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Stewart Carswell concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Daniel Grainger shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Steven Saunders.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Eggert Jonsson on Tom Hateley. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
The official flags Arvydas Novikovas offside. Stewart Carswell on for Jamie Murphy. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Arvydas Novikovas by Keith Lasley. Keith Lasley shown a red card for second bookable offence. Strike on goal comes in from Rudi Skacel from the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
Arvydas Novikovas comes on in place of Jamie Hamill.
Jamie Hamill challenges Chris Humphrey unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Jamie Hamill a yellow card. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Stevie Hammell, blocked by Daniel Grainger.
Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. Clearance by Jamie Hamill. (Hearts) makes a substitution, with Rudi Skacel coming on for David Templeton. Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley, Steven Saunders takes a shot. Comfortable save by Marian Kello.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line to the near post, Adrian Mrowiec makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Tom Hateley from 18 yards. Blocked by Ryan Stevenson. Tom Hateley takes the inswinging corner, Marian Kello makes a save.
Keith Lasley is caught offside. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
Tom Hateley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Templeton. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
Foul by Jamie Hamill on Nicky Law, free kick awarded. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Foul by Jamie Murphy on Adrian Mrowiec, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick, Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.
Jamie Murphy grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-0 Hearts.Assist by Nicky Law.
Stevie Hammell takes a shot. Blocked by Eggert Jonsson. Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Header on goal by Stephen Craigan from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Higdon. John Sutton replaces Andrew Driver. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
Corner from left by-line taken by Tom Hateley.
Steve Jennings takes a shot. Jamie Hamill gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance by Ryan Stevenson.
Ryan Stevenson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan. The ball is crossed by Nicky Law, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Black on Keith Lasley. Ian Black sent from the field by the ref for serious foul play. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Nicky Law by Ian Black results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Foul by Daniel Grainger on Chris Humphrey, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stevie Hammell, clearance by Adrian Mrowiec.
Foul by Ian Black on Keith Lasley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Jamie Murphy is caught offside. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner.
Jamie Hamill takes a shot from 25 yards. Darren Randolph makes a comfortable save.
Jamie Hamill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley. Darren Randolph takes the free kick. Michael Higdon is ruled offside. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
Andrew Driver takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Chris Humphrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Marian Kello takes the direct free kick.
Jamie Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan McGowan. Jamie Hamill takes the direct free kick.
Jamie Murphy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Eggert Jonsson.
Foul by Steve Jennings on Daniel Grainger, free kick awarded. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.
Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on Adrian Mrowiec. Keith Lasley shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
The ball is sent over by Chris Humphrey, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jamie Murphy goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Right-footed shot by Marius Zaliukas went wide right of the net.
Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line played to the near post, Steven Saunders manages to make a clearance.
Stevie Hammell takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
Andrew Driver challenges Chris Humphrey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.
Long range shot from Jamie Hamill misses to the left of the goal. Foul by Steve Jennings on Daniel Grainger, free kick awarded. Eggert Jonsson restarts play with the free kick.
Keith Lasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Black. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
Steve Jennings has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Fantastic save by Marian Kello. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Daniel Grainger.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Nicky Law. Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, Header from deep inside the area by Eggert Jonsson goes over the bar.
Ian Black fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Nicky Law produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Shot by Andrew Driver. Darren Randolph makes a save. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger played to the near post, clearance made by Tom Hateley.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.
Stevie Hammell takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
Tough to split Old Firm - McCall
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall doubts any team could split the Old Firm this season despite Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov's ambitions.
Romanov this week set his players the goal of winning the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and director Sergejus Fedotovas revealed manager Jim Jefferies had been removed from his post because they could not accept third place as good enough.
Hearts started the season with a 1-1 draw at Rangers but Jefferies was replaced by Paulo Sergio little over a week later.
Sergio started with a 4-1 Europa League win over Hungarian side Paks on Thursday night - which set up a clash with Tottenham - and gets his first taste of SPL action when hearts visit Motherwell on Sunday.
McCall admits Hearts are best placed to challenge Celtic and Rangers, but he added: "I still think it's difficult for any team to split the Old Firm and I think most people would say that.
"But Hearts had a terrific run (last season), I think they won 10 out of 11 and then just faded off in the end.
"They've got the strength in depth which most clubs are envious of - two players for each position.
"The strength is there and the quality is there, but I think it's a big ask. Them and Dundee United will be favourites to finish third.
"But who knows? If they can consistently hit the form that they hit for a spell last season.
"And who says Mr Romanov isn't looking to provide more funds for the new manager and might have earmarked some player? But they are a good side, that's for sure."
McCall played under Jefferies and assistant Billy Brown at Bradford but he was unwilling to criticise Romanov's decision ahead of the game.
"It happens in football and I'm sure Jim and Billy understand it and accept it - especially working at Hearts," McCall said.
"I was at the game the other night and from the first whistle the crowd got behind the team and behind the new manager and they got the victory.
"I'm not saying Jim and Billy will be forgotten but it's a new era and they will move on."
