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  • Date:02 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Fir Park Stadium
  • Attendance:4,458
  • Humphrey (14) Hutchinson (87)
  • Vujadinovic (90)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

92mins

Nikola Vujadinovic grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Motherwell 2-1 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Chris Maguire.

91mins

Chris Maguire decides to take a short corner.

88mins

Shaun Hutchinson scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 2-0 Aberdeen.Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line to the near post, the assist for the goal came from Tom Hateley.

86mins

Robert McHugh takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.

84mins

John Sutton receives a caution. Steven Saunders on for Gavin Gunning. Foul by John Sutton on Robert Milsom, free kick awarded. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

82mins

Peter Pawlett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

80mins

Stephen Craigan replaces Jamie Murphy. Corner taken by Robert Milsom.

79mins

Corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line to the near post, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.

78mins

Keith Lasley challenges Nick Blackman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Milsom.

77mins

Andrew Considine receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Chris Humphrey fouled by Andrew Considine, the ref awards a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson restarts play with the free kick.

76mins

(Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Michael Paton coming on for Scott Vernon.

75mins

Josh Magennis takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

74mins

John Sutton challenges Josh Magennis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Milsom.

73mins

Stevie Hammell takes the inswinging corner, Jamie Langfield makes a comfortable save.

72mins

Robert McHugh on for Steve Jones.

71mins

Robert Milsom takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Darren Randolph makes a save.

69mins

Sone Aluko leaves the field to be replaced by Josh Magennis. The official flags Steve Jones offside. Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.

67mins

Booking for Nikola Vujadinovic for unsporting behaviour. Nikola Vujadinovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Jones. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Scott Vernon.

66mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Hateley, save by Jamie Langfield.

65mins

Chris Maguire shown a yellow card.

64mins

Derek Young delivers the ball, Andrew Considine takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

64mins

Corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko to the near post, Keith Lasley manages to make a clearance.

63mins

Peter Pawlett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Smith.

61mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Considine on Steve Jones. Indirect free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

61mins

Corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Keith Lasley.

60mins

Chris Maguire takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

58mins

Steve Jones produces a left-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.

57mins

Unfair challenge on Steve Jones by Sone Aluko results in a free kick. Tom Hateley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Rory McArdle.

56mins

Nick Blackman is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

54mins

Inswinging corner taken by Sone Aluko.

48mins

The referee blows for offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.

48mins

Chris Maguire has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

47mins

John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Considine. Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.

41mins

Andrew Considine challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Hateley.

39mins

Booking for Shaun Hutchinson. Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Blackman. Robert Milsom restarts play with the free kick.

37mins

Steve Jones challenges Rory McArdle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

Unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Nikola Vujadinovic results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

35mins

Chris Maguire takes the inswinging corner, save made by Darren Randolph.

33mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Stevie Hammell, clearance by Steven Smith.

32mins

Derek Young challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

24mins

Stevie Hammell concedes a free kick for a foul on Sone Aluko. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Milsom.

24mins

The referee blows for offside against John Sutton. Indirect free kick taken by Rory McArdle.

23mins

Shot by Sone Aluko from just outside the area goes over the net.

21mins

Chris Maguire is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

15mins

Chris Humphrey finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen.Assist by Keith Lasley.

14mins

Chris Maguire is caught offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

The offside flag is raised against Jamie Murphy. Andrew Considine takes the indirect free kick.

9mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Vujadinovic on Jamie Murphy. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

8mins

Jamie Murphy has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

7mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Steve Jones clears the bar.

1mins

Steve Jones has an effort at goal. Blocked by Sone Aluko. Keith Lasley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

Match Preview

McCall's enthusiasm was key - Ross Maurice Ross has revealed Motherwell manager Stuart McCall's eagerness to sign him was the key factor in convincing him to join the Lanarkshire side. Ross had been training with St Mirren and played in a friendly against Hearts, but Motherwell came in with a concrete offer on Thursday to take him on a short-term deal before the April 1 deadline. The full-back now has a Scottish Cup semi-final to look forward to rather than a relegation battle and could make his debut when former club Aberdeen visit Fir Park on Saturday in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. Ross revealed the change of destination came out of the blue. "I got through the bounce game with Hearts and was told they (St Mirren) were looking to take me on," the 30-year-old said. "There was a bit of to-ing and fro-ing with the contract and, because of that, it opened the door for Motherwell to come in. "Stuart McCall phoned me and said he would be interested in taking me to Fir Park, and with what was going on, I felt it was a great opportunity for me to play in big games, semi-finals etc. "I felt it was a chance I couldn't pass up. I would like to make clear though that it was a football decision, nothing whatsoever to do with how I was treated by St Mirren. "Danny (Lennon) and everyone at the club was great and even although I was only there for about 10 days, you do get a wee bit attached and, without wanting to sound too dramatic, you don't want to let people down. "But I just felt, with the way things were happening, Motherwell felt a bit more enthused about me coming in and that was probably the deciding factor." Ross admitted he phoned St Mirren manager Lennon to relay his decision with some trepidation. The former Scotland defender said: "He's very enthusiastic and he was good enough to allow me to train, but they had 10 days to make me an offer and it only took Motherwell half a day. "But I really don't want to make big headlines out of this. "They wanted to see me in a game first, which is totally understandable, and I was open to that. I wouldn't sign me if I hadn't seen me play." Ross admits he has a battle to secure a place in the Motherwell team after watching their impressive 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Dundee United on Wednesday. But he feels fit enough to play and could even start against Aberdeen, with right-back Steven Saunders unlikely to overcome an ankle injury and Tom Hateley in line to move into midfield with Steve Jennings suspended. "I am not going to be flying straight away, that is for sure, but I think I am in good nick," he said. "I was at the game the other night and the boys terrorised Dundee United, and they are a right good side. "It's going to be hard for me to get in, particularly on the fitness side as some of these guys have played 40 games already, but I'll give it my best shot. "I am going to have to burst my backside to get a game and that's what I intend to do." Ross admits he would consider a longer-term deal but is not looking beyond the end of the season. "I have been looking to my future my whole career and I am fed up doing that," he said. Aberdeen full-back David McNamee (hamstring) is a major doubt for the encounter. Midfielders Ryan Jack (tonsillitis) and Paul Hartley (knee) are out and defender Zander Diamond is suspended. Long-term injury victims Yoann Folly, Darren Mackie and Fraser Fyvie remain on the sidelines.

