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Steven McDougall produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Shot on goal by Jamie Murphy from just inside the area goes over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henrik Ojamaa by Andy Dowie. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
Shot from a long way out by Steve Jennings goes wide of the left-hand post.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save made by Chris Smith.
Stevie Hammell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Willis. Paul Willis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Stephen Craigan is brought on as a substitute for Shaun Hutchinson.
Gary Mason goes off and Steven McDougall comes on.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henrik Ojamaa by Gary Mason. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley, clearance by Andy Dowie. Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Andy Dowie manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Hateley, clearance by Alex Keddie. Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Andrew Barrowman makes a clearance. Chris Humphrey delivers the ball.
Andrew Barrowman replaces Martin Hardie.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Willis from the right by-line to the near post, Steve Jennings manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Paul Willis, Martin Hardie takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
A goal is scored by Henrik Ojamaa from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 0-2 Motherwell.Assist on the goal came from Chris Humphrey.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, clearance made by Jordan McMillan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey by Austin McCann. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick. Austin McCann receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance by Austin McCann.
Michael Higdon finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 0-1 Motherwell.Assist by Henrik Ojamaa.
Liam Buchanan takes a shot. Shaun Hutchinson gets a block in. Paul Willis takes the outswinging corner, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Willis, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Paul Willis, Andy Dowie concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Martin Hardie challenges Tom Hateley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Buchanan. Shaun Hutchinson receives a yellow card. Paul Willis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line, save by Darren Randolph.
Martin Hardie challenges Tim Clancy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley, clearance made by David Graham. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Graham by Shaun Hutchinson. Chris Smith takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Willis from the right by-line, Steve Jennings makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul Willis, Steve Jennings makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Jamie Murphy. Chris Smith takes the indirect free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley.
Paul Willis on for Joe Cardle.
Chris Humphrey comes on in place of Omar Daley.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Hateley, clearance made by Andy Dowie.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Martin Hardie. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Foul by Michael Higdon on Andy Dowie, free kick awarded. Caution for Michael Higdon. Chris Smith takes the free kick.
Ryan Thomson takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
The official flags Joe Cardle offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Liam Buchanan is caught offside. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Michael Higdon takes a shot. Chris Smith makes a save.
Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Dowie. Chris Smith takes the direct free kick.
Joe Cardle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings. Direct free kick taken by Steve Jennings.
Nicky Law decides to take a short corner.
David Graham has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
Joe Cardle takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Michael Higdon.
Martin Hardie is caught offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Thomson by Michael Higdon. Direct free kick taken by Alex Keddie.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Austin McCann results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
Henrik Ojamaa concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Keddie. Direct free kick taken by Chris Smith.
Outswinging corner taken by Joe Cardle.
Martin Hardie takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle from the right by-line, clearance made by Michael Higdon.
Henrik Ojamaa has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Liam Buchanan takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
The offside flag is raised against Liam Buchanan. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
McCall warns of Dunfermline backlash
Motherwell are wary of a backlash from beleaguered Dunfermline when the two sides meet in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at East End Park.
The Pars are without a win at home all season, three points behind Hibernian at the foot of the standings and, to compound matters, players, management and staff received only 60% of their wages this week.
The deficit is a knock-on effect of a shortfall of #84,000 in ticket revenue from Rangers' match in Fife on February 11, three days before the Glasgow club went into administration.
Third-placed Motherwell's visit to Dunfermline is the Pars' last match for three weeks - due to the William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-finals and the Scottish Communities League Cup final - and will bring in revenue to allow further payment of 20% of wages, with the remaining balances promised within 10 days.
Motherwell boss Stuart McCall anticipates the situation at Dunfermline could invoke a siege mentality in Jim McIntyre's squad.
"It might just galvanise everyone," said McCall, citing the example of Hearts' strong run during their own wage woes.
"But we'll just concentrate on what we can do. If we can put in the level of performance that we have been doing of late we'll be confident of going and hopefully bringing the three points back."
McCall is conscious of Dunfermline's poor home record - six points from 14 games - while aware his side travel in search of a first SPL win away from home since December.
He said: "We've not won away for a wee while. We need to get back on track with an away victory and we're looking to do that at Dunfermline.
"We're well aware of that (Dunfermline looking for a first home win). We don't want it to happen tomorrow.
"They've got four away victories and when they came here, they'd got the same amount of away victories as we had had at home."
