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Kenny McLean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey. The referee shows Kenny McLean a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale from the left by-line to the near post, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Kenny McLean from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Graham Carey leaves the field to be replaced by Gary Teale.
Tom Hateley crosses the ball, Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson. Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line played to the near post,
Paul McGowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from 25 yards from Kenny McLean. Save by Darren Randolph. Kenny McLean takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.
Aaron Mooy takes a shot. Shot from 12 yards by Aaron Mooy. Darren Randolph makes a save. Short corner taken by Graham Carey. Corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey to the near post, Paul McGowan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target. Kenny McLean fouled by Stephen Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin. Shot from 12 yards from Steven Thompson. Save by Darren Randolph. Shot by Graham Carey from 25 yards. Save made by Darren Randolph. Unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. David Barron takes the direct free kick. The referee blows for offside against Steven Thompson. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick. Unfair challenge on Graham Carey by Stephen Craigan results in a free kick. Graham Carey has an effort direct from the free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Paul McGowan for handball. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Shot from 12 yards by Jamie Murphy. Marc McAusland gets a block in.
Shot by Chris Humphrey. Darren Randolph takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Jamie Murphy results in a free kick. Jamie Murphy receives a yellow card. Marc McAusland restarts play with the free kick.
Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Jennings. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Keith Lasley goes off and Stephen Hughes comes on. Omar Daley leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Humphrey.
Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line.
Steven Thompson is caught offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Keith Lasley on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Graham Carey takes the direct free kick.
Steven Thompson fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel Hasselbaink leaves the field to be replaced by Aaron Mooy. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeroen Tesselaar on Omar Daley. Stevie Hammell delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.
Shot from inside the six-yard box by Paul McGowan goes wide right of the goal.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line played to the near post, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.
Jim Goodwin finds the net with a goal from 35 yards. Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren.
Effort on goal by Keith Lasley from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Thompson makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley to the near post, clearance by Steven Thompson.
Stevie Hammell fouled by David van Zanten, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Michael Higdon challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jeroen Tesselaar takes the direct free kick.
Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean. Graham Carey crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance made by Tom Hateley.
Kenny McLean takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Keith Lasley. Keith Lasley booked. Marc McAusland takes the free kick.
Michael Higdon finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Motherwell 1-0 St Mirren.Nicky Law provided the assist for the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Paul McGowan. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Hateley, clearance by David Barron.
Kenny McLean takes a shot.
Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Omar Daley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jeroen Tesselaar. Omar Daley is cautioned by the ref for dissent.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Jim Goodwin manages to make a clearance.
Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thompson. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Michael Higdon takes a shot. Blocked by David Barron.
Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Graham Carey has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Graham Carey takes the inswinging corner, save made by Darren Randolph.
The ball is sent over by Jamie Murphy, Michael Higdon produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Jamie Murphy results in a free kick. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
Kenny McLean is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley, Shaun Hutchinson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
Foul by Michael Higdon on Jim Goodwin, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick. Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny McLean. Graham Carey fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Graham Carey. Booking for Steve Jennings for unsporting behaviour. The referee books Jim Goodwin for dissent. Shaun Hutchinson goes into the book for dissent. Graham Carey restarts play with the free kick. Tom Hateley produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line, David Barron produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Stephen Craigan takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey played to the near post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Nigel Hasselbaink. Direct free kick taken by Graham Carey.
David van Zanten takes a shot from 18 yards. Save by Darren Randolph.
Steven Thompson fouled by Steve Jennings, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David van Zanten.
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.
The referee penalises Steven Thompson for handball. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Randolph welcomes tactical retreats
Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph has sensed some teams now view the Fir Park side as a scalp given their impressive form - but he is happy if opponents change their tactics as a consequence.
Motherwell have a seven-point lead in the race for third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, largely thanks to their away form.
Stuart McCall's men have won seven SPL games on the road, but have won just one of their last seven home matches ahead of St Mirren's trip to Fir Park.
"Especially when teams come here, they tend to just sit back and get everyone behind the ball and wait for us to make a mistake and then try and catch us on the break," the Irishman said.
"That happens, you have to take that as a compliment, other teams think we`re that good that they need to do that.
"As long as other teams keep changing their game to come and play us, it suits us down to the ground."
Well have no new injury problems.
Only second-choice goalkeeper Lee Hollis (hip) and defender Steven Saunders (Achilles) are missing from the first-team squad.
Omar Daley is looking to keep his place after scoring one and setting up another in the 3-0 win over St Johnstone.
St Mirren manager Danny Lennon is looking to take advantage of Motherwell`s patchy home form and erase memories of one of his most painful experiences of the season.
Saints lost 1-0 to Motherwell in Paisley in August after Tom Hateley struck a brilliant injury-time free-kick past the on-form Craig Samson.
