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  • Date:15 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Easter Road Stadium
  • Attendance:8,518
  • Murphy (7)
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90:10 +0.10

Unfair challenge on Omar Daley by Paul Hanlon results in a free kick. Nicky Law takes the free kick.

89:14

The assistant referee signals for offside against Junior Agogo. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

88:54

The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Indirect free kick taken by Graham Stack.

88:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Ian Murray. Steve Jennings takes the free kick.

87:00

Centre by Paul Hanlon, save by Darren Randolph.

85:13

Junior Agogo fouled by Stephen Craigan, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Leigh Griffiths from the free kick.

83:00

Effort from the edge of the box by Junior Agogo goes wide of the right-hand upright.

80:55

Jamie Murphy crosses the ball.

79:57

Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Junior Agogo. Free kick taken by Ivan Sproule.

78:54

Daniel Galbraith has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

77:28

Omar Daley on for Chris Humphrey.

76:35

Leigh Griffiths takes the outswinging corner, Effort on goal by Junior Agogo from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

75:30

Leigh Griffiths takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Close range headed effort by Paul Hanlon clears the crossbar.

74:27

Chris Humphrey challenges Daniel Galbraith unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Wotherspoon has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Darren Randolph.

74:18

The ball is delivered by Richie Towell, Tom Hateley makes a clearance.

73:23

Leigh Griffiths joins the action as a substitute, replacing Isaiah Osbourne.

72:22

Foul by Paul Hanlon on Chris Humphrey, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Stevie Hammell, Close range header by Michael Higdon goes over the bar.

71:25

The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.

70:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Galbraith on Nicky Law. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.

69:52

Corner from right by-line taken by Daniel Galbraith.

68:28

Corner taken by Tom Hateley, Michael Higdon takes a shot.

67:07

Foul by Ian Murray on Nicky Law, free kick awarded. Ian Murray is given a yellow card. The ball is swung over by Stevie Hammell, Stephen Craigan takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

65:06

Foul by Junior Agogo on Stephen Craigan, free kick awarded. Tim Clancy takes the free kick.

63:16

Stevie Hammell challenges Ivan Sproule unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell booked for unsporting behaviour. Richie Towell crosses the ball in from the free kick, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.

62:15

The ball is sent over by Richie Towell.

60:56

Michael Higdon produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

60:06

Keith Lasley challenges Isaiah Osbourne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Murray.

58:36

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Hateley, Ian Murray manages to make a clearance.

55:19

Michael Higdon takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

54:10

The ball is crossed by Ivan Sproule.

51:44

Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Richie Towell makes a clearance.

51:25

The ball is swung over by Chris Humphrey, clearance made by Sean O'Hanlon.

46:38

Junior Agogo sends in a cross, clearance by Tim Clancy.

45:29

Richie Towell crosses the ball.

45:01

David Wotherspoon replaces Victor Palsson. Daniel Galbraith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Scott.

44:50

Short corner worked by Nicky Law.

42:14

Jamie Murphy fouled by Sean O'Hanlon, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Sean O'Hanlon a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.

39:24

Nicky Law takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

37:56

Martin Scott takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Higdon.

34:20

Junior Agogo delivers the ball, save by Darren Randolph.

32:49

Junior Agogo takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

29:30

The ball is sent over by Paul Hanlon, Darren Randolph makes a save.

28:27

The referee gives a free kick against Paul Hanlon for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

27:17

Junior Agogo takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Craigan.

26:38

The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean O'Hanlon by Michael Higdon. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.

22:07

Centre by Keith Lasley, Michael Higdon takes a shot from close range that hits the post.

21:36

Effort from deep inside the area by Garry O'Connor clears the bar.

21:16

Junior Agogo takes a shot.

19:41

The ball is sent over by Nicky Law.

18:56

Unfair challenge on Ivan Sproule by Chris Humphrey results in a free kick. Graham Stack takes the free kick.

12:55

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line to the near post, save by Graham Stack.

12:17

Chris Humphrey challenges Richie Towell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hanlon takes the indirect free kick.

11:57

Corner taken by Stevie Hammell.

11:15

Stevie Hammell takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.

10:32

Ian Murray challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the indirect free kick.

7:55

The ball is crossed by Tom Hateley, Jamie Murphy finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hibernian 0-1 Motherwell.Tom Hateley provided the assist for the goal.

7:12

Steve Jennings takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Murray.

5:32

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, Header from close in by Michael Higdon misses to the left of the target.

2:33

The offside flag is raised against Michael Higdon. Graham Stack takes the free kick.

