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Motherwell V Ross County
#1
Massive game tonight with Hearts picking up a big three points last night - Motherwell have been on a bit of a dodgy run lately so hoping we can take advantage and get another away win - hoping big Ross is back in the mix seeing as he's been back in training!


MON THE STAGGIES!
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#2
Away from home, will take a point.
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#3
No Paton is a bit disappointing. Injured?
 
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#4
Disappointing 4-1 loss but remain positive
 
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#5
Disappointing indeed......

Motherwell  deserved the three points in a game where they dominated both possession and the midfield areas, used the full width of the pitch and were simply too good for a jaded looking County side. 

I felt  that neither Cowie or Vigurs had the legs to cope with Motherwell's high intensity gameplan or with Alan Campbell who dominated the midfield and dictated play as well as scoring two goals.  That was not helped by Blair Spittal hardly being involved.  I felt sorry for Josh Mullin and Billy McKay who both ran themselves into the ground by chasing lost causes and trying to close down the play with very limited support.  McKay*s fellow striker Erwin looked low in confidence playing against his old club  / a shadow of the player he once was. 

Two of the four County goals conceded were effectively tap ins from close range, which were very poor goals to lose defensively.

Three of County's four efforts on target over the whole game came in the first twenty minutes in what looked like a promising start. 

Liam Fontaine opened the scoring on the third minute when he volleyed the ball low into the net from close range by connecting with a Vigurs corner from the right.  Billy McKay came close to making it 2-0 ten minutes later when his angled shot on the half volley - from the left side of the box - was parried away by home keeper Gillespie.  That was followed on 20 minutes by a very weak Erwin shot from the right edge of the penalty box which was an easy claim by the keeper. 

Motherwell had also started brightly.  A low, weak shot from the left-edge of the penalty box in the fourth minute was easily held by Baxter.  Three minutes later Christopher Long cleverly glanced a header towards the near post area, connecting  with a cross from the right which Nathan  Baxter did well to smother and hold.  

The home side equalised in the 17th. minute as a result of poor defending.  County centre back Morris was booked for a foul 20 yards out on the right side.  The free kick taken by Rolando Aarons deflected off a head in the four man County wall and went out for a corner.  A Motherwell head connected with the corner from the right and from the resulting scramble in front of the goal, the ball was  blasted in from very close ran by Mark O' Hara, right in front of the County support.

Motherwell came close to scoring again one minute later when Baxter did well to beat down a close range Hylton shot after the home player had been set up unopposed inside the right side of the box by a slide rule pass.

They did however take the lead in the 25th. minute when Richard Foster was exposed down the County left and was beaten for pace to the byeline.  The resultant cross was expertly chested down by Hylton and in the same movement he hit a first time volley on the turn from 12 yards out.  The effort rebounded off the bar and fell kindly for Campbell who curled the ball high into the top right corner of the net from about 14 yards out.

Following that goal there was little goalmouth action for the remainder of the half outwith a Seedorf free kick from 25 yards on the right, that evaded everyone and bounced out of play at the back post.  During that spell Motherwell had controlled the midfield and dictated play without creating much.

County started the second-half with more urgency by pushing Motherwell further back / playing a higher line. 

Just after the restart, clever work by Spittal outside the box led to a splayed angled pass to Mullin who was supporting down the right channel.  His low shot from an acute angle was on target but was deflected into the side netting for a corner.  

County's lack of pace was exposed at the corner kick.  Taken by Vigurs, but unable to even get to the near post, Mortherwell broke away at pace and within seconds were in the opposite penalty box.  Fortunately for County that lightning counter- attack  came to nothing.

Ten minutes later County keeper Baxter pulled off an incredible save when he instinctively parried away a close range Christopher Long shot. 

On the hour mark, a Hylton effort from the home side - from outside the right side of the penalty box - was ba!looned wildly over the bar.

