MOTHERWELL. Hearts was ultimately too strong for Motherwell with the goal of L. Shankland (17′), A. Forrest (50′) and A. Forrest (90′).
The match was played at the Fir Park stadium in Motherwell on Sunday and it started at 3:00 pm local time. The referee was Nick Walsh with the help of Calum Spence and Michael Banks. The 4th official was Lloyd Wilson. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was pleasant at 15.1 degrees Celsius or 59.2 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 77%.
No teams had a vastly superior advantage in terms of ball possession. Motherwell was in possession of the ball for 52% of the time vs. Hearts that controlled the ball for 48% of the time.
Attitude and shots
Motherwell was more aggressive with 55 dangerous attacks and 27 shots of which 7 were on target. Anyhow, Hearts was capable to find the solution to win this encounter.
Motherwell shot 27 times, 7 on target, 20 off target. Talking about the opposition, Hearts shot 10 times, 5 on target, 5 off target.
Motherwell received 3 yellow cards (R. Aarons, S. McKinstry and P. McGinn). On the opposite side, Hearts received 2 yellow cards (A. Forrest and M. Smith).
After this match, Motherwell will stay with 10 points like Aberdeen to remain in the 8th place. Talking about the opposition, Hearts will have 13 points to remain in the 3rd place.
In the next match in the Premiership, Motherwell will play away against Livingston on the 2nd of January with a 13-2 head to head in favor of Motherwell (4 draws).
Hearts will host Hibernian on the 2nd of January with a 21-11 head to head record in favor of Hearts (16 draws).
Motherwell – Formation
Motherwell adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
The manager Graham Alexander decided to play with the following team: Liam Kelly, Paul McGinn , Sondre Solholm Johansen , Ricki Lamie , Matt Penney , Barry Maguire , Sean Goss , Joseph Efford , Ross Tierney , Blair Spittal and Kevin van Veen .
The home team had on the bench: Aston Oxborough, Stephen O’Donnell, Bevis Mugabi, Stuart McKinstry , Dean Cornelius , Lennon Miller, Robert Mahon, Rolando Aarons and Louis Moult .
Motherwell could not rely on the presence of R. Aarons (injured) and S. McKinstry (injured).
Motherwell made 5 changes: J. Efford for R. Aarons (30′), R. Aarons for S. McKinstry (45′), B. Maguire for D. Cornelius (67′), R. Lamie for B. Mugabi (67′) and R. Tierney for L. Moult (67′).
Best player: Ricki Lamie
The most impressive player for Motherwell was Ricki Lamie.
His rating iswith 31 passes (83% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 7 duels out of 10. He performed 2 crosses.
Hearts – Formation
Also Hearts adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
Robbie Neilson played with: Craig Gordon, Michael Smith , Lewis Neilson , Stephen Kingsley , Alex Cochrane , Andy Halliday , Cameron Devlin , Alan Forrest , Orestis Kiomourtzoglou , Barrie McKay and Lawrence Shankland .
These were the players on the bench: Ross Stewart, Toby Sibbick, Nathaniel Atkinson , Gary Mackay-Steven, Robert Snodgrass , Jorge Grant, Peter Haring , Stephen Humphrys and Josh Ginnelly.
Hearts could not rely on the presence of P. Haring (injured) and N. Atkinson (injured).
Hearts made 5 changes: A. Cochrane for P. Haring (39′), C. Devlin for R. Snodgrass (64′), L. Shankland for S. Humphrys (64′), A. Halliday for N. Atkinson (73′) and B. McKay for T. Sibbick (73′).
Best player: Alan Forrest
The most impressive player for Hearts was Alan Forrest.
His rating iswith 2 goals, 34 passes (67% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 6 duels out of 11. He performed 2 crosses.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Premiership.