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The offside flag is raised against Michael Higdon. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Stewart Carswell is brought on as a substitute for Keith Lasley.
John Rankin takes a brilliant shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Jon Daly is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Effort from inside the area by John Rankin misses to the left of the target.
Gavin Gunning fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Jonathan Page on for Shaun Hutchinson.
Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Robbie Neilson.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Michael Higdon challenges Willo Flood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
Gary Mackay-Steven goes off and Lauri Dalla Valle comes on.
Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood from the left by-line, Garry Kenneth takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Michael Higdon is ruled offside. Chris Humphrey goes off and Jamie Murphy comes on. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.
Willo Flood takes a corner.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood played to the near post, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.
Scott Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson. Indirect free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
John Rankin fouled by Steve Jennings, the ref awards a free kick. The referee books Shaun Hutchinson for unsporting behaviour. Willo Flood restarts play with the free kick.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Sean Dillon coming on for Johnny Russell.
Chris Humphrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven. Free kick taken by Scott Robertson.
John Rankin takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Gary Mackay-Steven. Willo Flood takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Stevie Hammell, Shaun Hutchinson takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Nicky Law takes a shot. Blocked by Willo Flood.
The offside flag is raised against Omar Daley. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line, Garry Kenneth takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Jon Daly has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save made by Darren Randolph.
John Rankin has an effort at goal. Save by Darren Randolph.
Gary Mackay-Steven takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.
Gary Mackay-Steven concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lasley. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Keith Lasley clears the bar.
Corner taken by Willo Flood from the right by-line to the near post, Steve Jennings manages to make a clearance.
Willo Flood takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Michael Higdon.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Scott Robertson. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Rankin on Shaun Hutchinson. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Tom Hateley concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven. Indirect free kick taken by Willo Flood.
The referee penalises Gary Mackay-Steven for handball. Free kick taken by Willo Flood.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Omar Daley on Robbie Neilson. Garry Kenneth takes the indirect free kick.
Stevie Hammell takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Robbie Neilson makes a clearance.
Foul by John Rankin on Omar Daley, free kick awarded. Nicky Law takes the free kick.
John Rankin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Daly by Shaun Hutchinson. Paul Dixon takes the indirect free kick.
Gary Mackay-Steven produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Gary Mackay-Steven. Shaun Hutchinson restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Michael Higdon on Gavin Gunning, free kick awarded. Willo Flood restarts play with the free kick.
John Rankin is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson takes the indirect free kick.
Tom Hateley takes a corner.
Effort from 20 yards by Michael Higdon. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Handball by Gary Mackay-Steven. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Shaun Hutchinson results in a free kick. John Rankin takes the free kick.
Johnny Russell crosses the ball, Jon Daly has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Willo Flood.
Clancy out but Hughes could return
Motherwell defender Tim Clancy completes his two-match suspension in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United.
Midfielder Stephen Hughes is pushing for a place on the bench after playing another reserve game.
Striker Bob McHugh has recovered from his ankle injury but is short of match fitness, while Steven Saunders and Lee Hollis remain out.
Artwork on the stand bearing Phil O'Donnell's name, which incorporates the word `legend' and the number 10 the midfielder graced in two spells at Fir Park, will be officially unveiled 90 minutes before the game.
United representatives have been invited to attend the ceremony in respect of their reaction following the death of O'Donnell, who collapsed during a game between the teams on December 29, 2007.
The tribute has been paid for through funds raised by the Motherwell Supporters Trust and midfielder Keith Lasley admits it will be another emotional reminder of the influence his former team-mate had on the club.
Lasley said: "There are maybe not too many of us still here who were lucky enough to play with Phil and be friendly with him.
"But it's an inspiration and a really nice touch with the memorial on the stand, and well deserved. Phil is always going to be seen as a legend round about here.
"It was a real privilege to play alongside him and class him as a friend and team-mate.
"He was an inspirational character and we see him every day, his pictures are up round about the club. It's inspirational walking in every day and seeing them.
"So it's going to be a poignant moment and hopefully it can spur us on to a good victory on Saturday."
United defender Sean Dillon is fit after a calf injury.
Midfielder Stuart Armstrong is a doubt with an ankle problem and if he misses out he will join long-term absentees Danny Swanson (knee) - also a midfielder - and utility man Scott Severin (broken leg) in the stand.
Duo share points at blustery Fir Park
Motherwell and Dundee United could not beat each other's goalkeeper or the conditions during a goalless Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash amid heavy rain and fierce wind at Fir Park.
United had some decent chances towards the end of a scrappy first half but Darren Randolph saved well from John Rankin and Jon Daly in quick succession.
Motherwell pushed United back for much of the second half but the visitors defended their penalty box resolutely.
Several hundred Motherwell fans braved the cold and rain to attend a pre-match ceremony to unveil artwork paying tribute to former captain Phil O'Donnell, who died almost four years ago after collapsing during a game against United.
But the weather proved more of a problem on the park with the wind affecting the flow of the game, although both sides tried to pass the ball throughout.
Motherwell retain a solid grip on third place and have still only lost to St Johnstone outside the Old Firm but they struggled for a cutting edge as they failed to add to their six home goals in the SPL, with Omar Daley unable to make an impact after retaining his place following his winner at Aberdeen.
United got the first effort on target but it came from inside their own half as John Rankin tried and failed to catch Randolph off his line.
Motherwell's first chance fell to Michael Higdon just outside the box following Randolph's long kick but his shot appeared to be heading wide before Dusan Pernis made sure. Randolph then held a decent drive from Gary Mackay-Steven.
United manager Peter Houston had vowed not to be so "kamikaze" after suffering four defeats at Fir Park last season but his side were almost caught on the break on the half hour.
Nicky Law released Chris Humphrey after Motherwell cleared a corner but United recovered to get men behind the ball and the move ended with Keith Lasley volleying over from a difficult chance.
Higdon tapped the ball in the net in the 35th minute after Garry Kenneth had stretched to stab Humphrey's low cross against his own post but the ball had gone over the line before the winger crossed.
United threatened several times before the break. Randolph pushed away Rankin's volley after a corner and then parried Jon Daly's curling effort after Shaun Hutchinson had misjudged a high ball. The goalkeeper then held Kenneth's looping header following another corner.
Motherwell stepped up a gear after half-time with Humphrey and Tom Hateley putting in some dangerous crosses.
Pernis held Hutchinson's header right on his line following Stevie Hammell's corner and, although Rankin had a shot saved at the other end, Motherwell continued to make most of the running.
United were getting men behind the ball though and Houston brought on defender Sean Dillon for front player Johnny Russell on the hour mark. Dillon, making his comeback from a calf injury, lined up in central midfield.
Kenneth could not get enough purchase on his back post header to beat Randolph from Willo Flood's corner and Steve Jennings saved Motherwell with a brilliant last-ditch sliding challenge on Rankin after United sub Lauri Dalla Valle had got away from Hutchinson, who pulled up injured and was soon replaced by Jonathan Page.
Substitute Jamie Murphy had a low strike saved after leading the resulting counter-attack and Motherwell pushed forward without success in the closing stages.
Rankin twice threatened to snatch a late winner but slid wide from Scott Robertson's low cross before Randolph saved his bouncing long-range effort.
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