With County playing better during the second-half, but creating little, the co-managers decided to freshen things up by making three changes in the space of three minutes.  The ineffective Spittal was replaced by the energetic Jordan Tilson in the 64th. minute.   That was followed by twin strikers Ross Stewart and Oli Shaw being introduced for Lee Erwin and Don Cowie.  With Stewart mainly playing down the left channel and Shaw joining  McKay in attack.

With County playing with a new found urgency in an attempt to salvage something from the game, the gameplan backfired with 15minutes left when Motherwell scored a third to put the game beyond County.  Once again it resulted from poor County defending. 

Marcus Fraser stood off and failed to get a block in, inside the left side of the box, to prevent a low cross,with the delivery ending up in the net from very close range by Alan Campbell.

County's only effort on target of the whole of the second-half came with five minutes left. A good Foster break down the left resulted in a cross to the back post area. The ball was met by the head of Shaw. His close range header was easily saved by Gillespie, when a better option would have been to head across goal. 

With County continuing to press forward into added time, they were caught out at the death from a quick counter on the break.  This time Campbell was the provider as he slid a pass to substitute Tony Watt. The striker's low diagonal shot from the right was expertly dispatched into the far corner of the net, giving Nathan Baxter no chance. That topped off a .miserable night for County - with the results of the other bottom- half sides not going their way.

Negatives - poor performances from too many players who seem undroppable  (Fontaine, Fraser, Vigurs, Cowie and Erwin) and a starting midfield four that were always going to be overrun and outplayed by Motherwell.

Positves -  return of Ross Stewart after long term injury, who also made a massive difference when he came on,  commitment of Billy McKay and Josh Mullin, energy of Oli Shaw and defending of Calum Morris who prevented a heavier defeat.

However, overall a very poor night from a County perspective..........
 
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#6
Thank you for the report, Fryish. Have been some grim away days this year.

Do we actually bother practicing defending crosses in training? We seem to not have a clue what we're doing when it happens.
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Fyrish-stag Wrote:Disappointing indeed......

Motherwell  deserved the three points in a game where they dominated both possession and the midfield areas, used the full width of the pitch and were simply too good for a jaded looking County side. 

I felt  that neither Cowie or Vigurs had the legs to cope with Motherwell's high intensity gameplan or with Alan Campbell who dominated the midfield and dictated play as well as scoring two goals.  That was not helped by Blair Spittal hardly being involved.  I felt sorry for Josh Mullin and Billy McKay who both ran themselves into the ground by chasing lost causes and trying to close down the play with very limited support.  McKay*s fellow striker Erwin looked low in confidence playing against his old club  / a shadow of the player he once was. 

Two of the four County goals conceded were effectively tap ins from close range, which were very poor goals to lose defensively.

Three of County's four efforts on target over the whole game came in the first twenty minutes in what looked like a promising start. 

Liam Fontaine opened the scoring on the third minute when he volleyed the ball low into the net from close range by connecting with a Vigurs corner from the right.  Billy McKay came close to making it 2-0 ten minutes later when his angled shot on the half volley - from the left side of the box - was parried away by home keeper Gillespie.  That was followed on 20 minutes by a very weak Erwin shot from the right edge of the penalty box which was an easy claim by the keeper. 

Motherwell had also started brightly.  A low, weak shot from the left-edge of the penalty box in the fourth minute was easily held by Baxter.  Three minutes later Christopher Long cleverly glanced a header towards the near post area, connecting  with a cross from the right which Nathan  Baxter did well to smother and hold.  

The home side equalised in the 17th. minute as a result of poor defending.  County centre back Morris was booked for a foul 20 yards out on the right side.  The free kick taken by Rolando Aarons deflected off a head in the four man County wall and went out for a corner.  A Motherwell head connected with the corner from the right and from the resulting scramble in front of the goal, the ball was  blasted in from very close ran by Mark O' Hara, right in front of the County support.

Motherwell came close to scoring again one minute later when Baxter did well to beat down a close range Hylton shot after the home player had been set up unopposed inside the right side of the box by a slide rule pass.

