Ten men ‘Well Battle for a Point
Report of match Motherwell 2 Partick Thistle 2 played 2nd January 2003
Referee Ian Fyfe flourished dozen yellow cards to ruin a hard fought game at Fir Park. Despite playing for almost an hour with ten men The Mighty ‘Well thoroughly deserved a point to remain a point clear of the bottom.
It was clear from the start that attitude and commitment would play no part in any failure. We pressed and harried with young Clarkson making the most of his first start. Indeed he scored an early goal in around ten minutes after a McFadden cross was not cleared.
Thistle soon levelled the game when Burns struck a lovely free kick into DuBourdeau’s postage stamp corner.
The ref then started his booking spree. He managed nine(!) by the break and two of those were shown to McFadden. He will now miss the next four games. His team mates had an hour to get used to his watching from the stand.
In the second half the ten men attacked the Cooper Stand goal and after a minute they almost went into the lead.
We paid the price for the miss a minute later when the ref awarded a penalty (and another yellow card) when Kinniburgh was deemed to have offended inside the area. Burns scored the resulting penalty.
Thistle tried to kill the game. They tried to hold the ball at the back and caused our forward players to cover miles as they passed to the extra man. After an hour Lehmann moved upfield and he started to cause confusion.
The equaliser came with around fifteen minutes to go. We had a sustained spell of pressure with a Dirk Lehmann looping header pushed on to the bar.
Then Partridge made amends for the earlier miss with a back post header. A well deserved equaliser and one which had the home support on their feet baying for the winner.
The ref continued with his yellow cards and managed a dozen by the end of the game. The cheers at the final whistle for the battling ‘Well turned to boos when the whistler left the park.
A welcome point was gathered at the cost of a red card for Faddy and bookings for Hammell, Kinniburgh, Leitch Lehmann and Pearson. We will pay a price for the indiscipline.
Enjoy the break lads – let’s hope for a kind draw in the cup.
|Competition: Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier Date: Thursday, 2nd January 2003 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Fir Park|
|2 - 2||Partick Th.
Burns 19, 49 (pen)
|Scott Leitch (Fagan 66)||6|
|7||David Clarkson (Ferguson 82)||5|
|Dirk Lehmann (Ramsey 90)||8|
|2||Shaun Fagan (Leitch 66)||5|
|Dougie Ramsey (Lehmann 90)|
|1||Steve Ferguson (Clarkson 82)|
|1||Jamie Buchan (McKinstry 77)||6|
|Jamie Mitchell (Walker 18)||4|
|Gerry Britton (Waddell 61)||7|
|James McKinstry (Buchan 77)|
|10||Ricky Waddell (Britton 61)||5|
|Paul Walker (Mitchell 18)||6|
|Motherwell cards shown|
|21 mins||James McFadden||Unsporting behaviour|
|37 mins||James McFadden||Second bookable offence|
|39 mins||Stephen Pearson||Unsporting behaviour|
|45 mins||Scott Leitch||Unsporting behaviour|
|45 mins||Dirk Lehmann||Dissent|
|48 mins||William Kinniburgh||Unsporting behaviour|
|67 mins||David Partridge||Unsporting behaviour|
|89 mins||Stevie Hammell||Unsporting behaviour|
|Partick Th. cards shown|
|22 mins||Alan Archibald||Unsporting behaviour|
|38 mins||Jamie Buchan||Unsporting behaviour|
|45 mins||Gerry Britton||Dissent|
|89 mins||Martin Hardie||Unsporting behaviour|