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Highlights - Motherwell 0-0 Kilmarnock

Highlights - Motherwell 0-0 Kilmarnock

Motherwell narrowed the gap on Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers to six points but were held at home in an exciting goalless draw by Kilmarnock.

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola denied Stephen Craigan and Chris Humphrey and a Tom Hateley corner struck the crossbar.

Gary Harkins sent a drive against a Well post and Manuel Pascali found the net but was pulled up for a foul.

Jaakkola saved well after the break from Steve Jennings and Michael Higdon.

But a draw was a fair result as fans were left with a sense of deja vu, with the sides having also shared the spoils at Rugby Park without scoring at the start of the campaign.

Manuel Pascali is left disappointed Pascali's effort was the closest either side came to scoring

And it meant that Stuart McCall's high-flying side were denied a rare fourth successive win in the first game of the season's second quarter.

Both sides had gone into the game unchanged and looking to continue their excellent recent form.

Kilmarnock had raced into a three-goal lead against Celtic last weekend before being pegged back to draw and were first to threaten at Fir Park.

A Harkins drive straight into the arms of Darren Randolph was the closest they came to troubling the goalkeeper early on.

However, the action was swinging from end to end and, following a corner, a 15-yard Craigan shot was blocked on the line by Jaakkola and Jamie Murphy was unable to pounce on the rebound.

Motherwell were creating the better chances and, when Humphrey neatly collected a cross on his chest at the back post, the winger's low drive would have tucked just inside the far post had Jaakkola not got to it with his finger tips.

The Kilmarnock goalkeeper was left foundering when a Hateley corner curled against the crossbar and Craigan's header on the rebound nestled on the roof of the net.

Kenny Shiels' side came back into the game and Harkins made space for himself despite the attentions of Craigan and sent his low drive crashing off the far post - with former Killie defender Tim Clancy blocking Paul Heffernan's attempt to score with the rebound.

Kilmarnock did have the ball in the net just before half time, but Pascali was ruled to have gained advantage via a push as he rose high above the home defence to meet a corner with his head.

A superb double save from Jaakkola prevented Motherwell scoring a legitimate opener after the break.

Steve Jennings played a neat-one two with Higdon and the goalkeeper beat away shots from the midfielder then the striker.

Apart from that early pressure, Kilmarnock were looking increasingly comfortable and, although the ball pinged around both goalmouths in the closing stages, the final whistle arrived without either breaking the deadlock.

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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Motherwell 0-0 Kilmarnock FT
(HT 0-0)

      Motherwell

      • 01 Randolph
      • 03 Hammell yellow card
      • 05 Craigan yellow card
      • 22 Clancy
      • 04 Law
      • 06 Hateley
      • 07 Humphrey (Daley 69)
      • 08 Jennings
      • 14 Lasley yellow card
      • 09 Higdon
      • 11 Murphy (McHugh 69)

      Substitutes

      • 31 Bradley,
      • 15 Hutchinson,
      • 20 Page,
      • 17 Daley,
      • 26 Carswell,
      • 16 McHugh,
      • 18 Forbes

      Kilmarnock

      • 53 Jaakkola
      • 04 Fowler
      • 23 McKeown
      • 26 Pursehouse
      • 88 Sissoko
      • 08 Kelly yellow card
      • 09 Buijs
      • 11 Harkins (Dayton 85)
      • 20 Shiels
      • 29 Pascali
      • 14 Heffernan

      Substitutes

      • 17 Letheren,
      • 03 Hay,
      • 13 Kroca,
      • 28 Fisher,
      • 07 Silva,
      • 10 Dayton,
      • 22 Racchi
      Ref: Craig ThomsonAtt: 4,184
      MOTHERWELL
      KILMARNOCK

