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  • First team

    Joe Efford signs

  • First team

    Darragh O’Connor loaned to Queen of the South

  • First team

    Manager previews Hearts trip

  • First team

    Tickets on sale for Scottish Cup tie with Aberdeen

  • First team

    Next up: Hearts

  • First team

    Manager reacts to Hibernian draw

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    Motherwell 0-0 Hibernian

  • First team

    Get your tickets for the trip to Hearts

  • First team

    Victor Nirennold signs

  • First team

    Graham Alexander looks ahead to Hibernian

  • First team

    Joe Efford signs

    Joe Efford signs

    Joe Efford has signed for Motherwell.

    The American forward moves from Belgian side Waasland-Beveren for an undisclosed fee.

    “We are very happy to bring Joe to the club and add to our attacking options,” manager Graham Alexander said.

    “He has a great work ethic, real pace and goal scoring abilities from either side of the front three.

    “He’s at a great age and after speaking with him, I know he is highly motivated to succeed at Motherwell.”

    The 25-year-old, who will wear the number 20 jersey, has signed until the summer of 2023.

    His move remains pending the receipt of a working visa, although a governing body endorsement has been awarded.

    Efford opted out of a college scholarship to forge a professional career in Europe, spending a short spell in Romania before a move to Spain with Real Mallorca.

    After two seasons with the Segunda Division side, he moved to Greece with third tier side Ergotelis.

    His scoring form in 2018/19, netting 11 in 27 league matches, got his side promoted, where he then netted 11 in 19.

    His performances earned him a move to the Belgian top flight in 2020 with Waasland-Beveren.

  • First team

    Darragh O’Connor loaned to Queen of the South

    Darragh O’Connor loaned to Queen of the South

    Darragh O’Connor has joined Queen of the South on loan.

    The central defender switches to the Championship side for the remainder of the 2021/22 season.

    Irishman O’Connor joined from Leicester City in the summer, making four appearances in the Premier Sports Cup at central defence, and then once as a substitute in the cinch Premiership.

    We wish Darragh all the best and will continue to monitor his progress with Queens.

  • First team

    Manager previews Hearts trip

    The Motherwell boss looks ahead to taking on Hearts in the cinch Premiership on Saturday, as the team look to rack up more points to keep up the pressure.

  • First team

    Tickets on sale for Scottish Cup tie with Aberdeen

    Tickets on sale for Scottish Cup tie with Aberdeen

    Our Scottish Cup fifth round tie with Aberdeen will be played on Saturday 12 February.

    The game at Fir Park has not been selected for television, and will kick off at 3pm.

    Tickets are now available to buy online or from the Fir Park ticket office.

    Our prices, agreed between both clubs, are:

    • Adults: £18
    • Over 60s, full-time students and 16-18 year-olds: £12
    • 15 and under: £6
    Home fans

    Season ticket holders can purchase their own seat for the match.

    To get yours, just log in to your account at tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Once logged in, your reserved ticket(s) will be in your account menu and will be uploaded to your card. You will not be required to collect a physical ticket.

    The deadline for reserving your own seat is Wednesday 9 February at 5pm. After this, your seat will go on general sale.

    If you don’t have a season ticket, match tickets can also be bought from tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk. Pay at the gate is not available. Alternatively, call 01698 333333 or email tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Away fans

    Aberdeen fans are asked to buy directly from their club.

    Hospitality

    Combine the full experience of a match day along with exceptional and great value hospitality at Fir Park. We have a fantastic offer for the Scottish Cup fifth round match.

    Centenary Suite

    Enjoy a two-course meal with half-time refreshments served with a pay bar facility. Our package includes main stand seating and is priced at £45 per person, and £16 for children for a kids main meal.

    Cooper Box

    Our Cooper boxes offer a relaxed, informal setting with stunning views of the Fir Park pitch. Enjoy snacks and drinks from the comfort of a box with indoor seating with access one hour before kick-off for £48 per person.

    Our package includes:

    • Two complimentary drinks served to your box pre-match (includes bottles of beer, cider, small bottles of wine and soft drinks – must be pre-ordered)
    • Cash bar available at half-time and post-match in the Cooper Bar (open for one-hour post-match)
    • Traditional half-time refreshments
    • Matchday programme and teamsheet

    Our dress code for all areas is smart – no jeans, trainers or colours, please.

    To book, please phone our hospitality team on 01698 338003 or buy online here.

    Live streaming

    Information on live streaming will be made available shortly.

    Covid-19 information

    Covid-19 certification is not required.

    We ask all attending fans to take a lateral flow test prior to coming to Fir Park.

  • First team

    Next up: Hearts

    Next up: Hearts

    Hearts lie in wait next in the cinch Premiership.

    Kick-off at Tynecastle on Saturday is at 3pm.

    Get your tickets now

    To buy tickets, you can get yours online now, or from the Fir Park ticket office.

    Prices are:

    • 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.

    Covid restrictions

    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.

    Live streaming

    You can watch a live stream of Hearts v Motherwell for £15 if you’re in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

    To buy, head to ppv.heartsfc.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

    Hearts sit in third spot in the table, seven points ahead of fourth-placed ‘Well.

    Motherwell were the victors in the last encounter between the two sides, running out 2-0 winners at Fir Park. Connor Shields and Ricki Lamie got the goals.

    Last time at Tynecastle, goals from Stephen Kingsley and Liam Boyce secured the same scoreline for the hosts.

    Form guide

    Motherwell’s 0-0 draw with Hibernian on Wednesday night made it one win, one draw and one defeat since returning from the winter break.

    Hearts lost 2-1 at home to Celtic on the same night, following on from wins against St Johnstone and Auchinleck Talbot since the break.

  • First team

    Manager reacts to Hibernian draw

    “I’m proud of the players. A point and a clean sheet, with 10 men, is worth applauding.”

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    Motherwell 0-0 Hibernian

    Motherwell 0-0 Hibernian

    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.

  • First team

    Get your tickets for the trip to Hearts

    Get your tickets for the trip to Hearts

    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.

    Prices are:

    • 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.

    Covid restrictions

    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.

  • First team

    Victor Nirennold signs

    Victor Nirennold signs

    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.

  • First team

    Graham Alexander looks ahead to Hibernian

    The Motherwell boss emphasises it is points, not league placings, that matter at this stage of the season as Hibernian visit Fir Park.