Hearts forward Ryan Stevenson hopes to have played his way into Paulo Sergio's long-term plans and is eager to be given another chance to prove his worth.
Stevenson scored twice in the 4-1 win over Paks at Tynecastle and the Jambos are looking to end a rollercoaster week, which began with Jim Jefferies replaced as boss by Sergio, on a high with victory in the league.
Stevenson said: "It's been a tough week. We've always had a hard game down at Fir Park.
"They're a good team with a good manager and some very good players. It will be very hard."
Stevenson was a substitute in each of the first three games of the season before being promoted to the starting line-up by Sergio.
And he hopes to continue to impress following his midweek double.
The 26-year-old was deployed in central and wide midfield and up front by Jefferies and will be happy to play wherever called upon by Sergio.
Stevenson added: "I'm happy playing wherever. If he wants to play me up front I'm more than happy.
"I was always confident in my own ability to score goals and play well, nothing's changed with that.
"I was disappointed I didn't play last week or the week before that.
"It was important for me to put in a good performance."
Stevenson was the first signing Jefferies and his assistant Billy Brown made on their return to Tynecastle and the forward was pinching himself after becoming a two-goal European hero 18 months after his switch from Ayr United.
He added: "If you were telling me this would happen about 18 months ago, I don't think many people would believe you.
"Personally I was very sad to see Jim and Billy go. I was their first signing at Hearts and I was disappointed on Monday when I heard the news.
"But you've got to give the new manager credit. He came in, it's not his fault this has happened.
"He's a very nice humble man and we're all looking forward to learning the way he wants to play football."
Murphy sends Steelmen top
Motherwell went top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after Jamie Murphy scored a second-half winner to secure a 1-0 victory against Hearts at Fir Park.
Four minutes after the interval Jambos midfielder Ian Black was shown a straight red card by referee Stevie O'Reilly for a challenge on Keith Lasley.
The Steelmen capitalised on their advantage on the hour mark when Murphy converted a pass from Nicky Law.
Motherwell should have added to their lead but they ended the game in a nervy state after Lasley, booked in the first half, was sent off in the 86th minute after picking up his second yellow card for a foul on Hearts substitute Arvydas Novikovas, who had replaced Jamie Hamill.
But in the end it was a deserved win for Stuart McCall's side who leapfrogged Celtic, 1-0 winners at Aberdeen earlier in the day, by one point.
Hearts will lay most of the blame at the feet of the short-fused Black, who left his team-mates a man short for most of the second half and the turf was scattered with prostate maroon-shirted players when the final whistle sounded.
It was the visitors, however, with Ryan Stevenson supported by David Templeton in attack, who threatened first.
There were only four minutes played when Jambos' wide-man Andrew Driver robbed the careless Steven Saunders 25 yards out and sent in a drive which Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph did well to push behind for a corner.
The home side defended the set-piece easily enough but it was an early warning.
In the 20th minute Tynecastle keeper Marian Kello pulled off a good save from Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings, who had picked up a Chris Humphrey cross which had made its way to far side of the box.
Just on the half hour, as Motherwell struggled to clear their lines following yet another inswinging Danny Grainger corner from the right, Jambos captain Marius Zaliukas picked up a loose ball but from 30 yards he drove wide of the target.
Murphy should have put the Fir Park side ahead in the 33rd minute when he met a Humphrey cross at the far post.
However, the highly-rated Well striker appeared to mis-time his jump and headed over the bar from six yards.
As the game grew increasingly tetchy, Lasley was deservedly booked for a foul on Adrian Mrowiec before Randolph had to rush from his goal to deny Driver after a sliced clearance from Saunders put his side in trouble.
Three minutes from the break the home keeper was forced into another save, this time from Hamill's long-range effort which threatened to sneak in at his left post.
A game that had threatened to boil over eventually did in the 49th minute when Hearts' volatile midfielder Black was shown a straight red card by referee O'Reilly for a reckless challenge on Lasley in the middle of the park.
The Hearts midfielder took his time leaving the pitch, apparently questioning the validity of the decision but his dismissal left his side playing most of the second half with 10 men and the home fans urging their side to take advantage.
Former Motherwell striker John Sutton replaced Driver in the 57th minute as the visitors reshuffled.
As the rain continued to cascade down, Motherwell upped their efforts in their bid for the opener which came on the hour.
Saunders released Law down the right and when the Well midfielder's pass found Murphy in the box he took his time but eventually slid the ball past Kello after shrugging off the attentions of Jambos' defender Ryan McGowan.
The Fir Park side were clearly buoyed by the opener and with some gusto went in search of number two.
Kello was kept busy as the Fir Park side swarmed around his goal and in the 77th minute Hamill was booked for tripping Humphrey as he tried to break in to the Hearts box following a swift counter.
From the free-kick, Tom Hateley's shot was partially blocked and there was a shout for a penalty when Murphy went to ground following a tackle by Eggert Jonsson, but O'Reilly pointed for a goal kick.
Four minutes from normal time, Lasley was sent packing after picking up his second yellow card for a foul on Hearts substitute Arvydas Novikovas, who had replaced Hamill, but the home side held on.
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