Adults: £27
- Over 65s: £19
- Under 18s: £14
- Under 16s: £7
- Under 13s: £5
Tickets must be purchased in advance and collected from the ticket office at Fir Park. We are open on Saturday from 10am to 12pm.
There will be no sales or collections at Tynecastle on the day.
Please note that Covid-19 certification checks will now be in place at all matches where it is anticipated over 10,000 fans will be in attendance.
You will be required to be:
- fully vaccinated, which will include a booster vaccine for those who had a second dose more than four months ago; or
- able to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test.
We also advise that all fans take a lateral flow test before travelling to the match, regardless of their vaccination status.
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Victor Nirennold signsTuesday 25 January 2022
Victor Nirennold has joined the club on a deal until the end of the season.
The versatile Frenchman has signed after a brief training spell, having most recently plied his trade in the Malaysian Super League.
“Victor gives us added competition down the right hand side of our team,” manager Graham Alexander said of the new recruit.
“He has attributes that will fit in to how we play, and a character that his team mates will appreciate.
“We’re happy to have him here with us and look forward to working with him again.”
Standing at 6ft 4in, Nirennold is primarily a right-sided defender, who can play either at centre back or full back. He can also play at right midfield.
The 30-year-old was a youth player at Stade Rennais before moving to the United States to study business at Erskine College in South Carolina.
Featuring for the college team and then at Nova Southeastern University, his professional career started in USL2 with FC Miami City in 2015.
Picked up in August later that year by manager Alexander at Fleetwood Town, he would spend three years in England before a switch to Slovakia with FK Senica.
Spells in Vietnam and Malaysia followed, before his arrival at Fir Park.
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Graham Alexander looks ahead to HibernianTuesday 25 January 2022
The Motherwell boss emphasises it is points, not league placings, that matter at this stage of the season as Hibernian visit Fir Park.
Hibernian next in SWPL1Tuesday 25 January 2022
Motherwell will be looking to follow up on their fine Lanarkshire derby win when they take on Hibernian.
Kick off at Penicuik Athletic Park on Wednesday 26 January is at 7pm.
Tale of the Tape
Last time out, Hibernian ran out 4-0 victors at Alliance Park at the start of the season in SWPL1.
In the two games prior to this meeting, the Hibees won by a one-goal margin on both occasions, winning 1-0 and 3-2 respectively.
After their 2-1 victory against Hamilton on Sunday, the women of steel are one place and six points behind Hibernian going into the game.
Hibernian faced off against top of the table Rangers in their previous outing, where the Gers won 2-1.
They have accumulated five points out of a possible 18 in their last six matches, scoring six goals in the process.
Motherwell climbed up to fifth in the table and bettered their 2020/21 SWPL1 points total after a victory at New Douglas Park against Hamilton.
Leanne Crichton and Carla Boyce got the goals, whilst Chelsie Watson rattled the post from the penalty spot in the first half.
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Next up: HibernianMonday 24 January 2022
We host Hibernian next at Fir Park in the cinch Premiership.
Kick-off on Wednesday is at 7.45pm.
Get your ticket
Home fans can get their tickets online now or by visiting the ticket office at Fir Park.
Away supporters should contact Hibernian directly for tickets. If tickets remain unsold, a ticket booth will be in operation on the approach to the Tommy McLean stand before the game.
Due to a change in legislation by the Scottish FA, Covid-19 certification checks will not be in place.
Only venues with over 10,000 in attendance are required to carry out checks.
Join us before the match
The Cooper Bar is open from 5pm for food and drink. Table service is in operation for this match.
Watch live online
If you can’t make Motherwell v Hibernian in person, there’s still a way to watch.
A pay-per-view online stream of the game is now available for all fans to buy for £12.
To get your pass, head to ppv.motherwellfc.co.uk.
Motherwell’s 2-1 win against Morton in the Scottish Cup on Saturday followed on from defeat in the first league game back after the break at Ross County.
Hibernian came through their cup tie against Cove Rangers 1-0 after extra time, having lost to Celtic 2-0 in their first game back.
Tale of the tape
Hibs’ 3-2 win at Fir Park on the opening day of the 2021/22 season was followed by a 1-1 draw at Easter Road in early December.
‘Well’s last victory in the fixture came at Easter Road in February 2021, with Jordan Roberts and Devante Cole netting in a 2-0 win.
Victory in the derby for ‘WellSunday 23 January 2022
Motherwell cruised to their fourth league victory and second Lanarkshire derby triumph after defeating local rivals Hamilton 2-1.
Paige McAllister’s close-range finish put the women of steel in the ascendency midway through the first half, before Carla Boyce netted the second early into the second half.
In the dying stages of the game, Josi Giard netted Hamilton a late consolation.
Looking for their second Lanarkshire derby victory of the season, ‘Well applied the early pressure and came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock after 15 minutes.
Lori Gardner skillfully worked her way into the box, nutmegging her opponent in the process, before picking out Amy Anderson at the edge of the box, but the midfielder lost her footing and sent her effort well over the bar.
After controlling much of the early possession, Motherwell continued to threaten and deservedly netted the opener minutes later.
Leanne Crichton’s pinpoint delivery was poorly misjudged by Hamilton stopper Jeni Currie, and her looping cross ricocheted off the bar to the feet of McAllister, who coolly slotted her strike home from close range.
Hamilton thought they had brought themselves level 10 minutes later. Tiree Burchill quickly closed down Khym Ramsay’s clearance, and the striker raced through to tap in the rebound. However, the referee adjudged that Ramsay was fouled in the build-up, and the equaliser was soon disallowed.
With the half-time whistle looming, Motherwell pressed forward in search of a vital second goal as Gardner continued to cause the hosts problems.
The winger skipped past several lacklustre Hamilton challenges before being impeded in the box, leaving the referee no alternative but to award the spot kick. Boyce stepped up, but the striker’s low effort rattled off the post, allowing the keeper to easily gather.
Minutes into the second half, the visitors doubled their advantage.
Katie Rice’s perfectly weighted cross fell kindly to Boyce deep into the Hamilton penalty area, and the forward calmly placed her strike past Currie to put the visitors in control of the tie.
With the final few minutes ticking away, the hosts netted a late consolation. Giard latched onto Hannah Coakley’s long ball, and the striker’s exquisite finish left Ramsay with no chance.
This result will be a confidence booster for Motherwell as Paul Brownlie’s side move into fifth place and two points clear of Spartans, who they will face at the end of the month.
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Aberdeen next in Scottish CupSaturday 22 January 2022
We’ll face Aberdeen in the fifth round of the 2021/22 Scottish Cup.
Having defeated Morton after extra-time on Saturday, we’ll host the Dons.
The tie will be played on the weekend of 12 February 2022.
The confirmed date and kick-off time will be confirmed in due course.
2021/22 Scottish Cup fifth round draw
Motherwell v Aberdeen
Celtic v Raith Rovers
Arbroath v Hibernian
Annan Athletic v Rangers
Hearts v Livingston
Peterhead v Dundee
Partick Thistle v Dundee United
St Mirren v Kelty Hearts
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Manager reacts to cup win over MortonSaturday 22 January 2022
“We didn’t let it become a hard-luck story. We kept going to the end and did not quit.”