Motherwell produced a great showing to seal their third league win in succession, turning over Aberdeen 2-0 in the Scottish Premiership with Kevin Van Veen and Juhani Ojala sealing the points for Graham Alexander’s side.
Proceedings at Fir Park started off quiet with Aberdeen enjoying the bulk of play in the opening quarter. Marley Watkins went in search of getting an opener for Stephen Glass’s side, reacting to a Calvin Ramsay cross with Motherwell and Scotland goalkeeper Liam Kelly denying the recent Aberdeen acquisition.
Motherwell took the lead after 26 minutes, Kaiyne Woolery providing a perfect delivery from the right, finding the unmarked Van Veen. He smashed a header low and hard beyond the reach of away goalkeeper Joe Lewis.
The second half was played at a more frantic pace, however, both sides lacked a cutting edge. If anyone looked like scoring it was Motherwell and so that proved to be on the hour-mark.
Centre-back Ojala got his first goal in a Motherwell shirt with Van Veen turning from scorer to provider, sending a delightful cross into the box. Ojala got on the end of the delivery and with precision, guided Alexander’s men 2-0 up, directing his header under the bar. Here are three things we learned.
Van Veen enjoyed a great afternoon with a goal and assist to his name. His hold-up play was admirable and his ability to expose defenders was observed by the Motherwell supporters. The Dutchman has looked unplayable at times this season but injuries have prevented him from making a weekly impact.
Ojala was one of the star performers for Motherwell, doing his due diligence defensively alongside his ability to play forward, Ojala is really good at ball playing and was a massive link to building an attack for his team. The Finnish defender also took his goal well with a bullet header.
Aberdeen provided a lot of strong optimism before the season commenced, however, there wasn’t much joy for the players, manager Stephen Glass or the travelling fans at Fir Park. Aberdeen lacked a cutting edge and looked in discomfort defensively. It’s now six without a win in competitive action.
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