The Fightback Starts
Report of match Motherwell 6 Heart of Midlothian 1 played 4th December 2002
The Mighty ‘Well started the long haul up the table with a wonderful six goal thrashing of Hearts at Fir Park. Any victory over the Jam Tarts is sweet but this was very, very special.
Pearson was immense. After a quiet first ten minutes (the highlight being a smashing save from DuBourdeau inside the first two minutes), Pearo raised the temperature of the game with two or three determined challenges, the crowd stirred and the game started for real. He played a part in at least four of the goals and looked to have regained the form he showed at the start of the season.
McFadden announced his return to top form by skinning his man on the halfway line, running up the right wing and delivering a perfect cross to Pearson in the box. After a wee fumble, Stephen recovered to smash the first of the six into the net after fifteen minutes.
Three up after twenty odd minutes. The crowd realised we were on fire and rose to the team. Choruses of ‘Stand Up for the Motherwell’ started to echo from the East and Cooper Stands.
But before the break we added another. A header from Adams was converted from a Pearson free kickand we were four up at the half time.
Terry Butcher, (“everyone gave their all tonight”), had to deliver an unusual pep talk. Never in his time at Fir Park has he had to explain the tactics when we are four up!
Hearts got one back before the Kaiser scored number five. We were taking pot shots at the Hearts ‘ goal infront of the Cooper Stand when the ball broke to Corrigan just outside the box. His well struck shot stayed low and he was buried in the resultant celebration.
Terry then showed his metal. He took off Sengewald and sent on Ferguson. Lehmann moved to the back. Five up and we take off a defender and bring on a striker! In truth, Senge had policed de Vries all night and had received a booking.
Ferguson rounded the keeper in injury time to tap home number six.
Home fans rushed for the nearest pub and started celebrating. (Your humble reporter has a large glass of malt to hand!). Other results in the SPL have gone well for us and now we are two points behind Dundee United.
Aberdeen await on Saturday and tonight’s result may add a few to the travelling support. If we play with as much confidence and skill then we could be off the bottom of the table by Saturday evening.
A great night at Fir Park – many thanks lads, you earned it.
|Competition: Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier Date: Wednesday, 4th December 2002 Kick off: 19:45 Venue: Fir Park|
McFadden 19 (pen), 26
|6 - 1||Hearts
|Daniel Sengewald (Ferguson 85)||6|
|1||Steve Ferguson (Sengewald 85)|
|3||Austin McCann (Mahe 61)||5|
|David Dunn (Weir 74)||4|
|Jean Louis Valois||6|
|Mark De Vries||5|
|Ange Oueifio (Knox 39)||4|
|John Knox (Oueifio 39)||4|
|Stephane Mahe (McCann 61)||5|
|9||Graham Weir (Dunn 74)|
|Motherwell cards shown|
|57 mins||Daniel Sengewald||Unsporting behaviour|
|Hearts cards shown|