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Hearts   1 - 0   Motherwell

Hearts v Motherwell

Hearts v Motherwell

Michael Stewart claimed his seventh goal of the season as Hearts made it three wins in a row.

The Tynecastle captain stroked in a cutback from Christian Nade at the tail end of a first half that saw Motherwell make most of the running.

The visitors continued to show spirit after the break and home goalkeeper Marian Kello was kept busy.

The nearest Well came to an equaliser arrived late in the game when Stephen Craigan sent a free header wide.

Motherwell, under the guidance of interim manager Craig Brown for the first team, have now lost five consecutive league matches and are three points behind Hearts, who occupy fifth spot in the Scottish Premier League.

The result was harsh on the visitors, who had Hearts pinned back for long spells but could not capitalise on some shaky defending from the Edinburgh side.

Brown, who began his coaching career at Fir Park in 1974, should have been celebrating inside two minutes when John Ruddy's long kick caused confusion in the home rearguard.

Marius Zaliukas headed the ball straight to Jim O'Brien with Kello way off his line, but the winger's cushioned volley lacked power and allowed the keeper to get back and claw the ball off the line.

Jamie Murphy and O'Brien, playing in advanced wide positions in Motherwell's five-man midfield, both had decent efforts at goal as the visitors continued their bright start.

Well then threatened with a direct counter-attack, with Lukas Jutkiewicz inches from connecting with O'Brien's left-wing cross.

Hearts looked more menacing when Nade came off the bench to replace the injured Jamie Mole on 20 minutes and it was the burly striker's industry that set up the game's only goal on 41 minutes.

Nade bustled past Craigan and Tom Hateley and, seeing Ruddy drifting out to close him down, slipped the ball to Stewart, who passed it into the net from eight yards.

Ross Forbes volleyed well over after Jutkiewicz had intercepted a poor pass back from Zaliukas moments after the restart but Motherwell almost fell further behind in controversial circumstances.

Referee Crawford Allan gave Motherwell a free-kick on the halfway line but reversed his decision and allowed Jose Goncalves to take it quickly with the visitors up field.

Nade was clear down the left and crossed for Suso Santana but the Spaniard skewed his volley high and wide before the angry Motherwell players surrounded the official and the normally placid Brown raced to the touchline to protest.

Kello kept out a Steven Saunders header before diving low to brilliantly push away Jutkiewicz's strike following a knockdown by substitute John Sutton.

The Hearts keeper then held a Sutton volley and smothered at the feet of the Englishman after Jutkiewicz and O'Brien had worked their way into the penalty box.

Motherwell continued to press and Kello did well to block from Keith Lasley, while Craigan headed a great chance wide from a Forbes corner before Kello beat away a Forbes free-kick deep into injury time.


Motherwell interim manager Craig Brown: "I think we deserved to win the game. I'm maybe biased, but I think any football-knowledgeable person would agree we were the better side.

"We made better chances, our goalkeeper had no saves to make, their keeper had a couple of good saves.

"I thought we dominated, particularly in the second half. Hearts couldn't get out their own half.

"It's not often I am pleased with a defeat but I said to the lads that they could be proud of their performance.

"It was a scrappy goal they got.

"You heard the Motherwell fans tonight. Towards the end of the match they were out-singing the home support. The fans were absolutely superb. They know when their team is giving effort."

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:

"We have gone four games unbeaten and we can go into the New Year with confidence.

"Our opponents had a new manager and every player wants to show what he can do, and this is dangerous.

"You don't get any prizes for nice games, just winning games."

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Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hearts 1-0 Motherwell FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Stewart 41

    Hearts

    • 25 Kello
    • 03 Wallace yellow card
    • 05 Goncalves
    • 21 Ismael Bouzid
    • 26 Zaliukas
    • 04 Jonsson
    • 06 Palazuelos
    • 07 Suso Santana (Templeton 72)
    • 23 Stewart
    • 19 Mole (Nade 20)
    • 55 Robinson (Kucharski 89 yellow card)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Balogh,
    • 02 Kucharski,
    • 08 Black,
    • 29 Eisconte,
    • 44 Smith,
    • 14 Nade,
    • 24 Templeton

    Motherwell

    • 21 Ruddy
    • 03 Hammell
    • 04 Reynolds
    • 05 Craigan
    • 43 Saunders (McGarry 76)
    • 08 Jennings yellow card (Lasley 71)
    • 24 Hateley
    • 09 Jutkiewicz
    • 15 Murphy (Sutton 56)
    • 17 O'Brien
    • 27 Forbes

    Substitutes

    • 01 Fraser,
    • 14 Lasley,
    • 33 Meechan,
    • 11 Sutton,
    • 18 McGarry,
    • 35 McHugh,
    • 45 Slane
    Ref: CrawfordAtt: 14,411
    HEARTS
    MOTHERWELL

    Possession

    • Hearts 48%
    • Motherwell 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Hearts 6
    • Motherwell 8

