Motherwell drop to bottom
Report of match Partick Thistle 2 Motherwell 0 played 2nd November 2002
Oh dear. If there was ever any doubt about our position in the league it vanished with a 2-0 loss to Partick Thistle. The game followed the usual pattern of us creating and missing plenty of chances. Our defending was poor and Thistle took two of their chances to leapfrog us in the league.
Kenny Arthur needed to look sharp to punch away a Derek Adams free kick and he was the Jags saviour again when Pearson had a snap shot from the edge of the box.
Thistle took heart from not being behind and came back into the game. A couple of shots were blasted wildly into the unused terrace behind the goal.
We were playing three at the back with Daniel Sengewald making a start. He was expected to dominate in the air but he looked shaky and poor throughout. Not for the first time, we sold a goal when the game was at a crucial stage. A corner was swung in and Martin Hardie was given acres of space to head home from about six yards.
It was hoped that the half time break would give us a chance to regroup. Not for the first time though, we came out for the second half looking lethargic. Thistle came close through Britton and killed the game off within six minutes of the restart. The defence swarmed to the right of the box and when the ball was played across to Burns, he had a simple task to beat Woods.
The heads could have dropped but we fought hard and created more chances. Substitute Lehmann missed two glaring headers, Kemas had a shot saved and McFadden had a good effort blocked. Things took another turn for the worst when Leitch was sent off for a second bookable offence.
We continued to push forward but Thistle played well on the break and could have added another couple to the scoreline. The news from Rugby Park that Dundee United had scored a late winner merely added to the gloom. Terry Butcher must be tearing his hair out - we could have won today on the balance of play - but individual mistakes cost us. We are desperately in need of some kind of win but no one can see where it is coming from. It will be a very pessimistic travelling support going to Pittodrie on Wednesday.
|Competition: Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier Date: Saturday, 2nd November 2002 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Firhill|
|2 - 0||Motherwell
|Martin Hardie (Buchan 89)||8|
|Scott McLean (Waddell 87)||6|
|Gerry Britton (Gibson 89)||7|
|10||Ricky Waddell (McLean 87)|
|1||Jamie Buchan (Hardie 89)|
|14||Andy Gibson (Britton 89)|
|Daniel Sengewald (Lehmann 55)||5|
|6||William Kinniburgh (Lasley 76)||5|
|Khaled Khemas (Ferguson 77)||4|
|1||Steve Ferguson (Khemas 77)|
|14||Keith Lasley (Kinniburgh 76)|
|Dirk Lehmann (Sengewald 55)||4|
|Partick Th. cards shown|
|80 mins||Martin Hardie||Unsporting behaviour|
|Motherwell cards shown|
|32 mins||Stephen Pearson||Unsporting behaviour|
|45 mins||James McFadden||Dissent|
|59 mins||William Kinniburgh||Unsporting behaviour|
|72 mins||Scott Leitch||Second bookable offence|