They did however take the lead in the 25th. minute when Richard Foster was exposed down the County left and was beaten for pace to the byeline.  The resultant cross was expertly chested down by Hylton and in the same movement he hit a first time volley on the turn from 12 yards out.  The effort rebounded off the bar and fell kindly for Campbell who curled the ball high into the top right corner of the net from about 14 yards out.

Following that goal there was little goalmouth action for the remainder of the half outwith a Seedorf free kick from 25 yards on the right, that evaded everyone and bounced out of play at the back post.  During that spell Motherwell had controlled the midfield and dictated play without creating much.

County started the second-half with more urgency by pushing Motherwell further back / playing a higher line. 

Just after the restart, clever work by Spittal outside the box led to a splayed angled pass to Mullin who was supporting down the right channel.  His low shot from an acute angle was on target but was deflected into the side netting for a corner.  

County's lack of pace was exposed at the corner kick.  Taken by Vigurs, but unable to even get to the near post, Mortherwell broke away at pace and within seconds were in the opposite penalty box.  Fortunately for County that lightning counter- attack  came to nothing.

Ten minutes later County keeper Baxter pulled off an incredible save when he instinctively parried away a close range Christopher Long shot. 

On the hour mark, a Hylton effort from the home side - from outside the right side of the penalty box - was ba!looned wildly over the bar.

With County playing better during the second-half, but creating little, the co-managers decided to freshen things up by making three changes in the space of three minutes.  The ineffective Spittal was replaced by the energetic Jordan Tilson in the 64th. minute.   That was followed by twin strikers Ross Stewart and Oli Shaw being introduced for Lee Erwin and Don Cowie.  With Stewart mainly playing down the left channel and Shaw joining  McKay in attack.

With County playing with a new found urgency in an attempt to salvage something from the game, the gameplan backfired with 15minutes left when Motherwell scored a third to put the game beyond County.  Once again it resulted from poor County defending. 

Marcus Fraser stood off and failed to get a block in, inside the left side of the box, to prevent a low cross,with the delivery ending up in the net from very close range by Alan Campbell.

County's only effort on target of the whole of the second-half came with five minutes left. A good Foster break down the left resulted in a cross to the back post area. The ball was met by the head of Shaw. His close range header was easily saved by Gillespie, when a better option would have been to head across goal. 

With County continuing to press forward into added time, they were caught out at the death from a quick counter on the break.  This time Campbell was the provider as he slid a pass to substitute Tony Watt. The striker's low diagonal shot from the right was expertly dispatched into the far corner of the net, giving Nathan Baxter no chance. That topped off a .miserable night for County - with the results of the other bottom- half sides not going their way.

Negatives - poor performances from too many players who seem undroppable  (Fontaine, Fraser, Vigurs, Cowie and Erwin) and a starting midfield four that were always going to be overrun and outplayed by Motherwell.

Positves -  return of Ross Stewart after long term injury, who also made a massive difference when he came on,  commitment of Billy McKay and Josh Mullin, energy of Oli Shaw and defending of Calum Morris who prevented a heavier defeat.

However, overall a very poor night from a County perspective..........
Excellent summary as always....but was it not Laidlaw who was in goals?
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Paton must have a knock, he wasnt even on the bench. Neither Draper.

A complete capitulation. How can we go from beating (an albeit 10 men) Aberdeen to getting pumped by Motherwell who hadnt won in their last 6. The consistency this season is woeful. Onto Sunday where we will no doubt get Rangers season back on track...
 
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(03-05-2020, 10:45 AM)Pete The Jakey Wrote: Paton must have a knock, he wasnt even on the bench.  Neither Draper.

A complete capitulation.  How can we go from beating (an albeit 10 men) Aberdeen to getting pumped by Motherwell who hadnt won in their last 6.  The consistency this season is woeful.  Onto Sunday where we will no doubt get Rangers season back on track...
Yeah  if you need a win play Ross County. goals against is horrendous!
 
