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Hibernian   2 - 0   Motherwell

Derek Riordan fires in a shot under pressure from Yassin Moutaouakil
Hibs' Riordan fires in a shot under pressure from Moutaouakil

Hibernian enjoyed another win at Easter Road, a deserved three points against Motherwell, to keep league leaders Celtic and Rangers in their sights.

Former Sunderland striker Anthony Stokes broke the deadlock in 41 minutes when he latched on to Derek Riordan's through ball and slotted home.

Motherwell's John Ruddy had earlier saved a Riordan lob and a delightful curling shot from John Rankin.

But he was helpless when Stokes' second was deflected past him into the net.

Hibernian's good form in the first quarter of Scottish Premier League matches has been due, in part, to the performances of goalkeeper Graham Stack.

The home support, therefore, would not have been too pleased to hear that he had failed to shake off a back injury and Yves Ma-Kalambay would be back between the sticks.

Yet the big Belgian had a good first half and made a superb save just before the break when Steven Saunders headed a Ross Forbes' free-kick goalbound, and had saved well from the same player earlier in the game.

The match took a while to warm up, with Hibs' opening play characterised by some slack passing and Motherwell rather deliberate in their play.

Nish had a header whip over Ruddy's bar, the big striker connecting with Riordan's corner, and the provider himself had a shot from 20 yards that Ruddy saved comfortably.

Stokes passed up a chance to put the home side ahead after 23 minutes but he miss-hit his shot from the penalty spot and it trundled just a few yards, allowing Mark Reynolds to clear.

A purposeful run by Ian Murray fed Meouane Zemmama, who laid the ball off for Rankin who curled a shot afrom 25 yards that Ruddy parried.

Buoyed by that stop, Ruddy then saved a clever chip from Riordan as John Hughes' side continued to dominate possession.

The breakthrough for the Easter Road men was painful for the visitors, who claimed Stokes was offside when Riordan knocked the ball over the Motherwell defence.

However, the Irishman ignored Well's appeals, as did referee Iain Brines, to slot the ball past Ruddy from 12 yards for his fifth goal of the season.

Jim Gannon made a double switch at half-time with Keith Lasley and Jim O'Brien coming on for John Sutton and Forbes, and Jamie Murphy moving to play through the centre.

In an untidy opening to the second half, Hibs went two ahead in 55 minutes.

A peripheral figure for most of the game, Zemmama showed a nice bit of skill to set up Stokes and the former Sunderland striker's shot was deflected into the net by Nish.

Hibernian's creative players continued to pose problems running at the visitors, with Riordan shooting straight at Ruddy before Zemmama placed the ball wide after impressive footwork inside the box.

Murphy was booked harshly for diving by Brines midway through the half when he was brought down by a sliding challenge from Bamba inside the box.

Ma-Kalambay had very little to do in the second period but had maintained his focus to save from Moutaouakil in injury time.

Motherwell boss Jim Gannon will have plenty to say to his team after this disappointing performance.


Hibernian manager John Hughes: "We need to keep our feet firmly on the ground. I felt we deserved the victory today over the piece.

"It was a good performance - hard-working, pressing from the front and we kept a clean sheet.

"Motherwell are a good football side. We had to make sure that our shape was right.

"I thought Liam Miller was outstanding. He sets the standard and everybody follows.

"We had to be at our best to beat Motherwell.

"We are turning this place into a fortress. I think you see the spirit and the work these boys put in."

Motherwell manager Jim Gannon refused to speak to any members of the media and instructed his players to remain silent, too.

No explanation was given for the decision of Gannon, who also avoided the press conference after his side's 2-2 draw with Hamilton four weeks ago.


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Saturday, 5 December 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hibernian 2-0 Motherwell FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Stokes 41
  • Stokes 56

    Hibernian

    • 50 Ma-Kalambay
    • 04 Hogg
    • 06 Murray
    • 26 Bamba
    • 07 Zemmama (Byrne 85)
    • 11 Rankin
    • 24 David Wotherspoon
    • 33 Miller
    • 09 Nish (Cregg 90+1)
    • 10 Riordan yellow card (Danny Galbraith 80)
    • 18 Stokes

    Substitutes

    • 13 Flynn,
    • 25 McCormack,
    • 08 Cregg,
    • 16 Stevenson,
    • 22 Danny Galbraith,
    • 19 Benjelloun,
    • 29 Byrne