The victory was the first of seven away from home for Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League so far.
But they have only won one of their last seven matches at Fir Park and are looking for their first home win since September.
Lennon said: "Hats off to Stuart McCall and his staff. They have firmly put Motherwell in the top three of the SPL, played some terrific football and pulled off some eye-catching results along the way.
"Their top goalscorer, Michael Higdon, we all know about him having worked with him last season.
"That was his best season in terms of goals and he was certainly an asset to us, and is proving to be that for Motherwell.
"Strangely enough, Motherwell have struggled at home this season, winning only three and scoring only six. The last time we were down there we won 1-0 so a repeat of that would be nice.
"Our focus will be to play high-quality football and entertain the crowd, and show that strength of character required to try and overcome a very good Motherwell side, plus the elements."
Saints defender Lee Mair is "touch and go" for the clash.
Mair missed last weekend`s defeat by Aberdeen with a knock, while Jim Goodwin, who suffered a knock during the game, has made good progress.
Midfielder Steven Thomson (calf) again misses out but Hugh Murray and Aaron Mooy are pushing for involvement after playing 90 minutes in a midweek bounce game.
Goodwin stunner has Saints marching
Jim Goodwin's glorious long-range strike earned St Mirren a deserved point from an entertaining and open 1-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw with Motherwell at Fir Park.
The Irish midfielder fired high into the net from 25 yards on the hour mark just as Motherwell looked to have gained control.
Michael Higdon had headed Well into the lead three minutes after the break having twice been denied by goalmouth clearances in the opening half.
St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean hit the crossbar in the first half and the visitors pressed for a winner in an end-to-end finale.
There were light patches of snow on the park but both teams defied the slippy surface as they attacked at every opportunity and played some slick football.
Goodwin's strike leaves Motherwell without a home win since September but they have still only lost to St Johnstone outside the Old Firm and are now eight points clear in third place. Darren Randolph spilled an early strike from David van Zanten but the Motherwell defence cleared and the home side began to get into their passing rhythm without being able to capitalise on some dangerous crosses.
The game burst to life in the 12th minute when Steve Jennings, angered that Goodwin's two-footed tackle had gone unpunished by referee Calum Murray, deliberately fouled Graham Carey in frustration.
The foul prompted a yellow card and a rebuke from Goodwin, who was also booked, and a wider confrontation, which also saw Shaun Hutchinson booked.
Murray was in danger of losing control but the game settled down before Motherwell had an escape after Hutchinson caught Jeroen Tesselaar with a sliding challenge just inside his box while trying to intercept a through ball.
Murray pointed to the spot but his assistant had flagged for offside for the initial pass.
Motherwell had an excellent chance on the half-hour mark when Jamie Murphy cut through the right-hand side of the Saints defence after being allowed to build up speed from the touchline as Marc McAusland waited in vain for a throw-in.
Murphy found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Craig Samson but from a tight angle and he elected to cut the ball back for Michael Higdon eight yards out.
The ball kicked up and Higdon's effort was blocked by the away defence before Omar Daley sliced the rebound wide as he ran in beyond the far post.
Goodwin then cleared Higdon's off the line following Hateley's corner before St Mirren came closest to breaking the first-half deadlock when McLean's dipping 35-yard shot hit the bar.
Higdon finally netted against his former team in the 48th minute. Nicky Law used his pace and skill to get to the by-line and stood up a left-footed cross towards the back post where Higdon forced himself above David Barron to nod home.
Motherwell were enjoying the extra space as the visitors pushed men forward but they were brought crashing back down to earth when Goodwin pounced on Stephen Craigan's headed clearance and took a touch before unleashing a powerful strike into the roof of the net.
The Paisley side had a great chance to go ahead on the counter-attack within a minute when McLean's crossfield pass found Paul McGowan unmarked. The former Celtic player rounded Randolph but sliced wide as the angle narrowed.
St Mirren were lifted by their goal and flourished in possession as Motherwell struggled to push forward.
Motherwell brought on Chris Humphrey and Stephen Hughes for the impressive Daley and Keith Lasley, who had been booked, and soon turned the tide.
Humphrey cut inside two men and shot wide via a deflection and Murphy soon had a shot blocked by some desperate defending inside the box.
Humphrey could not find a killer cross as Motherwell continued to find him but Saints almost caught them on the break when McGowan played in substitute Aaron Mooy, making first appearance of the season following a back injury, but Randolph got down well to hold.
Randolph soon saved from Steven Thompson and Carey and then tipped over McLean's wonderful acrobatic effort.
Samson was called into action to beat away Murphy's powerful header following Hateley's cross and McLean missed a last-minute chance when he sliced over from 20 yards with his right foot.
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