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  • Date:09 Aug 2014
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Fir Park Stadium
  • Attendance:4,620
  • Erwin (63)
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92:27 +2.27

Free kick awarded for a foul by John McGinn on Zaine Francis-Angol.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

92:17 +2.17

Marc McAusland is shown a yellow card for dissent.

89:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by John McGinn.

89:11

Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on John McGinn.

88:37

Jack Leitch on for Josh Law.

87:58

Jason Naismith has an effort at goal.

86:55

Foul by Lee Erwin on Marc McAusland, free kick awarded.

84:46

Foul by Stuart Carswell on John McGinn, free kick awarded.

83:49

Lee Erwin fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick over the bar.

83:05

John Sutton fouled by Ellis Plummer, the ref awards a free kick.

81:44

Corner taken by Kenny McLean from the left by-line.

81:12

Corner taken by Kenny McLean.

80:28

Ross Caldwell has an effort at goal. A parry by Dan Twardzik prevents the goal.

80:02

Corner taken by Kenny McLean from the right by-line.

76:39

Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.

76:24

Keith Lasley fouled by James Marwood, the ref awards a free kick.

75:31

(St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Ross Caldwell coming on for Callum Ball.

73:37

Fraser Kerr takes the free kick.

72:37

Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.

72:23

John McGinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley.

71:38

Shot by Callum Ball went over the crossbar.

71:05

Free kick taken by Kenny McLean.

70:53

John McGinn fouled by Craig Reid, the ref awards a free kick.

69:08

Jason Naismith takes a shot. Dan Twardzik parries the effort to safety.

64:54

Lionel Ainsworth has an effort at goal.

63:15

Lee Erwin scores with their right foot. Motherwell 1-0 St Mirren.

60:45

Free kick taken by Marc McAusland.

60:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Zaine Francis-Angol on Kenny McLean.

60:19

Free kick crossed by Fraser Kerr.

59:57

Unfair challenge on Fraser Kerr by Callum Ball results in a free kick.

57:40

Callum Ball takes a fantastic shot. Dan Twardzik catches the ball.

55:09

Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.

54:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc McAusland on Lee Erwin.

52:38

Keith Lasley takes the free kick.

52:30

John McGinn challenges Keith Lasley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

49:50

Callum Ball has an effort at goal. A parry by Dan Twardzik prevents the goal.

48:25

Fraser Kerr takes the free kick.

48:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Callum Ball on Keith Lasley.

47:37

John McGinn takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

47:30

Gregg Wylde delivers the ball.

46:26

Corner taken by Kenny McLean from the right by-line.

46:00

Gregg Wylde has an effort at goal.

The second half kicks off.

The ref blows to signal half-time.

43:55

James Marwood has an effort at goal.

42:22

Lionel Ainsworth has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

40:20

Free kick taken by Stephen McManus.

40:04

Foul by Callum Ball on Stephen McManus, free kick awarded.

38:23

Kenny McLean takes the free kick.

37:56

Unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by John Sutton results in a free kick.

36:58

Ellis Plummer takes the free kick.

36:45

Ellis Plummer fouled by John Sutton, the ref awards a free kick.

36:12

The official flags Callum Ball offside.

35:38

Shot by Josh Law went over the net.

34:03

Free kick taken by Craig Reid.

33:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Jim Goodwin.

33:02

John McGinn challenges Craig Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:49

Kenny McLean takes a fantastic shot. Dan Twardzik safely holds on.

31:43

James Marwood has an effort at goal.

30:15

Stephen McManus gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Marwood.

29:34

Kenny McLean takes the free kick.

29:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Naismith by Josh Law.

28:46

Foul by John McGinn on Craig Reid, free kick awarded.

27:59

Strike on goal comes in from Kenny McLean from the free kick and goes over the bar.

27:21

Keith Lasley challenges John McGinn unfairly and gives away a free kick.

26:52

Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.

26:46

Lee Erwin challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

24:48

Craig Reid takes a shot. Marian Kello catches the ball.

24:08

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lionel Ainsworth.

23:36

James Marwood is adjudged to have handled the ball.

23:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by John McGinn on Lionel Ainsworth.

22:42

Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.

22:10

The referee shows Jim Goodwin a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

22:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim Goodwin on Lee Erwin.

