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McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season

McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season

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Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

16:00 GMT, 17 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 18 February 2013

Motherwell have confirmed the signing of Scottish winger James McFadden until the end of the season after his short term contract was not renewed by Sunderland.

The 29-year-old had scored 32 goals while he was a teenager at the club before his 1.25million move to Everton.

The announcement caused so much interest among Motherwell fans that their official club website crashed in the immediate aftermath of the news.

Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell

Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell

He had attracted interest from two other
SPL clubs, which meant Motherwell moved fast to tie down, and he may be
available to play as early as Tuesday against Dundee United.

Talks had
continued from last week as McFadden was keen to rejoin the side he
last played for in August 2003, in a 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle.

According to The Sun, last week manager Stuart McCall didn't want to talk about the McFadden situation directly, saying: 'He's a talented player but there's nothing more to report than that.

'We provide facilities for a few of our former players. Marc Fitzpatrick is in training with us and I think Paul Slane is coming in next week as well.

McFadden wanted to get a deal sorted out as soon as possible to move back to his former hunting ground and was at their 3-0 win against Inverness on Saturday.

Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell

Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell

The club are hoping that McFadden will not only boost morale in the team, but also attract more numbers to Fir Park.

The winger, who was originally known for the number of dribbles he made in games for the North-Lanarkshrie club, moved to Sunderland last October but only made three substitue appearances, totaling just 34 minutes.

Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again

Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again

Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2 – match report

Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2: Stunning second half start helps Spurs sink Black Cats

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15:26 GMT, 29 December 2012

Aaron Lennon kept Tottenham's Champions League challenge alive as his side came from behind to win at Sunderland.

Spurs trailed at the break to John O'Shea's first goal for the Black Cats despite having enjoyed the better of a first half during which strike Emmanuel Adebayor hit the bar from just two yards.

However, Carlos Cuellar's own goal three minutes after the restart gave the visitors a foothold, and they took full advantage with 51 minutes gone when Lennon sped through to beat keeper Simon Mignolet.

Hot Spurs: Tottenham came from behind to beat Sunderland and move third in the Premier League

Hot Spurs: Tottenham came from behind to beat Sunderland and move third in the Premier League

MATCH FACTS

SUNDERLAND: Mignolet; Gardner, Kilgallon (Campbell 61), O'Shea (Bramble 67), Cuellar; Larsson (Wickham 80), Colback, Johnson, McClean; Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs not used: McFadden, Vaughan, Dong-won, Westwood

Goals: O'Shea 40

TOTTENHAM: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton; Lennon (Parker 82), Sandro, Dembele, Bale (Sigurdsson 89); Adebayor, Defoe (Dempsey 75). Subs not used: Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Livermore, Friedel

Goals: Cuellar (own goal) 47, Lennon 51

Booked: Dawson, Dembele, Bale

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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Had it not been for the Belgian's
excellence, Jermain Defoe would have wrapped up the points on the hour
with a shot from point-blank range which looked odds-on to end up in the
back of the net, and he also kept out Adebayor's late effort.

Martin O'Neill's side battled
manfully for a way back into the game, but Spurs held out with little
difficulty to claim a second successive Barclays Premier League win on
the road.

Sunderland could hardly have headed
into the game with any more confidence having dispensed with champions
Manchester City on Boxing Day to claim a third victory in four league
outings.

On paper at least, today's fixture
looked perhaps the more winnable of the two, but O'Neill was under no
illusions as to how difficult a contest it would prove to be having seen
Spurs dismantle former club Aston Villa in their last outing.

In the event, two sides with a
reputations for hitting teams hard and fast on the counter started
relatively cautiously and genuine chances were few and far between
during the opening 45 minutes.

Wing wizard: Aaron Lennon grabbed the winner applying a finishing touch to a swift passing move

Wing wizard: Aaron Lennon grabbed the winner applying a finishing touch to a swift passing move

Wing wizard: Aaron Lennon grabbed the winner applying a finishing touch to a swift passing move

Adebayor failed to make the most of
Gareth Bale's enterprising fourth-minute run and pull-back, and Spurs
keeper Hugo Lloris was able to collect Craig Gardner's deflected
free-kick with little difficulty seconds later.

