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BBC Sport's Roddy Forsyth
"It looked like it was going to be three defeats in a row"
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Rangers boss Dick Advocaat
"We got the lucky break at the end."
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BBC Scotland's Alasdair Alexander reports
"A cracker of a match at Fir Park."
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Motherwell manager Billy Davies
"We just need to roll our sleeves up."
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Saturday, 17 March, 2001, 22:38 GMT
Fab Rangers debut at Fir Park
Robert Malcolm shows his delight at his late winner
Robert Malcolm shows his delight at his late winner
Motherwell 1-2 Rangers

Fabrice Fernandes made a stunning, goalscoring start to his Rangers career to help save the Glasgow giants yet further embarrassment.

The 21-year-old wide-man signed in midweek from Rennes via Fulham was on the pitch a matter of seconds as a substitute before equalising with a thumping, 22-yard drive at Fir Park.

Stumbling champions Rangers were smarting from their midweek defeat at home to Dundee and their Scottish Cup knock-out at the hands of Dundee United days earlier.

They were sent reeling by an early goal from former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Don Goodman before their new French fancy scored a minute after making his debut appearance as a substitute then Robert Malcolm added the winner a minute from the final whistle.

Rang the changes

Both sides had made wholesale changes from the last time they took to the field, with Motherwell making five switches and Rangers three.

Don Goodman celebrates opening the scoring
Don Goodman celebrates opening the scoring
The home side gave debuts to the two internationals signed earlier in the week until the end of the season.

James Okoli, a Nigerian formerly with Watford and Hertha Berlin, slotted in at the back and Moroccan Said Chiba, borrowed from French club Nancy, took his bow in midfield.

Benito Kemble, Derek Townsley and Derek Adams were all suspended.

Kevin Twaddle was unable to celebrate his new three-year contract because of a virus, with a bug also ruling out Steven Hammell.

With Fernando Ricksen and Craig Moore suspended and Lorenzo Amoruso on the ever-lengthening injury list, Dick Advocaat also rang the changes.

Calls for a penalty

Kenny Miller and Malcolm were restored to the starting line-up and Jani Kauppila handed a full debut.

Fabrice Fernandes drives home the winner
Fabrice Fernandes drives home the winner
Steven Carson dropped out after a first start in midweek but youngsters Peter Leven and Andy Dowie were handed places on the bench alongside new loan signing Fernandes.

Scotland striker Billy Dodds was left on the bench as Advocaat preferred a front three of Tore Andre Flo, Kenny Miller and Marcus Gayle.

There were calls for a penalty after only a minute when a nervy Bert Konterman appeared to upend Don Goodman as the veteran striker broke clear in the box.

Motherwell made the breakthrough two minutes later.

Chiba played a free-kick in from the right and Goodman flicked a near post header past a static Stefan Klos.

Stuart Elliot should have done better than send the ball into the arms of Klos from 10 yards after being presented with a fre header.

Survived the storm

It took Rangers 25 minutes to threaten the Motherwell goal, Miller's shap shot from a difficult angle being well held by Goram.

Tore Andre Flo hounded by James Okoli
Tore Andre Flo hounded by James Okoli
Chiba nearly made it two, but his shot was deflected on to the outside of the post by the challenge of Barry Ferguson.

It was a different Rangers after the break and McFadden headed Gayle's header off the line only for Sergio Porrini to slice the rebound wide from 10 yards.

Advocaat made a double change after 58 minutes, pulling off Miller and Porrini and putting on Dodds and Fernandes.

With his first touch of the ball, Fernandes pulled the ball on to his left foot and drove it 22 yards into the top far corner of the net.

Just when Motherwell looked to have survived the storm that followed, defender Malcolm pounced on a Flo overhead kick to stab the ball home from a couple of yards out.


Motherwell: Goram, Corrigan, Okoli, Strong, Lasley, Ramsey, Chiba, Leitch, Elliott, Goodman, McFadden.

Subs: Nicholas, Woods, Wood, MacDonald, Pearson.

Rangers: Klos, Malcolm, Konterman, Wilson, Porrini, Miller, Ferguson, Kaupilla, Johnston, Flo, Gayle.

Subs: Dodds, Christiansen, Leven, Dowie, Fernandes.

Referee: A Freeland.

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