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Motherwell   1 - 2   Hearts

Motherwell v Hearts

Highlights - Motherwell 1-2 Hearts

By Colin Moffat

A second-half Kevin Kyle penalty moved Hearts to within three points of second place in Scottish Premier League.

Hearts went ahead as Darren Randolph saved a fantastic overhead kick from David Templeton, only for Mark Reynolds to nudge the ball into his own net.

Keith Lasley levelled inside a minute, slotting home from an Alan Gow pass.

But Kyle stroked Hearts ahead on the hour after Templeton had been felled, while Motherwell's late rally was derailed by Steve Jennings' red card.

Hearts have now won six consecutive matches, pulling six points clear of fourth-placed Inverness and closing in on Celtic, who have played a game less.

And the victory was deserved as Jim Jefferies' side carved out the better chances in an enthralling encounter, brimming with passion and full of meaty challenges.

Motherwell, who were being led by youth development chief Gordon Young following the departure of Craig Brown and Archie Knox to Aberdeen last week, had not played for three-and-a-half weeks because of the recent cold weather.

But it did not take the home side long to warm up, with Jamie Murphy skidding a low shot wide after cutting in from the left flank.

Motherwell moved the ball around slickly but without any real menace, while Hearts were more direct and striker Kyle was proving a real handful for the home defence.

Ryan Stevenson and Rudi Skacel both went close with fizzing long-range strikes as Kyle made his considerable presence felt.

Stephen Elliott should have fired the visitors in front on 29 minutes when Templeton found him with an excellent delivery from the left but the Irish forward volley awkwardly over the crossbar from six yards.

A slip from Ruben Palazuelos presented Murphy with a shooting chance on the edge of the penalty area but the 21-year-old pulled his shot beyond the far post.

Murphy then stumbled through a couple of challenges to fire a strike across goal, with team-mate Nick Blackman cutting a frustrated figure as he failed to follow in.

Kyle showed a deft touch to control a high ball and volley just beyond the far post before Hearts took the lead on 44 minutes.

Kyle and Elliot combined to set up Templeton for an acrobatic overhead kick, which was stopped brilliantly by Randolph. However, the Motherwell goalkeeper and Reynolds got in each other's way as they tried to clear and the ball trundled over the line.

The Hearts fans were still celebrating when Motherwell hit back, as Lasley stabbed the ball under Marian Kello from 12 yards after running on to Alan Gow's wonderful through-ball.

The exciting Templeton was heavily the involved in the early stages of the second half, heading over from a Darren Barr cross before drilling a shot on the turn straight at Randolph.

Steve Jennings was sent off late in the game
Jennings was sent off late in the game as Hearts held on to win

Elliott then missed his second close-range sitter as he crashed a shot against the crossbar after a marauding gallop from right-back Barr. The ball came back to the Irishman but he could only head over the crossbar under pressure from a cluster of defenders.

Motherwell were buckling under wave after wave of Hearts attacks and skipper Craigan conceded a penalty when he halted an enterprising run from Templeton, allowing Kyle to convert from the spot.

Templeton was looking for a second penalty soon after when he was clipped from behind by Jennings but referee Stevie O'Reilly waved away what appeared to be a strong claim.

Motherwell were denied an equaliser when Marius Zaliukas made a vital block on Murphy's shot after the Scotland U21 forward had cleverly twisted his way through the Hearts defence.

The home side were growing in purpose in the closing minutes but lost momentum and any chance of salvaging a point when Jennings was dismissed.

The 'Well midfielder was incensed when nothing was given after Gow tumbled in the penalty box and was shown a straight red card after chasing O'Reilly down to complain.

