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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)

Live Commentary

92:27 +2.27

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

91:29 +1.29

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

90:48 +0.48

Chris Maguire decides to take a short corner.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


Robert McHugh on for Steve Jones.


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


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


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.


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


Chris Maguire shown a yellow card.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Inswinging corner taken by Sone Aluko.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Formation: 433Manager: Craig Brown


  • 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



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

  • Motherwell
  • VS
  • Aberdeen

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


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


  • 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



    • 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


    • 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