    Attempts off target

    • Hearts 6
    • Motherwell 5

    Corners

    • Hearts 3
    • Motherwell 8

    Fouls

    • Hearts 12
    • Motherwell 8
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+2:58 Short corner taken by David Templeton from the left by-line.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:43 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+2:09 The assistant referee signals for offside against Christian Nade. Indirect free kick taken by John Ruddy.
    • 90:00+0:41 Ross Forbes crosses the ball in from the free kick, Marian Kello fouled by Steve McGarry, the ref awards a free kick. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:41 Booking Caution for Dawid Kucharski.
    • 90:00+0:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve McGarry by Dawid Kucharski.
    • 89:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by David Templeton. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
    • Correction - 89:00 Short corner taken by David Templeton.
    • 87:02 Marius Zaliukas gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Ross Forbes, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Stephen Craigan goes harmlessly over the crossbar. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Hateley.
    • 87:02 Substitution Dawid Kucharski replaces Scott Robinson.
    • 87:02 The ball is swung over by Lukas Jutkiewicz, clearance made by Ismael Bouzid. Corner taken by Ross Forbes, Effort on goal by Steve McGarry from 18 yards.
    • 86:20 The assistant referee flags for offside against Christian Nade. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:55 Tom Hateley concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Wallace. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:15 Lee Wallace challenges Jim O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jim O'Brien crosses the ball in from the free kick, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
    • 80:22 Eggert Jonsson produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Tom Hateley.
    • 77:56 Tom Hateley produces a cross, Effort from 20 yards by Keith Lasley. Blocked by Jose Goncalves.
    • 74:54 Stephen Craigan delivers the ball, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 74:54 Substitution Steve McGarry is brought on as a substitute for Steven Saunders.
    • 74:54 Unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz by Eggert Jonsson results in a free kick.
    • 74:29 The ball is crossed by Tom Hateley.
    • 73:53 Jim O'Brien delivers the ball, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 72:39 Christian Nade concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Craigan. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.
    • 71:54 Substitution Suso Santana goes off and David Templeton comes on.
    • 70:51 Unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien by Marius Zaliukas results in a free kick. Mark Reynolds restarts play with the free kick, Centre by Steven Saunders, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
    • 69:06 Substitution Keith Lasley comes on in place of Steve Jennings.
    • 69:06 Christian Nade has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 69:06 Booking Steve Jennings receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 68:56 Steve Jennings challenges Scott Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 68:28 John Sutton takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
    • 67:03 Mark Reynolds concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Stewart. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Suso Santana, clearance by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
    • 64:58 Steven Saunders crosses the ball, save by Marian Kello.
    • 64:15 Ismael Bouzid challenges Jim O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ross Forbes crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Michael Stewart.
    • 63:55 Drilled right-footed shot by Suso Santana. Stevie Hammell gets a block in.
    • 60:13 Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes, Michael Stewart makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes from the left by-line, John Sutton takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
    • 59:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien by Ruben Palazuelos. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:21 Stevie Hammell challenges Suso Santana unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Suso Santana, Ismael Bouzid takes a shot. Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.
    • 55:08 Substitution John Sutton is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Murphy.
    • 53:33 The ball is delivered by Jim O'Brien, save by Marian Kello. Corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes, Steven Saunders takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
    • 52:08 The ball is swung over by Christian Nade, Effort from deep inside the area by Scott Robinson clears the bar.
    • 47:11 Ross Forbes crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
    • 47:11 Booking Booking for Lee Wallace for unsporting behaviour.
    • 46:53 Unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien by Lee Wallace results in a free kick.
    • 45:57 Ross Forbes produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:16 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 40:17 Assist on the goal came from Christian Nade.
    • 40:17 GOAL - Michael StewartHearts 1 - 0 Motherwell Michael Stewart scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 Motherwell.
    • 38:54 Christian Nade takes a shot. Mark Reynolds gets a block in.
    • 37:16 Centre by Stevie Hammell, blocked by Ismael Bouzid. Corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes from the left by-line, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
    • 34:00 The ball is sent over by Ismael Bouzid, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
    • 33:14 Tom Hateley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ruben Palazuelos. Direct free kick taken by Lee Wallace.
    • 31:55 The ball is swung over by Ismael Bouzid.
    • 30:43 Eggert Jonsson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Stephen Craigan.
    • 29:29 Christian Nade has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 28:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell by Ismael Bouzid. Stevie Hammell takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:43 Ross Forbes is ruled offside. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:47 Jim O'Brien produces a cross, save made by Marian Kello.
    • 24:05 Tom Hateley has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 23:05 Lee Wallace crosses the ball, clearance made by Mark Reynolds. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Suso Santana, save by John Ruddy.
    • 22:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz on Ismael Bouzid. Free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
    • 21:25 Effort on goal by Christian Nade from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 20:40 Ruben Palazuelos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Saunders. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
    • 19:25 Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with Christian Nade coming on for Jamie Mole.
    • 19:25 Lee Wallace delivers the ball, Stevie Hammell makes a clearance.
    • 16:41 Jim O'Brien challenges Eggert Jonsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Suso Santana fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 15:33 The referee blows for offside against Lukas Jutkiewicz. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
    • 14:53 Ismael Bouzid challenges Lukas Jutkiewicz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ross Forbes, clearance made by Jose Goncalves.
    • 13:49 Ruben Palazuelos sends in a cross, Stephen Craigan gets a block in. Corner taken by Suso Santana from the left by-line, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:06 Suso Santana crosses the ball.
    • 8:31 Jamie Mole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stephen Craigan takes the direct free kick.
    • 8:04 The ball is crossed by Jamie Mole.
    • 6:56 Jim O'Brien sends in a cross.
    • 5:34 Suso Santana produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 4:35 Effort from 25 yards by Jim O'Brien. Save by Marian Kello.
    • 3:52 Lukas Jutkiewicz has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Comfortable save by Marian Kello.
    • 2:02 Jim O'Brien takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello. Corner taken by Ross Forbes, Shot by Jamie Murphy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 1:29 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Mole. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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