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Josh Magennis concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Craigan. The referee books Josh Magennis for unsporting behaviour. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Youl Mawene. David Gonzalez takes the free kick.
Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Clancy. Jonathan Page comes on in place of Nicky Law. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kari Arnason by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Kari Arnason takes the direct free kick.
Peter Pawlett takes a shot. Blocked by Stevie Hammell.
Goal scored by Robert McHugh from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen.
Outswinging corner taken by Robert Milsom from the left by-line, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
Unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Mitchel Megginson results in a free kick. Josh Magennis replaces Scott Vernon. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Omar Daley by Andrew Considine. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Milsom by Omar Daley. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Milsom from left wing, clearance by Tim Clancy.
Robert McHugh is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Murphy.
Mitchel Megginson replaces Rory Fallon.
Shot by Scott Vernon. Save by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Fallon on Tim Clancy. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom from the right by-line, save made by Darren Randolph.
Foul by Tim Clancy on Rory Fallon, free kick awarded. The referee shows Tim Clancy a yellow card. Chris Humphrey goes off and Omar Daley comes on. Direct free kick taken by Richard Foster.
Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Youl Mawene results in a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
Foul by Peter Pawlett on Darren Randolph, free kick awarded. Peter Pawlett is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
Peter Pawlett challenges Stevie Hammell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Rory Fallon sends in a cross, Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
A cross is delivered by Chris Humphrey, Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez.
Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youl Mawene. Direct free kick taken by David Gonzalez.
Peter Pawlett comes on in place of Chris Clark.
Robert Milsom concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lasley. Free kick taken by Steve Jennings.
Short corner taken by Keith Lasley from the left by-line.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, clearance made by Steve Jennings.
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom from the right by-line, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.
Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youl Mawene. David Gonzalez restarts play with the free kick.
Tim Clancy takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kari Arnason on Jamie Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Kari Arnason takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Hateley.
Stephen Craigan challenges Robert Milsom unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Higdon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Robert Milsom.
Shot from 30 yards from Nicky Law. Save by David Gonzalez.
Nicky Law fouled by Isaac Osbourne, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Law takes the free kick.
Rory Fallon concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lasley. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.
Kari Arnason fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Isaac Osbourne. Direct free kick taken by Youl Mawene.
Chris Humphrey takes a shot.
The offside flag is raised against Jamie Murphy. David Gonzalez takes the indirect free kick.
Rory Fallon takes a shot from 20 yards. Tim Clancy gets a block in.
Drilled right-footed shot by Nicky Law. Save by David Gonzalez.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, Rory Fallon concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Craigan. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Scott Vernon takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Isaac Osbourne on Jamie Murphy. Nicky Law restarts play with the free kick.
Robert Milsom takes a shot from 30 yards. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Andrew Considine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stevie Hammell from right channel, Kari Arnason makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line.
Chris Humphrey takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Milsom.
Unfair challenge on Tim Clancy by Rory Fallon results in a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kari Arnason by Michael Higdon. Direct free kick taken by Kari Arnason.
Ryan Jack takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Jamie Murphy has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Hammell needs no motivation
Motherwell full-back Stevie Hammell admits motivation comes easy against Aberdeen because of the managerial connections between the clubs.
Well are unbeaten in six games against Aberdeen since Mark McGhee and then Craig Brown left Fir Park to take charge at Pittodrie.
Brown and assistant Archie Knox have tasted defeat in both matches against Motherwell since leaving in December last year.
They received a hostile welcome when they returned in April, not least from chairman John Boyle, who was fined for his part in a touchline confrontation.
Boyle, who is set to relinquish his shares in the club, is unlikely to be at Fir Park on Saturday but Brown can expect another unsympathetic reception as he looks for a much-needed boost following Aberdeen's cup defeat by East Fife.
Hammell said: "I`m sure the atmosphere will be tastier than usual.
"You can definitely feel it from the stands and it helps you if they channel it in the right way and get right behind the team.
"It`s one of the fixtures you look for when you see the games, home to Aberdeen. I`m not going to lie, it is disappointing to see your manager leave, because the last couple of managers have done so well.
"When they come back you do want to show them that the team they left is a decent team, and we believe a better team.
"It does add a little bit to the game and you want to make sure you don`t lose these games."
Hammell, whose side have lost to St Johnstone and Hibernian at home in the last week, added: "It will be a difficult game, knowing Craig and Archie well they will have their team well-drilled and organised.
