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James Fowler takes a shot from 30 yards. Save by Darren Randolph.
Liam Kelly fouled by Tim Clancy, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Dean Shiels on Keith Lasley, free kick awarded. Nicky Law takes the direct free kick.
Steve Jennings has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley played to the near post, clearance made by Alex Pursehouse.
Gary Harkins leaves the field to be replaced by James Dayton.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley.
Liam Kelly receives a yellow card. Liam Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Hateley. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball in from the free kick, James Fowler makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Kelly on Nicky Law. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Tom Hateley.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Gary Harkins goes wide left of the target.
Liam Kelly produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Gary Harkins produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Dean Shiels by Omar Daley results in a free kick. Dean Shiels takes the free kick.
Tom Hateley takes the outswinging corner, Alex Pursehouse manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Mohamadou Sissoko. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley from right channel, Mohamadou Sissoko makes a clearance.
Robert McHugh on for Jamie Murphy. Chris Humphrey leaves the field to be replaced by Omar Daley.
Stephen Craigan is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Paul Heffernan fouled by Stephen Craigan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Rory McKeown.
James Fowler fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. James Fowler restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Murphy. Mohamadou Sissoko takes the free kick.
Gary Harkins takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Rory McKeown has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Stevie Hammell concedes a free kick for a foul on James Fowler. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Shiels on Steve Jennings. Nicky Law takes the direct free kick.
Tom Hateley has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Dean Shiels challenges Steve Jennings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Michael Higdon has a volleyed shot. Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
Shot from 12 yards by Steve Jennings. Save made by Anssi Jaakkola.
Keith Lasley shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Gary Harkins. Direct free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
Gary Harkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
Manuel Pascali fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Buijs takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley, Header by Michael Higdon from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Manuel Pascali challenges Stephen Craigan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Corner taken short by Dean Shiels.
Booking for Stevie Hammell for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Stevie Hammell on Rory McKeown. Dean Shiels has an effort direct from the free kick.
Danny Buijs challenges Keith Lasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stevie Hammell from right wing.
Shot by Paul Heffernan from 12 yards. Blocked by Tim Clancy.
Effort from inside the penalty area by Gary Harkins strikes the post.
Chris Humphrey is caught offside. Anssi Jaakkola restarts play with the free kick.
Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the right by-line.
James Fowler has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, fantastic save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Nicky Law fouled by Liam Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Effort on goal by Michael Higdon from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Pursehouse on Nicky Law. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Law.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Mohamadou Sissoko. Free kick taken by Nicky Law.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Dean Shiels. Dean Shiels takes the free kick.
Jamie Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Harkins. Anssi Jaakkola takes the free kick.
Liam Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stevie Hammell from left channel, Mohamadou Sissoko makes a clearance.
Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Buijs. Free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.
Tom Hateley takes a corner.
Shot by Chris Humphrey. Fantastic save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Tom Hateley takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line to the near post, Stephen Craigan takes a shot. James Fowler gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line.
Stephen Craigan fouled by Gary Harkins, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Unfair challenge on Tim Clancy by Gary Harkins results in a free kick. Tim Clancy restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Kelly takes a shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Stevie Hammell.
Danny Buijs has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Darren Randolph makes a save.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Fowler. Direct free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
Dean Shiels takes the inswinging corner, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.
McCall: Squad will keep working
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is confident his players are too grounded to become intoxicated by the praise that has come their way following their impressive start to the season.
Second-placed Well will close the gap on Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers to four points if they beat Kilmarnock at Fir Park.
Visiting manager Kenny Shiels this week claimed Motherwell deserve to be second, if not first, as they have played as well as Rangers in most games.
Shiels also argued they had the best two full-backs in the SPL in Tom Hateley and Stevie Hammell.
But McCall has been consistent in warning his players that hard work has been the key to their seven wins in 11 SPL games.
And the Fir Park manager, whose side are going for a fourth consecutive victory, said: "There is no doubt the players deserve all the plaudits for the way they have gone about their business.
"The one good thing this season, when we have had setbacks - and we have had three heavy defeats - then we always bounce back well.
"That's full credit to the character of the players.
"But they know as well as I know there is not a lot in this division.
"In fairness we have got what we have deserved in this first third before the split, a really healthy amount of points but all probably deserved.
"But the players won't be getting carried away, they are a tight-knit group.
"We just have to work as hard as we have been doing. It's the work ethic that has got us where we are."
McCall was quick to return the praise to Killie and point out that he has not tasted victory in four games against the Ayrshire side since taking over.
"It's very nice of Kenny to say that and we appreciate that, but he may have a psychology A-level, degree or something," McCall joked.
"No, but if that's how he feels it's nice to hear.