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Motherwell 1-2 Hearts FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Lasley 45
  • Reynolds (og) 44
  • Kyle (pen) 60

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell
  • 04 Reynolds
  • 05 Craigan yellow card
  • 06 Hateley
  • 07 Humphrey (Sutton 76)
  • 08 Jennings yellow card, red card
  • 14 Lasley
  • 09 Murphy
  • 22 Blackman yellow card
  • 24 Gow (Forbes 87)

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis,
  • 02 Saunders,
  • 20 Page,
  • 17 Fitzpatrick,
  • 11 Sutton,
  • 18 Forbes,
  • 23 Casagolda

Hearts

  • 25 Kello
  • 05 Barr
  • 21 Ismael Bouzid
  • 26 Zaliukas
  • 06 Palazuelos
  • 12 Templeton (Elliot 90+1)
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 19 Skacel
  • 31 Mrowiec
  • 09 Kyle
  • 10 Elliott (Thomson 80)

Substitutes

  • 30 MacDonald,
  • 13 Obua,
  • 17 McGowan,
  • 24 Thomson,
  • 14 Elliot,
  • 18 Novikovas,
  • 23 Glen
Ref: O'ReillyAtt: 3,324
MOTHERWELL
HEARTS

Possession

  • Motherwell 49%
  • Hearts 51%

Attempts on target

  • Motherwell 1
  • Hearts 2

Attempts off target

  • Motherwell 2
  • Hearts 7

Corners

  • Motherwell 1
  • Hearts 0

Fouls

  • Motherwell 12
  • Hearts 10
  • Final Result
  • 90:00+3:15 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 90:00+2:07 Defending throw-in by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell).
  • 90:00+1:34 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+0:59 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+0:21 Substitution Hearts substitution: David Templeton replaced by Calum Elliot (tactical).
  • 89:03 Foul by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell) on David Templeton (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Thomson (Hearts) from left channel (35 yards), over the bar.
  • 89:01 Booking Stephen Craigan (Motherwell) booked for dissent.
  • 88:10 Defending throw-in by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts).
  • 86:52 Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell) on Ismael Bouzid (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Ismael Bouzid (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 86:52 Substitution Motherwell substitution: Alan Gow replaced by Ross Forbes (tactical).
  • 85:39 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 85:18 Attacking throw-in by Darren Barr (Hearts).
  • 84:16 Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) on Adrian Mrowiec (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 82:00 Sent off Steve Jennings (Motherwell) dismissed for foul and abusive language.
  • 81:26 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell).
  • 81:05 Defending throw-in by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts).
  • 80:49 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 79:34 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 79:34 Substitution Hearts substitution: Stephen Elliott replaced by Craig Thomson (tactical).
  • 78:56 Stephen Elliott (Hearts) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 78:20 Attacking throw-in by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts).
  • 77:11 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 76:51 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 76:30 Shot by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) drilled right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left.
  • 75:20 Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) on Keith Lasley (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 75:20 Substitution Motherwell substitution: Chris Humphrey replaced by John Sutton (tactical).
  • 74:42 Foul by David Templeton (Hearts) on Jamie Murphy (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 73:06 Defending throw-in by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts).
  • 72:15 Defending throw-in by Darren Barr (Hearts).
  • 71:47 Defending throw-in by Darren Barr (Hearts).
  • 71:06 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 70:05 Foul by Darren Barr (Hearts) on Stevie Hammell (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 68:16 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 67:51 Stephen Elliott (Hearts) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 66:10 Foul by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) on Ismael Bouzid (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Marian Kello (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 65:29 Defending throw-in by Darren Barr (Hearts).
  • 64:49 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 64:38 Defending throw-in by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts).
  • 64:18 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 63:59 Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) on Keith Lasley (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 63:16 Attacking throw-in by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts).
  • 62:59 Attacking throw-in by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts).
  • 61:35 Foul by Kevin Kyle (Hearts) on Stephen Craigan (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 61:35 Booking Nick Blackman (Motherwell) booked for dissent.
  • 60:16 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 59:28 Foul by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) on David Templeton (Hearts).
  • 59:28 GOAL - Kevin KyleMotherwell 1 - 2 Hearts Penalty taken right-footed by Kevin Kyle (Hearts), scored.Motherwell 1-2 Hearts.
  • 57:33 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 57:27 Attacking throw-in by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).
  • 57:09 Defending throw-in by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell).
  • 57:05 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 56:32 Shot by Stephen Elliott (Hearts) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 54:27 Shot by Stephen Elliott (Hearts) volleyed right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 53:51 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 53:24 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 52:33 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 51:57 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 51:37 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 50:49 Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Marian Kello (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 49:34 Foul by Ismael Bouzid (Hearts) on Nick Blackman (Motherwell). Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from left wing, clearance by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).
