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  • Date:18 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Fir Park Stadium
  • Attendance:5,489
  • Lasley (36) Andy Webster - og (36)
    Murphy (40) Law (64)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91mins

Headed effort from inside the area by Scott Robinson misses to the left of the target.

89mins

Stevie Hammell challenges Rudi Skacel unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Stevie Hammell a yellow card. Omar Daley comes on in place of Henrik Ojamaa. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger from right wing, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.

88mins

Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

87mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Henrik Ojamaa on Ryan McGowan. Henrik Ojamaa receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.

87mins

Henrik Ojamaa fouled by Mehdi Taouil, the ref awards a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.

86mins

The offside flag is raised against Michael Higdon. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.

85mins

Effort on goal by Scott Robinson from long range goes over the crossbar.

83mins

Mehdi Taouil produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

82mins

Mehdi Taouil has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Darren Randolph makes a save.

82mins

Michael Higdon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andy Webster takes the indirect free kick.

81mins

Foul by David Obua on Steve Jennings, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

80mins

Rudi Skacel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson. Indirect free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

78mins

Ryan McGowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henrik Ojamaa. Tom Hateley has an effort direct from the free kick.

77mins

Mehdi Taouil takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

74mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Mehdi Taouil. Free kick taken by Scott Robinson.

74mins

Stephen Elliott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

72mins

Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Marius Zaliukas. Adrian Mrowiec restarts play with the free kick.

70mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster by Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.

70mins

Shot by Adrian Mrowiec from a long way out goes over the net.

69mins

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Grainger, Stevie Hammell makes a clearance.

69mins

Rudi Skacel has a drilled shot. Blocked by Shaun Hutchinson.

67mins

Mehdi Taouil joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ian Black.

65mins

Nicky Law scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 3-0 Hearts.Jamie Murphy provided the assist for the goal.

64mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henrik Ojamaa by Ian Black. The referee shows Ian Black a yellow card. Stevie Hammell takes the direct free kick.

61mins

Daniel Grainger challenges Tom Hateley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

60mins

Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.

59mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Scott Robinson. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.

58mins

Henrik Ojamaa challenges Ian Black unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Black.

57mins

The referee blows for offside. Andy Webster takes the free kick.

56mins

Shot from 25 yards by Nicky Law.

55mins

Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

53mins

Nicky Law produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

53mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Robinson on Tim Clancy. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.

50mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Ian Black. Keith Lasley dismissed for second bookable offence. Andy Webster takes the free kick.

47mins

Unfair challenge on Jamie MacDonald by Henrik Ojamaa results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.

47mins

Henrik Ojamaa takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald. Effort on goal by Nicky Law from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

46mins

(Hearts) makes a substitution, with Scott Robinson coming on for Andrew Driver.

43mins

Effort on goal by Nicky Law from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

42mins

Henrik Ojamaa is ruled offside. Andy Webster takes the indirect free kick.

41mins

Jamie Murphy finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Motherwell 2-0 Hearts.Assist on the goal came from Keith Lasley.

38mins

Rudi Skacel replaces David Templeton.

38mins

Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save made by Jamie MacDonald.

37mins

Effort on goal by Keith Lasley from 12 yards. Andy Webster puts the ball into his own net from 12 yards. Motherwell 1-0 Hearts.Blocked by Andy Webster.

37mins

Tom Hateley takes the inswinging corner, save by Jamie MacDonald.

37mins

Keith Lasley takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Webster.

36mins

Ryan McGowan has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

35mins

Henrik Ojamaa is caught offside. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.

33mins

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, Unfair challenge on Jamie MacDonald by Henrik Ojamaa results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.

31mins

Effort on goal by David Templeton from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

31mins

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson on Andrew Driver, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.

28mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against David Templeton. Stevie Hammell takes the indirect free kick.

24mins

Foul by Keith Lasley on Ian Black, free kick awarded. Booking for Keith Lasley for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Grainger takes the indirect free kick.

23mins

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa on Andy Webster, free kick awarded. Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.

22mins

Michael Higdon challenges Andy Webster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.

20mins

Unfair challenge on Nicky Law by Ryan McGowan results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Hateley, David Templeton manages to make a clearance.

17mins

Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott. Ian Black takes the free kick.

17mins

Unfair challenge on David Obua by Tim Clancy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Obua.

16mins

David Templeton fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie MacDonald takes the free kick.

16mins

Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Marius Zaliukas results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

15mins

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

15mins

The referee blows for offside against Nicky Law. Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Effort from 30 yards by David Obua. Comfortable save by Darren Randolph.

11mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Adrian Mrowiec. Keith Lasley takes the indirect free kick.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Templeton by Stevie Hammell. Free kick taken by Adrian Mrowiec.

6mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ian Black, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.