As the half wore on, the Black Cats,
who had hurt City in wide areas on Wednesday, worked their way into
several promising positions, but Stephane Sessegnon and James McClean
were able to pick out only Lloris with their final balls.

Tottenham began to shade the game in terms of possession and they created a series of openings.

Sandro could not extend Mignolet with
a bouncing 21st-minute shot from distance, and Bale was similarly
wasteful when presented with a headed chance by Lennon, who was giving
makeshift left-back Matt Kilgallon a tough time.

In the meantime, Mignolet had rushed
from his line to block Adebayor's flick after the strike had been played
in by Sandro, but the Togo international should have put the visitors
ahead on the half-hour.

Been a while: Sunderland took the lead through John O'Shea's first goal in more than three years

Been a while: Sunderland took the lead through John O'Shea's first goal in more than three years

Been a while: Sunderland took the lead through John O'Shea's first goal in more than three years

Been a while: Sunderland took the lead through John O'Shea's first goal in more than three years

Cuellar failed to cut out Jermain
Defoe's curling shot, although he took the pace off it to allow Adebayor
to get to the loose ball before Mignolet.

However, the strike somehow managed to hit the bar from just two yards and Sunderland were able to breathe again.

The home side created their first
effort of note seven minutes before the break when Cuellar looped a
header over from Adam Johnson's free-kick, and it was they who took the
lead two minutes later.

Neither Stephen Fletcher nor O'Shea
could make meaningful contact with Sebastian Larsson's free-kick as it
sped towards goal, but after the Scot had seen his follow-up blocked by
Lloris, the Republic of Ireland international, back in the starting
line-up after illness, gleefully swept the ball into the unguarded net.

Miss: Emmanuel Adebayor wasted several chances, most notably when he hit the bar from two yards

Miss: Emmanuel Adebayor wasted several chances, most notably when he hit the bar from two yards

Miss: Emmanuel Adebayor wasted several chances, most notably when he hit the bar from two yards

O'Neill's men returned in determined
mood and the way Johnson went past Bale before seeing his cross hacked
clear by Sandro might have proved inspirational.

However, their lead and optimism evaporated within six disastrous minutes.

There was an element of fortune about
Spurs' equaliser when Cuellar headed a 48th-minute corner into his own
net, but things went from bad to worse for the home side just three
minutes later.

Lennon attempted to lay the ball off,
but saw it hit O'Shea and bounce back to his feet, and he raced in on
goal to beat Mignolet despite Kilgallon's best efforts to apprehend him.

Thorn: Gareth Bale caused plenty of problems, but was later booked for diving, his fifth caution this season

Thorn: Gareth Bale caused plenty of problems, but was later booked for diving, his fifth caution this season

Thorn: Gareth Bale caused plenty of problems, but was later booked for diving, his fifth caution this season

Thorn: Gareth Bale caused plenty of problems, but was later booked for diving, his fifth caution this season

Spurs should really have ended the
game as contest on the hour when, with the Black Cats in disarray, Bale,
who was later booked for diving, sprinted from halfway before picking
out Defoe in front of goal.

The England striker had time to
control before shooting, but as the entire stadium waited for the net to
bulge, Mignolet pulled off a breathtaking save he had no right to make
to keep his side's hopes alive.

Sunderland poured forward in the
search for an equaliser, in the process leaving themselves vulnerable at
the back, but neither side could increase their tally with Mignolet
keeping out Adebayor eight minutes from time, and that proved more than
satisfactory for the visitors.

Southampton 0 Sunderland 1: Steven Fletcher pushes Black Cats away from danger zone

Southampton 0 Sunderland 1: Fletcher edges Black Cats away from danger zone

PUBLISHED:

16:51 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:11 GMT, 22 December 2012

Steven Fletcher's strike proved the difference as Sunderland took all three points from their long trip to fellow strugglers Southampton.

