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Motherwell v Rangers

Motherwell v Rangers

Motherwell   0 - 0   Rangers

By Clive Lindsay

Motherwell's Jim O'Brien missed a penalty and Rangers had Madjid Bougherra sent off in a storming finish to a goalless draw at Fir Park.

Kenny Miller blasted over from a good position, while keeper John Ruddy saved well from Bougherra as the SPL leaders had the better first-half chances.

Well's Ruddy produced another save to block clear a Nacho Novo drive.

Lukas Jutkiewicz was pulled down by Bougherra, who was sent off, only for Allan McGregor to save the penalty.

It meant that Rangers lost their 100% record for the season, while Motherwell extended their own unbeaten run.

The two sides fielded debutants in direct opposition, with Rangers' wing recruit from Paris St Germain, Jerome Rothen, up against Yassin Moutaouakil, who is on loan from Charlton Athletic.

It meant Steven Naismith, who impressed for Scotland against the Netherlands, and Stephen Craigan, who played two games for Northern Ireland, were dropped to their respective benches.

Motherwell manager Jim Gannon explained that he had rested his veteran captain because of the rigours of playing two international matches in a week.

But Scotland veteran David Weir started for Rangers and it looked like it might be short-lived as he limped off after an early challenge only to return moments later.

It was a cagey start, with both sides determined to play a passing game, but it was Motherwell who threatened first when John Sutton, who had returned to the starting line-up, could not get enough purchase on a Ross Forbes cross to direct the ball on goal.

Rangers responded and goalkeeper Ruddy did well to clear before the onrushing Sasa Papac was able to connect with a Kris Boyd knockdown from a Miller cross to the back post.

Yassin Moutaouakil and Jerome Rothen
Moutaouakil and Rothen made their debuts at Fir Park

Motherwell missed a chance to test goalkeeper McGregor when a Moutaouakil cross found Sutton unmarked 10 yards out, but the striker could not react quickly enough and the ball bounced off his chest and wide.

Rangers squandered an even better opportunity when the ball fell to Miller 16 yards from goal, but the striker who misfired for Scotland in midweek volleyed a foot over the crossbar.

Ruddy denied Rangers an opener on the stroke of half-time, blocked the ball on the line with his legs after Bougherra rose five yards out to meet a Steven Whittaker free-kick.

Home boss Gannon replaced Jamie Murphy with Steve Jennings at half-time and Well threatened immediately, with McGregor beating away a Stevie Hammill cross that looked like it might creep in at the front post.

The ineffectual Rothen and Miller were soon introduced by Rangers manager Walter Smith, who brought on Naismith and Nacho Novo in an attempt to introduce a greater goal threat.

Naismith was immediately involved in a goalmouth scramble during which Steven Davis twice had stabbed attempts blocked by the defence.

Novo combined with his fellow substitute before the Spaniard forced a parried save from Ruddy following a low drive from the edge of the box.

A superb cross from Moutaouakil found Giles Cope 10 yards out, but the midfielder's header drifted over.

Motherwell had a chance to break the deadlock on the break after 84 minutes, but Tom Hateley blasted over from 18 yards after doing well to create himself some space.

Jutkiewicz, who had replaced Sutton, gave Well a great chance to win the game when he was tripped by Bougherra inside the box.

The Rangers defender was shown two second yellow cards for his protests, but McGregor threw himself superbly to parry clear O'Brien's spot kick before both sides settled for a point that was fair on the balance of play.


Motherwell manager Jim Gannon:

"I'm proud of the way that they went about their business, both on and off the ball.

"They played some good football and created some great chances, so I'm disappointed we didn't come away with three points.

"I don't think that Jim O'Brien should be too hard on himself. It was a good penalty and a great save.

"I was really delighted that the lads put that amount of effort in and showed what a good football team they are."

Rangers manager Walter Smith:

"Performance-wise, it was not our best. The result, over all, with Allan McGregor saving a penalty, was a decent one for us.