Midfielder Keith Lasley is suspended for Motherwell but defenders Shaun Hutchinson and Tim Clancy are available before they are banned for the next SPL fixture against Aberdeen.
Striker Bob McHugh has recovered from an ankle knock and goalkeeper Lee Hollis could be in the squad after recovering from hip surgery.
Defender Austin McCann hopes the delay to the full payment of wages at Dunfermline can galvanise the Pars into claiming a first home win of the season.
The captain said: "It's been quite a good reaction from the players. We're going to help the club at this time.
"They've been up front with us, that's all you can ask for. They've been honest about what's going on.
"Hopefully it will have a positive impact on Saturday against Motherwell.
"There's a lot of belief at this club and we go into every game thinking we can get something out of it, including a win.
"Motherwell are a decent side - they're in third for a reason. It will be tough for us, but we're at home and we'll try to get the win."
Dunfermline were prolific at East End Park last term as they won promotion to the top flight, but their four wins this season have all come away from home.
It is a record which has contributed to their position three points adrift of 11th-placed Hibernian at the foot of the standings with nine matches remaining.
McCann added: "We'd like to put that (the home record) right on Saturday and get our first win.
"It doesn't matter if you're home or away as long as you pick up points to keep you in the division that's the most important thing.
"We just need to play well. We were disappointed with our performance last week at St Johnstone (losing 3-1).
"We need to keep working for each other and hopefully it will come right."
Striker Andy Barrowman and right-back Jordan McMillan could return to the Dunfermline squad.
Well sink sorry Pars
Motherwell defeated Dunfermline 2-0 at East End Park to extend the Pars' miserable run without a home victory in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to 15.
Dunfermline goalkeeper Chris Smith gifted Motherwell the opening goal when he let Michael Higdon's weak shot slip through his grasp in the 64th minute.
Henrik Ojamaa then doubled the visitors' lead when he rocketed a shot beyond the helpless keeper six minutes later.
Victory for Motherwell moves them within three points of Rangers in second place while Dunfermline are now four points adrift at the foot of table.
Dunfermline began the game hoping to record their first home win of the season and Liam Buchanan tested Darren Randolph after two minutes.
Motherwell had a chance of their own just a minute later when Ojamaa struck wide of the target after Alex Keddie blocked Jamie Murphy's long-range drive.
Randolph produced an excellent stop to keep out Martin Hardie's stinging effort and Shaun Hutchinson made a crucial tackle at the feet of Ryan Thomson as the hosts enjoyed a bright opening spell.
The visitors created their best chance of the first half just before the half-hour mark.
Tom Hateley's surging run ended with a smart pass to Murphy who laid the ball to Higdon, but the striker's tame effort was gathered comfortably by Smith.
Thomson saw his effort from the edge of the box easily dealt with by Randolph as Dunfermline looked to end the first half on a high, although at the other end Smith had to be alert to tip Omar Daley's dipping cross onto the roof of his goal just before the interval.
Both sides made changes at the interval, Paul Willis replaced Joe Cardle for Dunfermline while Chris Humphrey was introduced in place of Omar Daley for the visitors.
A lightening quick break from a Dunfermline corner almost led to Motherwell grabbing the lead.
Ojamaa released Murphy who denied by an excellent last-ditch tackle by Alex Keddie.
Keddie came to the Dunfermline's rescue again two minutes later when he diverted Ojamaa's shot away for a corner.
Hutchinson deflected Buchanan's fizzing drive wide of the target just before the hour mark and Steven Hammell was forced into a good clearing header from Willis' corner.
An error from Dunfermline keeper Smith led to Motherwell opening the scoring.
Higdon connected with Ojamaa's cross at the front post and his shot somehow slipped underneath Smith and into the net.
Austin McCann received a booking for hauling down Humphrey after 68 minutes and the Jamaican was involved again two minutes later as Motherwell stretched their lead - sliding the ball to Ojamaa who lashed the ball beyond Smith.
Dunfermline made their second change of the match when Andy Barrowman replaced Martin Hardie with 15 minutes remaining.
A vital header at the back-post by Andy Dowie prevented Tim Clancy from getting on the end of Hateley's dangerous free-kick as the visitors looked to inflict further misery on their opponents.
Murphy flashed a shot across the face of Smith's goal with seven minutes remaining as Motherwell continued to control proceedings.
And the 23-year-old then fired over after running on to Higdon's knockdown in the final minute of the match.
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