2:08

Foul by Martin Scott on Steve Jennings, free kick awarded. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

McCall: No concerns over Jennings Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is convinced Steve Jennings is in the right frame of mind to face Hibernian despite his recent arrest. McCall will play the midfielder at Easter Road after the club confirmed he was available for selection following his arrest on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud in a joint investigation by Merseyside Police and the Gambling Commission. Jennings, one of nine men bailed until January pending further inquiries, has denied any involvement in an alleged betting scam relating to Motherwell's 2-1 defeat by Hearts in December last year, during which he was sent off. And McCall revealed the 26-year-old had assured him he was determined to play in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash. McCall said: "It's 100% not a problem. "All this week he has been training outstandingly well. I know you expect managers to say that, but he has. "Him and Jamie Murphy have really shone this week. They've both trained well and there's no doubt in my mind he will be playing. "He had a little bit of winding-up on the Monday when he came in but he trained really well and it's not a big decision." McCall, who took over two weeks after the Hearts match, revealed he had spoken to Jennings about the investigation "a little bit when it raised its head 10 months ago". McCall added: "Jenno just wants to get on with his football. He was a bit confused by it at first but he'll just get on with it and we've got to wait another few months now. "But that's what it is. They've had a 10-month investigation and released him without charge, and we wait for another few months. "As far as I'm concerned, Jenno's head is right, he wants to play, he's an important part of our team and will be playing at Easter Road." Shaun Hutchinson remains on the sidelines for the clash. The defender has recovered from an ankle injury but tweaked his hamstring while trying to regain his fitness. Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood had a full squad in training for the first time this season ahead of the game. Danny Galbraith (ankle) and Matt Thornhill (groin) are both pushing for involvement following several weeks out. Sean Welsh (broken cheekbone) and Michael Hart (groin) are also back in training but need to build up their match fitness.

Formation:442Manager: Colin Calderwood

Hibernian

Formation: 442Manager: Stuart McCall

Motherwell

  • Graham Stack
  • Victor Palsson
  • Sean O'Hanlon
  • Paul Hanlon
  • Ian Murray
  • Martin Scott
  • Richie Towell
  • Isaiah Osbourne
  • Ivan Sproule
  • Garry O'Connor
  • Junior Agogo
  • SUBS
  • Mark Brown
  • David Wotherspoon
  • Daniel Galbraith
  • Lewis Stevenson
  • David Stephens
  • Akpo Sodje
  • Leigh Griffiths

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Match Report

Murphy goal enough for Motherwell Jamie Murphy's early header gave Motherwell a deserved 1-0 win over Hibernian to move the Fir Park club three points clear of Celtic in second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The winger headed in a Tom Hateley cross after eight minutes but the visitors should have had the victory wrapped up before enduring a nervy finish. Well midfielder Keith Lasley headed off the post in the first half before Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack made a brilliant double save to deny both Stephen Craigan and Michael Higdon after the break. As promised, Well manager Stuart McCall gave a start to Steve Jennings despite the midfielder's recent arrest over alleged irregular betting patterns. Hibs boss Colin Calderwood deployed the in-form Garry O'Connor up front after the striker successfully fought against a two-match ban over suggestions he dived to win a penalty in the recent win over St Johnstone. The home side struggled to get out of their own half during the opening exchanges with Motherwell's slick passing a factor in the away side retaining possession for long spells. It was no surprise when McCall's team went ahead after eight minutes when Murphy ghosted into the box to find the net. Murphy found a space between defenders Victor Palsson and Sean O'Hanlon to nod Hateley's deep cross past Stack from close range. Hibs were struggling to get going and Stack did well to push a Steven Hammell shot wide for a corner before then saving Tim Clancy's near-post header from Hateley's corner. The Leith side had a rare sight of goal when Junior Agogo's shot fell to O'Connor following Craigan's block but the marksman hit a wild effort wide. Motherwell should have been two ahead after 23 minutes when Hammell produced a teasing cross that found the unmarked Lasley, but the midfielder's downward header came back off the post. Clearly unhappy at his team's first-half display, Calderwood introduced Danny Galbraith and David Wotherspoon for Palsson and Martin Scott at the break. Winger Galbraith's energy in midfield seemed to make a difference and he played his part in a half-chance for Agogo. The former Manchester United trainee passed to Ivan Sproule and the Northern Ireland cap sent a low drive into the box but his cross was just out of Agogo's reach. Nicky Law then won the ball back off Galbraith in a move that ended with Stack saving with his feet to deny Higdon after the striker was set up in the box by Murphy. Motherwell looked dangerous on the counter-attack as Hibs upped their bid for an equaliser. Higdon and Chris Humphrey exchanged passes before the towering striker just missed the target with a low drive from 18 yards. Stack then kept his side in the game with an incredible double save. His one-handed block kept out Craigan's six-yard header from Hammell's free-kick before he then somehow managed to parry Higdon's point-blank shot. From Hammell's corner, Higdon powered a header off the bar. For all their possession and chances, Motherwell knew their lead was still fragile. Wotherspoon had a free-kick from 25 yards tipped over the bar by Darren Randolph. Galbraith then found himself in space in the box after being teed up by Agogo but he lashed a strike into the side-netting. Motherwell were on the back foot as the minutes ticked by and were relieved to see Agogo drill a low drive past the far post.

possession


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