"From our own point of view, we are just a little bit disappointed with the way that we played, but we can't complain about the result.

"Madjid Bougherra made an effort to make a challenge. If he made contact then it's a penalty. If he didn't, which he says he didn't, it's left to the referee.

"He was maybe a little bit over the top, but if he felt he made contact he is maybe a bit justified."

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Saturday, 12 September 2009

Scottish Premier

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

      Motherwell

      • 21 Ruddy
      • 02 Moutaouakil
      • 03 Hammell
      • 04 Reynolds
      • 43 Saunders
      • 06 Coke
      • 24 Hateley
      • 11 Sutton (Jutkiewicz 80)
      • 15 Murphy (Jennings 46)
      • 17 O'Brien
      • 27 Forbes (Lasley 74)

      Substitutes

      • 47 Kosiorowski,
      • 05 Craigan,
      • 29 Page,
      • 08 Jennings,
      • 14 Lasley,
      • 09 Jutkiewicz,
      • 35 McHugh

      Rangers

      • 01 McGregor
      • 03 Weir yellow card
      • 05 Papac yellow card
      • 16 Whittaker
      • 04 Mendes
      • 06 McCulloch
      • 07 Davis
      • 11 Rothen (Naismith 61)
      • 24 Bougherra yellow card, red card
      • 09 Boyd
      • 18 Miller (Novo 61)

      Substitutes

      • 25 Alexander,
      • 66 Wilson,
      • 08 Thomson,
      • 10 Novo,
      • 14 Naismith,
      • 29 Fleck,
      • 48 Little
      Ref: McDonaldAtt: 9,355
      MOTHERWELL
      RANGERS

