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  • Date:28 Apr 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Fir Park Stadium
  • Attendance:4,743
  • Higdon - pen (16) Law (19)
    Murphy (51) Ojamaa (82) Ojamaa (86)
  • Craig - pen (58)
Goal!

Live Commentary

86:37

Goal scored by Henrik Ojamaa from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 5-1 St Johnstone.Assist by Darren Randolph.

85:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Clancy on Marcus Haber. Strike on goal comes in from Derek Riordan from the free kick. Ross Forbes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Keith Lasley.

84:35

Michael Higdon produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

83:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Henrik Ojamaa by Alan Maybury. Alan Maybury receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Nicky Law restarts play with the free kick.

82:48

A goal is scored by Henrik Ojamaa from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 4-1 St Johnstone.The assist for the goal came from Chris Humphrey.

81:18

Alan Maybury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

79:54

Marcus Haber concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Clancy. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick. Jamie Murphy leaves the field to be replaced by Henrik Ojamaa. Stewart Carswell comes on in place of Steve Jennings.

77:30

Shot by Jack Compton. Save made by Darren Randolph.

74:58

James Keatings is brought on as a substitute for Liam Craig.

69:49

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

68:04

Alan Maybury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Law. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

66:25

Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings. Murray Davidson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Tim Clancy.

65:40

Derek Riordan challenges Shaun Hutchinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

64:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marcus Haber. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.

63:45

Shot by Jamie Murphy. Alan Mannus makes a save.

63:28

Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Alan Mannus.

62:04

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Hateley, save made by Alan Mannus.

61:31

Marcus Haber gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Clancy. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

60:23

Nicky Law gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Maybury. Direct free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

59:21

Tim Clancy challenges Marcus Haber unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig.

58:06

Shaun Hutchinson concedes a Penalty for a foul on Marcus Haber. Penalty taken left-footed by Liam Craig and scored. Motherwell 3-1 St Johnstone.

56:26

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, clearance by Liam Craig.

54:59

Effort from 12 yards by Jamie Murphy. Save by Alan Mannus.

53:44

Liam Craig fouled by Tom Hateley, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Craig produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Darren Randolph.

53:00

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Murphy. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Mannus. Jack Compton is brought on as a substitute for David Robertson.

51:28

A goal is scored by Jamie Murphy from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 3-0 St Johnstone.Assist by Tom Hateley.

50:23

The referee blows for offside against Nicky Law. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

49:12

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Hateley.

47:45

The offside flag is raised against Jamie Murphy. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

46:27

David McCracken concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

44:18

Close range headed effort by Marcus Haber misses to the right of the target.

43:32

Michael Higdon challenges Alan Maybury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Robertson.

42:22

Shot from 18 yards from David Robertson. Darren Randolph makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line played to the near post, Steve Jennings makes a clearance.

40:18

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line played to the near post, Alan Maybury manages to make a clearance.

39:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell by David Robertson. Nicky Law takes the free kick.

38:43

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line.

37:30

Foul by Keith Lasley on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Steven Anderson takes the free kick.

36:24

Marcus Haber gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.

33:52

Derek Riordan takes a shot from 25 yards. Save made by Darren Randolph.

32:40

Shot by Michael Higdon from 12 yards. Save by Alan Mannus. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Hateley.

28:36

Jamie Murphy is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

27:50

Chris Humphrey produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save made by Alan Mannus. Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Alan Mannus makes a save.

27:05

Foul by Keith Lasley on David Robertson, free kick awarded. Alan Mannus takes the direct free kick.

26:35

Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley, clearance made by Steven Anderson.

25:02

Unfair challenge on David McCracken by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

24:13

Michael Higdon challenges David Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Maybury restarts play with the free kick.

22:06

Frazer Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon. Nicky Law takes the direct free kick.

20:36

Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Haber. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Derek Riordan.

19:31

Nicky Law finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone.Assist on the goal came from Chris Humphrey.

17:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Steven Anderson. Liam Craig takes the free kick.

15:31

Steven Anderson concedes a Penalty for a foul on Chris Humphrey. Steven Anderson shown a yellow card. Placed penalty scored by Michael Higdon. Motherwell 1-0 St Johnstone.

14:48

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson on Marcus Haber, free kick awarded. Derek Riordan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Steve Jennings manages to make a clearance.

14:09

Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

13:25

Liam Craig is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

12:36

Jamie Murphy has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

11:55

The referee blows for offside against Derek Riordan. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.

10:56

Derek Riordan has a drilled shot. Darren Randolph makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line to the near post.

10:11

Effort on goal by Steven Anderson from 20 yards. Save by Darren Randolph.

9:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Anderson on Chris Humphrey. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

6:44

The referee blows for offside. Alan Mannus takes the indirect free kick.

6:17

Michael Higdon fouled by Frazer Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Keith Lasley takes the free kick.

5:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Craig on Tom Hateley. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick. Jamie Murphy is ruled offside. Alan Maybury takes the free kick.

