Motherwell Pay the Price for Missed Chances

Last updated : 17 October 2004 By Firparkcorner

We kicked off facing the South Stand with a full strength side. Partridge got the call over Kinniburgh for the second game in succession and Phil O’Donnell resumed normal service relegating Shaun Fagan to the bench.

The wall stood firm

The first goal came in six minutes after some enterprising work by Scott McDonald lead to a shot on target. He turned Andrews inside out (as he did all afternoon) but Klos had little difficulty in collecting his attempt. The ball was launched upfield and Prso prodded it on. He outpaced the central defenders and slid the ball past Marshall.

We recovered from the blow quickly and earned a couple of excellent chances before the half hour. Firstly McDonald escaped the clutches of Andrews and unleashed a fierce shot from inside the box. Klos had to throw himself at full stretch to deflect his effort. Then Clarkson collected a ball over the top and ran in on goal. He had a clear sight of goal and from fourteen yards fires to the bottom left corner. Again the visiting keeper made a vital save, this time a one handed stretch low down.

Indirect free kick inside the box

No changes were made at the break but we seemed to lose the momentum. There was plenty of effort and we tried to get the ball into dangerous positions but all too frequently we conceded possession. Corrigan made some deep runs on the right and Foran used his aerial power from right midfield to good effect.

On the hour we managed to send the ball across the face of goal but it was just out of reach of our strikers. Leitch had an effort on target but we rarely threatened. But our eagerness to level the game had left space at the back and we paid the price inside the last ten minutes. Novo collected the ball after our attack faltered and charged into our half. He found Prso on the left side of the box and he scored.

We fought well but in the end the difference between the teams was that they took their chances and we failed to convert ours. We have slipped down the table but look forward to the game with Aberdeen next week.