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  • Date:15 Feb 2014
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Fir Park Stadium
  • Attendance:5,048
  • Lasley (42)
    Ainsworth (51) Sutton (84)
    McManus (87)
  • Erskine (36) Higginbotham - pen (65)
    Higginbotham (71)
Goal!

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93mins

The referee signals the end of the game.

93mins

Gary Fraser crosses the ball in from the free kick.

92mins

Unfair challenge on Christie Elliot by Keith Lasley results in a free kick.

91mins

Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.

91mins

Unfair challenge on James McFadden by Christie Elliot results in a free kick.

90mins

Paul Lawson is brought on as a substitute for Lionel Ainsworth.

88mins

The ball is delivered by Steven Hammell. Steven Hammell takes the free kick. Stephen McManus grabs a goal with a headed effort. Motherwell 4-3 Partick.

87mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Aaron Sinclair.

85mins

John Sutton scores with a header. Motherwell 3-3 Partick.The assist for the goal came from Lionel Ainsworth.

84mins

James Craigen comes on in place of Kallum Higginbotham.

83mins

Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.

82mins

Unfair challenge on Henri Anier by Stuart Bannigan results in a free kick.

81mins

(Partick) makes a substitution, with Christie Elliot coming on for Chris Erskine.

78mins

(Partick) makes a substitution, with Kris Doolan coming on for Lyle Taylor.

77mins

Henri Anier joins the action as a substitute, replacing Iain Vigurs.

76mins

Kallum Higginbotham takes a shot and goes over the bar.

75mins

Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line.

74mins

Stephen McManus takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Parried by Paul Gallacher back into danger.

74mins

Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth.

73mins

James McFadden takes a shot.

72mins

Kallum Higginbotham grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Motherwell 2-3 Partick.

70mins

Lyle Taylor takes a shot.

69mins

Shot by Chris Erskine. Gunnar Nielsen catches the ball.

67mins

Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line.

66mins

Penalty scored by Kallum Higginbotham. Motherwell 2-2 Partick.

65mins

Lionel Ainsworth challenges Aaron Sinclair unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

65mins

Kallum Higginbotham takes the free kick.

65mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kallum Higginbotham by Zaine Francis-Angol.

63mins

Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.

63mins

Lyle Taylor challenges Stephen McManus unfairly and gives away a free kick.

62mins

Prince Buaben takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

59mins

The ball is delivered by Lionel Ainsworth.

58mins

Conrad Balatoni takes the free kick.

57mins

Stuart Carswell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Bannigan.

56mins

Conrad Balatoni booked.

56mins

Conrad Balatoni challenges Lionel Ainsworth unfairly and gives away a free kick.

55mins

Free kick crossed by Kallum Higginbotham.

54mins

Keith Lasley is penalised for a handball.

52mins

Lionel Ainsworth grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Motherwell 2-1 Partick.The assist for the goal came from James McFadden.

50mins

James McFadden is ruled offside.

48mins

Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.

48mins

Lyle Taylor challenges Stephen McManus unfairly and gives away a free kick.

46mins

The referee starts the second half.

46mins

The match has reached half-time.

46mins

Free kick taken by Lee Mair.

46mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Erskine by Stuart Carswell.

45mins

Iain Vigurs takes the free kick.

44mins

Unfair challenge on James McFadden by Prince Buaben results in a free kick.

43mins

Keith Lasley scores with a right foot finish. Motherwell 1-1 Partick.

42mins

Free kick taken by Gunnar Nielsen.

42mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Lyle Taylor.

42mins

Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.

41mins

Aaron Sinclair fouled by James McFadden, the ref awards a free kick.

41mins

Lyle Taylor is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

40mins

Prince Buaben takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

37mins

Chris Erskine scores with a right foot finish. Motherwell 0-1 Partick.Kallum Higginbotham provided the assist for the goal.

33mins

Kallum Higginbotham takes a fantastic shot and cleared the bar.

31mins

Foul by Lyle Taylor on Shaun Hutchinson, free kick awarded.

30mins

Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.

30mins

Unfair challenge on Zaine Francis-Angol by Kallum Higginbotham results in a free kick.

29mins

Header at goal by Conrad Balatoni misses to the right.

28mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Kallum Higginbotham.

26mins

Kallum Higginbotham takes the free kick.

25mins

Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

25mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Fraser by James McFadden.

22mins

Shot by Keith Lasley went wide left of the goal.

19mins

Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

19mins

Unfair challenge on Lee Mair by James McFadden results in a free kick.

18mins

Stuart Bannigan restarts play with the free kick.

18mins

Keith Lasley challenges Kallum Higginbotham unfairly and gives away a free kick.

14mins

Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line.

7mins

Corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham.

5mins

Shot by Iain Vigurs went over the net.

3mins

Unfair challenge on Chris Erskine by Zaine Francis-Angol results in a free kick.

2mins

Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line.

The referee starts the match.

