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Motherwell   2 - 1   Aberdeen

Chris Humphrey (right) is congratulated by his Motherwell team-mates
Humphrey (right) is congratulated by his Motherwell team-mates

A late headed goal by defender Nikola Vujadinovic was not enough to save Aberdeen's slim hopes of finishing in the top half of the league.

Motherwell had peppered the Dons goal before they took a 15th-minute lead.

Chris Humphrey out-paced Steven Smith to reach a long ball and smashed a shot past Reds goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

Well's Darren Randolph saved a fine Chris Maguire low shot before Shaun Hutchinson converted Tom Hateley's corner ahead of the late Dons goal.

Craig Brown's first visit to Fir Park as Aberdeen manager since leaving Motherwell was a crucial one for the Reds to win if they wished to be playing in the top half of the Scottish Premier League table after the split.

At kick-off, Aberdeen were six points behind Well, the only team they had any chance of catching, although Brown's side had played one match fewer.

The result means Motherwell stay in sixth place and look a good bet to pip Inverness, St Johnstone and Hibernian to the final top-half berth.

The Fir Park surface has charted the transition from winter to spring. The appearance of some recent sunshine has produced plenty of tufts of green stuff on a pitch that had descended into a grey plain.

Motherwell had new signing Maurice Ross in at right-back for the suspended Steve Jennings to face one of his former clubs and he looked assured in his debut.

In any case, most of the action in the first half was at the other end of the pitch where strikers Jamie Murphy and John Sutton looked lively, aided by Keith Lasley in midfield.

But it was Steve Jones, in for injured Francis Jeffers, who had the first chance for the Claret and Amber, cutting in to the box from the left, beating two players and smacking a shot over the bar.

On a perfect day for football, the crowd was fairly subdued but the home fans soon had something to cheer.

Murphy tried his luck, again with a move down the left. This time, though, the shot flashed across the goal and went narrowly wide.

But, unlike Jones and Murphy, Humphrey found his range.

He showed a great turn of pace to make a few yards up on Aberdeen left-back Smith to beat him to a ball over the top, race into the box and smash the ball beyond Langfield.

Motherwell looked to have the greater appetite, perhaps buoyed by their convincing 3-0 defeat of Dundee United in the Scottish Cup replay in midweek.

They consistently regained the ball whenever they lost possession and kept the Dons pinned back.

In the 58th minute Jones somehow missed from four yards, ballooning an effort over the bar as he tried to convert Humphrey's delicious cross between Langfield and his defence.

Sone Aluko had a brief sight of goal after a one-two with former Motherwell player Nick Blackman but Stevie Hammell got back to snuff out the danger.

Aberdeen soon had a great chance to level. Vujadinovic played Maguire through but Darren Randolph made a brilliant save, throwing himself to his right to tip the ball past the post.

And Randolph held Andrew Considine's header after Derek Young sent the ball back into the box following a corner.

Maguire, who earlier escaped a yellow card for shooting wide several seconds after the whistle had gone for offside, was booked for tripping Hutchinson as the defender shepherded the ball out of play.

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall sent on centre-half Stephen Craigan for striker Murphy to shore up the defence.

At the other end, moments after having a shot saved by Langfield, Hutchinson side-footed Hateley's 88th-minute corner beyond the Dons goalie to give Motherwell a two-goal lead, though Dons boss Brown will be unhappy at the poor marking.

Aberdeen huffed and puffed but did not look like testing Randolph again until Vujadinovic flashed home his 91st-minute header.

Brown, at least, has a Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic to look forward to but the greater task is rebuilding for next season.

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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Motherwell 2-1 Aberdeen FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Humphrey 15
  • Hutchinson 88
  • Vujadinovic 90+2

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell
  • 04 Ross
  • 19 Hutchinson yellow card
  • 22 Gunning (Saunders 84)
  • 06 Hateley
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 14 Lasley
  • 09 Murphy (Craigan 80)
  • 11 Sutton yellow card
  • 17 Jones (McHugh 72)

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis,
  • 02 Saunders,
  • 05 Craigan,
  • 32 Pollock,
  • 16 McHugh,
  • 18 Forbes,
  • 23 Casagolda

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 McArdle
  • 06 Considine yellow card
  • 13 Vujadinovic yellow card
  • 16 Smith (Pawlett 63)
  • 11 Aluko (Magennis 69)
  • 14 Young
  • 27 Milsom
  • 07 Maguire yellow card
  • 09 Vernon (Paton 76)
  • 24 Blackman

Substitutes

  • 21 Howard,
  • 25 Anderson,
  • 37 Shaughnessy,
  • 42 Robertson,
  • 15 Pawlett,
  • 19 Paton,
  • 20 Magennis
Ref: Steven McleanAtt: 4,458
MOTHERWELL
ABERDEEN

