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Tom Hateley concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Moon. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman. Chris Millar leaves the field to be replaced by William Gibson.
Marcus Haber comes on in place of Francisco Sandaza.
Liam Craig finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-3 St Johnstone.The assist for the goal came from Francisco Sandaza.
Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Omar Daley has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Effort on goal by Michael Higdon from 25 yards. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Sean Higgins is brought on as a substitute for Cillian Sheridan.
A goal is scored by Francisco Sandaza from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 0-2 St Johnstone.
Foul by Cillian Sheridan on Stephen Craigan, free kick awarded. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line.
Cillian Sheridan is ruled offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick. Omar Daley is brought on as a substitute for Steve Jennings.
Francisco Sandaza is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David MacKay, Tim Clancy makes a clearance.
Shot by Jamie Adams. Save by Darren Randolph. Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post. Corner crossed in by Tom Hateley.
Chris Millar takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Darren Randolph.
Frazer Wright goes into the book.
Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Francisco Sandaza results in a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
David MacKay takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley played to the near post, clearance by David MacKay.
Stephen Craigan fouled by Cillian Sheridan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Law.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Kevin Moon. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
Shot by Cillian Sheridan. Save by Darren Randolph.
Chris Millar challenges Stevie Hammell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Tom Hateley.
Jamie Adams concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Law. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph. Booking for Jamie Adams for dissent.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Maybury by Chris Humphrey. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Jamie Adams challenges Chris Humphrey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keith Lasley takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Frazer Wright. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
Effort from 25 yards by Steve Jennings.
The ball is swung over by David MacKay.
The referee blows for offside. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Craig gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by David MacKay from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Tom Hateley.
The assist for the goal came from Jamie Adams.
Tim Clancy puts the ball into his own goal. Motherwell 0-1 St Johnstone.
Tom Hateley concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Maybury. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Millar on Stevie Hammell. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Unfair challenge on Nicky Law by David MacKay results in a free kick. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
Michael Higdon takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Maybury.
Liam Craig gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley to the near post, Cillian Sheridan makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Francisco Sandaza. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Nicky Law takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Liam Craig takes a inswinging corner.
Shot by Cillian Sheridan. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Speedster Daley aims to hit top gear
Omar Daley is aiming to recapture the best form of his career after reuniting with former Bradford manager Stuart McCall at Motherwell.
Daley credits McCall's man-management skills with bringing out the best in him at Valley Parade and he was keen to be reunited after leaving the npower League Two club at the end of last season.
When asked for his first impressions of Motherwell, with whom he`s signed a two-year deal, Daley said: "It's a good team, the way they pass the ball about. That's the way Stuart likes his teams to play.
"He gave me the confidence to go out and play my best for Bradford. I want to repeat that."
Daley is renowned for his pace and could at times feature on the opposite flank to another Jamaican-born winger, Chris Humphrey, probably the fastest player in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The 30-year-old would not divulge the outcome of the races the pair have had in training. "I'm just warming up, I just got here," he joked. "It's a cold country. I can look after myself speed-wise."
Daley comes into the Motherwell squad for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League visit of St Johnstone.
Shaun Hutchinson is out for about a month after suffering an ankle injury at Celtic last weekend, while Steven Saunders remains out with a long-term Achilles injury.
Derek McInnes is banking again on his frugal defence.
The Perth side are unbeaten in four games and have yet to concede a goal in their three away Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches this season against Aberdeen, Celtic and St Mirren.
The McDiarmid Park boss is looking for more of the same in Lanarkshire.
"We have carried on from last season where we had a fabulous goals against record with plenty of clean sheets," McInnes told Press Association Sport.
"That's four games we have gone unbeaten, two wins and two draws and in the three SPL games away to Aberdeen, Celtic and St Mirren we have had a clean sheet which has given us a chance.
"We lost Michael Duberry and Danny Grainger from our back four in the summer and we can't pretend they weren't a loss but we brought in David McCracken, Frazer Wright and Callum Davidson, although he is out at the moment through injury, so we have good options in defence.
