“It’s a real disappointment. It was an opportunity. But unfortunately, we took a step backwards and got punished.”
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Manager reacts to Rangers lossSaturday 23 April 2022
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Motherwell 1-3 RangersSaturday 23 April 2022
Motherwell missed an opportunity to capitalise against a 10-man Rangers as the visitors ran out 3-1 winners at Fir Park.
Scott Wright opened the scoring early in the first half before his team-mate Leon Balogun saw red for a wild and dangerous tackle on Dean Cornelius.
Ross Tierney’s header 10 minutes from half-time put ‘Well on the front foot but Wright’s second two minutes into the second half knocked the air out of Graham Alexander’s team, before James Tavernier’s penalty just after the hour mark killed the tie.
Motherwell’s first task in the top six of the cinch Premiership came two weeks on from a dramatic late clincher at Livingston.
After two commendable draws at Ibrox this season, the men in claret and amber were hoping to go one better at Fir Park and avenge Rangers’ crushing win back in October.
The suspended Kevin van Veen was replaced by Tierney in the starting side, with Juhani Ojala replacing the injured Sondre Solholm at the back.
‘Well started brightly and the front three in particular were in the faces of the Rangers rearguard early on, trying to force a mistake.
The first opening came ‘Well’s way after six minutes. A quick break on the right and cross from Shields was dummied by Efford allowing Tierney a glimpse of goal. As he was edged aside by Balogun at the edge of the box the ball fell for Sean Goss but his drive was deflected high into the air.
Four minutes later a quick break from the visitors almost produced the opening goal. Fashion Sakala, not for the first time, raced toward the home box before feeding the ball to Amad Diallo. His low shot beat Liam Kelly but Jake Carroll was perfectly placed to block the net bound effort.
The breakthrough was only delayed four minutes.
A clash of heads saw Ricki Lamie and Balogun watching from the touchline as Tavernier whipped a short corner beyond the far post. When Connor Goldson headed it back across the goal line it was destined for the inrushing Scott Wright. Kelly’s leap and touch almost prevented the ball reaching the Rangers’ forward but the ball dropped agonisingly over the line to put the Ibrox men ahead.
Quick feet from Callum Slattery at the edge of the Gers’ box created space for him to fire in a low shot which Allan McGregor, at full stretch pushed the ball round his right-hand post.
The next piece of neat footwork came from Cornelius after 28 minutes. But after the ‘Well teenager danced past two opponents tight on the right touchline he was brought to an abrupt halt by Balogun’s hefty and reckless lunge. Nick Walsh immediately produced a red card reducing Rangers to 10 men for the remaining hour.
A minute later the visitor’s demanded parity when Ojala’s sliding challenge sent Wright sprawling to the turf. On this occasion, the referee felt that a yellow was sufficient punishment for the ‘Well defender.
For the Rangers’ fans housed in the Tommy McLean stand, for the first time this season filled to its capacity, frustration was compounded in the 35th minute when the Fir Park men grabbed the equaliser.
Shields did well to win the ball on the right and when the ball was worked to the other side of the Gers’ box, Carroll’s cross found Tierney and from eight yards he guided his header down and beyond the static McGregor to make it 1-1.
That unsettled the visitors and with Slattery finding space to deliver some telling passes and Tierney’s intelligent running causing the Rangers back four some concern, ‘Well finished the first half on top.
However, within two minutes of the restart Rangers had regained the lead.
Sakala’s direct running carried him to the edge of the home penalty area and a pass to his right put Wright within shooting distance as his low strike sped past Carroll and beyond the diving Kelly to make it 2-1.
That didn’t knock the Steelmen off their stride but a killer blow arrived after 61 minutes.
Once again Sakala’s speed found him racing into the box and although Mugabi’s tackle looked fair and won the ball, as the Rangers’ winger fell to the ground the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Despite strong appeals from the ‘Well players, Tavernier remained focused to fire the ball high to Kelly’s left and make it 3-1.