"But I go through their side and his boy (Dean Shiels) is playing terrifically well, (Paul) Heffernan is always a threat, a good Championship player, and they have good young Scottish players as well."
Alex Pursehouse has set his sights on remaining in Kilmarnock boss Shiels' plans after forcing his way into the first team.
The 19-year-old defender has started two games for the Ayrshire side this month, including last weekend's thrilling 3-3 draw against Celtic.
The teenager insists he has plenty of belief in his ability and, although acknowledging he has a lot still to learn, hopes his hard work will be rewarded with a regular starting role.
Pursehouse said: "You've got to have inner belief. If you don't believe in yourself no-one else will.
"I'm knuckling down and working hard and hopefully it will pay off.
"For a 19-year-old it's a dream. To play at such a high level at this age is a great privilege.
"It's a great privilege to be playing at Kilmarnock and I'm enjoying it.
"I'm only young and I'm still learning. I'm working hard in training to improve and hopefully I can take that into games and hopefully I can please the gaffer and keep myself in the team.
"But I'm young and you're only as good as your last game so I'll see what happens."
Pursehouse believes 90 minutes against the Hoops in one of the most dramatic games of the season can only help his development.
Kilmarnock were leading by three goals only for Celtic to stage an impressive comeback in the final 15 minutes to snatch a share of the points.
The youngster added: "The excitement of the game was unbelievable. It's a dream to play in that kind of game, especially against Celtic.
"We've shown what we can do against Celtic. If we can take that into the other games we can do well.
"We have been doing well and working hard and playing good football.
"Especially against Celtic, we showed what we can do and when we are playing at our best we are capable of anything. We can certainly go on and upset a lot of people."
Next up for Killie is Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against second-placed Motherwell.
Pursehouse said: "Motherwell have got some very good players and anything can happen in the SPL, it's a great league.
"Motherwell are doing very well at the minute. It's not going to be an easy game but we have been preparing well and we are looking forward to it."
Jaakkola frustrates Well
A brilliant double save from Kilmarnock goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola denied Motherwell a fourth consecutive Clydesdale Bank Premier League win as the match finished goalless.
The Finn, who made a great early save from Chris Humphrey, stopped Steve Jennings and Michael Higdon netting just after the interval at Fir Park.
Kilmarnock were worthy of a point though and the impressive Gary Harkins hit the post for the visitors.
The goalless draw was the second the teams have played out this season but the scoreline did not reflect the willingness of both sides to attack at every opportunity.
Only some last-gasp defending and the lack of a killer instinct prevented goals coming in a lively encounter.
The point was enough to ensure Motherwell stay second in the SPL at the end of the weekend.
Motherwell started on the front foot but some sloppy passes inside their own half saw then temporarily concede the initiative and Harkins, whose twists and turns were to cause the home defence problems throughout, got a shot on target.
The hosts soon rediscovered their attacking verve. Stephen Craigan's shot was blocked in a crowded goalmouth following Tom Hateley's corner and Higdon was close to connecting with Nicky Law's cross after a slick move.
Humphrey came closer in the 15th minute when he chested down Stevie Hammell's deep cross and fired a powerful shot towards the far corner but Jaakkola got down brilliantly to push the ball just wide.
Motherwell retained an edge and Higdon shot into the side-netting after turning Manuel Pascali. Hateley's inswinging corner hit the bar before Craigan headed the rebound on to the roof of the net.
Killie cleared after a superb run and cross from Law and the visitors came back into it, with Liam Kelly shooting wide after a positive run before Hammell took the ball off the feet of Dean Shiels in the box after an incisive passing move.
Motherwell had a let-off in the 37th minute when Harkins took on Craigan inside the box and shot off the foot of the far post with Tim Clancy reacting quickly to block Paul Heffernan's follow-up.
Pascali had the ball in the net in the 43rd minute when he headed home Shiels' cross from close range but he was penalised for pushing down on Clancy's shoulders.
The second half began in open fashion and Jaakkola maintained the stalemate following an excellent move from Motherwell in the 54th minute.
The Finn came out to block from Jennings after the midfielder had played one-twos with Higdon and Keith Lasley and recovered to brilliantly block Higdon's powerful volley.
Harkins continued to cause problems, setting up Heffernan to shoot and then working space for himself, but Darren Randolph was equal to both efforts.
Hateley curled wide as both sides continued to probe for the breakthrough.
Motherwell brought on Omar Daley and Bob McHugh to freshen up their attack but they were almost exposed when clever passes from Harkins and Shiels set up Danny Buijs, but the Dutchman lacked conviction and Craigan blocked.
Buijs almost broke through again but Jennings slid in with a covering challenge.
Neither side settled for a point and Motherwell had a string of late set-pieces, while Hateley's low cross deserved a better response from his team-mates.
But a draw ultimately proved a fair result.
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