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  • First team

    Robinson ready for Hearts clash

  • First team

    Aldred relishing quarter final showdown

  • First team

    Previewing Hearts v Motherwell

  • First team

    Watch Hearts v Motherwell live

  • First team

    In Numbers: Hearts away in the cup

  • First team

    Need to know: A look at Hearts

  • First team

    Scene Setter: ‘Well head to Tynecastle

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    The goals from Reserves’ clash with Rangers

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: We were well beaten

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves suffer defeat at Rangers

  • First team

    Robinson ready for Hearts clash

    Stephen Robinson has praised his players’ commitment ahead of Wednesday’s quarter final clash with Hearts in the Betfred Cup.

    Following Saturday’s defeat against Aberdeen, the manager is calling on his side to respond in style at Tynecastle.

    “I have 100% commitment from my players every single game,” he said. “They give me everything and they’re a positive bunch of boys.”

  • First team

    Aldred relishing quarter final showdown

    Tom Aldred is hoping to make more cup memories with Motherwell ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Tynecastle. 

    After experiencing the highs and lows of last season’s run to two cup finals, the defender is hoping to go one step further in 2018/19.

    “Any cup game that I’ve been involved in here has mostly been successful,” he said. “So I’m excited for another massive game for the club.”

  • First team

    Previewing Hearts v Motherwell

    Previewing Hearts v Motherwell

    Motherwell make the trip to Edinburgh on Wednesday to take on Hearts in the quarter-final of the Betfred Cup.

    Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

    Get your tickets before you travel

    It is important you pre-purchase your ticket for the trip to Tynecastle, as it is highly unlikely a cash gate will be in operation at the ground.

    Ticket sales and collections are available at Fir Park on Tuesday and Wednesday between 9am and 5pm. You can purchase your online now and collect it from Fir Park.

    Head to head

    Both teams have won two of the last five fixtures between the two sides, with a 1-1 draw at Tynecastle coming in the middle of the matches.

    Ten goals have been evenly shared between the two across those matches, although Motherwell have only scored one in two games in Gorgie.

    Team news

    Conor Sammon is ineligible to play against his parent club. Curtis Main, Alex Rodriguez Gorrín, Peter Hartley, Andy Rose and Liam Donnelly are all fitness doubts. Charles Dunne and Craig Tanner remain on the sidelines.

  • First team

    Watch Hearts v Motherwell live

    Watch Hearts v Motherwell live

    If you live outside the UK or Ireland, you can watch Motherwell’s Betfred Cup clash with Hearts live online.

    Thanks to our live streaming service, users can see the game from Tynecastle as it happens on Wednesday night.

    Priced at £12 a month or £120 for the year, all of our home games and the majority of our away matches are available.

    Just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk, scroll down and select your package to subscribe. Kick off on Wednesday is at 7.45pm BST.

  • First team

    In Numbers: Hearts away in the cup

    In Numbers: Hearts away in the cup

    Hearts are the league’s table topping side but it’s a break from Premiership action on Tuesday night, as Motherwell travel to Tynecastle in the quarter final of the Betfred Cup.

    Here’s the game previewed in numbers.

    11

    The number of days between consecutive fixtures between the two sides.

    Hearts, of course, were at Fir Park on league duty a short while ago and in a tight game, the Gorgie club took all three points with a controversial Steven Naismith goal.

    15

    Having played six games on the road this campaign, 15 goals have been scored in Motherwell matches away from home.

    The Steelmen have a scoring rate of 1.33 per game on their travels and a conceding rate of 1.17.

    28

    The number of years since Motherwell lost a cup match at the hands of the Jam Tarts.

    You have to go back February 1990 in the Scottish Cup for Hearts’ last cup win against the Steelmen, as they ran out 4-0 winners.

    Since then, Motherwell have won four cup matches and drawn one.

    135

    The number of days, come matchday, Hearts have gone without losing a competitive match.

    Their last defeat came to Kilmarnock on May 13, losing 1-0 at Rugby Park. Craig Levein’s side are unbeaten in 11 games in the 2018/19 season, winning nine and drawing two, and keeping seven clean sheets along the way.

  • First team

    Need to know: A look at Hearts

    Need to know: A look at Hearts

    Motherwell face a trip to take on Hearts in the quarter final of the Betfred Cup on Wednesday.

    Here’s what you need to know about the Steelmen’s opponents in the last eight.

    Yet to suffer defeat

    The Edinburgh outfit have enjoyed a near-perfect start to the campaign, and are the only unbeaten side in the last eight.

    In eleven fixtures so far this term, the Jam Tarts have won nine and drawn twice, one of which was a stalemate with Raith Rovers in the group stages.

    The other draw was against Livingston on Saturday, and Craig Levein’s men will be eager to return to winning ways.

    Resolute defence

    No top flight side has conceded fewer goals than Hearts in 2018/19.

    Whilst bagging an impressive 25 goals in eleven games, the Jambos have conceded just four goals in all competitions.

    Their total of seven clean sheets is also the best domestically of the Premiership sides remaining in the Betfred Cup.

    Set for the Steelmen?