That two-goal cushion put Rangers back in control of the game, and with 23 minutes remaining Motherwell made a triple substitution.
It was Kelly, though, who denied Sakala a fourth goal after the winger ghosted in behind Ojala, only to find the ‘Well ‘keeper racing from his line to block his shot.
Despite the scoreline, there were some fine performances in claret and amber and the belief that a European spot is still within their reach in the remaining four games.
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Manager previews Rangers gameSaturday 23 April 2022
Graham Alexander his side have had time to rest and recover over the past two weeks and are now ready to finish the cinch Premiership on a high.
With five games left in the season, Motherwell are taking one game at a time as they look to finish in one of the European spots in the table.
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Slattery: ‘The only focus is points’Friday 22 April 2022
Motherwell midfielder Callum Slattery knows they have a great opportunity to finish in a European spot this season but says the team are simply taking each game as it comes.
Slattery believes there is pressure off Motherwell now they achieved a top six spot in the cinch Premiership but they are not settling and want to secure further success.
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Dundee United tickets on saleThursday 21 April 2022
Tickets for Motherwell’s forthcoming match with Dundee United are now available to buy online.
We go to the Tannadice in the cinch Premiership on Saturday 30 April. Kick off is at 3pm.
Tickets for Motherwell fans can be purchased online now directly from Dundee United. Fans should purchase tickets in Jim McLean Fair Play Upper (highlighted in black on United’s e-ticketing website).
- Adults: £26
- Over 65s / Under 18s / Full time students: £14
- Under 12s (Only with Full paying Adult): £5
- Wheelchair & carer £14
Wheelchair supporters must contact Dundee United directly. Any supporter with mobility issues and cannot navigate the stairs must contact Dundee United direct and will be issued tickets in the lower Fair Play. To get in touch with the club, it’s 01382 833166 (option 1) or email email@example.com.
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Next up: RangersTuesday 19 April 2022
Rangers are the visitors in the cinch Premiership on Saturday 23 April.
Kick-off is at 12pm.
There are no online ticket sales. Visit the ticket office at Fir Park or call 01698 333333. The Fir Park ticket office will be open Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 9-4pm.
Rangers fans are asked to buy directly from their club.
Pay at the gate is not available.
Ticket prices are:
O’Donnell, Cooper & McLean (away) Stand Price Adults £30 Concessions £21 Juveniles £3 One adult + two kids £34 Hunter Stand Adults £23 Concessions £19 Juveniles £3 One adult + two kids £27
– Concessions are listed as Over 60s, 16-18 year olds and full-time students with a valid matriculation card.
– Juveniles are listed as 15 and under.
The game will be broadcast live in the UK and Ireland by Sky Sports.
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.
The mood in both camps will be positive ahead of this game.
Motherwell claimed a top six place with dramatic last minute equaliser from Ricki Lamie against Livingston a fortnight ago.
Rangers will be buoyed by a Scottish Cup semi-final win over rivals Celtic at the weekend as well as booking their place in the Europa League semi-final.
Tale of the tape
The Steelmen have managed two draws against Rangers this season; both of which came at Ibrox.
They will be looking for an improvement on the last meeting at Fir Park though, with the visitors running out 1-6 winners on Hallowe’en despite ‘Well taking the lead through Bevis Mugabi.
Spartans next in SWPL1Tuesday 19 April 2022
Motherwell face off against Spartans in SWPL1 on Sunday 24 April at Ainslie Park.
Kick off is 1pm.
Come and watch
Tickets cost £7 for Adults, while a Concession ticket will cost £4.
Under 16s go free.
Pay at the gate is available for the game but you can buy tickets online here.
Tale of the Tape
Spartans are yet to defeat or score against Motherwell this season.
Last time out, Motherwell ran out 3-0 winners despite going down to 10 players. London Pollard netted a brace in the first half, while Jo Addie also got on the scoresheet.