4mins

Steve Jennings has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save made by Jamie MacDonald.

4mins

Shot by Tim Clancy. Save by Jamie MacDonald.

2mins

Shaun Hutchinson fouled by David Obua, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

Match Preview

McCall plays down Champions League `nonsense' Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has played down the possibility of Champions League football at Fir Park for the first time next season. The Lanarkshire club are third in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League behind Celtic and Rangers and harbouring hopes of a Europa League spot. However, the Ibrox club went into administration on Tuesday and they face a race to meet certain financial criteria by March 31 in order to gain a European licence. Failure to do so is likely to mean that a third-place finish in the SPL would bring with it a Champions League qualifying place. However, ahead of tomorrow's home clash with fourth-placed Hearts, who trail Well by six points, McCall said: "If it did, it did. We don't think too much on that. "We can only do what we can on the park. "We could be 12 points clear of Hearts next Thursday morning or three points clear, following our game in hand over Hibs next Wednesday night. "If we could take maximum points in the next two games, we would be looking strong in third. "What finishing third brings at the end of the season, we would have to wait and see. "But we are not getting carried away with all this Champions League nonsense, if you like, because nobody knows what is going to happen. "All we have to focus on is what is happening on the park and we have a huge game on Saturday, the biggest of our season. "If we can manage to win that would put us nine points clear of them." Asked if the automatic 10-point deduction suffered by Rangers, which leaves Ally McCoist's men trailing Celtic by 14 points, has ruined the traditional two-horse title race in Scotland, the former Rangers midfielder said: "I think so. "Many people outside Ibrox would have said Celtic were looking strong favourites albeit there was only four points in it. "Celtic have an outstanding winning run of 14, 15, 16 games or whatever it is now, which is a great credit to the manager and players who turned it round remarkably. "But when there is four points in it you never know. "Now there is 14 and without a doubt the title is over with, Celtic have wrapped that up, obviously their aim will be to go on and win the treble." Well have no fresh injury worries. Defender Steven Saunders remains out with an Achilles injury while reserve goalkeeper Lee Hollis is still sidelined with a hip injury. Hearts manager Paulo Sergio insists that a top-four finish would be a great result for the club. After fighting financial problems for the majority of the campaign, Sergio believes competing in the upper reaches of the table is an achievement. "We have fought our problems and did what we have to do, nobody can ask for Hearts to be second or third place this season after what has gone on this season," said Sergio. "I think if we achieve third or fourth place this season, it will have been a great result after a hard season. "During the transfer window we lost three big players in Ryan Stevenson, John Sutton and Eggert Jonsson, so it has been difficult. "We recognise the good job that Stuart McCall is doing at Motherwell, they are a very strong side with good organisation, but I believe we can beat them on Saturday." In the week Rangers entered administration, there have also been financial developments at Hearts. The club settled their outstanding tax bill and all players received their February salaries on time. Sergio admits while the news has come as a lift, he takes no pleasure in seeing a rival club experience difficulties. "I always said that I trusted the board was working hard to resolve the very hard period that the club are now leaving," said Sergio. "We have been paid on time and are all very happy about that. "I believe that Scottish football needs a strong Rangers. In football as in life sometimes people are in trouble, but a big institution like Rangers will solve their problems. "I am not going to be happy because there is a problem in the houses of other teams. If I have problems, I will take them on fighting and I am sure that's what everyone there will do." David Templeton could return to the Hearts starting 11 to face Motherwell after recovering from a groin injury, however Suso Santana is a doubt after sustaining a knock in training. Sergio refused to be drawn on the addition of Craig Beattie to the Hearts squad, although the free agent has turned down a move to Kilmarnock and is believed to be heading to Tynecastle for talks. "Craig Beattie is not my player, if he was to join then we will talk about it then," Sergio said. "At the moment all I am interested is about is the players at the club who need to be ready to face Motherwell."

Formation:442Manager: Stuart McCall

Motherwell

Formation: 433Manager: Paulo Sergio

Hearts

  • Darren Randolph
  • Tom Hateley
  • Tim Clancy
  • Shaun Hutchinson
  • Stevie Hammell
  • Nicky Law
  • Keith Lasley
  • Steve Jennings
  • Jamie Murphy
  • Michael Higdon
  • Henrik Ojamaa
  • SUBS
  • Tom Bradley
  • Stephen Craigan
  • Chris Humphrey
  • Robert McHugh
  • Omar Daley
  • Ross Forbes
  • Stewart Carswell

