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Motherwell v Dunfermline as it happened

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By Thomas McGuigan

2146: Ten-man Motherwell are on the crest of a wave after a superb display against the basement Pars. The highlights of tonight's game at Fir Park will be available on our website later. We're back on Saturday for a busy day of SPL action and a mouth-watering Ayrshire derby in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi final, with Ayr Utd facing Kilmarnock. Thanks for your company tonight, cheers.

2143: That was Motherwell's first league victory in six games and their first SPL win at home since beating Aberdeen in September...

2141: Motherwell boss Stuart McCall: "I'm so proud of my players; we've managed to get three goals too. I'm delighted. I haven't spoken to Stephen Craigan yet (about his dismissal). It's an important three points and, overall, I'm very happy."

Twitter
2140: From Jonathan Guild on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Storming performance, as usual, by the mighty @MotherwellFC. Back up to third where we rightly belong. #bbcsportsound#mightywell"

2138: Kool & The Gang's Celebration is belted out at Fir Park as Motherwell savour a hard-fought victory to move into third spot in the table, three points clear of Hearts and St Johnstone.

Full time
2137: FULL-TIME MOTHERWELL 3-1 DUNFERMLINE

2135: Ten-man Motherwell responded superbly to Stephen Craigan's dismissal and Chris Humphrey's goal - his side's third - knocked the stuffing out of the resurgent Pars.

2133: Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre will be encouraged and dismayed in equal measure by his side's display tonight. They came roaring back in the second half but defensive frailties have proved costly once again and they will remain bottom of the table, a point behind Hibs.

2131: From Beetle by text on 80295: "Don't know what's going to kill me first: this game of football or the final 10 minutes of an hour I'm doing on my exercise bike! Mon the 'Well!" I hope your pedal power can speed up our internet connection!

2130: BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds: "Dunfermline just haven't capitalised on their second-half display"

2129: Dunfermline look to launch a counter-attack but Tom Hateley is alive to the danger and plays a long ball back to keeper Darren Randolph.

2127: The Steelmen, emboldened by that third goal, are stroking the ball about with greater confidence - what a difference a goal makes, eh? - and they are on course to reclaim third spot in the table. Just over five minutes remaining.

Motherwell goal: That could be that. 'Well keeper Darren Randolph's long ball into the box is knocked down by Bob McHugh and fellow sub Chris Humphrey fires the ball low into the net. Great finish as the hosts capitalise on slack defending.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2123: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 3-1 DUNFERMLINE (HUMPHREY)

2121: What a chance for Dunfermline! David Graham slaloms past a couple of Motherwell tackles before his low centre is stabbed just wide by Andy Kirk. The visitors go agonisingly close to grabbing an equaliser.

2119: We're into the final 15 minutes and it's nervy times for the 10-man hosts who dominated the first half but are looking vulnerable to Dunfermline attacks.

Twitter
2118: AlmostFrazzled using #bbcsportsound: "Shades of Arsene Wenger about this substitution from Stuart McCall"

2116: 'Well boss Stuart McCall bellows some tactical instructions to his side as he seeks to preserve their 2-1 advantage. The flame-haired manager would give a stellar performance as Lion-O if Thundercats was ever made into a film...

2114: Motherwell goal hero Henrik Ojamaa receives a standing ovation from the home fans as he's replaced by Bob McHugh.

2112: BBC Scotland pundit Steven Thompson: "Dunfermline will be much happier with the last 10 minutes; they've been far more expansive and are dominating."

2110: Suddenly every Pars attack is setting the collective claret & amber pulse racing; what a difference from the first half when 10-man Motherwell breezed through proceedings.

Dunfermline goal: We may have a game on our hands... Dunfermline have been crying out for some width and Paddy Boyle answers the clarion call, galloping down the left Forrest Gump-style before sending in a sumptuous cross for Andy Kirk to score from 14 yards. The Pars have come alive!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2106: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 2-1 DUNFERMLINE (ANDY KIRK)

Twitter
2101: ItsJambo via #bbcsportsound: "Let's hope this is motherwell staying 3rd spot and bringing Europa nights back to Fir Park." And Davie_McMorrow borrows a musical theme from The Clash to give us: "Refereeing decisions tonight mean 'Well fought the Law but so far the Well won." Ouch!

2100: Paul Willis comes on for Joe Cardle as Dunfermline search for a way to get back into this game. Wonder if any of his team-mates ask: "What you talkin' bout Willis?" in homage to the legendary Different Strokes?