The Scotland international's effort three minutes from the end of the first half proved the difference in an even encounter at St Mary's.

Only a point separated 16th-placed Sunderland and the hosts coming into the match, with Southampton also a place worse off than the north-east side.

The goalden touch: Top scorer Steven Fletcher sealed a precious away win for Sunderland

The goalden touch: Top scorer Steven Fletcher sealed a precious away win for Sunderland

The goalden touch: Top scorer Steven Fletcher sealed a precious away win for Sunderland

Match facts

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon (Do Prado 80), Cork, Schneiderlin (Steven Davis 59), Mayuka (De Ridder 55), Lambert, Ramirez. Subs not used: Boruc, Hooiveld, Rodriguez, Richardson.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson (Campbell 74), Colback, Larsson (Bardsley 70), McClean, Sessegnon (Vaughan 89), Fletcher. Subs not used: Westwood, Wickham, McFadden, Bramble.

Booked: Larsson, Johnson, Bardsley.

Goal: Fletcher 42.

Referee: Howard Webb.

Attendance: 31,275.

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Martin O'Neill's side had lost three
of four matches in December but looked dangerous from the outset, with
Stephane Sessegnon forcing an exquisite save from former Black Cats
goalkeeper Kelvin Davis in the opening minute.

A deflected Rickie Lambert free-kick
was the closest Saints came in a first half in which Fletcher swept the
opener home late on.

Saints pressed for a leveller
throughout the second period but looked devoid of ideas and were unable
to find a way past Sunderland, who held on for their second away win of
the season.

Fletcher, Adam Johnson and Danny Rose
all overcame knocks to start for the hosts, who came close in the
opening seconds as Davis superbly denied Sessegnon from 25 yards.

John O'Shea nodded over from the
resulting corner much to the relief of Southampton, who were jolted into
action by the Black Cats' explosive start.

Jason Puncheon saw a threatening prod
goalwards denied by Carlos Cuellar and, after a dangerous Morgan
Schneiderlin free-kick was dealt with, Lambert was inches away from the
opener.

Mixed emotions: Sunderland celebrate Steven Fletcher's opener, but it's doom and gloom for Southampton's Rickie Lambert

Mixed emotions: Sunderland celebrate Steven Fletcher's opener, but it's doom and gloom for Southampton's Rickie Lambert

After Craig Gardner brought down
Emmanuel Mayuka, making his first Premier League start, on the edge of
the box, the Saints striker's low driven free-kick was deflected just
wide of the far post.

Sebastian Larsson was denied by Davis
when Sunderland returned to the attack, before Fletcher directed a
Gardner cross just wide and James McClean saw a tame effort from
distance saved.

Going down: Southampton's Luke Shaw battles with Fraizer Campbell

Going down: Southampton's Luke Shaw battles with Fraizer Campbell

O'Neill's side were looking the bigger threat but record signing Gaston Ramirez was proving a thorn in their side.

Simon Mignolet did well to deal with
an awkward dipping effort from 20 yards before the Uruguay international
curled over from distance.

In a battle: Stephane Sessegnon skips away from Schneiderlin

In a battle: Stephane Sessegnon skips away from Schneiderlin

Both sides were playing cautiously in a bid to find the opener, with the defences dealing with any potential threats.

First Cuellar denied Lambert as he
prepared to break through on goal and then Maya Yoshida did well to stop
Fletcher meeting a driven Gardner cross from the right.

Off-balance: Sebastian Larsson and Morgan Schneiderlin compete for the ball at St Mary's

Off-balance: Sebastian Larsson and Morgan Schneiderlin compete for the ball at St Mary's

Puncheon saw a strike blocked by O'Shea as Saints looked to end the half on top, only for Fletcher to break the deadlock.

Johnson's low cross from the left was played on by Sessegnon for the Scotland international to sweep home a 42nd-minute opener.

Under pressure: Kelvin Davis clears from Sessegnon

Under pressure: Kelvin Davis clears from Sessegnon

Referee Howard Webb waved away
Mayuka's penalty appeals as the first half came to a close, with Lambert
firing just over 30 seconds after the restart.