Match Preview

Well struggling with injuries Motherwell manager Stuart McCall's injury problems have worsened despite a three-week gap between their last game and Saturday's Scottish Premiership clash with Partick Thistle. Craig Moore is out for three weeks with a cracked rib while goalkeeper Lee Hollis suffered a muscle strain as he made his comeback from a four-month lay-off with an ankle injury for the Under-20s. Simon Ramsden and Lee Erwin both remain on the sidelines with knee injuries while Iain Vigurs (foot) is a doubt again and McCall has several more concerns over players who have just returned to training following knocks. Meanwhile, forward James McFadden is not interested in winning praise - just aiming for another second-placed finish. Well were seconds away from leapfrogging Aberdeen into second spot in the Scottish Premiership on their last outing until Russell Anderson scored a controversial equaliser. Since then Aberdeen have reached the League Cup final and knocked Celtic out of the William Hill Scottish Cup, hitting headlines which previously focused on a Dundee United side who were lauded during a six-match winning run before Christmas. Motherwell matched that feat last month and McFadden feels they have every chance of finishing closest to Celtic again. "We are above Dundee United and we are just below Aberdeen, so we are as good as them, and obviously we finished second last year, so we need to be aiming for that again," McFadden said ahead of Saturday's visit of Partick. "We are quite happy to go about our business, win six games in a row and get hardly any credit for it. That's fine by us, we will keep digging in and keep trying to win every game. "We expect to be up there and don't want any praise for doing well. We know what we want to do. Obviously Celtic are going to walk the league but no team has achieved anything yet." Motherwell's previous game against Thistle sparked McFadden's rejuvenation. The Scotland forward scored his first league goal of the season, hit the bar and was a constant menace in a 5-1 win at Firhill. The 30-year-old had previously failed to hit the heights of the run-in last term, when he notched five goals in the last eight games from a wide-left position. But he has been happy in recent weeks supporting John Sutton up front. "It was probably a wee bit of a turning point for me this season and performances have been better since," he said. "I think I'm suited better to playing through the middle. I can probably have more of an effect on the game. "I have enjoyed it and the team has been playing well, and we have been getting some decent results." Partick goalkeeper Scott Fox is pushing Paul Gallacher for the gloves after missing two games through injury. Winger Chris Erskine returns to the squad after missing the draw with Dundee United under the terms of his loan move. Long-term absentees Isaac Osbourne (ankle) and Sean Welsh (groin) miss out again. Kallum Higginbotham believes Lee Mair's experience can give Thistle the platform to move up the table. Second-bottom Thistle have only lost three goals and one game during the four matches the 33-year-old defender has played since moving from St Mirren. None of Alan Archibald's other regular defenders are aged over 24 and Higginbotham feels Mair's knowledge and composure at the back can help the likes of Conrad Balatoni. Higginbotham, who returns to former club Motherwell on Saturday, said: "Mairzo has been really good since he came in, I think he has shored up the back line. So hopefully, as the season goes on, he can form a good partnership with Conrad and start giving us some clean sheets." Thistle had only kept three clean sheets this season before Mair's arrival and a number of dominant performances have been undermined by failure to convert chances as well as some individual errors. Higginbotham said: "You can never blame it on age because if you are good enough you are old enough. But since Mairzo has come in, he has got a lot of experience at the back and he has formed a good partnership with Conrad, and it seems to be working. "He is very vocal. You can see that in training as well. If you have got someone speaking next to you, like Mairzo is doing with Conrad, then it obviously helps. And that has shown in the last few games. "It's always good to have a couple of older heads in the team and that's what the gaffer has done."

Formation:442Manager: Stuart McCall

Motherwell

Formation: 451Manager: Alan Archibald

Partick

  • Gunnar Nielsen
  • Stuart Carswell
  • Shaun Hutchinson
  • Stephen McManus
  • Steven Hammell
  • Zaine Francis-Angol
  • Keith Lasley
  • Iain Vigurs
  • Lionel Ainsworth
  • John Sutton
  • James McFadden
  • SUBS
  • Paul Lawson
  • Ross Stewart
  • Euan Murray
  • Henri Anier
  • Jack Leitch
  • Dale Shirkie
  • Dominic Thomas

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Match Report

Form Guide

    WWWWLD
  • Motherwell
  • VS
  • Partick
  • WDDLDD

Last Meetings

  • Partick
  • 1 - 5
  • Motherwell
  • 29/12/2013
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 0
  • Partick
  • 24/08/2013
  • Motherwell
  • 3 - 0
  • Partick
  • 28/02/2004
  • Partick
  • 1 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 07/12/2003
  • Motherwell
  • 2 - 2
  • Partick
  • 30/08/2003
  • Partick
  • 3 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 26/04/2003

Top Scorers

Motherwell

  • J Sutton 11
  • H Anier 7
  • L Ainsworth 5
  • J McFadden 2
  • S McManus 2
  • Z Francis-Angol 2
  • K Lasley 1
  • I Vigurs 1
  • S Hutchinson 1
  • C Moore 1

Partick

  • K Doolan 7
  • S Lawless 4
  • L Taylor 3
  • K Higginbotham 2
  • G Fraser 1
  • A Sinclair 1

Goals

Motherwell

    • Total goals 64
    • Goals per game 34
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Partick

    • Total goals 52
    • Goals per game 22
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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