"I was disappointed that we never got more against St Mirren in our last game.
"But when we don't play as well as we can we have to rely on other things in our game like determination, discipline and organisation.
"We will play better and get nothing so we were glad to take a point away from home."
St Johnstone midfielder Jody Morris will miss Saturday`s clash with a hamstring injury.
McInnes revealed he is at least three weeks away from getting his other injured players back.
Callum Davidson (calf), Murray Davidson (knee) and Sam Parkin (ankle) are all still out and will not be back until October.
Sandaza on target as Saints march on
Francisco Sandaza scored his sixth goal in four games as St Johnstone continued their impressive away record with a 3-0 victory against a disjointed Motherwell.
Sandaza wrapped up three Clydesdale Bank Premier League points when he pounced on Stevie Hammell's poor pass to put Saints two ahead with 15 minutes left.
The visitors looked comfortable after Tim Clancy's 20th-minute own goal and further extended their lead through Liam Craig.
St Johnstone have now kept clean sheets in all four away games and added the emphatic win over a team sitting in third place to their surprise victory at Celtic Park.
Sandaza followed up his cup hat-trick against Livingston and double against former club Dundee United with another impressive showing, having a major hand in Craig's late goal.
Motherwell had only lost against the Old Firm beforehand but even in those heavy defeats they managed to show some of the fluent passing that has been central to their excellent start to the campaign.
But they struggled in possession after the opening goal and could not break through St Johnstone's disciplined ranks.
Motherwell started with Jamaica winger Omar Daley on the bench following his midweek signing with Chris Humphrey starting in place of the injured Shaun Hutchinson.
David McCracken and David Robertson dropped out for St Johnstone with Steven Anderson and Kevin Moon coming in.
Both teams tested the opposition goalkeeper from long range in the opening minutes. Darren Randolph pushed over former Motherwell striker Cillian Sheridan's powerful strike and Peter Enckelman held Nicky Law's similar effort at the second attempt.
Motherwell quickly gained control of possession and put together some good passing moves without carving a chance, although Enckelman saved Clancy's glancing header from an inswinging Tom Hateley free-kick.
Saints took the lead when Motherwell failed to deal with Craig's free-kick from the right. Jamie Adams headed the ball towards goal after Dave Mackay had headed it back and Clancy could only help it into the net from inside the six-yard box.
The goal seemed to rob Motherwell of their passing rhythm and they became over-reliant on hitting the ball long for Michael Higdon, who was struggling in the air against Frazer Wright.
St Johnstone were getting men forward on the break and Sandaza headed wide from Mackay's cross.
Motherwell did enjoy some pressure late in the first half but could not test Enckelman.
Humphrey's positive run and composed pass inside set up Steve Jennings on the edge of the box but the midfielder swept his shot two yards over and Hateley curled a free-kick on to the roof of the net.
Sandaza rode several tackles before pulling a shot wide from 20 yards just after the restart, but Motherwell were quickly on the offensive.
Enckelman flapped at Stevie Hammell's cross but recovered in time to block Higdon's volley.
The hosts failed to sustain the pressure though and Randolph kept them in the game with an excellent flying save in the 59th minute to stop Chris Millar's curling effort finding the top corner after the midfielder had turned inside Hammell. Adams followed in for the rebound but could not readjust his body and headed over.
Daley came on for the below-par Jennings in the 72nd minute, allowing Law to adopt a more central position with the debutant lining up on the left wing.
The game moved beyond Motherwell three minutes later though.
Hammell received the ball back from Daley and played a square ball across his back line, but it failed to find its target and Sandaza emerged with the ball from Randolph's challenge before slotting home from 12 yards.
Daley flashed a long-range shot wide but the visitors moved further ahead in the 85th minute.
Sandaza turned Clancy and forced a save from Randolph before Moon laid the ball off for Craig to finish high into the net.
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