2059: BBC Radio Scotland pundit and St Mirren striker Steven Thompson: "Motherwell are dominating the game and you wouldn't know they were down to 10 men. Dunfermline's passing has been really slack. They don't seem to be closing down Motherwell; they're not getting into the game. "

Motherwell goal: What a strike to brighten up a dark January night in Lanarkshire! Henrik Ojamaa feeds Nicky Law who takes a couple of paces forward before rifling an unstoppable shot high past the helpless Iain Turner. Ten-man Motherwell extend their lead in stunning style!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2056: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 2-0 DUNFERMLINE (NICKY LAW)

2054: Paddy Boyle and Joe Cardle combine as Dunfermline threaten but the attack fizzles out on the edge of the area; the Pars need a bit of width...

2053: 'Well continue to stretch Dunfermline and are knocking the ball about with some aplomb at the start of the second half.

Twitter
2051: Fraser Drylie using #bbcsportsound: "Dunfermline should have the confidence knowing they can score goals to get back into the game...still enough time."

2050: Steve Jennings latches onto a knockdown by Michael Higdon but screws his 20-yard effort wide of Dunfermline keeper Iain Turner's goal.

Whistle
2049: We're back under way at Fir Park.

From Kirky fae the toon by text on 80295: "Mon the Pars. Used to going behind, use it as an incentive to go on and bag a couple!"

Twitter
McKillopov via #bbcsportsound: "At least with Stephen Craigan sent off, Darren Randolph has one less threat to his goal! More O.G's than Flo has scored all season!"

2036: Referee Alan Muir is booed by the Motherwell fans as he makes his way up the tunnel. The Steelmen are unhappy about Stephen Craigan's dismissal following that clash with Andy Barrowman. However, 10-man 'Well lead at the break and are on course to reclaim third spot in the table.

Half time
2034: HALF-TIME MOTHERWELL 1-0 DUNFERMLINE

2032: We've got two minutes of added time at the end of the first half at Fir Park. Andy Dowie lashes a shot well wide of Darren Randolph's goal and that pretty much sums up the Pars's attacking efforts in the opening 45 minutes.

2030: Joe Cardle launches a Dunfermline attack down the left but again Motherwell snuff out the danger without too much trouble.

2028: Dunfermline midfielder Mark Kerr tries to spark a Pars revival but his cross is swatted away by Shaun Hutchinson and the hosts seem fairly comfortable at the back, despite Stephen Craigan's early dismissal.

Yellow card
2026: It's the Henrik Ojamaa show! The Estonian seems to be covering every blade of grass in an impressive first half. But his exuberance sees him earn a yellow card for a miss-timed sliding challenge on Kevin Rutkiewicz.

2024: And speaking of Ojamaa, the Motherwell goalscorer is finding time and space for 10-man Motherwell to press as they look for a second goal. A little over seven minutes until the break and Jim McIntyre will be hoping his Dunfermline side can show a bit more menace in the final third.

Twitter
2022: ItsJambo via #bbcsportsound: "Ojamaa the next "Henrik" to make SPL history, hopefully, with lots of goals?" The Estonian has certainly lit up the first half at Fir Park; a real box of tricks and he's had the Pars on the back foot on a number of occasions.

2021: Joe Cardle rifles in a shot from close range but Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph produces a superb save. The Pars are pressing for an equaliser and have the hosts pinned in their own half.

2019: BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds: "Yes, it bounced in front of him, but the goalkeeper's got to react"

2017: Motherwell goal: The Steelmen break the deadlock in style as Henrik Ojamma shimmies on the edge of the area before drilling in a low shot that bounces in front of Pars keeper Iain Turner and nestling in the bottom corner.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
2016: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 1-0 DUNFERMLINE (OJAMAA)

2014: Andy Barrowman, who was booked for his part in the clash with Stephen Craigan, trudges off to be replaced by Andy Kirk. Looks like he may have a calf or hamstring injury. The Pars reshuffle their pack in the hope of breaking down 10-man Motherwell.

Twitter
2011: SPLstats tweets: "That is Stephen Craigan's first ever SPL red card. His last red card was in Jan 2005 v Killie in the Scottish Cup."

2010: Motherwell fans, still smarting from Craigan's dismissal, howl for action following a heavy Mark Kerr challenge on Henrik Ojamaa. But play rages on and Fir Park is crackling with controversy.

2007: BBC Scotland pundit and St Mirren striker Steven Thompson: "Dunfermline should smell blood and make their numerical advantage tell"

2006: Motherwell manager Stuart McCall reacts to Craigan's dismissal by withdrawing Jamie Murphy and sending on Tim Clancy to bolster his defence.

Red card
2004: RED CARD: Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan is given his marching orders after clashing with Andy Barrowman, the Pars striker receiving a yellow card for his part in the incident. The pair had contested a high ball and referee Alan Muir was over there like a heat-seeking missile!

2003: The Pars respond immediately and Shaun Hutchinson appears to nudge Joe Cardle in the box but referee Alan Muir is having none of it.

