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.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Motherwell

  • 12 Nielsen
  • 04 Ramsden (Kerr - 16' )
  • 03 Hammell (Francis-Angol - 58' )
  • 14 Lasley
  • 05 Hutchinson Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 McManus
  • 25 Ainsworth
  • 18 Carswell
  • 24 Anier Booked
  • 09 Sutton
  • 07 McFadden (Vigurs - 74' )

Substitutes

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

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 18 Maybury Booked (Collins - 88' )
  • 08 Robertson
  • 03 McGivern (Vine - 76' )
  • 04 Hanlon Booked
  • 23 Forster
  • 38 Thomson
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 24 Heffernan
  • 10 Craig
  • 20 Taiwo (Zoubir - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Vine
  • 14 Collins
  • 17 Tudur Jones
  • 19 Handling
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 22 Mullen
  • 27 Zoubir
Ref: Allan Crawford
Att: 3,864

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

4 3

Corners

5 6

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0.

90:00 +4:46 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0.

90:00 +4:32

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Zaine Francis-Angol.

90:00 +3:06

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

90:00 +2:00

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

90:00 +1:56

Foul by Paul Heffernan (Hibernian).

90:00 +1:19

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

90:00 +1:19

Foul by Paul Heffernan (Hibernian).

90:00 +0:37

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

89:46

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

89:24

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.

88:40

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

87:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Alan Maybury.

86:38 Dismissal

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

86:22

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

86:22

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

80:00

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

79:57

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

79:33

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

78:53

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

78:53

Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

78:21 Booking

Booking Henri Anier (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

77:34 Booking

Booking Alan Maybury (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

77:00

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

76:59

Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

76:27

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

75:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Rowan Vine replaces Ryan McGivern.

75:06 Booking

Booking Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

75:00

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:56

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

73:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Iain Vigurs replaces James McFadden.

73:22

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell).

73:22

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:06

Attempt blocked. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:26

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:26

Foul by Abdellah Zoubir (Hibernian).

69:28

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:28

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

68:05

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.

66:50

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gunnar Nielsen.

66:16

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

64:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Abdellah Zoubir replaces Tom Taiwo.

63:45 Booking

Booking Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

63:36

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

63:36

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:15

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:15

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

59:28

Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:28

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

59:01

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Keith Lasley.

58:37

Attempt blocked. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

57:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Zaine Francis-Angol replaces Steven Hammell because of an injury.

57:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

56:15

Delay in match Steven Hammell (Motherwell) because of an injury.

55:00

Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

54:32

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

54:32

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:16

James McFadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:16

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

51:56

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

51:56

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

47:52

Attempt missed. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

45:26

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

45:26

Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

45:00

Second Half begins Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0.

45:00 +2:09

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

45:00 +2:09

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:03

Attempt missed. Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00 +0:20

Attempt saved. Henri Anier (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

44:42

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

44:06

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

43:50

Attempt blocked. Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:30

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:30

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

40:13

Attempt missed. Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

38:38

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

36:50

Attempt blocked. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

32:45

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ben Williams.

32:25

Attempt saved. Henri Anier (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:15

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

28:15

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lionel Ainsworth with a cross following a corner.

21:31

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

21:00

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

20:00

Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:58

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian).

16:42

Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

16:42

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

15:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Fraser Kerr replaces Simon Ramsden because of an injury.

14:14

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

13:15

James McFadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:15

Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

10:46

Attempt missed. Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

10:07

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:03

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

9:03

Attempt missed. Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

8:18

Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell).

8:18

Alan Maybury (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:22

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

7:22

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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