A Positive Draw In Lanarkshire: Motherwell VS Rangers Match Report

A draw between the top of the table and the bottom sees Steven Gerrard’s winning streak end as today’s match sees Rangers drop points for only the third time this season as they go 21 points ahead of their rival’s Celtic and still remain undefeated in the league. For Motherwell with another point and goal gained they were able to skip in front of their Lanarkshire rivals based on their goal difference and become 11th on the table.

Four minutes into the match Allan Campbell had his first attempt at goal but the ball landed at Alan McGregor’s feet, then a Tony Watt free kick was met by Liam Polworth who crossed the ball into the box but was saved by McGregor and marked offside.

Seven minutes in sees Glen Kamara’s shot at goal being deflected by Bevis Mugabi and the ball being sent off the post.

Nine minutes in and Rangers fired up the pressure as Joseph Aribo tried to slide the ball into the net but Mugabi headered it away.

The first goal occurred in the 21st minute after Tony Watt’s cross met Devante Cole who slammed it into the back of the net, thus making the score 1-0 to Motherwell.

26 Minutes in seen Alfredo Morelos make his first main attempt at goal as he headered the ball towards the net but it landed inches off the post.

James Tavenier’s free kick was deflected by Cole but the ball found its way to Ianis Hagi who tried to send it into the net, but it was saved by Kelly.

A potential early equaliser at the very beginning of the second half was almost made for Rangers as Hagi sent a volley just wide of the box.

The first yellow card of the match was delivered to Hagi on the 47th minute and was shortly followed by Jake Carroll receiving Motherwell’s first booking of the match.

Hagi then sent the ball to Ryan Kent who was unable to find the net but Kent wasn’t finished there, as he then proceeded to send a low ball into the box which was met by Kelly.

 Cedric Itten joined the Rangers team on the 54th minute after Gerrard took Hagi off, which was then followed by Connor Goldson’s header that was cleared off the line by Cole.

70 minutes in and a double substitution for Motherwell was made as Ross MaCiver and Steven Lawless replaced Seedorf and Watt, making today’s match Lawless’ debut for the steelmen.

The 72nd minute seen Goldson’s attempt at goal saved by Kelly but his teammate Itten was able to header the ball into the back of the net making it 1-1.

Following his debut Lawless received his first yellow card for Motherwell.

Another substitution for Motherwell sees Ricki Lamie replace Liam Polworth in the 80th minute. This was followed by a double substitution as Morelos was replaced by Rangers player Jermaine Defoe and Robbie Crawford left the pitch to be replaced by young steelman Barry Maguire.

After playing 87 minutes Ryan Kent was subbed off for Brandon Baker.

In the final two minutes of stoppage time Defoe made a powerful strike which was saved by Kelly meaning the game finished 1-1 at Fir Park. Motherwell defender Bevis Mugabi was named man of the match.

Motherwell captain Declan Gallagher said:” I think the boys showed good grip and determination.

“In the first half were the dominant team I think we tired a little bit but it’s looking up for us with the new manager he’s obviously got us working hard every day and I think that showed on the pitch today.

“Rangers are a very good side, taking a point is a good result for us. Not many teams have done that this season, so we keep going from there.”

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