Motherwell outshine Hearts

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Motherwell kept on the trail of second-placed Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a convincing 3-0 victory over Hearts at Fir Park.

Keith Lasley's deflected shot off Andy Webster and a Jamie Murphy header gave the Steelmen the interval advantage before Well skipper Lasley was sent off five minutes after the break for picking up a second yellow card, both of which were for fouls on Gorgie midfielder Ian Black.

Motherwell shrugged off the numerical disadvantage and midfielder Nicky Law finished off a fine move in the 65th minute by driving past Jamie MacDonald to seal the win.

The game sparked into life in the 37th minute when Motherwell made the breakthrough. The Hearts defence failed to properly clear Hateley's corner from the left and MacDonald was forced to make a good save from Murphy's close-range drive after the ball fell to his feet.

However, the ball rebounded out to Lasley and he fired it straight back in at goal where it appeared to come off Webster before hitting the back of the net.

In the 41st minute, following a good passage of play by the home side, Murphy headed Lasley's cross in off the crossbar and a game that was going nowhere at one point was firmly in the hands of the Steelmen.

Scott Robinson replaced Andrew Driver for the start of the second half which began with Webster making a mistake inside his own box, allowing Henrik Ojamaa a chance to make it 3-0, but again MacDonald came to the rescue with a good block before Law knocked the rebound over the bar.

The match took another twist in the 51st minute when Lasley was shown a second yellow card and dismissed by referee Alan Muir for another foul on Black, leaving the home side down to 10 men and their supporters incensed.

Black was then booked for a foul on Ojamaa which delighted the home fans who had more to celebrate moments later, in the 65th minute, when Law made it 3-0 with a well-worked goal.

Ojamaa went past several Hearts defenders before laying the ball off to Murphy who helped it on to the on-rushing Law and he cracked a low drive past MacDonald and in off a post.

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