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Motherwell   2 - 0   Hibernian

Highlights - Motherwell 2-0 Hibernian

Highlights - Motherwell 2-0 Hibernian

By Andy Campbell

Motherwell claimed their first league win under new manager Stuart McCall with a comfortable home win against struggling Hibernian.

Headers from Jamie Murphy and Steven Saunders put the hosts in command in the opening 25 minutes.

Hibs playmaker Merouane Zemmama missed a penalty just before half-time after Saunders's handball in the box.

Zemmama and substitute Derek Riordan had chances for Hibs after the break but neither could find the net.

Hibs slip to second-bottom of the table, three points clear of Hamilton, who have played a game less. Motherwell consolidate sixth place.

The home side, looking to arrest a run of four league games without a goal, threatened in the second minute when a long throw-in was nodded on by Murphy to Sutton, who could not get enough purchase on the shot, allowing goalkeeper Graeme Smith to gather.

Hibs, reeling after Wednesday's Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Second Division Ayr United and without a win since their last meeting with Motherwell in November, had a couple of shots from outside the box but John Rankin's free-kick and Kevin McBride's effort were off target.

Tempers flared when Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan caught Danny Galbraith but referee Alan Muir calmed both sets of players down without producing a card.

The Steelmen went ahead on 20 minutes when Steven Hammell's free-kick swung over the defensive wall and was nudged on by the head of Murphy into the net, with the ball bouncing past keeper Smith.

And it was from another Hammell delivery four minutes later that Motherwell extended their lead as Saunders bulleted home at the near-post.

The visitors were now facing an uphill task but could not take advantage of a dreadful slip by Craigan on the half-hour mark.

Motherwell's captain was caught dithering on the ball and was robbed by Merouane Zemmama but as the Moroccan worked his way towards goal he took too long to get his shot away and Craigan atoned for his slip by getting a foot in to make the clearance.

And the midfielder passed up an even better chance in the closing minutes of the first half after Saunders was penalised for handling in the box as he tried to defend Galbraith's chipped cross.

Hibernian midfielder Merouane Zemmama
Zemmama blazed his penalty kick over just before the break

Zemmama took the responsibility from 12 yards but blazed his effort over the crossbar.

Hibs manager Colin Calderwood introduced striker Colin Nish at the start of the second half as Darryl Duffy was withdrawn.

But attention was quickly drawn to the touchline area when Calderwood's assistant Derek Adams was sent to the stand by referee Muir.

Back on the pitch, Zemmama spun in the left corner of the Motherwell box and volleyed towards the near post forcing Randolph to make the block.

Zemmama's frustration continued when his free-kick did not trouble the Motherwell keeper.

Motherwell debutant Steve Jones, signed this week from Walsall on loan, was given a warm applause by the home side as he was replaced by Jonathan Page.

Derek Riordan, surprisingly left on the bench, came on for Rankin and his first touch was a free kick, which was on target but straight into the arms of Randolph.

Galbraith controlled well and shot wide from distance before another excellent Hammell free-kick was touched onto the post by Saunders, with the offside flag already having been raised against Motherwell.

Riordan had another free-kick chance in the closing stages and his effort, a curling shot, was again collected by Randolph.

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Motherwell 2-0 Hibernian FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Murphy 20
  • Saunders 24

    Motherwell

    • 01 Randolph
    • 02 Saunders yellow card
    • 03 Hammell
    • 05 Craigan
    • 19 Hutchinson
    • 06 Hateley (Meechan 50)
    • 07 Humphrey
    • 08 Jennings
    • 09 Murphy
    • 11 Sutton
    • 17 Jones (Page 63)

    Substitutes

    • 12 Hollis,
    • 20 Page,
    • 27 Meechan,
    • 32 Pollock,
    • 18 Forbes,
    • 23 Casagolda,
    • 33 Smith

    Hibernian

    • 21 Smith
    • 06 Murray
    • 14 Dickoh
    • 15 Thicot yellow card
    • 20 Hanlon
    • 28 Booth
    • 07 Zemmama (Byrne 84)
    • 11 Rankin yellow card (Riordan 68 yellow card)
    • 17 McBride yellow card
    • 22 Galbraith
    • 19 Duffy (Nish 46)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Stack,
    • 04 Hogg,
    • 08 De Graaf,
    • 24 Wotherspoon,
    • 09 Nish,
    • 10 Riordan,
    • 29 Byrne
    Ref: MuirAtt: 4,202
    MOTHERWELL
    HIBERNIAN

    Possession

    • Motherwell 50%
    • Hibernian 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Motherwell 2
    • Hibernian 2

