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Archie McSquackle

Motherwell v Hibs - 25th January 2020

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It was a decent performance today and we pretty much nullified Hibs with the exception of the chance that hit the post. We had enough chances to win a couple of games but I’m content with a point despite it being two points dropped.

Hibs’ right back was ganting.

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1 hour ago, BawWatchin said:

We should be one up there. Header and off the inside of the post. 

Nah, nae goals for hitting the post mate.

A few slack performances today, I thought Campbell was great. Donnelly is a baller.

To come away upset we didn't win is weirdly pleasing.

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I fair enjoyed that.

Dominated for large spells and played a lot of good football but just sadly lacked quality in the final third. Which, most of us suspected would be the case before kick off. 

If we’d had Hylton/Long available, I reckon we’d have won that- confident we’d have scored at least. Some of Polworth and Donnelly’s passing was excellent and deserved better from the recipients. 

Scott started on fire but faded. MacIver showed some nice link up play but perhaps lacked a physical presence. Manzinga didn’t seem as neat and tidy but added some chaos factor with his physicality and was unlucky to be denied by a wonder save from Marciano. 

Would have been happy with 4 points at the start of the week so will take the point and another clean sheet. 

Edited by Casagolda

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I actually thought Seedorf did a couple of decent things when he came on, albeit, he’s clearly lacking confidence. Not sure he deserves too much stick after that tbh.

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I though we controlled the game for long periods but my goodness there were some  agricultural challenges by Hibs at times, Donnelly took a right battering including a couple of real forearms.

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Agree- stunning save but I actually thought Seedorf was a lot better than he has been of late.

Really enjoyed a good open game today and although I thought we were the better team we just couldn't score. Unfortunately pre-match fears on that front proved correct.

Does Boyle normally play in that position as he was surprisingly ineffective? I expected him to be more advanced.

Special mention to the Hibs player (Kamberi?) in the second half who was played down the wing and only had to knock it inside to Horgan to send him through unchallenged on goal. How he managed to hit it in the opposite direction and out for a shy is beyond me.

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The 0-0 is a novelty - first in a while.

We've had a few results/performances this season (and historically) where we've either just not turned up or shot ourselves in the foot with daft mistakes after a decent run (Accies & County at FP specifically this season). In that context a decent performance, a clean sheet and a point feels fine - despite possibly doing enough to nick a win. Especially after a 3-0 in the Cup and a 1-0 up at Pittodrie during the week.

As @Casagolda said earlier most suspected we might struggle for a bit of quality in the final third without Long and Hylton. Good to get a look at MacIver, Ilic and Manzinga at various points though.

Stating the obvious a bit but the difference between this version of Liam Donnelly and the one who arrived at the club is unreal and Allan Campbell is fucking brilliant.

Edited by capt_oats

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I think that is two very mature, disciplined performances this week - not something we have really been able to say despite the fact we've been having a great season - it feels like we are developing.

I thought the midfield were really good individually and collectively for the 2nd game running and dominated. Campbell had a great game doing what he does and was probably the standout, Donnelly strolled it and in Polworth's case his workrate was top notch to the point where I wonder what people are watching when they question it - his (not a foul at all, ahem) tackle to stop the Hibs break in the last minute summed him up.

We all worried before about the striking situation and we 100% missed Long and it is a bit of a worry that we are seemingly going with what we have for the rest of the season if we are that reliant now that Cole is away. That said, Mazinga was a pleasant surprise - would like to see more of him.

As others have said - 4 points from Pittodrie and today is more than acceptable (and probably 3 points more than I expected) - we need to treat Livi with the respect they deserve next week - and I think if we finish this run wth 5 points and preventing our closest rivals make much ground on us, it will have been a really successful return from the winter break.

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1 hour ago, well fan for life said:

We probably deserved to win it. Some save from Marciano to touch that on to the bar.

 

1 hour ago, Busta Nut said:

Nah, nae goals for hitting the post mate.

 

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1 hour ago, Archie McSquackle said:

Special mention to the Hibs player (Kamberi?) in the second half who was played down the wing and only had to knock it inside to Horgan to send him through unchallenged on goal. How he managed to hit it in the opposite direction and out for a shy is beyond me.

That was actually Boyle. I don't know how he managed that either. If it was Kamberi, I'd understand, he'd accidentally knock the ball out of play when trying a triple-bypass stepover with a double somersault but normally Boyle merely uses the fact he's twice as fast as everyone else to get past players.

Edited by Aim Here

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What a pish game. :lol:

Anyone shed a light on why Motherwell play a toe-tapping version of Bella Ciao btw?

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One pigeon nearly intercepted a back pass to Gillespie which would have let the Hibs player in. In the second half, did we actually manage to hit a bird with the ball? Looked like it.

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That was actually Boyle. I don't know how he managed that either. If it was Kamberi, I'd understand, he'd accidentally knock the ball out of play when trying a triple-bypass stepover with a double somersault but normally Boyle merely uses the fact he's twice as fast as everyone else to get past players.
Kamberi did something like that 5 minutes earlier on the left wing when he tried to flick the ball on and somehow pirouetted and knocked the ball out. You could see what he was trying though whereas the one on the right was inexplicable. He didn't even need to beat his man- just knock the ball inside.

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I still can't get used to Hibs at Fir Park in broad daylight. Feel like there was about a decade where this tie was played exclusively under floodlights, occasional power failures not withstanding. 

Edited by YassinMoutaouakil

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