Sunderland could have had a second
had somebody connected with a drilled Gardner effort before Johnson
fired over, leading Adkins to shuffle the pack.

Vital victory: Sunderland skipper John O'Shea hails the win

Vital victory: Sunderland skipper John O'Shea hails the win

Steve de Ridder, making his first Premier League appearance of the season, and Steven Davis came on for Mayuka and Schneiderlin.

De Ridder almost made an immediate
impression as he found Jose Fonte with a corner, but the Portuguese
defender could only nod wide.

Kicking every ball: Martin O'Neill and Nigel Adkins look on anxiously from the sidelines

Kicking every ball: Martin O'Neill and Nigel Adkins look on anxiously from the sidelines

Sunderland, though, were frustrating a Saints side lacking inspiration as the rain hammered down.
Puncheon was dispossessed as he ran through on goal and Steven Davis saw
a shot blocked by Jack Colback as the hosts desperately sought a
leveller.

Davis saved an audacious Gardner
free-kick from range, before Guly do Prado came on for Puncheon in a
final throw of the dice by the hosts.

However, Southampton had a late
penalty appeal waved away and Do Prado saw a stoppage-time shot blocked,
meaning the 1,814 travelling fans would leave happy.

David Moyes admits relief at Everton win

Moyes admits relief as O'Neill groans: We should have been out of sight

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18:24 GMT, 10 November 2012

Everton manager David Moyes admitted he did not think he would mark his 400th Premier League match with a victory but was not surprised by side's late turnaround.

Trailing to Sunderland winger Adam Johnson's first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time the Toffees struck twice in quick succession through Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic to clinch three points with 11 minutes to go.

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 30), Osman, Neville (Vellios 73), Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 86).

Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye.

Booked: Heitinga

Goals: Fellaini 76, Jelavic 79

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson (Vaughan 84), Larsson, Colback (Wickham 88), McClean, Fletcher (Saha 69), Sessegnon.

Subs: Westwood, McFadden, Kilgallon, Bramble.

Booked: Rose, Gardner, Vaughan

Goal: Johnson 45

Att: 35,999

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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It was Everton's first win in five
matches, keeping them in the top four, and ensured Moyes could end a
landmark game with a smile.

'I thought it was going to be one of
those days. It didn't look as if it was coming,' said the Scot. 'I
thought it looked like a 1-0 to Sunderland – but that was not for us not
trying to keep knocking at the door.

'In the end I think we got what we deserved because we kept at it.

'I thought we played quite well in the first half but found ourselves a goal down and a bit fortunate not to be two down.

'If that had been the case you would have to have said that was unjust.

'We didn't deserve that with our possession, we just hadn't created any clear-cut chances from our good play.

'We needed something because
Sunderland had the third-best defensive record in the Premier League and
they had showed that resilience and made it hard for us to score.

'I thought we kept going and the players showed great character to come from a goal behind.

'Maybe the amount of pressure we had told a little bit.'

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Sunderland were eventually unpicked
by the vision of Leon Osman and Fellaini. Osman, who received his first
England call-up at the age of 31 this week, twice linked up with
Fellaini, who turned and shot for the first before playing a cheeky
backheel through the legs of John O'Shea for Jelavic to score.

Asked whether Osman warranted a start
against Sweden on Wednesday Moyes said: 'Roy Hodgson picks that team. It is hard enough picking this Everton team without picking Roy's
team.'

The one downside to the afternoon was
an injury to Kevin Mirallas, probably Everton's best player in the
first half hour, which forced the Belgium international off.

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

'It looks like he has a bit of a
hamstring injury and it was a miss because we were a bit stodgy after
that, we didn't flow as nicely as we had done,' added the Toffees boss.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill,
who thought his side would end their 11-year win-less run against
Everton, was frustrated with the result.

'We should have been out of sight at
half-time. Instead of being one up we should have been three up,' he
said. 'Having said that, the players played brilliantly away from home
against a side who have a great chance of being in the Champions League.

