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Motherwell 3-0 Hibs: Fir Park side record easy win

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Highlights: Motherwell 3-0 Hibernian

Motherwell eased aside a poor Hibernian side to claim a straightforward 3-0 Scottish Premiership victory.

A moment of class from Sherwin Seedorf opened the scoring, with Liam Donnelly adding a second from the penalty spot after a handball in the box.

Substitute Jermaine Hylton netted a late third as Motherwell move up to joint fifth in the table.

It was a frustrating day for Hibernian, who have not won in the league since the opening game of the season.

Paul Heckingbottom's side huffed and puffed, but could not breach the Motherwell defence.

Doom and gloom continues for Hibs

Although these sides started the match level on points, there was more of a spring in Motherwell's step after their derby win over Hamilton Academical last weekend.

As for Hibs, the mood music had been doom and gloom after St Johnstone claimed a last-minute draw at Easter Road.

The boos had also rung out noisily at Easter Road last Saturday as Scott Allan was replaced, the Hibs faithful clearly feeling the mercurial midfielder was badly deployed on the right.

Against Motherwell, he was back in his preferred number 10 role as Heckingbottom went with a 4-3-3 formation to match up with Motherwell. But the star would be a man on the wing for the home side.

Seedorf may not be quite as well known as his famous relative, Clarence, but the winger would make the difference in the first half at Fir Park as he cut in from the left before firing a shot with unerring accuracy into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

The Dutchman almost fashioned a second soon after, his run and cutback finding James Scott only for the youngster to fire over the bar.

Chris Long also had a couple of chances as Motherwell continued to test Hibs' mettle, hammering home the fact they were deserving of their lead.

The story might have been different for Hibs had Florian Kamberi scored in the first 30 seconds, his effort from the edge of the box well saved by Mark Gillespie. The Swiss striker would be denied again later.

The story of Hibs' first half was neatly summed up as Allan was booked just before the interval for a frustrated, lunging tackle on Donnelly.

Sherwin Seedorf celebrating with quote from Stephen Robinson

Hibs fans might have been hoping Allan would be influential, but it was goalkeeper Ofir Marciano who had to produce the star quality as Motherwell kept pressing for a second.

First the Israeli goalkeeper had to get down superbly to block a goal-bound Declan Gallagher header. Soon after, the foot of Marciano would stop Christopher Long from finding the back of the net.

But the twist in this tale would be penned by Hibs defender Adam Jackson, who stretched out his arm at a Motherwell corner to the ball. Referee McLean pointed straight to the spot.

Until this season, Donnelly had only scored three career goals, but he stepped up to convert his eighth goal in eight games and put Motherwell into a 2-0 lead.

Hibs knew by now that this story would be an unhappy one for them, and that point was hammered home as Hylton lashed home to make it 3-0.

Man of the match - Sherwin Seedorf

He only lasted 66 minutes, but Seedorf deserves it for a first half in which he terrorised the Hibs defence and took his goal superbly. It was perfect technique and left Marciano with absolutely no chance. The winger also set up Scott, who wastefully fired over the bar.

Seedorf is one of those pacy wingers who gets the fans excited, although you might not always know what you are going to get. On Saturday, he came up trumps.

'We look a pretty side, but soft' - reaction

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "There are things to improve on as well but to beat a team like Hibs with their resources and quality convincingly is pleasing.

"I thought our subs were fantastic when they came on and that maybe shows we have that quality we maybe didn't before to keep that tempo, continue to press and create chances."

Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom: "We look a pretty side, but soft. If you are poor in one-v-one situations attacking and defending you're going to get beat. That's been our trend, our theme.

"We have to put right or we won't be as successful as we want to be. You have to be better. And Motherwell were better against us."

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'Hibs are too soft and pretty'

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 20Gillespie
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 31GallagherBooked at 71mins
  • 5Hartley
  • 3Carroll
  • 19Polworth
  • 6Campbell
  • 22DonnellyBooked at 16mins
  • 11SeedorfSubstituted forColeat 66'minutes
  • 9LongBooked at 51minsSubstituted forHyltonat 66'minutes
  • 17ScottSubstituted forMaguireat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 2Tait
  • 14Hylton
  • 15Maguire
  • 16Ilic
  • 18Dunne
  • 44Cole

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 3Whittaker
  • 4Hanlon
  • 18Jackson
  • 16Stevenson
  • 7Horgan
  • 8Slivka
  • 14MallanBooked at 75mins
  • 19MiddletonSubstituted forShawat 63'minutes
  • 23AllanBooked at 45mins
  • 22Kamberi

Substitutes

  • 6Vela
  • 9Doidge
  • 11Newell
  • 20Hallberg
  • 25Porteous
  • 28Maxwell
  • 32Shaw
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
5,964

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 3, Hibernian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Hibernian 0.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Daryl Horgan.

Liam Donnelly (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daryl Horgan (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Jermaine Hylton (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Barry Maguire replaces James Scott.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Hibernian 0. Jermaine Hylton (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Devante Cole (Motherwell) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Adam Jackson.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 2, Hibernian 0. Liam Donnelly (Motherwell) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Adam Jackson (Hibernian) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Oli Shaw.

Booking

Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Donnelly (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stephen Mallan (Hibernian).

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

Jermaine Hylton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Attempt saved. Adam Jackson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

Oli Shaw (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Declan Gallagher (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Motherwell).

Oli Shaw (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Donnelly (Motherwell).

Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Devante Cole replaces Sherwin Seedorf.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Jermaine Hylton replaces Chris Long.

Attempt missed. Scott Allan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Scott Allan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Glenn Middleton.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. Chris Long (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Liam Donnelly (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic3300153129
2Rangers33009279
3Livingston42208448
4Aberdeen42116337
5Motherwell42118627
6Kilmarnock411224-24
7Hamilton411258-34
8Ross County411247-34
9Hibernian4112411-74
10St Mirren410324-23
11Hearts402258-32
12St Johnstone4022412-82
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