In their last encounter at Ainslie Park, it ended all square as neither side were able to break the deadlock. Motherwell also reduced to 1o players when Paige McAllister got sent off.
Spartans are searching for their first win in three games.
Their last win came in the middle of March, when they defeated Hearts 2-0.
Motherwell will be looking to rectify their 1-0 Lanarkshire derby defeat to Hamilton at Fir Park.
The women of steel will need to start picking up points if they want to catch Spartans, who are six points ahead of Motherwell.
They last picked up points when they came back from 2-0 down against Partick Thistle to draw 3-3 in March.
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Rangers game switched to SaturdayTuesday 19 April 2022
This weekend’s match with Rangers will now go ahead on Saturday 23 April, with a noon kick off.
Rangers made a request to the Scottish Professional Football League, Police Scotland and to host broadcasters, Sky Sports, to seek permission to bring the game forward 24 hours.
Following approval from those bodies, Motherwell FC agreed to the proposal.
“Based on significant feedback over the years, we believe most of our fans would rather watch a match on a Saturday rather than a Sunday, and with our only other home fixture after the split being a Wednesday night, that was at the forefront of our thinking,” Chief Executive Alan Burrows said.
“In addition, the club believe it sensible to support all Scottish clubs playing in European matches.
“That being said, we would like to sincerely apologise for the length of time taken to make this call and the subsequent lack of notice of the change, which has been largely out with our control. We were initially approached on Good Friday, but we were only given confirmation of the change at 3:10pm today (Tuesday 19th).”
Player of the Year 2021/22 sold outTuesday 19 April 2022
Our 2021/22 Player of the Year event is sold out, but there’s still time to get on our waiting list if extra tickets become available.
Held at Dalziel Park Hotel on Saturday 14 May and hosted by Tam Cowan, our event will see the top performers from across the campaign recognised.
To be added to the waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ticket requirements and we will be in touch if any tickets become available.
Date: 14 May 2022
Location: Dalziel Park Hotel, Motherwell
Cost: Adult £68, Children £35 (12 and under)
Derby day defeat in SWPL1Saturday 16 April 2022
A difficult afternoon for Motherwell as the women of steel struggled to break down an organised Hamilton side, who came away with maximum points in a disappointing but momentous day at Fir Park.
Chloe Muir’s second half strike proved to be the difference in what was a frustrating afternoon for Motherwell in their first Fir Park appearance in over three years.
Following last weekend’s narrow 1-0 defeat to league leaders Rangers, Paul Brownlie made one change from the previous outing, with Carla Boyce replacing London Pollard who recently returned from international duty.
Looking to secure their third successive Lanarkshire derby victory this season, Motherwell started on the front foot and almost found themselves ahead after four minutes.
Katie Rice cut into the box with a darting run before picking out Lori Gardner with an enticing through ball, but the wingers drilled effort was superbly parried wide of the target by Nicolson.
Moments later, Carla Boyce brilliantly evaded her opponent with a skilful nutmeg before teeing up Kaela McDonald-Nguah at the edge of the box, but the forwards effort failed to trouble the keeper.
As the half time whistle loomed, Motherwell continued to flood the Hamilton penalty area in search of the opener.
Amy Anderson’s volley sailed into the path of Boyce deep into the Hamilton penalty area, but with the goal seemingly at her mercy, Nicolson reacted well to produce a vital last-ditch save.
With both sides level minutes into the second half, the visitors snatched a lead.
Lucy Sinclair skilfully worked her way to the edge of the box before curling a threatening delivery across the face of goal, and Muir was on hand to coolly divert her strike past Ramsay at the back post.
Motherwell toiled in the second half in search of a route back into the game, but despite their tireless efforts, the women of steel were unable to find the late equaliser that they truly deserved.
Paul Brownlie’s side will now look to rectify this result, as they travel to face sixth placed Spartans in a season-defining encounter at Ainslie Park