    Motherwell

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

    Substitutes

    • 01 Fraser,
    • 05 Craigan,
    • 29 Page,
    • 14 Lasley,
    • 17 O'Brien,
    • 23 Archdeacon,
    • 35 McHugh
    Ref: BrinesAtt: 10,398
    HIBERNIAN
    MOTHERWELL

    Possession

    • Hibernian 68%
    • Motherwell 32%

    Attempts on target

    • Hibernian 7
    • Motherwell 1

    Attempts off target

    • Hibernian 5
    • Motherwell 0

    Corners

    • Hibernian 9
    • Motherwell 8

    Fouls

    • Hibernian 22
    • Motherwell 4
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:45 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+3:30 Attacking throw-in by Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell).
    • 90:00+3:05 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) to centre, resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+1:25 Defending throw-in by Jim O'Brien (Motherwell).
    • 90:00+0:37 Attacking throw-in by Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell).
    • 90:00+0:18 Substitution Hibernian substitution: Colin Nish replaced by Patrick Cregg (tactical).
    • 89:38 Free kick taken left-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from left channel, resulting in open play. Foul by John Rankin (Hibernian) on Lukas Jutkiewicz (Motherwell).
    • 87:45 Foul by Danny Galbraith (Hibernian) on Steven Saunders (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Saunders (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 85:30 Attacking throw-in by Ian Murray (Hibernian).
    • 85:18 Defending throw-in by Ian Murray (Hibernian).
    • 85:04 Foul by Chris Hogg (Hibernian) on Lukas Jutkiewicz (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 84:14 Substitution Hibernian substitution: Merouane Zemmama replaced by Kurtis Byrne (tactical).
    • 84:08 Attacking throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).
    • 82:27 Foul by Liam Miller (Hibernian) on Keith Lasley (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Saunders (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 82:08 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) to centre, resulting in open play.
    • 81:43 Goal kick taken short by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 80:35 Foul by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) on Mark Reynolds (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 79:28 Substitution Hibernian substitution: Derek Riordan replaced by Danny Galbraith (injury).
    • 76:19 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) to near post, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 76:00 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) to near post, clearance by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).
    • 75:38 Shot by Ian Murray (Hibernian) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (parried) by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 75:13 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Merouane Zemmama (Hibernian) to centre, clearance by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).
    • 74:50 Shot by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Yves Ma-Kalambay (Hibernian).
    • 74:20 Defending throw-in by Giles Coke (Motherwell).
    • 73:49 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
    • 73:08 Foul by Souleymane Bamba (Hibernian) on Jim O'Brien (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Jim O'Brien (Motherwell) from right wing, resulting in open play.
    • 72:08 Foul by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) on Tom Hateley (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Saunders (Motherwell) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 71:31 Booking Tom Hateley (Motherwell) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:24 Booking Derek Riordan (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 68:42 Foul by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) on Keith Lasley (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Saunders (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 68:15 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
    • 66:34 Booking Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 66:18 Foul by Souleymane Bamba (Hibernian) on Jamie Murphy (Motherwell).
    • 64:40 Derek Riordan (Hibernian) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 62:05 Foul by Colin Nish (Hibernian) on Tom Hateley (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 61:08 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 59:30 Shot by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), resulting in open play.
    • 57:29 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jim O'Brien (Motherwell) to centre, clearance by Colin Nish (Hibernian).
    • 55:38 Assist (pass) by Colin Nish (Hibernian) from centre of penalty area.
    • 55:38 GOAL - Anthony StokesHibernian 2 - 0 Motherwell Goal by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right-footed (top-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards).Hibernian 2-0 Motherwell.
    • 53:13 Shot by Ian Murray (Hibernian) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 50:38 Foul by Steven Saunders (Motherwell) on Colin Nish (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Ian Murray (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 49:51 Foul by Liam Miller (Hibernian) on Tom Hateley (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 49:35 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
    • 48:38 Defending throw-in by Ian Murray (Hibernian).
    • 48:16 Shot by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 47:00 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
    • 46:33 Attacking throw-in by Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell).
    • 45:53 Foul by Colin Nish (Hibernian) on Tom Hateley (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Motherwell substitution: John Sutton replaced by Keith Lasley (tactical).
    • 45:01 Substitution Motherwell substitution: Ross Forbes replaced by Jim O'Brien (tactical).