2001: Motherwell look to spring a lightening attack as Henrik Ojamaa looks to latch onto a great Steve Jennings through ball. Michael Higdon, who was in an offside position, checks his run but Ojamaa is flagged offside. The home fans don't like that one little bit.

1959: The Steelmen will be keen to get Jamie Murphy on the ball as often as possible. The wide man has the potential to give most SPL defenders sleepless nights...

Twitter
1958: Fraser Meldrum via #bbcsportsound: "Mark Kerr has been a great signing for the #Pars after an outstanding debut against Killie. More of the same tonight please!"

1956: Estonian Henrik Ojamaa tries to fashion an opening for the hosts but he tries one too many tricks in the Dunfermline penalty area and the Pars repel the danger.

1953: Steve Jennings, Keith Lasley and Jamie Murphy link up well before Murphy fires in a shot which Alex Keddie does well to block.

1952: Six minutes gone and we've had little in the way of goalmouth action apart from Mark Kerr's effort from distance.

1951: BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds: "Dunfermline have no natural width and Motherwell can use the likes of Hateley and Hammell to their advantage. The Pars need to use their extra man in the middle and, if they do that, they could cause Motherwell problems."

Twitter
1950: Davie McMorrow tweets: "Ojamaa already being described as the new Dougie Arnott by 'Well fans - let's hope he can do the business tonight." And FraserDrylie says: "Happy to see that the team is unchanged, reckon a 2-1 win for the Pars."

1948: Dunfermline midfielder Mark Kerr lashes a shot high over the bar from 25 yards; nothing to concern Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph.

Whistle
1946: We're under way!

1944: The teams are out on the Fir Park pitch and it looks a cracking surface for creative players to strut their stuff.

1940: "Motherwell have benefitted from not suffering too many injuries this season. They don't have a big squad and there's pressure on them to move up to third place." BBC Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1937: The Pars responded in stunning style to their Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Inverness CT with an impressive victory at Rugby Park. Motherwell will be aiming to show greater menace in the final third.

1933: 'Well boss Stuart McCall is far from happy with the SFA's new disciplinary procedures and the Steelmen intend to challenge the one-match ban facing striker Michael Higdon for a gesture he made at Tannadice on Saturday. Where do you stand on "gesture politics" on the pitch? How far should goal celebrations go?

1930: Unsurprisingly, Pars boss Jim McIntyre names an unchanged side following the impressive 3-0 victory at Kilmarnock. A win for the Pars would see them leapfrog Hibs and move off the foot of the table. A draw would see them remain bottom on goal difference.

1927: Estonian Henrik Ojamaa is handed his first start for Motherwell, replacing Omar Daley in the only change to the starting line-up from the side that drew 1-1 with Dundee United.

Twitter
1924: To get in touch tonight, tweet using the hashtag #bbcsportsound send me a message @thomasmcg76 or text via 80295.

1922: TEAMS FROM FIR PARK:
MOTHERWELL: Randolph, Hateley, Craigan, Hutchinson, Hammell, Law, Jennings, Lasley, Murphy, Higdon, Ojamaa. Subs: Bradley, Humphrey, McHugh, Daley, Forbes, Clancy, Carswell.
DUNFERMLINE: Turner, Dowie, Rutkiewicz, Keddie, Boyle, Cardle, Kerr, Mason, Graham, Barrowman, Buchanan. Subs: Smith, Hardie, Kirk, Potter, Willis, Thomson, Byrne.
Referee: Alan Muir

1920: Motherwell manager Stuart McCall: "We've got three massive home games on the bounce. We need to be looking to scoring more goals and winning more games. Our creative players have got to work hard to get on the ball. There's a big incentive for us to move back up to third."

1918: Dunfermline boss Jim McIntyre: "It's a huge game for us. The boys know what's at stake, it's a game in hand and the opportunity for us to move off the foot of the table. The Fir Park pitch is as good as I've seen it for a night in January!"

1916: Stuart McCall's men know victory would see them climb to third in the SPL, while a win for the Pars would lift them off the foot of the table and move two points ahead of Hibs.

1915: Good evening and welcome to our live text coverage of Motherwell v Dunfermline in the Scottish Premier League.



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24 Jan 2012 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 24 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 24 32 59
2 Rangers 24 29 55
3 Motherwell 23 1 38
4 Hearts 24 12 35
5 St Johnstone 23 6 35
6 Dundee Utd 24 -5 27
7 Kilmarnock 23 -7 27
8 Aberdeen 24 -4 26
9 St Mirren 24 -11 26
10 Inverness CT 23 -10 25
11 Hibernian 23 -17 18
12 Dunfermline 23 -26 17


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