'It was a great performance by the players. To be fair I thought we were exhilarating in the first half.

'We knew we would be under pressure in the second half but I always thought on the break we looked dangerous.

'The second goal epitomised a bit of luck and a bit of misfortune. We are obviously very disappointed.'

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

James McFadden joins Sunderland

Sunderland snap-up former Scotland striker McFadden on a free

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09:55 GMT, 26 October 2012

New start: Former Scotland international James McFadden has joined Sunderland

New start: Former Scotland international James McFadden has joined Sunderland

Free agent James McFadden has completed his move to Sunderland on a short-term contract.

Manager Martin O'Neill revealed on Thursday that the 29-year-old former Scotland international would put pen to paper within 24 hours, and the Black Cats have confirmed he has now done that as the attempts to rekindle his career.

Free agent McFadden spent six months at Everton last season after being released by Birmingham.

He will spend the next three months on Wearside as O'Neill assesses whether or not he can return to the form which brought him 48 senior caps.

Sunderland set to sign James McFadden

Sunderland ready to sign injury-plagued McFadden on free transfer

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22:40 GMT, 4 October 2012

Former Sunderland are set to sign James McFadden on a free transfer after a two-week trial with the club and a friendly against Middlesbrough on Thursday that also saw a comeback for Phil Bardsley, who is recovering from ankle surgery.

Former Scotland star McFadden, 29, spent six months with Everton last season after being released by Birmingham City.

New club: James McFadden is set to join Sunderland

New club: James McFadden is set to join Sunderland

Manager Martin O’Neill said: ‘James has Premier League experience. If he gets fit he can help us. We can’t expect to keep James McClean and Adam Johnson fit all season and he will give us a wide option.’

James McFadden hopes to join Sunderland

O'Neill ready to hand McFadden lifeline with short-term deal at Sunderland

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10:11 GMT, 20 September 2012

Martin O'Neill is set to offer James McFadden the chance to resurrect his career at Sunderland.

All smiles: James McFadden is training with Sunderland

All smiles: James McFadden is training with Sunderland

The 29-year-old free agent hopes to earn a short-term deal after being invited to train with the Black Cats.

McFadden has been without a club since his release this summer by Everton.

The former Motherwell favourite turned down a chance to return to Fir Park and an offer to join Aberdeen in the hope of staying in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Sunderland’s Titus Bramble is sweating on a new contract offer.

The defender’s current 30,000-a-week deal expires at the end of the season and talks on a new one are yet to start.

Bramble said: 'I’m very happy and I want to stay.

'If I’m playing games, I don’t see why I won’t get offered a new contract. The challenge is to play as many as possible.'

Motherwell 1 Everton 1: Nicky Law deprives Toffees of spoils in Stevie Hammell"s testimonial

Motherwell 1 Everton 1: Law's belter deprives Toffees of spoils in Hammell's testimonial

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16:51 GMT, 21 July 2012

Nicky Law's thunderous second-half strike gave Motherwell a share of the spoils against Everton in Stevie Hammell's testimonial at Fir Park.

In front of the 4,512 fans, including 1,049 from Merseyside, who turned out to pay tribute to the Steelmen's left-back, Shane Duffy gave the visitors the lead in the 34th minute with a header which went in off the post.

However, midfielder Law levelled in the 54th minute with a left-footed drive from the edge of the box which gave Toffees keeper Tim Howard no chance.

Warm-up: Shane Duffy (right) bagged a goal for Everton against Motherwell

Warm-up: Shane Duffy (right) bagged a goal for Everton against Motherwell

A cameo substitute appearance by free agent James McFadden, who had played for both clubs, most recently being freed by the Goodison club at the end of last season, also entertained the crowd who watched a decent game played in the right spirit.

Hammell was given a guard of honour by both sets of players before the game.

The visitors had former Rangers duo Nikica Jelavic and Steven Naismith on the bench, the latter having yet to make his debut for the Merseysiders.

Motherwell struggled to get a kick in the early stages as Everton knocked the ball around for fun.