Formation:442Manager: Stuart McCall

Motherwell

Formation: 433Manager: Craig Brown

Aberdeen

  • Darren Randolph
  • Maurice Ross
  • Shaun Hutchinson
  • Gavin Gunning
  • Stevie Hammell
  • Chris Humphrey
  • Tom Hateley
  • Keith Lasley
  • Steve Jones
  • John Sutton
  • Jamie Murphy
  • SUBS
  • Lee Hollis
  • Steven Saunders
  • Stephen Craigan
  • Robert McHugh
  • Ross Forbes
  • Esteban Casagolda
  • Jamie Pollock

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Match Report

Brown endures double despair at hands of Well Chris Humphrey inspired Motherwell to their second victory over Aberdeen since former manager Craig Brown's departure for Pittodrie as the Lanarkshire side opened up a four-point cushion in the race for a top-six place. Humphrey blasted home inside 15 minutes and set up several more chances before Shaun Hutchinson looked to have made the points safe in the 87th minute. Nikola Vujadinovic headed Aberdeen back into it in injury time but Motherwell held on to triumph 2-1 and move nine points above the Dons. Just like they had done during their 3-0 midweek Scottish Cup win over Dundee United, Motherwell made a bright start and Humphrey got past Steven Smith in the first minute before sending in a cross that Keith Lasley eventually sent wide. Steve Jones, in for the injured Francis Jeffers, earned space to shoot over before Jamie Murphy came closer when he beat two men and played a one-two with Lasley before curling inches wide. The home side took the lead after Humphrey's pace proved too much for Smith. Motherwell won the ball in midfield and Lasley played it over Smith's head for Humphrey to chase. The winger made up about five yards and got away from the left-back before thumping the bouncing ball into the top corner from 16 yards. Motherwell, with Maurice Ross making his debut at right-back, sat back in the aftermath of taking the lead but Aberdeen, who were without the suspended Zander Diamond and injured pair Ryan Jack and Paul Hartley, were unable to put them under any pressure with Nick Blackman getting little joy from his former team-mates, or supporters. Chris Maguire volleyed wide from a difficult chance two minutes after the restart as Motherwell made a slow start to the second half. But Motherwell soon picked up and Jones should have put them two ahead only to slice the ball well over from four yards out after Humphrey had curled a cross in between Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield and his defenders. Sone Aluko had a brief sight of goal after a one-two with Blackman but Stevie Hammell got back to snuff out the danger. Aberdeen had a great chance on the hour mark after Vujadinovic played Maguire through but Darren Randolph got down brilliantly to push the striker's attempted finish past the post. Randolph then held Andrew Considine's header after Derek Young sent the ball back into the box following a corner. Aberdeen, with Josh Magennis on to give them a quartet of attackers, were looking far more dangerous and the substitute headed straight at Randolph following Rob Milsom's free-kick. But Humphrey again caused problems when he raced past Considine, who had been booked moments earlier for a foul on the winger, and crossed for substitute Bob McHugh, whose sliding effort was diverted wide. Motherwell brought on defender Stephen Craigan for Murphy and soon lost Gunning to a shoulder injury after he fell heavily following a foul by Aberdeen substitute Peter Pawlett. Lasley soon took a knock and struggled on with no substitutes left but Motherwell came close when Humphrey set up McHugh, only for Langfield to make a diving one-handed stop. But Hutchinson raced in to force Tom Hateley's inswinging corner home from close range to cue widespread taunting of Brown among the home fans. They were soon silenced when Vujadinovic headed home Maguire's cross in the second of five minutes of injury-time and almost saw two points slip away in the dying seconds when Rory McArdle headed Maguire's corner against the post, but Steven McLean blew for a foul and soon time was up.

Form Guide

    WWLWLL
  • Motherwell
  • VS
  • Aberdeen
  • LWWDDL

Last Meetings

  • Aberdeen
  • 1 - 2
  • Motherwell
  • 15/02/2011
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 1
  • Aberdeen
  • 18/09/2010
  • Aberdeen
  • 0 - 3
  • Motherwell
  • 30/01/2010
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 1
  • Aberdeen
  • 21/11/2009
  • Aberdeen
  • 0 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 29/08/2009
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 1
  • Aberdeen
  • 04/04/2009

Top Scorers

Motherwell

  • J Sutton 6
  • J Murphy 4
  • F Jeffers 1
  • K Lasley 1
  • C Humphrey 1
  • S Saunders 1

Aberdeen

  • S Vernon 10
  • C Maguire 3
  • R McArdle 2
  • S Aluko 2
  • J Magennis 2
  • D Mackie 1
  • Z Diamond 1
  • Y Folly 1
  • N Blackman 1
  • R Jack 1

Goals

Motherwell

    • Total goals 73
    • Goals per game 32
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 8 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Aberdeen

    • Total goals 72
    • Goals per game 31
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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