5:04

Jamie Murphy produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

4:12

Shot from just outside the box by Murray Davidson goes over the crossbar.

Match Preview

No change for returning Lasley Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley has had no thoughts about changing his approach to the game as he prepares to return from his fourth suspension of the season. Lasley missed last week's defeat by Celtic for picking up six yellow cards in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, having previously been sent off three times this season, twice against Hearts and once for a late tackle on Aberdeen midfielder Fraser Fyvie. But the 32-year-old has also picked up a player of the month award and scored five goals, most of them spectacular, finding the best form of his career under Stuart McCall. And the central midfielder is not going to hold back when he faces European rivals St Johnstone at Fir Park. "I think my approach is wholehearted but before his season I had not been sent off," Lasley said. "Obviously I was disappointed with the Aberdeen one, I fully held my hands up and apologised for it, but there was definitely nothing malicious in it. "I can't think of many other bad tackles I've made this season. The one with the two bookings I was quite disappointed about. "You have got to accept the flak at times. On the surface, three red cards in a short period of time doesn't look good. "You have just got to accept that fact and move on. "I certainly won't change my approach in any sort of way. I will approach the game as I have done since I started playing football and that certainly won't change." Lasley added: "The manager wouldn't want anyone in his team who is going out to hurt people but he likes people who will give him 100%, and everyone in the dressing room certainly gives him that." Motherwell have a full squad which gives McCall the chance to restore his influential central midfield pairing of Lasley and Steve Jennings, who has also served a recent suspension. Lasley said: "It's always enjoyable playing with Steve. We have managed to strike up a little bit of a partnership in there. "He has been immense for us really this year, he has been very consistent and it's a pleasure to play alongside him. "Hopefully these last four games we can have everyone fit and vying for positions and hopefully that will be a key for us getting the points we need." St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas claims the uncertainty surrounding Rangers is having an impact on his long-term planning. Despite the Blue Knights tabling a bid on Friday, there is no guarantee Rangers will exit administration soon and manager Ally McCoist has broached the prospect of moving into the Third Division next season if the club does not survive in its present form. Lomas is focused on helping Saints seal a European place but he would also like to have players secured for next season. With Rangers in crisis, and Scottish Premier League clubs set to vote on financial fair play proposals on Monday, Lomas feels unable to do so. "There's obviously a lot of unrest at the Glasgow Rangers situation," Lomas told STV. "It's a difficult time. "We are trying to get contract offers to players that we want but it is probably taking a bit longer than is ideal. "You would like to have the ones you would want for next season tied up already. "Unfortunately with the current climate and the Rangers shadow hanging over everything it's probably why it has taken longer." St Johnstone's 2-0 defeat by Dundee United last weekend has made them outsiders for the second Champions League spot, sitting five points behind third-placed Motherwell with four games left. Saints also trail United and are only two points above Hearts, who could deny them a Europa League place, but a win at Fir Park would keep their hopes of the major prize alive. Lomas, who has top scorer Francisco Sandaza suspended, said: "It's a big week but it's a great week, this is what you want to be in for, big games, you don't want the season petering out. "That's what we've been trying to get across to the boys that if we win we are right back in the mix again so it's a massive incentive for us."

Formation:442Manager: Stuart McCall

Motherwell

Formation: 442Manager: Steve Lomas

St Johnstone

  • Darren Randolph
  • Tom Hateley
  • Shaun Hutchinson
  • Tim Clancy
  • Stevie Hammell
  • Chris Humphrey
  • Steve Jennings
  • Keith Lasley
  • Nicky Law
  • Michael Higdon
  • Jamie Murphy
  • SUBS
  • Lee Hollis
  • Steven Saunders
  • Stephen Craigan
  • Omar Daley
  • Ross Forbes
  • Henrik Ojamaa
  • Stewart Carswell

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Match Report

Form Guide

    WWLLDL
  • Motherwell
  • VS
  • St Johnstone
  • WWWLDL

Last Meetings

  • Motherwell
  • 3 - 2
  • St Johnstone
  • 28/01/2012
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 3
  • Motherwell
  • 10/12/2011
  • Motherwell
  • 0 - 3
  • St Johnstone
  • 17/09/2011
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 26/01/2011
  • Motherwell
  • 4 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 10/11/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 2
  • Motherwell
  • 11/09/2010

Top Scorers

Motherwell

  • M Higdon 9
  • J Murphy 8
  • H Ojamaa 5
  • K Lasley 4
  • N Law 3
  • S Hammell 2
  • O Daley 2
  • C Humphrey 2
  • T Hateley 2
  • R McHugh 1
  • S Hutchinson 1

St Johnstone

  • F Sandaza 10
  • L Craig 6
  • C Sheridan 4
  • D MacKay 3
  • L Croft 3
  • M Davidson 2
  • M Haber 2
  • C Davidson 1
  • J Morris 1
  • D McCracken 1
  • S Anderson 1

Goals

Motherwell

    • Total goals 84
    • Goals per game 43
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 8 (For) 8 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 83
    • Goals per game 42
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 8 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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