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(03-05-2020, 09:57 AM)staggie2509 Wrote: Excellent summary as always....but was it not Laidlaw who was in goals?

My bad - yes he was.
 
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tattiedave Wrote:Yeah  if you need a win play Ross County. goals against is horrendous!
Need to take full advantage of the fact we are at home and go for Rangers throats - Hamilton got their tactics spot on last night and didn't let Rangers play - get in their faces and make sure they are in a game.....maybe Paton and Draper being saved for Sunday if they had minor knocks....we'll need to be at it on Sunday!
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Draper was initially listed in the 18 before being replaced by on the bench by Spence before kick-off

That was dispiriting stuff. 2 of the 4 goals were simply as a result of not reacting to 2nd balls. Motherwell (and, irritatingly, not a particularly brilliant or on-form Motherwell) simply ran over the top of our pedestrian central midfield- cannot fathom why anyone would think the way to combat Well's energetic 3 central midfielders (combined age: 70) was with Vigurs and Cowie (combined age: 68), particularly with 2 more combative & dynamic CMs on the bench. We'd (somehow) strung together 2 relatively positive results with 3-5-2, so why then switch to 4-2-3-1 with Erwin (increasingly struggling to see what he adds) floundering out of position on the left. Very much hope that Paton was left out due to the most minor of minor injuries and that he'll be back in the XI on Sunday

Polworth punching the ball into the stand containing the travelling support of 73 after Well's 2nd was a level of pettiness we can all get behind, though. And Fonts' goal Gif is nice

Pete The Jakey Wrote:  How can we go from beating (an albeit 10 men) Aberdeen to getting pumped by Motherwell who hadnt won in their last 6.  The consistency this season is woeful.  Onto Sunday where we will no doubt get Rangers season back on track...
You know that Simpsons episode (The Homer They Fall), where Homer becomes a professional boxer who never throws a punch but, thanks to an extra level of fluid between his skull and his brain, is able to take an extraordinary level of punishment, tiring his opponent out before knocking them to the canvas with a gentle tap? That was us against Aberdeen
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Pete The Jakey Wrote:Paton must have a knock, he wasnt even on the bench.  Neither Draper.

A complete capitulation.  How can we go from beating (an albeit 10 men) Aberdeen to getting pumped by Motherwell who hadnt won in their last 6.  The consistency this season is woeful.  Onto Sunday where we will no doubt get Rangers season back on track...
have just seen the highlights (wow we were seriously poor ) not looking forward to Sunday it seems the poorer our opposition have been playing the more they beat us by
 
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county AML Wrote:have just seen the highlights (wow we were seriously poor ) not looking forward to Sunday it seems the poorer our opposition have been playing the more they beat us by
Really hoping Harry is back for the Rangers game,  need his workrate in middle of the park!
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First post for myself.
It was a bizarre set up against a young quick Motherwell team. I don’t understand why the defence are sitting so deep. There is so much room for teams to exploit between the midfield and the defence. Clearly the defence aren’t confident, sitting deep is a sign they don’t trust themselves or each other to sit higher. Lack of pace may be the reason. The two centre backs were all over the place. At fault for the first two goals due to not doing simple things like attacking the first and second ball.

Midfield. I thought it was the wrong tactic to play cowie and vigurs together, It doesn’t work. Vigurs is the creative player and best passer of the ball in the team, but he needs someone that will do the running and the dirty work for him to have the chance to be effective. Cowie and spittal were running around like headless chickens, they didn’t keep their structure at all leaving vigurs isolated in the middle against a very well organised Motherwell midfield. Josh was doing his best but I feel for all his running up and down the wing he has no end product. His crosses rarely get past the first man.

Upfront. There wasn’t much chance for billy to do much, he was left isolated leaving him with a thankless task. The defence were launching balls high up the park every chance they got,, which the Well defence just ate up all night, rather than look for the intelligent pass into feet. Personally the 11 that finished the game are the team that should have started. Hopefully that’s the team that’ll start the next game.
 
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