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Motherwell produced a ruthless attacking display to defeat
Aberdeen 4-1 at Fir Park and go level on points with Inverness in
second place in the Scottish Premier League.
Tom Hateley headed home Jamie Murphy’s cross after 10 minutes to
give Stuart McCall’s side the lead against the run of play.
The hosts again punished Aberdeen’s failure to take their
chances as Murphy doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark,
however Jonny Hayes powered through the midfield before powering an
effort past Darren Randolph to reduce the deficit just minutes
Murphy notched his 10th goal of the season on the stroke of
half-time to provide a timely boost for Well and Michael Higdon
added a fourth 10 minutes into the second half.
Former Scotland Under-21 international Murphy was handed a
chance to complete his hat-trick when Motherwell were awarded a
penalty with 25 minutes remaining, but his weak effort was saved by
The visitors passed up a glorious opportunity to open the
scoring after three minutes when Niall McGinn drilled wide after
Randolph had blocked from Joe Shaughnessy.
Motherwell burst into life after six minutes when Nicky Law
rattled Langfield’s bar with a fizzing effort from the edge of the
area, and the opening goal arrived three minutes later when
Murphy’s precise delivery was headed beyond Langfield by
Despite enjoying the better of the possession and chances
Aberdeen were again punished for their lack of cutting edge on the
half-hour mark as Murphy drove into the box before angling a low
shot past the despairing Langfield.
Motherwell were not to enjoy their two-goal advantage for long
as Hayes burst through the midfield before powering a shot low into
the bottom left-hand corner.
The home side got the perfect lift on the stroke of half-time as
Murphy slotted home his second of the afternoon.
Higdon was the first player to receive a yellow card for a
careless lunge on Mark Reynolds. The former St Mirren striker was
celebrating shortly afterwards however – as he slid the ball home
after some fantastic build-up play from Ojamaa.
It was Motherwell who looked the more likely to add to their
tally though and they were awarded a penalty when Ojamaa was
tripped inside the area by Clark Robertson, Murphy stepped up
hoping to seal his hat-trick, but was denied by Langfield.
The closing minutes brought little in the way of goalmouth
action and Motherwell held on for a victory that moves them level
on points with Inverness in second place in the league table.
Both sides had struggled to create chances in the opening 45
minutes despite Fleetwood dominating proceedings – Ball’s penalty
claim, rightly waved away by referee David Webb, the closest either
The home side upped the tempo after the break and grabbed the
lead following a period of sustained pressure.
Junior Brown found space down the left, his cross drifted onto
the head of Ball – his effort turned back across Barry Roche in the
Morecambe goal and into the net.
Fleetwood pushed for a second and could have doubled their
advantage when substitute Alex Titchiner pumped in a cross from the
right – Ball with a diving header which drifted wide.
Brown wasted an even better opportunity in the dying stages,
Titchiner with a low cross and with the goal gaping Brown somehow
firing over the bar.
Former Fleetwood man Richard Brodie created the visitors’ best
chance, beating Rob Atkinson but shooting well wide.