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Match Report

Well close gap on Gers Motherwell closed the gap on second-placed Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a convincing 3-0 win over Hearts at Fir Park. Keith Lasley's deflected shot off Hearts defender Andy Webster and a Jamie Murphy header gave the Steelmen the interval advantage. Home skipper Lasley was sent off five minutes after the break for a second yellow card, both of which were for fouls on midfielder Ian Black. Motherwell shrugged off the numerical disadvantage and midfielder Nicky Law finished off a fine move in the 65th minute by driving past Jamie MacDonald to seal the win which became more significant with the news from Ibrox. Rangers' 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock means Motherwell moved to six points behind the champions - this week deducted 10 points for entering administration - with a game in hand which promises an interesting battle ahead. Defender Tom Hateley shrugged off an illness to take his place in an unchanged home side. Hearts made four changes, with Ryan McGowan, Ian Black, David Templeton and Andrew Driver coming in for suspended Jamie Hamill and Mehdi Taouil, Scott Robinson, and Rudi Skacel, who all dropped to the bench. Motherwell took the early initiative but Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald put his own side under pressure in the fourth minute when he spilled a rather ordinary-looking Hateley cross from the right. However, MacDonald made amends instantly by saving Henrik Ojamaa's low drive from the loose ball before making another block from Steve Jennings' effort. The visitors edged their way back into a game but it turned into a scrappy midfield battle with neither goalkeeper seeing much action in the opening quarter. In the 24th minute Lasley was booked for a heavy challenge on Black which gave both sets of fans something to shout about. Templeton fired over the bar from 25 yards in the 31st minute, seconds before Ojamaa drove a great ball across the Hearts goal at the other end from the right side of the box, only to find no takers. The match was warming up, though. McGowan went close four minutes later when he forced his way past Tim Clancy and into the Motherwell box but his angled drive sped past the far post. The game sparked into life in the 37th minute when Motherwell made the breakthrough. The Hearts defence failed to properly clear Hateley's corner from the left and MacDonald was forced to make a good save from Murphy's close-range drive after the ball fell to his feet. However, the ball rebounded out to Lasley and he fired it straight back in at goal where it appeared to come off Webster before hitting the back of the net. In the 41st minute, following a good passage of play by the home side, Murphy headed Lasley's cross in off the crossbar and a game that was going nowhere at one point was firmly in the hands of the Steelmen. Robinson replaced Driver for the start of the second half which began with Webster making a mistake inside his own box, allowing Ojamaa a chance to make it 3-0, but again MacDonald came to the rescue with a good block before Law knocked the rebound over the bar. The match took another twist in the 51st minute when Lasley was shown a second yellow card and dismissed by referee Alan Muir for another foul on Black, leaving the home side down to 10 men and their supporters incensed. However, it was the home side who threatened a few minutes later when Law chipped just over the bar from 25 yards after MacDonald was forced out to the left-hand side of his box to thwart Murphy, who had raced clear. In the 55th minute Law went even closer with a fine strike from a similar position which crashed off the crossbar. Black was then booked for a foul on Ojamaa which delighted the home fans who had more to celebrate moments later, in the 65th minute, when Law made it 3-0 with a well-worked goal. Ojamaa went past several Hearts defenders before laying the ball off to Murphy who helped it on to the on-rushing Law and he cracked a low drive past MacDonald and in off a post. Black was replaced by Taouil to the delight of the home fans who watched their side play at times as if they had the man advantage. Hateley fired a free-kick from wide on the left inches over the bar in the 78th minute as the visitors slowly ran out of steam and belief. In the 86th minute more good work from Ojamaa on the left ended when he fired the ball to the back post where striker Michael Higdon allowed it go under his foot with the goal gaping, although the flag might have been raised had he put the ball in the net. In the end it was a comfortable win for the 10-man home side who can now train their sights on Rangers in the weeks ahead.

Form Guide

    LLDWWD
  • Motherwell
  • VS
  • Hearts
  • DWWLLD

Last Meetings

  • Hearts
  • 2 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 24/12/2011
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 07/08/2011
  • Hearts
  • 3 - 3
  • Motherwell
  • 23/04/2011
  • Hearts
  • 0 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 09/04/2011
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 2
  • Hearts
  • 14/12/2010
  • Hearts
  • 0 - 2
  • Motherwell
  • 25/09/2010

Top Scorers

Motherwell

  • M Higdon 7
  • J Murphy 6
  • K Lasley 4
  • H Ojamaa 3
  • O Daley 2
  • C Humphrey 2
  • T Hateley 2
  • N Law 1
  • S Hammell 1
  • R McHugh 1
  • S Hutchinson 1

Hearts

  • R Skacel 8
  • A Webster 3
  • S Elliott 3
  • M Taouil 2
  • I Black 1
  • M Zaliukas 1
  • D Obua 1
  • D Templeton 1
  • R McGowan 1
  • A Novikovas 1
  • S Santana 1

Goals

Motherwell

    • Total goals 60
    • Goals per game 31
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Hearts

    • Total goals 60
    • Goals per game 31
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) Period 81-90 mins

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