Possession

  • Motherwell 54%
  • Aberdeen 46%

Attempts on target

  • Motherwell 5
  • Aberdeen 4

Attempts off target

  • Motherwell 4
  • Aberdeen 2

Corners

  • Motherwell 5
  • Aberdeen 8

Fouls

  • Motherwell 7
  • Aberdeen 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:25 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+4:15 Corner taken right-footed by Chris Maguire to the near post, John Sutton fouled by Rory McArdle, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
  • 90:00+2:27 Josh Magennis is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
  • 90:00+1:29 Assist by Chris Maguire.
  • 90:00+1:29 GOAL - Nikola VujadinovicMotherwell 2 - 1 Aberdeen Nikola Vujadinovic grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Motherwell 2-1 Aberdeen.
  • 90:00+0:48 Chris Maguire decides to take the corner short.
  • 87:02 Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Tom Hateley provided the assist for the goal.
  • 87:02 GOAL - Shaun HutchinsonMotherwell 2 - 0 Aberdeen Shaun Hutchinson finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 2-0 Aberdeen.
  • 85:52 Robert McHugh takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 83:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Milsom by John Sutton. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
  • 83:34 Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Steven Saunders coming on for Gavin Gunning.
  • 83:34 Booking The referee cautions John Sutton for unsporting behaviour.
  • 81:26 Peter Pawlett challenges Gavin Gunning unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
  • 79:49 Corner taken by Robert Milsom.
  • 79:49 Substitution Stephen Craigan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Murphy.
  • 78:33 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell played to the near post, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:45 Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Blackman. Robert Milsom takes the indirect free kick.
  • 76:07 Unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.
  • 76:07 Booking Andrew Considine is shown a yellow card.
  • 75:12 Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Michael Paton coming on for Scott Vernon.
  • 74:27 Josh Magennis takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a comfortable save.
  • 73:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Magennis by John Sutton. Robert Milsom takes the indirect free kick.
  • 72:23 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stevie Hammell, save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 71:26 Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Robert McHugh coming on for Steve Jones.
  • 70:32 Corner taken by Robert Milsom from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Darren Randolph.
  • 68:24 The official flags Steve Jones offside. Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.
  • 68:24 Substitution Sone Aluko goes off and Josh Magennis comes on.
  • 66:50 Unfair challenge on Steve Jones by Nikola Vujadinovic results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stevie Hammell, clearance by Scott Vernon.
  • 66:50 Booking Nikola Vujadinovic is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 65:52 Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 64:26 Booking Chris Maguire is given a yellow card.
  • 63:43 The ball is crossed by Derek Young, Andrew Considine takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
  • 63:07 Corner taken by Sone Aluko played to the near post, Keith Lasley manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:18 Substitution Peter Pawlett comes on in place of Steven Smith.
  • 60:54 Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Jones. Tom Hateley takes the indirect free kick.
  • 60:13 Corner taken right-footed by Chris Maguire to the near post, Keith Lasley makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 59:56 Chris Maguire takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
  • 59:56 Chris Humphrey takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
  • 57:10 Steve Jones produces a left-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.
  • 56:04 Sone Aluko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Jones. Tom Hateley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.
  • 55:30 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nick Blackman. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 53:51 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sone Aluko.
  • 47:53 The referee blows for offside against Chris Maguire. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
  • 47:19 Shot from just outside the box by Chris Maguire misses to the left of the goal.
  • 46:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Considine by John Sutton. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:02 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 40:46 John Sutton fouled by Andrew Considine, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 38:39 Shaun Hutchinson challenges Nick Blackman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Milsom restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:39 Booking Shaun Hutchinson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 36:30 Steve Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McArdle. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
  • 35:32 Foul by Nikola Vujadinovic on Shaun Hutchinson, free kick awarded. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
  • 34:35 Corner taken right-footed by Chris Maguire from the left by-line, save by Darren Randolph.
  • 32:30 Inswinging corner taken by Stevie Hammell, Steven Smith manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:23 Derek Young challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
  • 23:58 Stevie Hammell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko. Robert Milsom takes the indirect free kick.
  • 23:36 The offside flag is raised against John Sutton. Rory McArdle takes the indirect free kick.
  • 22:43 Sone Aluko produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 20:23 The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Maguire. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
  • 14:18 Keith Lasley provided the assist for the goal.
  • 14:18 GOAL - Chris HumphreyMotherwell 1 - 0 Aberdeen A goal is scored by Chris Humphrey from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen.
  • 13:19 The official flags Chris Maguire offside. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
  • 11:40 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Murphy. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.
  • 8:49 Nikola Vujadinovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Indirect free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 7:16 Effort from inside the area by Jamie Murphy misses to the right of the target.
  • 6:20 Shot from inside the area by Steve Jones clears the bar.
  • 0:38 Shot by Steve Jones. Blocked by Sone Aluko. Keith Lasley has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Scottish Premier results

2 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 28 44 67
2 Rangers 28 35 65
3 Hearts 30 16 58
4 Dundee Utd 30 6 49
5 Kilmarnock 31 10 46
6 Motherwell 31 -8 40
7 Inverness CT 30 1 36
8 St Johnstone 30 -16 34
9 Hibernian 29 -14 32
10 Aberdeen 30 -17 31
11 St Mirren 30 -22 25
12 Hamilton 31 -35 16

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