No Joy for the 'Well

Last updated : 27 October 2007 By Firparkcorner

McGhee and his merry men delivered on their pre-match promise to take the game to Celtic. We had the first of five half time corners inside the opening minute and had the home team on the back foot. Clarkson had a blast off target before McCormack tested Boruc with a fierce thirty yard swerving shot which the keeper managed to palm away for a corner.

Porter clears a corner

There was an early substitution in ten minutes when O'Donnell replaced Hughes, - let's hope he's fit for Wednesday.

McCormack was his usual lively self but few chances fell his way. Craigan came close with a header from a corner while at the other other end Smith was called a few times to keep the ball out.

There was a big shout from the busy away section when McDonald took a dive inside our area. The referee, Stuart Dougal, showed him the yellow card. Within a couple of minutes he had headed a Nakamura corner down and beyond Smith to send us to the break one down.

We were under the cosh for the first five minutes of the second half and we were relieved to see the bar keep McGeady's long range shot out. Paterson had taken a knock and was replaced by Fitzpatrick. Motherwell then had two chances to level the game.

The first came when Porter skinned McManus deep on the right. He then ran in along the dead ball line but tried the near post ball instead of cutting back to the centre of the box where help was on hand. The second also fell to the big striker. He collected a nice through ball and charged into the box with time to place it beyond Boruc but the shot was too close to the keeper.

McDonald then demonstrated how to slide a ball under a keeper just before the hour mark for his second and when the ref adjudged that Craigan's challenge was illegal, he netted from the spot to take ownership of the match ball.

After the match McGhee let it be known that Hughes has a hamstring problem. We could struggle without him but he shouldn't be risked on Wednesday if there is any doubt about his recovery.