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Match Report: Motherwell 4-3 Hibernian (Motherwell Fan's Perspective)

Thursday 23rd February 2012
When Hibs visit Fir Park, there are usually goals-a-plenty and Wednesday night was no different. It was a massive game for both sides, with the home side chasing Europe and the visitors desperate to beat the drop.

Motherwell had to make do without the services of influential midfielder Keith Lasley through suspension, with Omar Daley coming into a positive Motherwell line-up. It was the Jamaican international Daley who had the first good chance of the game, but he was unable to match his fine run down the left flank with a finish.

Hibs seemed to be playing well on the counter attack and delivered a few warnings to Motherwell before taking the lead in the 18th minute. An ambitious attempt at a headed pass back to his goalkeeper by Tim Clancy was intercepted by Leigh Griffiths, who squared to leave the unmarked Isaiah Osbourne a simple finish to take Hibs into half-time 1-0 ahead.

Motherwell seemed to come out for the second half fired up and in-form Estonian Henrik Ojamaa's foray into the box was rewarded with a penalty after he was upended by Hibs keeper Graham Stack. Stack guessed the right way From the resulting penalty, but couldn't keep out a fine strike from Michael Higdon. Motherwell could have taken the lead when Ojamaa held off Doherty, but he was judged to have fouled the Hibs defender and found himself booked for his troubles. Motherwell did then take the lead as Jamie Murphy tapped in Omar Daley's cross to continue a fine scoring record against Hibs.

Motherwell's lead did not last long however, as poor defending from a corner allowed Doherty to equalise three minutes later. Although his first attempt was blocked, Doherty managed to prod the rebound past Darren Randolph - but the game still felt like it had more goals to come.

Ojamaa has been a real find for Motherwell and his movement has been a nightmare for defenders since he first graced the SPL in January. After some fine work to find himself some space, Ojamaa rattled the crossbar but as the ball rebounded Jamie Murphy did superbly to keep it in play, hooking it back to Higdon and a fantastic overhead kick from the Englishman put Motherwell back in front.

It was a combination of Ojamaa and Higdon which gave Motherwell a fourth and some breathing space. Ojamaa went on another fine run into the box but Doherty took away his legs, resulting in another penalty and Higdon completed his hat trick with aplomb.

Motherwell did have a nervy end to the match, as an avoidable mistake gave Hibs a third. Clancy again misjudged a pass back to Randolph and the goalkeeper's fresh air shot resulted in a corner. From the corner, Motherwell attempted to clear various times before Ivan Sproule scored to give the visitors hope.

Five minutes stoppage time added on to the five minutes regulation time which remained after Sproule's goal was not enough for Hibs to salvage anything from the game. The Hibees go back to Edinburgh still only above the drop zone on goal difference, while Motherwell's contrasting fortune sees them twelve points clear in third place, and only three points behind second-placed Rangers.

Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Clancy, Hutchinson, Hammell, Murphy (Carswell 84), Law, (Craigan 90), Jennings, Daley, (Humphrey 67), Higdon, Ojamaa.

Goals: Higdon 47, 70, 75, Murphy 63

Hibernian: Stack, Doherty, (Kujabi 81), McPake, Hanlon, Francomb, Sproule, Osbourne, Stevenson, Claros, (Scott 69), Griffiths, (O'Donovan 81), O'Connor.

Goals: Osbourne 18, Doherty 66, Sproule 85
Joe McKelvie
I am Joe McKelvie, a twenty one year old Motherwell fan. My ramblings on here will mainly be regarding my opinions and experiences whilst following Lanarkshire's Premier Club, although I may touch on the Scottish National Team and other football matters at some point.

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