    Attempts off target

    • Motherwell 3
    • Hibernian 8

    Corners

    • Motherwell 4
    • Hibernian 2

    Fouls

    • Motherwell 18
    • Hibernian 20
    • Final Result
    • 93:18 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:22 Kevin McBride challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:22 Booking Kevin McBride goes into the book.
    • 88:29 Kevin McBride gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:58 Steven Saunders concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Booth. Shot on goal comes in from Derek Riordan from the free kick, save made by Darren Randolph.
    • 83:34 Substitution Merouane Zemmama goes off and Kurtis Byrne comes on.
    • 82:56 Colin Nish gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
    • 81:52 Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Steven Thicot results in a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
    • 81:52 Booking Booking for Steven Thicot.
    • 79:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Paul Hanlon. Steven Meechan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:13 Booking Derek Riordan goes into the referee's book.
    • 78:28 Daniel Galbraith has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 78:01 The referee blows for offside. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:08 The offside flag is raised against Steven Saunders. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:13 Colin Nish challenges Jonathan Page unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
    • 75:18 The offside flag is raised against Callum Booth. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
    • 74:25 Foul by Paul Hanlon on Steven Saunders, free kick awarded. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:03 Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Colin Nish. Derek Riordan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:26 Kevin McBride challenges Steven Meechan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:38 Effort from deep inside the area by Colin Nish clears the bar.
    • 69:13 Colin Nish fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Derek Riordan takes the direct free kick.
    • 67:19 Steven Saunders challenges Kevin McBride unfairly and gives away a free kick. Derek Riordan has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Darren Randolph.
    • 67:19 Substitution John Rankin leaves the field to be replaced by Derek Riordan.
    • 66:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Thicot by John Sutton. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
    • 64:40 Steven Thicot concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Murphy. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:09 John Sutton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Murray by Steven Saunders. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
    • 62:27 Substitution Steve Jones goes off and Jonathan Page comes on.
    • 62:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McBride on Jamie Murphy. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 57:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith by Steven Meechan. Merouane Zemmama produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 56:34 Jamie Murphy fouled by Paul Hanlon, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stevie Hammell from right channel, Colin Nish manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:01 John Rankin produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 55:20 Shot by Callum Booth. Save made by Darren Randolph.
    • 54:54 Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Colin Nish. Direct free kick taken by Merouane Zemmama.
    • 53:36 Chris Humphrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Rankin. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 52:18 Merouane Zemmama produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 51:13 John Sutton challenges Callum Booth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
    • 49:56 Stevie Hammell takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Colin Nish.
    • 49:56 Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Steven Meechan coming on for Tom Hateley.
    • 48:44 Daniel Galbraith concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Jones. Direct free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
    • 47:23 Foul by Steve Jones on Daniel Galbraith, free kick awarded. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
    • 45:36 Ian Murray challenges Stephen Craigan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • 45:01 Substitution Colin Nish joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darryl Duffy.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:02 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+0:09 Steve Jennings challenges Daniel Galbraith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Merouane Zemmama takes the free kick.
    • 44:38 Ian Murray fouled by Steve Jennings, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 43:15 Penalty missed over the bar by Merouane Zemmama.
    • 43:15 Steven Saunders is penalised for handball and concedes a .
    • 43:15 Booking Steven Saunders is booked.
    • 41:07 The offside flag is raised against Steven Saunders. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
    • 40:26 Steve Jones fouled by Francis Dickoh, the ref awards a free kick. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 40:02 Jamie Murphy takes a shot from 25 yards. Graeme Smith makes a comfortable save.
    • 38:18 Corner from the right by-line taken by Merouane Zemmama, Steven Saunders manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:34 Inswinging corner taken by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line played to the near post, Close range header by John Sutton misses to the right of the target.
    • 32:41 Steven Thicot challenges Steve Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Hateley from left wing.
    • 31:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Ian Murray. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
    • 30:56 John Sutton takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 27:59 John Rankin challenges Tom Hateley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:59 Booking John Rankin booked.
    • 27:05 The referee blows for offside against Chris Humphrey. Direct free kick taken by Steven Thicot.
    • 23:30 Corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell to the near post, assist by Stevie Hammell.
    • 23:30 GOAL - Steven SaundersMotherwell 2 - 0 Hibernian Steven Saunders finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Motherwell 2-0 Hibernian.
    • 21:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Daniel Galbraith. Ian Murray takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thicot on Steve Jones. Stevie Hammell delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, the assist for the goal came from Stevie Hammell.
    • 19:32 GOAL - Jamie MurphyMotherwell 1 - 0 Hibernian Jamie Murphy scores a headed goal from close range. Motherwell 1-0 Hibernian.
    • 18:16 Darryl Duffy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
    • 17:57 The referee blows for offside against Jamie Murphy. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:05 Steve Jones challenges John Rankin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Thicot takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:54 John Sutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Francis Dickoh. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
    • 14:33 Chris Humphrey fouled by Callum Booth, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Jennings.
    • 10:47 Tom Hateley concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Galbraith. Merouane Zemmama produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Chris Humphrey.
    • 8:59 Shot by Steve Jones from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 7:34 Stevie Hammell concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Galbraith. Shot on goal comes in from John Rankin from the free kick.
    • 5:37 Corner taken right-footed by Daniel Galbraith to the near post, Steven Saunders manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:44 Jamie Murphy is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 3:58 Stevie Hammell takes the inswinging corner, Steven Thicot manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:16 Unfair challenge on Steve Jones by Francis Dickoh results in a free kick. Stephen Craigan takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 22 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 22 32 52
    2 Rangers 20 24 47
    3 Hearts 21 20 45
    4 Kilmarnock 22 10 32
    5 Inverness CT 23 3 29
    6 Motherwell 21 1 28
    7 Dundee Utd 18 -3 25
    8 St Johnstone 20 -12 23
    9 Aberdeen 21 -18 20
    10 St Mirren 21 -18 17
    11 Hibernian 21 -16 16
    12 Hamilton 20 -23 13

    see also
    McCall pleased with first SPL win
    22 Jan 11 |  Motherwell
    Hibs' Calderwood staying positive
    22 Jan 11 |  Hibernian


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