    • 45:00+2:02 The referee blows for half time.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:51 Goal kick taken short by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 45:00+0:36 Shot by John Rankin (Hibernian) left-footed from right channel (35 yards), missed right.
    • 43:22 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Steven Saunders (Motherwell) to centre, save (punched) by Yves Ma-Kalambay (Hibernian).
    • 42:25 Foul by Colin Nish (Hibernian) on Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Ross Forbes (Motherwell) from right wing, resulting in open play.
    • 42:19 Defending throw-in by Ian Murray (Hibernian).
    • 40:55 GOAL - Anthony StokesHibernian 1 - 0 Motherwell Goal by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Hibernian 1-0 Motherwell.
    • 40:12 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Ross Forbes (Motherwell) to centre, save (caught) by Yves Ma-Kalambay (Hibernian).
    • 39:38 Attacking throw-in by Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell).
    • 38:44 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) to centre, resulting in open play.
    • 38:09 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 37:32 Shot by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (12 yards), clearance by Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell).
    • 36:19 Cross by Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell), save (punched) by Yves Ma-Kalambay (Hibernian).
    • 35:30 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
    • 35:19 Attacking throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).
    • 33:42 Foul by Liam Miller (Hibernian) on Jamie Murphy (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 33:31 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
    • 32:41 Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Hogg (Hibernian) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 32:41 Booking Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 32:34 Foul by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) on Derek Riordan (Hibernian).
    • 32:26 Cross by Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell), clearance by Chris Hogg (Hibernian).
    • 32:05 Attacking throw-in by Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell).
    • 31:29 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to far post, save (with feet) by Yves Ma-Kalambay (Hibernian).
    • 31:03 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 30:42 Shot by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left.
    • 30:31 Cross by Derek Riordan (Hibernian), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 29:57 Defending throw-in by Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell).
    • 29:24 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) to far post, resulting in open play.
    • 28:01 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) to far post, resulting in open play.
    • 26:45 Foul by John Rankin (Hibernian) on John Sutton (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from left channel (20 yards), save (punched) by Yves Ma-Kalambay (Hibernian).
    • 24:09 Goal kick taken short by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 23:22 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 23:16 Goal kick taken long by Yves Ma-Kalambay (Hibernian).
    • 22:12 Foul by Souleymane Bamba (Hibernian) on John Sutton (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 21:25 Cross by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian), resulting in open play.
    • 19:57 Foul by Colin Nish (Hibernian) on John Ruddy (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Motherwell) from own half, passed.
    • 18:43 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 18:21 Shot by Merouane Zemmama (Hibernian) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
    • 16:35 Defending throw-in by Ian Murray (Hibernian).
    • 15:49 Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell) on Souleymane Bamba (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Miller (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 15:03 Goal kick taken long by Yves Ma-Kalambay (Hibernian).
    • 14:34 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
    • 14:16 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to near post, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 14:01 Cross by Ross Forbes (Motherwell), clearance by Chris Hogg (Hibernian).
    • 13:11 Foul by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) on Jamie Murphy (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 11:41 Foul by Liam Miller (Hibernian) on Ross Forbes (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 11:25 Foul by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) on Ross Forbes (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 10:14 Shot by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 9:39 Foul by John Rankin (Hibernian) on Mark Reynolds (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 8:41 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to near post, save (punched) by Yves Ma-Kalambay (Hibernian).
    • 8:12 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) to near post, clearance by John Rankin (Hibernian).
    • 6:33 Attacking throw-in by Yassin Moutaouakil (Motherwell).
    • 5:30 Handball by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Motherwell) from own half, passed.
    • 4:39 Foul by Colin Nish (Hibernian) on Tom Hateley (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 4:26 Goal kick taken long by Yves Ma-Kalambay (Hibernian).
    • 3:31 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
    • 3:15 Defending throw-in by Ian Murray (Hibernian).
    • 2:52 Attacking throw-in by Ian Murray (Hibernian).
    • 2:41 Defending throw-in by Ian Murray (Hibernian).
    • 2:25 Defending throw-in by Ian Murray (Hibernian).
    • 0:37 Foul by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) on Merouane Zemmama (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Derek Riordan (Hibernian) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 0:32 Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 0:13 Cross by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Motherwell).
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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