      Possession

      • Motherwell 50%
      • Kilmarnock 50%

      Attempts on target

      • Motherwell 5
      • Kilmarnock 7

      Attempts off target

      • Motherwell 4
      • Kilmarnock 7

      Corners

      • Motherwell 12
      • Kilmarnock 5

      Fouls

      • Motherwell 12
      • Kilmarnock 15
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+1:20 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
      • 89:49 Shot by James Fowler. Save made by Darren Randolph.
      • 88:40 Foul by Tim Clancy on Liam Kelly, free kick awarded. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
      • 88:04 Keith Lasley fouled by Dean Shiels, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Law.
      • 86:19 Steve Jennings produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
      • 85:52 Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Alex Pursehouse.
      • 84:13 Substitution Gary Harkins leaves the field to be replaced by James Dayton.
      • 83:22 Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line.
      • 82:20 Liam Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stevie Hammell from right wing, clearance by James Fowler.
      • 82:20 Booking Liam Kelly booked.
      • 80:50 Corner taken by Dean Shiels.
      • 79:03 Liam Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Law. Shot on goal comes in from Tom Hateley from the free kick.
      • 78:03 Gary Harkins has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
      • 75:14 Liam Kelly produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 73:41 Shot from just outside the box by Gary Harkins misses to the right of the goal.
      • 71:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Omar Daley on Dean Shiels. Dean Shiels takes the free kick.
      • 69:50 Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Alex Pursehouse.
      • 69:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamadou Sissoko on Stephen Craigan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley from right channel, clearance made by Mohamadou Sissoko.
      • 68:24 Substitution Omar Daley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Humphrey.
      • 68:24 Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Robert McHugh coming on for Jamie Murphy.
      • 66:20 Stephen Craigan challenges Paul Heffernan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rory McKeown produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
      • 66:20 Booking Stephen Craigan is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
      • 63:44 James Fowler fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. James Fowler restarts play with the free kick.
      • 62:48 The official flags Jamie Murphy offside. Mohamadou Sissoko takes the indirect free kick.
      • 61:36 Gary Harkins takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
      • 58:54 Rory McKeown produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
      • 58:28 James Fowler fouled by Stevie Hammell, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Shiels takes the direct free kick.
      • 57:08 Foul by Dean Shiels on Steve Jennings, free kick awarded. Nicky Law restarts play with the free kick.
      • 56:32 Shot from just outside the area by Tom Hateley misses to the left of the target.
      • 55:44 Unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Dean Shiels results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
      • 54:52 Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
      • 53:52 Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Anssi Jaakkola.
      • 53:42 Steve Jennings produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save made by Anssi Jaakkola.
      • 49:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Harkins by Keith Lasley. Dean Shiels restarts play with the free kick.
      • 49:02 Booking Booking for Keith Lasley.
      • 47:43 Outswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels.
      • 47:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Gary Harkins. Stevie Hammell takes the direct free kick.
      • 45:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Manuel Pascali. Direct free kick taken by Danny Buijs.
      • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+0:49 It is the end of the first-half.
      • 43:28 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Hateley, Michael Higdon has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
      • 42:40 Stephen Craigan fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
      • 42:14 Short corner taken by Dean Shiels.
      • 39:25 Unfair challenge on Rory McKeown by Stevie Hammell results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Dean Shiels from the free kick.
      • 39:25 Booking The referee books Stevie Hammell for unsporting behaviour.
      • 38:14 Foul by Danny Buijs on Keith Lasley, free kick awarded. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
      • 37:22 Paul Heffernan takes a shot from 12 yards. Tim Clancy gets a block in.
      • 37:12 Shot by Gary Harkins from inside the box bounces off the post.
      • 35:56 The referee blows for offside. Anssi Jaakkola takes the free kick.
      • 34:38 Corner taken by Tom Hateley played to the near post, Mohamadou Sissoko manages to make a clearance.
      • 33:59 Outswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels.
      • 32:57 James Fowler has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 30:04 Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
      • 29:45 Tom Hateley takes the inswinging corner, Anssi Jaakkola makes a fantastic save.
      • 28:03 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Hateley, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
      • 27:17 Liam Kelly challenges Nicky Law unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
      • 25:06 Michael Higdon has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
      • 24:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Pursehouse on Nicky Law. Nicky Law takes the direct free kick.
      • 23:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamadou Sissoko on Michael Higdon. Nicky Law restarts play with the free kick.
      • 22:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Dean Shiels. Dean Shiels takes the direct free kick.
      • 22:02 Jamie Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Harkins. Anssi Jaakkola takes the direct free kick.
      • 21:00 Unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Liam Kelly results in a free kick. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.
      • 19:44 Unfair challenge on Danny Buijs by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Mohamadou Sissoko restarts play with the free kick.
      • 14:24 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley.
      • 14:03 Shot by Chris Humphrey from 12 yards. Anssi Jaakkola makes a brilliant save.
      • 12:05 Tom Hateley takes the outswinging corner, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
      • 8:55 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley played to the near post, Stephen Craigan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. James Fowler gets a block in.
      • 8:18 Corner taken by Tom Hateley.
      • 8:05 Unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Gary Harkins results in a free kick. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
      • 7:45 Gary Harkins concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Clancy. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
      • 6:52 Shot from 18 yards by Liam Kelly. Blocked by Stevie Hammell.
      • 5:46 Drilled left-footed shot by Danny Buijs. Save made by Darren Randolph.
      • 5:13 Foul by Steve Jennings on James Fowler, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
      • 3:52 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Dean Shiels, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.
      • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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      Scottish Premier table snapshot

      As it stood on 22 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Rangers 11 19 29
      2 Motherwell 12 1 23
      3 Celtic 10 10 19
      4 St Johnstone 12 5 19
      5 Hearts 11 7 18
      6 St Mirren 12 -2 13
      7 Aberdeen 11 -1 12
      8 Kilmarnock 12 -3 12
      9 Hibernian 12 -7 12
      10 Dundee Utd 12 -7 11
      11 Dunfermline 11 -11 10
      12 Inverness CT 12 -11 9

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