    Wednesday’s clash in Edinburgh falls just eleven days after Hearts took all three points against the Steelmen at Fir Park.

    On the day, it was a tightly contested affair, decided by a goal which could have been ruled out for a foul on Trevor Carson.

    With the ‘Well ready to take to Tynecastle, Levein’s side could take some encouragement from their previous encounter.

  • First team

    Scene Setter: ‘Well head to Tynecastle

    Scene Setter: ‘Well head to Tynecastle

    A second clash with Hearts in the space of eleven days awaits Stephen Robinson’s men on Wednesday night.

    Here, we set the scene for the quarter final clash between the two in the Betfred Cup.

    Fiercely contested

    Craig Levein’s side scraped a narrow 1-0 win at Fir Park earlier this month.

    The goal, finished off by Steven Naismith, was a controversial moment in the match and one which ultimately decided the encounter.

    There was very little between the two teams, and will contribute to an interesting clash in the capital on Wednesday.

    Quarter final history

    Last season, Motherwell and Hearts were drawn to play one another in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup, and it was certainly a memorable occasion for the Fir Park side.

    Tied at 1-1 and with just minutes remaining, Carl McHugh produced a moment of magic to win the game and send the Steelmen to Hampden.

    Controlling the ball on his chest, McHugh thundered a stunning volley in to the top corner during an incredible match in Lanarkshire.

    Heading for Hampden

    Whoever comes out on top in Wednesday’s encounter will be heading for the national stadium.

    The Steelmen are no strangers of course, having played there five times last term, four of which were in the latter stages of both cup competitions.

    For Hearts, they’d be heading to Hampden for the first time since 2014.

    For both sides, its huge incentive to get that all-important win in the quarter final clash at Tynecastle.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    The goals from Reserves’ clash with Rangers

    Motherwell managed to briefly peg back their experienced opponents in the Reserve League on Monday, but ultimately lost out 6-2 to Rangers.

    Jamie Semple and Shaun Bowers scored for the visitors, with the Light Blues’ goals coming from Cameron Palmer, Eros Grezda, Andy Dallas and a Dapo Mebude hat trick.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: We were well beaten

    Reserves boss Stephen Craigan believes an experienced Rangers side deserved their win on Monday.

    The young Steelmen recovered from two down to get the game back to 2-2, but ended up losing out 6-2 at the Hummel Training Centre.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves suffer defeat at Rangers

    Reserves suffer defeat at Rangers

    Motherwell Reserves put in a strong showing but their enthusiasm to complete a comeback victory saw them picked apart 6-2 by Rangers.

    Jamie Semple and Shaun Bowers grabbed second half goals to claw back a two-goal deficit, before a succession of counter attacks saw them come undone.

    Rangers fielded an experienced starting team, including Lee Wallace, Jordan Rossiter, Eros Grezda and on loan Roma forward Umar Sadiq.

    It was the latter who had the opening chance of the game. Using his pace to work an opportunity, his shot from close range was well saved by Rohan Ferguson at his near post.

    The goalkeeper was called into action again soon after, having to acrobatically turn away another effort from the Nigerian.

    Motherwell had to be patient to create their own chances but very nearly opened the scoring on the half hour mark. James Scott used his strength to beat Rossiter to the ball wide in the box, but his shot from an angle flew past the far post.

    The resistance would be broken soon after. With the visitors failing to clear their lines, Palmer was given room to fizz a low effort from 25 yards into the bottom left corner.

    Struggling to get a foothold in the game, ‘Well went two behind. Attacking with pace and intensity, Grezda was the beneficiary as he was given the chance to slot home the second.

    Rangers withdrew their four first team players at the interval, while the Steelmen brought on Jake Hastie for Yusuf Hussain.

    Those changes allowed Motherwell to find some joy, getting on the ball and creating chances.

    The first fell to Broque Watson 10 minutes in to the second period. Played in by a great cross-field ball from Adam Livingstone, he attempted to lob the goalkeeper from a tight angle, but the stopper just managed to get enough on it to keep it out.

    Minutes later the deficit was halved. The lively Hastie drove out of midfield before playing a dinked ball into the path of the onrushing Semple.

    Taking the ball on the bounce, he fired home a brilliant half volley from just inside the area past McAdams.

    The game flowed from end to end. Atakayi had several chances well saved by Ferguson, while the visitors continued to be patient and press on the counter.

    Their patience was to pay off. Winning the second ball off a corner, Craigan’s men patiently engineered the chance for Bowers to fire low past the goalkeeper from the edge of the box to equalise.

    Fired up, Rangers took the chance to regain the lead soon after. Getting a second bite at a shot after an initial block, substitute Mebude rifled the ball home with 15 minutes left to play.

    Pushing men forward, Motherwell would be punished again five minutes later. Bursting past the defenders and surging into the box on the right, Dallas had time to place his finish past Ferguson.

    Worse would follow. Committing bodies forward, ‘Well were again caught short on the counter, with Atakayi setting up Mebude for the fifth.

    Mebude would then grab his hat-trick late on, as failure to clear a poorly-hit corner allowed him to tap in at the back post.