Another Three Points for the Mighty 'Well

Last updated : 24 November 2007 By Firparkcorner

Mark McGhee stuck by the eleven who won so comfortably at Inverness so the Stephen Hughes found himself on the bench as Motherwell kicked off in the strong swirling wind.

'Well get set for a first half free kick

Both sides took some time to get to grips with the conditions and the frequent squally showers just added to their discomfort. Still, we did manage to get the ball on the deck for some trademark passing football.

McCormack, as ever, spearheaded th e attack and his first speculative effort came in the second minute when a first time strike from twenty yards flew high. Quinn almost sneaked one when he deflected a free kick into Combe's arms.

The Killie keeper was by far the busier and he had to withstand a barrage in twenty minutes when we pressed with three corners in close succession. McCormack remained our main threat and one stage he sprinted for twenty yards down the right trackside overtaking the assistant referee on his way!

Half time arrived with Motherwell playing the better football but (again) no goals to show for the pressure. The 'Well fans huddled in the upper section of the away stand were glad to get their teeth into a hot Killie pie during the break.

Our just reward arrived a minute into the second half. O'Donnell collected a loose ball twenty yards out and took care to launch a low shot goalwards. It took a deflection off Ford and beat the keeper. The captain's double almost arrived when his header from a corner on the left forced a good near post save.

Hughes replaced McGarry for the last twenty five minutes and we changed to a
4-4-2 with Clarkson dropping back to midfield. Lasley got a slight head bump following a near post attack and Fitzpatrick came on to patrol the left midfield slot.

Attempts at neat passing football disappeared as the game moved into the closing stages. Both teams tended to charge into the opposite half following long defensive clearances. Neither team managed to cut out a clear cut effort despite the commitment of both teams. Murphy came on for McCormack as the clock passed ninety.

Koudou failed to hit the target when an equaliser looked possible but referee Conroy brought the game to its conclusion to see us consolidate our fifth place in the table.