Motherwell retained third place in the Scottish Premiership after coming from behind to beat bottom club Hearts.

The home side spurned several chances and they were punished when Ryan Stevenson fired the ball past Gunnar Nielsen with a fine finish.

However, a right-footed strike from 19-year-old striker Craig Moore levelled the match shortly after.

And a late header from defender Shaun Hutchinson clinched the win for Stuart McCall's side.

While the home side maintained their status in the table, the visitors saw the gap between them and second-bottom side Kilmarnock, who defeated Ross County, increase to 13 points.

There was a precautionary inspection at Fir Park due to heavy rain in the morning but the game kicked off in bright sunshine.

The home side were first to have a sight of goal as former Hearts striker John Sutton's header drifted wide of target.

Stuart McCall's side were dominating possession but the Hearts rearguard were standing firm and denying the Motherwell strikers room in front of goal.

As the game edged towards half-time Motherwell had a number of chances to take the lead.

Iain Vigurs twice had shots on goal saved by Jamie MacDonald before the midfielder set up Sutton 12 yards out, but, once again, MacDonald saved with ease.

Nielsen had been a virtual spectator in the Motherwell goal but was called into action in the last minute of the half.

Jamie Walker found himself clean through, but the Faroese keeper dived low to his left to deny the teenager and, although David Smith pounced on the rebound, his effort was deflected over the crossbar.

Motherwell started the second half on the front foot and, within two minutes of the restart, Sutton had headed inches wide and then forced MacDonald to tip a header over.

Hearts then had Callum Tapping to thank after he cleared a Hutchinson header off the line as the home side piled on the pressure.

However, the visitors were dangerous on the break, and Walker will be disappointed with his effort on goal after Jamie Hamill had dispossessed Keith Lasley.

There was always a chance that Motherwell would rue the opportunities they had and, after 62 minutes, the visitors took a shock lead.

Stevenson collected the ball 30 yards out and, after a couple of stepovers, he fired in a shot that went underneath the body of the diving Nielsen and into the net.

This sent the 1500 visiting Hearts fans into raptures of delight.

However, their delight lasted only five minutes. Stuart McCall brought on Moore and, with his first touch of the ball, he fired in an equaliser.

A long through ball was knocked down by Brad McKay, but Moore was first to react and sent a terrific shot high into the roof of the net.

It was the least the home side deserved after passing up a number of good chances early on.

The home side pressed for a winner and the pressure paid off with seven minutes left to play.

Vigurs swung in a corner from the right and Hutchinson leapt high above the Hearts defence to send a glancing header into the back of the net.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Motherwell

  • 12 Nielsen
  • 04 Ramsden
  • 03 Hammell
  • 14 Lasley
  • 05 Hutchinson
  • 06 McManus
  • 11 Vigurs
  • 18 Carswell (Lawson - 68' )
  • 24 Anier (McHugh - 75' )
  • 09 Sutton
  • 17 Francis-Angol (Moore - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Lawson
  • 15 Cummins
  • 16 McHugh
  • 20 Kerr
  • 21 Stewart
  • 22 Moore
  • 23 Murray

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 MacDonald
  • 05 McGowan
  • 30 McGhee
  • 20 Tapping (Holt - 77' )
  • 16 McKay
  • 04 Wilson
  • 12 Paterson (Robinson - 55' )
  • 02 Hamill
  • 14 Walker
  • 07 Stevenson
  • 17 Smith (Nicholson - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Robinson
  • 13 Ridgers
  • 15 Holt
  • 18 Carrick
  • 19 King
  • 28 Nicholson
  • 29 Oliver
Ref: Brian Colvin
Att: 5,350

Match Stats

Shots

21 8

On target

10 5

Corners

8 4

Fouls

9 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Motherwell 2, Hearts 1.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Hearts 1.

90:00 +3:16

Craig Moore (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:16

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Hearts).

90:00 +0:21

Craig Moore (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:21

Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).

89:14

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

89:14

Foul by Brad McKay (Hearts).

88:00

Attempt missed. Robert McHugh (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

86:36

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

84:02

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Motherwell).

84:02

Jordan McGhee (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 2, Hearts 1. Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Iain Vigurs with a cross.

82:00

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

81:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Sam Nicholson replaces David Smith.

76:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Jason Holt replaces Callum Tapping.

74:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Robert McHugh replaces Henri Anier.

74:35

Attempt missed. Paul Lawson (Motherwell) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is too high.

71:11

Attempt blocked. John Sutton (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 1, Hearts 1. Craig Moore (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

67:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Moore replaces Zaine Francis-Angol.

67:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Paul Lawson replaces Stuart Carswell.

66:26

Attempt missed. David Smith (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

64:33

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

64:33

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 0, Hearts 1. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner following a fast break.

60:29

Attempt missed. Jamie Walker (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

58:08

Attempt saved. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

56:54

Attempt missed. Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

56:34

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

56:24

Attempt saved. Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

55:53

Attempt saved. Henri Anier (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

55:04

Attempt saved. Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

54:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hearts. Scott Robinson replaces Callum Paterson because of an injury.

54:25

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

54:07

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:41

Attempt saved. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:09

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

53:09

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

51:44

Attempt missed. Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) header from very close range misses to the right.

51:21

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

51:07

Attempt missed. Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

50:59

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Brad McKay.

49:03

Attempt saved. Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

48:54

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

48:41

Attempt saved. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

48:18

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Dylan McGowan.

47:01

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jamie Hamill.

46:23

Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Motherwell 0, Hearts 0.

45:00 +0:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Motherwell 0, Hearts 0.

44:52

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Gunnar Nielsen.

44:35

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Hearts) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

44:18

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Hearts) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

42:14

Henri Anier (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:14

Foul by Brad McKay (Hearts).

37:42

Attempt saved. John Sutton (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

35:18

Attempt saved. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

34:22

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

31:56

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Keith Lasley.

28:41

Foul by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

28:41

Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:19

Attempt blocked. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:26

Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

26:06

Hand ball by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

24:33

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

24:33

Jordan McGhee (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:46

Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:46

Foul by Callum Paterson (Hearts).

18:48

Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:48

Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

18:04

Attempt blocked. Henri Anier (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

13:01

Jamie Walker (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:01

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

10:35

Foul by Callum Tapping (Hearts).

10:35

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

5:05

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

5:05

Jamie Hamill (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:50

Attempt missed. Brad McKay (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

3:07

Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:07

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

2:35

Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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