Scottish Premiership

Motherwell 1-0 Hibernian

By Martin ConaghanBBC Scotland

A first-half header from Stephen McManus made the difference as Motherwell edged out Hibs at Fir Park to move third in the Premiership.

The Scotland defender was left all alone to nod in a Lionel Ainsworth corner after 23 minutes.

Shaun Hutchinson was sent off late on for bringing down Paul Heffernan on the edge of the Motherwell penalty area.

But Hibs could not make their late pressure count, with Gunnar Nielsen saving well from Heffernan.

The win pushes Motherwell above Aberdeen, level on 22 points with second-placed Inverness, while managerless Hibs remain in seventh spot.

Following Pat Fenlon's resignation on Friday, Jimmy Nicholl took charge of the visitors but the familiar failings remained as Hibs struggled to create openings.

It was a bright enough start on a sunny Lanarkshire Sunday, with Hibs eager to take the match to Stuart McCall's men.

Ten minutes in, Heffernan stabbed a Kevin Thomson cross wide of the mark and the striker soon tested Nielsen at his near post after ballooning a shot over from a promising position.

At the other end, Motherwell's John Sutton delivered a cross that Henri Anier turned towards goal but Hibs keeper Ben Williams got on top of it.

The only goal arrived when McManus popped up spare at the front post in the 23rd minute, out-jumping Ryan McGivern to head home Ainsworth's corner.

Anier then sprinted towards goal to blast in an angled shot that keeper Williams struggled to contain, the ball striking his boot and bouncing awkwardly out for a corner.

Hibs midfielder Scott Robertson jinked into the Motherwell penalty box for a sight at goal but delayed a fraction and his shot was blocked by Fraser Kerr.

With half-time approaching, Anier raced on to a long clearance from his keeper but could not find a way past Williams and Stuart Carswell stabbed an angled shot narrowly wide.

Immediately after the restart, Motherwell players were queuing up to take a shot at goal but Ainsworth's well-controlled effort sailed into the arms of Williams.

Hibs controlled the lion's share of possession for the final half hour but were too often let down by their final ball.

McManus blocked a shot from Robertson in front of goal and Nielson pushed out a long-distance effort from Liam Craig.

With five minutes remaining, Hutchinson was dismissed for bringing down Heffernan right on the edge of the Motherwell penalty area and substitute Rowan Vine struck the resultant free-kick tamely against the defensive wall.

Fellow repalcement James Collins snatched at a shot and sent it wide after good work from Craig on the left.

And the last chance of the game fell to Heffernan in stoppage time as his powerful strike from 18 yards was pushed away by the flying Nielsen to protect the Steelmen's lead.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Nielsen
  • 4RamsdenSubstituted forKerrat 16'minutes
  • 3HammellSubstituted forFrancis-Angolat 58'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 5HutchinsonBooked at 87mins
  • 6McManus
  • 25Ainsworth
  • 18Carswell
  • 24AnierBooked at 79mins
  • 9Sutton
  • 7McFaddenSubstituted forVigursat 74'minutes


  • 8Lawson
  • 11Vigurs
  • 16McHugh
  • 17Francis-Angol
  • 20Kerr
  • 21Stewart
  • 22Moore


Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Williams
  • 18MayburyBooked at 78minsSubstituted forCollinsat 88'minutes
  • 8Robertson
  • 3McGivernSubstituted forVineat 76'minutes
  • 4HanlonBooked at 76mins
  • 23Forster
  • 38Thomson
  • 16Stevenson
  • 24Heffernan
  • 10Craig
  • 20TaiwoSubstituted forZoubirat 65'minutes


  • 9Vine
  • 14Collins
  • 17Tudur-Jones
  • 19Handling
  • 21Murdoch
  • 22Mullen
  • 27Zoubir
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Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamHibernian
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Zaine Francis-Angol.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Paul Heffernan (Hibernian).

  7. Post update

    Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Paul Heffernan (Hibernian).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rowan Vine (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Alan Maybury.

  14. Dismissal

    Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

  16. Post update

    Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

  20. Post update

    Henri Anier (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

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5St Johnstone125341913618
6Dundee Utd12453179817
8Partick Thistle113441113-213
9Ross County103161119-810
11St Mirren10226920-118
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