Motherwell hold Wolves to a draw

Last updated : 23 July 2008 By Firparkcorner

The guests made a positive start but it was Motherwell who took the lead with a lovely goal. Hammell's diagonal ball was cushioned into the path of McGarry by Clarkson and the midfielder swept the ball into the corner.

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McGarry was Motherwell's best player in the first half but most of the team struggled - the tactic of hitting long balls to the head of Porter or for Clarkson to chase was totally unsuccessful.

All back - defend!

An equaliser looked inevitable as Wolves pressed but Graeme Smith made some good saves to keep them out. Porter almost doubled the lead when he latched onto a poor back pass but Wolves finally got into the game with a close range header.

At half time we changed the entire midfielder with Lasley, Hughes, a trialist and Smith replacing McGarry, Malcolm, Fitzpatrick and O'Brien. The presence of Hughes helped a lot and a wonderful bit of skill by Smith set up a chance which he then wasted.

Clarkson robbed a defender before proceeding to miss a sitter but after that Wolves were the only attacking force.

Graeme Smith pulled off another two good saves and they also had a goal ruled out for offside - but the offending player was unlucky not to get out of the way as the ball struck him virtually on the goal line before going into the net.

We made further substitutions late on but held on for the draw. It was typical pre-season stuff and we must hope to improve in the weeks before the season begins properly.

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