The visitors squandered a great chance in the 10th minute when Tim Cahill's cross from the left found Leon Osman, who bulleted a header from four yards high over the bar.

Moments later, Goodison striker Victor Anichebe ended a spell of pressure by flashing a drive from the edge of the box over the bar.

The home side, with trialist Simon Ramsden and youngster Adam Cummins in at centre-back due to injuries, responded.

Cancelled out: Nicky Law (centre) equalised for the hosts at Fir Park

Cancelled out: Nicky Law (centre) equalised for the hosts at Fir Park

Winger Chris Humphrey somehow got past Sylvain Distin to set up striker Michael Higdon, who also cleared the bar with a drive, before Law tested Howard who punched clear.

There was a moment of panic in the Everton defence when Motherwell wideman Jamie Murphy's driven cross from the left-hand side of the box was blocked by Howard but the Merseysiders reasserted themselves.

On the half-hour mark Darren Randolph dived low to his left to palm a Cahill drive past the post before the Australian headed Osman's corner over the bar.

Three minutes later, though, Everton were ahead when Duffy rose at the back post to head an Anichebe cross back across goal and in off the post.

Well started the second half better than they had the first, and Law had the Well fans on their feet when he lashed the ball high past Howard after the Everton defence had failed to clear a Tom Hateley cross.

Match sharp Tim Cahill (left) navigates his way past Stevie Hammell (right)

Match sharp Tim Cahill (left) navigates his way past Stevie Hammell (right)

Moments later, Higdon hit the outside of Howard's left-hand post with a drive after latching on to another Hateley cross.

Cummins came to Motherwell's rescue on the hour mark when he cleared a shot from Everton substitute Jack Rodwell, one of four changes made by David Moyes at the interval, off the line when it looked a certain goal.

McFadden got a huge cheer when he came on in the 62nd minute along with Fraser Kerr and Omar Daley, with Higdon, Murphy and Cummins making way.

In the 68th minute Naismith, to the jeers of the Well fans, came on to make his debut. John Heitinga was also introduced, with Distin and Marouane Fellaini going off.

Six minutes later McFadden combined with Henrik Ojamaa to set up Law but his drive went inches past the far post with Howard beaten.

Naismith was denied a debut goal in the 76th minute when Well substitute keeper Lee Hollis, on for Randolph at the break, blocked his close-range drive and Seamus Coleman failed to get the rebound on target.

Hateley stung the hands of Howard with a free-kick with four minutes remaining but there were to be no more goals before Hammell came on after the final whistle to take the acclaim of the fans.

Ireland name two debutants to face New Zealand

Brave Kidney names two debutants in XV to face world champions New Zealand

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06:17 GMT, 7 June 2012

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has rung the changes for the first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday, with debuts for Simon Zebo and Declan Fitzpatrick.

The uncapped duo have been drafted in for Saturday's match in Auckland, with Munster's Zebo named on the left wing and Fitzpatrick, of Ulster, in at tighthead prop.

Elsewhere in the XV Keith Earls will partner captain Brian O'Driscoll in the centre and Fergus McFadden has been named on the right wing.

Tough test: Ireland face the world champions in their own back yard

Tough test: Ireland face the world champions in their own back yard

Dan Tuohy will partner Donnacha Ryan in the second row and Peter O'Mahony comes in at flanker alongside Leinster duo Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip. Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan form the half-back axis.

Mike Ross' hamstring injury has ruled him out of the matchday squad so Ulster prop Fitzpatrick comes in to make his debut. He will be joined in the front row by Rory Best and Cian Healy.

Kidney said: 'When you are playing the world champions in their own back yard in their first game after the World Cup, you have to be on the top of your game. There's no secrets around any of that. But we believe that if we are then we're well in with a shout.'

Of Zebo's promotion to the starting
side, Kidney added: 'Simon has been going well and he took his
opportunity in the Barbarians match 10 days ago. He has been playing
consistently, and well, on the left wing and I see that as an
advantage.'

