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Paul McGowan fouled by Steve Jennings, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David van Zanten.
Jure Travner concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Humphrey. Steve Jennings takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Hateley on Michael Higdon. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
John Sutton has an effort at goal. Darren McGregor gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Steve Jennings. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
The ball is sent over by Gavin Gunning, Close range header by Esteban Casagolda goes over the crossbar.
Kenneth McLean comes on in place of Hugh Murray.
John Sutton has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Michael Higdon gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-1 St Mirren.
(St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Michael Higdon coming on for Craig Dargo.
Gavin Gunning has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Jim Goodwin booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Jim Goodwin. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
Francis Jeffers goes off and Esteban Casagolda comes on.
Chris Humphrey fouled by Jure Travner, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stevie Hammell, Jim Goodwin manages to make a clearance.
Caution for Gavin Gunning. Gavin Gunning challenges Jure Travner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Stevie Hammell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jure Travner from right channel, save by Darren Randolph.
Stevie Hammell takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Tom Hateley has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Blocked by Jamie Murphy.
Effort from just outside the box by John Sutton goes over the bar.
The referee gives a free kick against David van Zanten for handball. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Dargo by Steve Jennings. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David van Zanten on Tom Hateley. Stevie Hammell takes the direct free kick.
David van Zanten concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Tom Hateley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Darren Randolph.
Stevie Hammell replaces Keith Lasley.
Caution for Jure Travner. Foul by Jure Travner on Chris Humphrey, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Tom Hateley, John Potter makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Craig Dargo from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Keith Lasley receives a caution. Craig Dargo fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
Jim Goodwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Free kick taken by Steve Jennings.
Craig Dargo takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Unfair challenge on Hugh Murray by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan from the left by-line, Craig Dargo takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Thomson by Gavin Gunning. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jure Travner, Steve Jennings makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Steven Thomson by John Sutton results in a free kick. Marc McAusland takes the free kick.
Marc McAusland produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Shot from outside the area by Jamie Murphy misses to the left of the target.
Hugh Murray produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Darren Randolph makes a fantastic save.
Paul McGowan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Foul by David van Zanten on Jamie Murphy, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Hateley from left wing, Paul Gallacher makes a brilliant save.
Shot from 25 yards from Jim Goodwin. Save by Darren Randolph.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Steve Jennings goes wide left of the target.
Craig Dargo challenges Stephen Craigan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Paul McGowan has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save made by Darren Randolph.
John Potter fouled by Jamie Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Francis Jeffers. Free kick taken by John Potter.
Keith Lasley challenges Steven Thomson unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Steven Thomson. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Keith Lasley takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Hateley.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul McGowan.
Handball by Paul McGowan. Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.
Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Jennings. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Foul by Hugh Murray on John Sutton, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francis Jeffers by John Potter. Steve Jennings takes the direct free kick.
Same again for Well
Motherwell have an unchanged squad for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Hamilton.
Steve Jones and Steven Saunders remain out with hamstring injuries but could return for Sunday's visit of Celtic.
Bob McHugh also remains on the sidelines with a wrist injury.
John Sutton is looking to cement his Motherwell future by continuing to help push the Lanarkshire club up the table.
Sutton's contract expires at the end of the season and he has had no formal talks about an extension.
The English striker's agent has declared that clubs from south of the border have enquired about his client but Sutton is keen to remain at Fir Park.
Sutton has netted four goals since Stuart McCall took charge at the turn of the year and restored him to his natural position as a centre-forward and he is looking to keep impressing.
Sutton netted the only goal from the penalty spot against Hamilton on Saturday, a victory which gives Motherwell the chance to move up to fourth if they beat St Mirren.
"My contract runs out in the summer so obviously it would good to get something sorted out," the 27-year-old said.
"All you can do is do the best you can on the pitch. If you do that hopefully other things look after themselves.
"But obviously with injuries and having a family now, you do have to think about it.
"I love playing for Motherwell and I just need to keep trying to play as well as I can.
"I've got to think if I play as well as I can, hopefully they will want to keep me here and if they don't want to keep me, hopefully someone else will give me a shot."
Sutton played for five clubs in five seasons between leaving first club Tottenham and signing for Well in August 2008, and he believes being settled at a club he enjoys has improved his game.
"I think it helps linking up with players, you get to know each other better and get settled into a way of playing," he said.