  • 48:52 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 48:39 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 48:35 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:00+1:55 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 45:00+1:31 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 45:00+0:36 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+0:36 Attacking throw-in by Darren Barr (Hearts).
  • Half Time
  • 44:35 GOAL - Keith LasleyMotherwell 1 - 1 Hearts Goal by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Motherwell 1-1 Hearts.
  • Correction - 43:23 GOAL - Mark ReynoldsMotherwell 0 - 1 Hearts Mark Reynolds puts the ball into his own net from 6 yards. Motherwell 0-1 Hearts.
  • 43:23 GOAL - Mark ReynoldsMotherwell 0 - 1 Hearts Own goal by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) right-footed (low centre of goal) from own half (6 yards).Motherwell 0-1 Hearts.
  • 42:53 Attacking throw-in by Darren Barr (Hearts).
  • 42:32 Defending throw-in by Darren Barr (Hearts).
  • 41:53 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 41:37 Shot by Kevin Kyle (Hearts) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.
  • 39:03 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 38:07 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 37:47 Shot by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) right-footed from left wing (18 yards), missed right.
  • 36:47 Defending throw-in by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell).
  • 36:18 Attacking throw-in by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts).
  • 35:41 Foul by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) on Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Marius Zaliukas (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 34:42 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 34:32 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 34:11 Shot by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.
  • 32:38 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 32:27 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 31:27 Foul by Ismael Bouzid (Hearts) on Alan Gow (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 30:33 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 29:52 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 29:37 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 29:17 Shot by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), over the bar.
  • 26:31 Foul by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) on Marius Zaliukas (Hearts). Free kick taken left-footed by Marius Zaliukas (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 23:36 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 22:13 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 21:20 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 20:46 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 19:41 Foul by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) on Darren Barr (Hearts). Free kick taken right-footed by Ismael Bouzid (Hearts) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 18:55 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 17:35 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 16:42 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 16:06 Shot by Rudolf Skacel (Hearts) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left.
  • 15:03 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 14:40 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 14:21 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 14:08 Foul by Kevin Kyle (Hearts) on Stephen Craigan (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 13:30 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 13:25 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 12:43 Shot by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), resulting in open play.
  • 12:01 Foul by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) on David Templeton (Hearts). Free kick taken left-footed by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 11:01 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 10:40 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 10:12 Defending throw-in by Ruben Palazuelos (Hearts).
  • 9:49 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 9:24 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 8:53 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 8:14 Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 7:53 Attacking throw-in by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell).
  • 7:06 Foul by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) on Kevin Kyle (Hearts). Free kick taken left-footed by Rudolf Skacel (Hearts) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 7:06 Booking Steve Jennings (Motherwell) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 5:52 Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Hearts) on Nick Blackman (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from own half, passed.
  • 5:15 Foul by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) on Ismael Bouzid (Hearts). Free kick taken left-footed by Adrian Mrowiec (Hearts) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 3:37 Foul by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell) on Kevin Kyle (Hearts). Free kick crossed left-footed by Rudolf Skacel (Hearts) from right channel, clearance by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).
  • 3:07 Goal kick taken long by Marian Kello (Hearts).
  • 2:21 Foul by Darren Barr (Hearts) on Jamie Murphy (Motherwell). Free kick taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 1:49 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 1:36 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 0:31 Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 0:12 Defending throw-in by Stephen Elliott (Hearts).
  • Correction - 0:00 The referee gets the game started.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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14 Dec 2010 23:59 UK


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As it stood on 14 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 15 19 38
2 Celtic 15 23 35
3 Hearts 16 15 32
4 Inverness CT 16 8 26
5 Motherwell 15 5 23
6 Kilmarnock 15 6 20
7 Dundee Utd 14 -5 19
8 St Johnstone 16 -11 18
9 Hibernian 15 -8 15
10 St Mirren 16 -13 13
11 Hamilton 15 -18 10
12 Aberdeen 16 -21 10

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