Debut: Simon Zebo starts on the wing for Ireland

Debut: Simon Zebo starts on the wing for Ireland

Teams for first Test, New Zealand v Ireland, Auckland, Saturday June 9 (k-o 0835 BST)

Ireland: R Kearney; F McFadden, B
O'Driscoll (captain), K Earls, S Zebo; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R
Best, D Fitzpatrick, D Tuohy, D Ryan, P O'Mahony, S O'Brien, J Heaslip.

Replacements: S Cronin, R Loughney, D O'Callaghan, K McLaughlin, E Reddan, R O'Gara, D Cave.

New Zealand: I Dagg; Z Guildford, C
Smith, S Williams, J Savea; D Carter, A Smith; T Woodcock, A Hore, O
Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, V Vito, R McCaw (captain), K Read.

Replacements: H Elliot, B Franks, A Williams, A Thomson, P Weepu, A Cruden, B Smith.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has also named new faces in his team, pairing uncapped scrum-half Aaron Smith with fly-half Dan Carter.

There are also Test bows for lock Brodie Retallick and winger Julian Savea, while Victor Vito has come in to replace the injured flanker Jerome Kaino.

Richie McCaw captains a team that features Sonny Bill Williams and Conrad Smith at centre.

Speaking about the new caps, Hansen said: 'We picked them in the series squad because they have all shown that they have special qualities. They now get the opportunity to show that on the international stage.'

Premier League transfers – summer 2012

Transfer window: Club-by-club guide to all the Premier League deals

UPDATED:

07:05 GMT, 30 May 2012

Keep track of all the latest transfers this summer with our club-by-club guide…

Lukas Podolski

New man: Lukas Podolski has joined Arsenal in an 11million

ARSENAL
IN

Lukas Podoloski (Cologne, 11m)

OUT

Manuel Almunia (released), Gavin Hoyte (released)

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ASTON VILLA
IN

Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar, free)

OUT

Emile Heskey (released), Carlos Cuellar (released), Brad Guzan (released)

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CHELSEA
IN

Marko Marin (Werder Bremen, 7m)

OUT

Didier Drogba (released)

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IN

None

OUT

Adam Forshaw (Brentford, undisclosed), James McFadden (released), Marcus Hahnemann (released)

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FULHAM
IN

None

OUT

None

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IN

None

OUT

Fabio Aurelio (Gremio, free), David Amoo (Preston North End, free)

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MANCHESTER CITY
IN

None

OUT

Owen Hargreaves (released)

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IN

None

OUT

Michael Owen (released), Richie De Laet (Leicester, undisclosed), Matty James (Leicester, undisclosed)

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NEWCASTLE
IN

Romain Amalfitano (Reims, free)

OUT

None

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IN

None

OUT

Zak Whitbread (released), Aaron Wilbraham (released), Josh Dawkin (released)

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IN

None

OUT

Peter Ramage (released), Danny Gabbidon (released), Danny Shittu (released), Fitz Hall (released), Gary Borrowdale (released), Lee Cook (released), Rowan Vine (released), Patrick Agyemang (released)

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IN

Garath McCleary (Nottingham Forest, free)

OUT

Brian Howard (released), Tomasz Cywka (released), Andy Griffin (released), Jack Mills (released)

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SOUTHAMPTON
IN

None

OUT

Radhi Jaidi (retired), David Connolly (released), Bartosz Bialkowski (released), Lee Holmes (released), Ryan Doble (released)

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IN

None

OUT

Andrew Davies (Bradford, free)

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IN

None

OUT

Craig Gordon (released), Jordan Cook (released)

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SWANSEA

IN

None

OUT

None

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IN

None

OUT

None

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IN

None

OUT

Nicky Shorey (released), Joe Mattock (released), Somen Tchoyi (released)

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IN

Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth, undisclosed)

OUT

Julien Faubert (released), John Carew (released), Abdoulaye Faye (released), Papa Bouba Diop (released), Frank Nouble (released)

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IN

None

OUT

Chris Kirkland (Sheffield Wednesday, free)

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