"In the past it was never because I wanted to move, it was because I was either doing well and getting a move or wanting to try and play more.
"I've been really happy here and I would like that to continue."
St Mirren striker Michael Higdon is a fitness doubt ahead of the game.
Higdson picked up a foot injury during Sunday's late defeat by Hibernian.
David Barron, Paul McQuade and Gareth Wardlaw remain on the sidelines.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has told his players they must sharpen their focus late in games or risk seeing mental frailties cost the club their top-flight status.
Saints missed the chance to move six points clear of bottom club Hamilton when Francis Dickoh headed an 87th-minute winner for Hibernian in Paisley on Sunday.
Lennon calculated his team have lost 14 points this season because of losing late goals.
Fir Park was one of the places their Achilles heel was exposed - Motherwell scored two goals in the final three minutes to beat St Mirren 3-1 in October.
And Lennon has challenged his players to finally learn their lessons as they prepare to return to Fir Park.
"For us to lose so many late goals the way we have done, it's definitely a psychological issue and it's something we need to rectify," Lennon told the Paisley Daily Express.
"We need the players to continually focus on their jobs and responsibilities because, at the top level, you have to defend for your life. Everything depends on it. When you don't do that, you have to put your hand up and take responsibility.
"Earlier in the season, I said that the players had to learn and cash in on these experiences. That penny must drop - and very quickly."
Lennon said: "The players might go out and make the same mistakes again but it is their livelihoods that they are playing for, so they need that correct mindset.
"I will never doubt their commitment and attitude but I do ask them to have more belief in themselves."
Higdon earns St Mirren huge win
Michael Higdon came off the bench to earn St Mirren a 1-0 win which moves them eight points ahead of Hamilton at the bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Higdon made an immediate impact in the 81st minute, but Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph was left cursing the state of the Fir Park pitch after the striker's shot bounced off a divot and over his hand.
Motherwell missed some late chances to equalise but lacked the spark of recent performances, with Saints goalkeeper Paul Gallacher rarely troubled.
Motherwell, who had Chris Humphrey back in the team for Ross Forbes, missed the chance to move into fourth place after failing to follow up consecutive wins over Aberdeen and Hamilton.
Higdon had made way for David van Zanten after picking up a knock in a late defeat against Hibernian that exasperated manager Danny Lennon, but his players responded to his claims that they "choked" when presented with an opportunity to ease the pressure.
Motherwell had made the early running without carving out a chance and they survived a penalty claim in the 13th minute when Paul McGowan went down under Keith Lasley's rather clumsy attentions.
McGowan angrily chased referee Steve Conroy but none of his team-mates appeared to share his sense of injustice.
McGowan soon had a sight of goal with Motherwell defender Shaun Hutchinson grounded by Hugh Murray's unpunished late tackle but Randolph got down well to save the forward's near-post effort.
Lasley had a stronger claim for a foul in the area when his path was blocked by Marc McAusland after running onto John Sutton's dummy. The offence looked like obstruction but neither an indirect free-kick or penalty was forthcoming.
St Mirren finished the half in the ascendancy, showing more energy than their hosts, with Randolph holding Hutchinson's headed deflection off Murray's shot.
Randolph held two close-range headers from Craig Dargo either side of half-time and the striker soon volleyed into the side netting from just inside the box.
Lasley pulled up injured and was replaced by Stevie Hammell in the 53rd minute with Gavin Gunning moving to right-back and Tom Hateley moving into midfield.
Hateley immediately forced Paul Gallacher into his first save when the St Mirren goalkeeper parried an inswinging free-kick, and the same player then saw his powerful strike inadvertently blocked by Gunning after Sutton had held the ball up inside the box.
Jeffers also claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty when he tangled with McAusland as he tried to reach a loose ball as Motherwell pushed their visitors back.
Esteban Casagolda replaced Jeffers and Higdon came on for Dargo and the Saints substitute netted in his first real involvement.
The former Falkirk striker chested the ball down 40 yards out and brushed off Hutchinson before firing a powerful shot that took a huge kick off the uneven turf and bounced over the outstretched hand of Randolph.
Motherwell had chances to equalise but Sutton sliced well wide from 16 yards after John Potter's poor clearance.
Casagolda headed Gunning's cross over and Sutton then saw his shot brilliantly blocked by the impressive Darren McGregor.
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