"If we`re not on top of our game, the last two games serve as a warning, we know what can happen. We need to be at it from the first whistle and if the fans can get right behind us, it really can help."
Motherwell have named an unchanged squad for the encounter.
Chris Humphrey went off with a calf problem in extra-time during Tuesday`s cup defeat by Hibernian but it was only cramp.
Shaun Hutchinson (ankle) and Steven Saunders (Achilles) remain on the sidelines.
Aberdeen, meanwhile, welcome back Youl Mawene and Rob Milsom.
Mawene (hamstring) and Milsom (knee) missed the midweek defeat by East Fife with minor injuries.
The Dons are still without Fraser Fyvie, who is on Scotland Under-19s duty, and Yoann Folly, who is building up his fitness after a broken leg.
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McHugh soars in Motherwell victory
Substitute Robert McHugh was the Motherwell hero as he netted a solo goal seven minutes from time to secure a 1-0 victory at home to Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
McHugh had only been on the pitch for eight minutes when he met a clearance following an Aberdeen corner and slotted home past visiting goalkeeper David Gonzalez.
Chris Humphrey and Tim Clancy had hit the crossbar in each half for the hosts, while the outcome means Aberdeen remain without an away goal in league action so far this term.
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown made four changes in the wake of the Pittodrie outfit's League Cup humbling by East Fife. Youl Mawene and Rob Milsom returned from injury with Rory Fallon and Isaac Osbourne promoted from the bench.
They replaced Darren Mackie, Rory McArdle, Peter Pawlett and Josh Magennis, who were all among the substitutes.
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall named an unchanged team for the third successive game as his third-placed side - who lost to Hibernian in a midweek penalty shoot-out - aimed to bounce back from a 3-0 home defeat by St Johnstone in their last league outing.
Motherwell went for goal straight from the outset with Jamie Murphy trying his luck after less than 30 seconds and sending a shot just wide of the right-hand post.
Ryan Jack had Aberdeen's first effort on target on eight minutes after doing well to work his way down the right flank, but the eventual attempt was easily cut out by Darren Randolph.
Home winger Chris Humphrey looked lively on the right wing in the early stages and Dons defender Kari Arnason was called upon to clear his cross at the near post after good work from Tom Hateley.
Scott Vernon forced the first save of real note after 16 minutes, Randolph having to beat his shot from outside the area round the left-hand post.
Humphrey had the home fans on their feet after 25 minutes as he looked set to open the scoring.
He raced to meet a misplaced ball at the halfway line, sprinted to goal and held off Arnason.
But despite successfully rounding goalkeeper Gonzalez and getting into a good position, he saw his angled shot strike the crossbar.
Steve Jennings and Keith Lasley linked well in the Motherwell midfield seven minutes from the break to put Michael Higdon into possession on the 18-yard line.
But the forward was dispossessed and the visitors immediately counter-attacked, only for the ball to be cleared from Vernon and Fallon just outside the six-yard box.
Nicky Law tried a shot from outside the area which presented little challenge to Gonzalez, while Aberdeen earned a 22-yard free kick two minutes from the break but Arnason's set piece was instantly blocked.
Motherwell again started the second half with an instant attempt to break the deadlock but for a second time were denied by the woodwork.
Hateley lifted a 25-yard free-kick to the left side of the box where it was met by Tim Clancy, but his header hit Gonzalez's crossbar.
Aberdeen replied with two early corners, both of which led to counter-attacks.
Murphy received a good pass from Keith Lasley on the hour and set off for goal but was unable to get into a scoring position inside the box. The hosts retained possession and the forward then had another attempt but his header went straight into the goalkeeper's hands - as then did a similar effort by Vernon at the other end.
Stevie Hammell sent in a free-kick which was spilled by Gonzalez, but the goalkeeper managed to recover possession despite tangling on the ground with Jennings.
Vernon tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area from Richard Foster's pass from the right with 15 minutes to go, but Randolph was equal to the rising drive.
Motherwell finally broke the deadlock with seven minutes to go when they rapidly counter-attacked after twice clearing Milsom's deliveries from the right corner.
McHugh produced his match-winning intervention.
He raced to collect Stephen Craigan's clearance upfield, held off and then took advantage of a slip by Foster on the right touchline and raced up the rest of an empty pitch, cutting inside to net his first SPL goal at the near post.
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