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The referee signals the end of the game.
Gary Fraser crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Christie Elliot by Keith Lasley results in a free kick.
Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.
Unfair challenge on James McFadden by Christie Elliot results in a free kick.
Paul Lawson is brought on as a substitute for Lionel Ainsworth.
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.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Aaron Sinclair.
John Sutton scores with a header. Motherwell 3-3 Partick.The assist for the goal came from Lionel Ainsworth.
James Craigen comes on in place of Kallum Higginbotham.
Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Henri Anier by Stuart Bannigan results in a free kick.
(Partick) makes a substitution, with Christie Elliot coming on for Chris Erskine.
(Partick) makes a substitution, with Kris Doolan coming on for Lyle Taylor.
Henri Anier joins the action as a substitute, replacing Iain Vigurs.
Kallum Higginbotham takes a shot and goes over the bar.
Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line.
Stephen McManus takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Parried by Paul Gallacher back into danger.
Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth.
James McFadden takes a shot.
Kallum Higginbotham grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Motherwell 2-3 Partick.
Lyle Taylor takes a shot.
Shot by Chris Erskine. Gunnar Nielsen catches the ball.
Penalty scored by Kallum Higginbotham. Motherwell 2-2 Partick.
Lionel Ainsworth challenges Aaron Sinclair unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
Kallum Higginbotham takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kallum Higginbotham by Zaine Francis-Angol.
Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.
Lyle Taylor challenges Stephen McManus unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Prince Buaben takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
The ball is delivered by Lionel Ainsworth.
Conrad Balatoni takes the free kick.
Stuart Carswell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Bannigan.
Conrad Balatoni booked.
Conrad Balatoni challenges Lionel Ainsworth unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick crossed by Kallum Higginbotham.
Keith Lasley is penalised for a handball.
Lionel Ainsworth grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Motherwell 2-1 Partick.The assist for the goal came from James McFadden.
James McFadden is ruled offside.
The referee starts the second half.
The match has reached half-time.
Free kick taken by Lee Mair.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Erskine by Stuart Carswell.
Iain Vigurs takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on James McFadden by Prince Buaben results in a free kick.
Keith Lasley scores with a right foot finish. Motherwell 1-1 Partick.
Free kick taken by Gunnar Nielsen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Lyle Taylor.
Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Aaron Sinclair fouled by James McFadden, the ref awards a free kick.
Lyle Taylor is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Chris Erskine scores with a right foot finish. Motherwell 0-1 Partick.Kallum Higginbotham provided the assist for the goal.
Kallum Higginbotham takes a fantastic shot and cleared the bar.
Foul by Lyle Taylor on Shaun Hutchinson, free kick awarded.
Unfair challenge on Zaine Francis-Angol by Kallum Higginbotham results in a free kick.
Header at goal by Conrad Balatoni misses to the right.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Kallum Higginbotham.
Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Fraser by James McFadden.
Shot by Keith Lasley went wide left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Lee Mair by James McFadden results in a free kick.
Stuart Bannigan restarts play with the free kick.
Keith Lasley challenges Kallum Higginbotham unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham.
Shot by Iain Vigurs went over the net.
Unfair challenge on Chris Erskine by Zaine Francis-Angol results in a free kick.
The referee starts the match.
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."
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