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Free kick awarded for a foul by Stewart Carswell on Andrew Considine. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Foul by Johnny Hayes on Zaine Francis-Angol, free kick awarded. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Mark Reynolds by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Robert McHugh on for Henrik Ojamaa. Nicky Law leaves the field to be replaced by Stewart Carswell. Declan McManus comes on in place of Rory Fallon.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Henrik Ojamaa. Free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
Shot by Henrik Ojamaa. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Rory Fallon has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Clark Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Zaine Francis-Angol. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Kerr.
Jamie Murphy has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance made by Scott Vernon.
Henrik Ojamaa produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Effort from outside the area by Andrew Considine goes wide right of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line, Fraser Kerr manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Scott Vernon from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Higdon. Nicky Law takes the direct free kick.
Clark Robertson gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Henrik Ojamaa. Clark Robertson booked. Penalty taken by Jamie Murphy is saved by Jamie Langfield. Motherwell 4-1 Aberdeen.
Keith Lasley takes a shot. Andrew Considine gets a block in.
Shot on goal by Jamie Murphy from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Henrik Ojamaa. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken short by Johnny Hayes.
(Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Cameron Smith coming on for Joe Shaughnessy. Andrew Considine comes on in place of Russell Anderson.
Michael Higdon finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 4-1 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Henrik Ojamaa.
Inswinging corner taken by Niall McGinn, save made by Darren Randolph.
The offside flag is raised against Michael Higdon. Scott Vernon takes the direct free kick.
Johnny Hayes takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Niall McGinn takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save by Darren Randolph.
Joe Shaughnessy concedes a free kick for a foul on Zaine Francis-Angol. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley.
The official flags Niall McGinn offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Mark Reynolds by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Booking for Michael Higdon for unsporting behaviour. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Adam Cummins joins the action as a substitute, replacing Simon Ramsden.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Niall McGinn, save by Darren Randolph.
Johnny Hayes takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.
Effort from inside the area by Niall McGinn misses to the left of the goal.
Fraser Kerr takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Gavin Rae has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Shot from just outside the box by Tom Hateley goes over the bar.
Johnny Hayes fouled by Simon Ramsden, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Russell Anderson.
Goal scored by Johnny Hayes from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 2-1 Aberdeen.Assist on the goal came from Rory Fallon.
The offside flag is raised against Niall McGinn. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.
Jamie Murphy finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 2-0 Aberdeen.Assist by Henrik Ojamaa.
Unfair challenge on Scott Vernon by Henrik Ojamaa results in a free kick. Mark Reynolds takes the free kick.
Niall McGinn has an effort at goal. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Jamie Murphy decides to take the corner short.
Corner taken by Jamie Murphy.
Rory Fallon takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Niall McGinn. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Mark Reynolds results in a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson restarts play with the free kick.
Scott Vernon takes a shot. Keith Lasley gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Fraser Kerr by Rory Fallon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Mark Reynolds results in a free kick. Fraser Kerr restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Jamie Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
The referee penalises Clark Robertson for handball. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Kerr.
Keith Lasley challenges Niall McGinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line.
Tom Hateley scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen.The assist for the goal came from Jamie Murphy.
Volleyed right-footed shot by Nicky Law.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Hateley.
Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Rory Fallon.
Effort from the edge of the area by Josh Magennis goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Effort from inside the area by Niall McGinn misses to the right of the target.
Niall McGinn is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.
McCall seeks home comforts
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is determined to end 2012 on a high by giving the club's fans back-to-back home wins in their next two outings.
The Steelmen play host to Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Boxing Day before Kilmarnock come calling in the final match of the year.
McCall knows both clubs represent a tough challenge, but has backed his side to bounce back from Friday's defeat to St Mirren and says confidence is high within the squad.
He said: "Everyone talks about our home form and rightly so, it's not been good enough. Our performances have certainly merited better than what we've got.
"But with both Aberdeen and Kilmarnock, like nearly every club in this league, it's too hard to call the games. They are very evenly-matched sides.
"Aberdeen had a good result at the weekend and they have also come down and knocked us out of the cup. They are two tough games, but we've got to just concentrate on what we do.
"I've been pleased with a lot of the performances of late. Our confidence hasn't been rocked by Friday's game.
"We've now got two home games back to back and we need to look to put some points on the board."
Bob McHugh, who netted the winner against Hibernian the previous week, again came off the bench to find the back of the net in the 2-1 loss to Saints.
And McCall has sympathy for the youngster as he battles to force his way into the manager's plans amid tough competition for places.
"I've spoken to Bob at length," McCall said. "He's had a stop-start season, which is no fault of his own, he's just had a couple of little niggling injuries.
"He's back really sharp now, he's been looking sharp in training.
"He's just unfortunate that, at the moment, Michael Higdon is there with 12 goals, Jamie Murphy has got eight and Henrik Ojamaa, although he hasn't scored that many, is creating lots of chances and playing well.
"Bob knows he will get his chance and he's really close. Whether he goes one step further and starts, I've not made my mind up yet. But he's certainly doing everything he can and looking sharp."
Motherwell sit in third place, three points ahead of Aberdeen, but McCall still feels the Dons could finish second this season.
He added: "I said at the beginning of the season that I think they are more equipped than anyone to finish second behind Celtic. I still haven't seen anything to change my mind about that.
"Having said that, I think we're more than capable of giving anyone a game on the day. We are looking forward to it.
"I wouldn't say we are after revenge for the cup game, we just want to extend that gap between us and them.
"It's three points at the minute. If somebody had given me that at the beginning of the season, that we would be going into Boxing Day three points ahead of Aberdeen, I'd have snapped their hands off."
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has urged his players to take their cup form to Fir Park and end their four-year wait for a Premier League win over Motherwell.
The Dons have not taken three points off Motherwell for 11 games, since before Mark McGhee and then Brown left the Motherwell hotseat for Pittodrie.
But they have knocked Motherwell out of the William Hill Scottish Cup at Fir Park twice this year, the most recent occasion being a 2-1 replay win earlier this month.
However, their quarter-final victory by the same scoreline in March was followed six days later by an SPL loss in Lanarkshire when Motherwell left-back Stevie Hammell struck the only goal with a superb 30-yard strike.
Brown is therefore not sure that their recent cup exploits will have much bearing on Boxing Day.
The former Scotland boss said: "Remember last year we beat them in the cup and then we lost 1-0 to a rather fortunate long-range shot from Stevie Hammell in the league.
"We would like to do the double over Motherwell, obviously. It would give us a great platform for the remaining league fixtures if we managed to pull back the three-point gap.
"Obviously we don't want a repeat of the last experience, although in the league you can recover and in the cup you can't, so we would rather win in the cup.
"But we are getting a bit selfish now and would like to win both."
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