      Possession

      • Motherwell 54%
      • Rangers 46%

      Attempts on target

      • Motherwell 0
      • Rangers 10

      Attempts off target

      • Motherwell 9
      • Rangers 4

      Corners

      • Motherwell 3
      • Rangers 7

      Fouls

      • Motherwell 7
      • Rangers 14
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:12 The match has reached full-time.
      • 90:00+2:28 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Hateley.
      • 89:48 Steven Whittaker is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Hateley from left wing, clearance by Lee McCulloch.
      • 87:55 Kris Boyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Saunders. Free kick taken by Steven Saunders.
      • 85:46 Effort from deep inside the area by Lukas Jutkiewicz misses to the right of the target.
      • 85:46 Penalty taken by Jim O'Brien saved by Allan McGregor. Motherwell 0-0 Rangers.
      • 85:46 Sent off Red card for Madjid Bougherra.
      • 85:17 Booking The referee shows Madjid Bougherra a yellow card.
      • 84:58 Penalty awarded for a foul by Madjid Bougherra on Lukas Jutkiewicz.
      • 83:43 Effort on goal by Tom Hateley from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 83:26 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
      • 80:13 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.
      • 79:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Lukas Jutkiewicz. Sasa Papac takes the direct free kick.
      • 79:29 Substitution John Sutton goes off and Lukas Jutkiewicz comes on.
      • 78:29 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Pedro Mendes, Mark Reynolds makes a clearance.
      • 75:54 Yassin Moutaouakil restarts play with the free kick.
      • 75:54 Booking Booking for Sasa Papac for unsporting behaviour.
      • 75:44 Sasa Papac gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien.
      • 75:16 The ball is delivered by Stevie Hammell, Header on goal by Giles Coke from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 73:19 Substitution Keith Lasley on for Ross Forbes.
      • 72:57 Corner from the right by-line taken by Pedro Mendes, Headed effort from close range by David Weir goes wide left of the target.
      • 72:33 Nacho Novo takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.
      • 70:34 Strike comes in from Tom Hateley from the free kick.
      • 70:34 Booking David Weir receives a caution.
      • 70:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Forbes by David Weir.
      • 69:11 Ross Forbes takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
      • 67:07 Kris Boyd produces a cross, save by John Ruddy.
      • 65:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on David Weir. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
      • 64:30 Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Kris Boyd gets a block in.
      • 62:51 Steven Davis takes a shot. Steven Saunders makes a clearance.
      • 61:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Jim O'Brien. Free kick crossed by Jim O'Brien.
      • 60:12 Sasa Papac takes the direct free kick.
      • 60:12 Substitution Jerome Rothen goes off and Steven Naismith comes on.
      • 60:12 Substitution Nacho Novo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kenny Miller.
      • 60:12 Steven Saunders concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Miller.
      • 58:05 Jim O'Brien concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee McCulloch. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
      • 57:11 John Sutton fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Reynolds restarts play with the free kick.
      • 56:28 Shot from just outside the box by Jim O'Brien goes over the crossbar.
      • 51:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Yassin Moutaouakil on Jerome Rothen. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Pedro Mendes from left wing, save by John Ruddy.
      • 49:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Forbes by Steven Davis. Direct free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
      • 46:37 Centre by Stevie Hammell, save by Allan McGregor.
      • 45:24 Steven Whittaker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
      • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
      • 45:01 Substitution Jamie Murphy goes off and Steve Jennings comes on.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:13 The ref blows to end the first period.
      • 44:16 Foul by Sasa Papac on Jamie Murphy, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ross Forbes from right wing, Allan McGregor makes a save.
      • 42:17 Mark Reynolds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sasa Papac. Jerome Rothen sends in a cross, Madjid Bougherra takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
      • 41:34 Kenny Miller produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
      • 40:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Pedro Mendes on Giles Coke. Giles Coke restarts play with the free kick.
      • 39:05 John Sutton fouled by Kris Boyd, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
      • 38:07 Yassin Moutaouakil delivers the ball.
      • 37:13 The ball is sent over by Jerome Rothen, save by John Ruddy.
      • 35:25 Lee McCulloch concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Saunders. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
      • 34:57 Corner from the right by-line taken by Jerome Rothen, clearance made by John Sutton.
      • 34:01 Giles Coke concedes a free kick for a foul on Pedro Mendes. Free kick crossed right-footed by Pedro Mendes, clearance by Giles Coke.
      • 30:21 Effort on goal by Ross Forbes from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 29:26 Jim O'Brien has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 28:06 Jerome Rothen challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Saunders restarts play with the free kick.
      • 27:55 Madjid Bougherra takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
      • 25:46 Jim O'Brien takes the inswinging corner, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.
      • 21:46 Shot by Pedro Mendes from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
      • 21:11 Corner taken by Pedro Mendes from the left by-line.
      • 19:09 The referee gives a free kick against Kenny Miller for handball. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.
      • 17:22 Corner taken by Jerome Rothen played to the near post.
      • 17:06 Lee McCulloch produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Tom Hateley.
      • 13:43 The ball is swung over by Kenny Miller, Kris Boyd takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
      • 12:20 Corner taken by Jerome Rothen from the right by-line, clearance made by Stevie Hammell.
      • 11:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Weir on Jamie Murphy. The ball is crossed by Tom Hateley, Close range header by John Sutton goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 7:27 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jerome Rothen, Steven Saunders manages to make a clearance.
      • 2:41 Kenny Miller has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 1:15 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jim O'Brien, clearance by David Weir.
      • 0:18 Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
      • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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      12 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

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      Scottish Premier table snapshot

      As it stood on 12 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Rangers 4 7 10
      2 Celtic 4 6 10
      3 Dundee Utd 4 3 8
      4 Hibernian 3 2 6
      5 Motherwell 4 2 6
      6 St Mirren 4 0 5
      7 Aberdeen 3 1 4
      8 Kilmarnock 3 0 3
      9 St Johnstone 4 -3 3
      10 Hearts 3 -3 1
      11 Falkirk 3 -6 0
      12 Hamilton 3 -9 0

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