21:28

John McGinn takes a weak shot and went wide right of the goal.

21:20

Kenny McLean produces a cross.

19:49

Corner taken by Kenny McLean from the left by-line.

19:26

Shot by James Marwood. Dan Twardzik parries the ball away.

17:13

Header at goal by Marc McAusland goes right of the post.

16:43

Corner taken by Kenny McLean from the right by-line.

16:16

John McGinn has an effort at goal.

14:40

Header at goal by James Marwood. Dan Twardzik safely holds on.

13:33

Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.

13:24

Ellis Plummer fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick.

12:02

Dan Twardzik takes the free kick.

11:54

The referee blows for offside.

11:21

John McGinn takes a weak shot and went wide of the right hand post.

6:30

Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.

6:16

Kenny McLean fouled by Stephen McManus, the ref awards a free kick.

The match gets underway.

Match Preview

The only way is up - McCall Stuart McCall is targeting more highs with Motherwell this season as he brushed aside predictions that the Fir Park bubble will burst. McCall has led Motherwell to a Scottish Cup final and three top-three finishes in his three and a half years in charge but finds his team written off most summers. That was the case last year after McCall lost most of his first team but they set a new post-war points record in securing a second consecutive runners-up spot with a last-gasp win at Aberdeen. This summer McCall lost three more players in James McFadden, Henri Anier and Shaun Hutchinson, and more prophets of doom emerged after their Europa League defeat to Icelandic side Stjarnan, who subsequently set up a play-off against Inter Milan thanks to a 1-0 aggregate win over Lech Poznan. Motherwell go into their Scottish Premiership opener against St Mirren with the prospect of having their entire back four out injured, but McCall is ignoring the predictions and only looking to continue the enjoyment that has kept him at Fir Park despite offers from elsewhere. McCall said: "People always say 'what can you do next? You have been there a long while'. You only have to look back at the last minute of last season. That's what I'm in football for. "All right, we didn't win a trophy or do anything outstandingly spectacular, but the enjoyment for the group of players that had produced what they had to get to 70 points and finish second, that's why we're in the game. "There will be challenges, there will be ups and downs. There's no doubt, just like we did last year, we'll have some massive blips and bad results and fans will say they're not going back again. "If we can maintain the consistency and keep bouncing back, then that's what we'll try to do." The former Scotland international added: "I don't listen to websites or forums or phone-ins, so whoever is writing us off, that's fine. We are two games into our season. "We were written off last season. Even a minority of our own fans wrote us off when we got knocked out the cup by Albion Rovers and got beat 5-0 at home by Celtic. And rightly so. With two unnamed defenders definitely out, McCall also has problems in midfield with Iain Vigurs suspended and Paul Lawson still working his way back from Achilles surgery. "I always like to name the team Friday but we won't be naming it until quarter to two on Saturday," he said. "But we've had that before and ended up putting in great performances. So it's not a worry, it's just frustrating at times." Jeroen Tesselaar revealed good memories of playing for St Mirren underpinned his decision to return to the Paisley club this summer. The 25-year-old Dutch left-back joined the Buddies in 2011 after failing to make the grade at AZ Alkmaar and had an enjoyable season before leaving for Kilmarnock. After two years at Rugby Park Tesselaar opted for a return to the Buddies and speaking ahead of the trip to Motherwell for the Scottish Premiership opener on Saturday, he claimed the lure of familiar surroundings was an obvious factor in his decision. "It is a move but I have come back to St Mirren, so it feels very good," he said. "It is a good group, good friends, a good pitch so I am looking forward to it. "I looked at my options and I decided to come back here as I really enjoyed my first year in Scotland at St Mirren. "I like the way they try to play football and that suits me. "There are a couple of new boys in the dressing room but also a lot of the same faces." While glad to be back at the Paisley club, Tesselaar, however, refused to reveal the target set by the St Mirren dressing room under new manager Tommy Craig, who took over from Danny Lennon at the end of last season. "It is always about winning as many games as you can," he said. "That is the same this season. "We will keep the target in the dressing room, but we want to finish as high as possible. "It is always close in the Premiership. "You can finish second, you can finish 11th, it depends on your season. "You need a little bit of luck." Saints striker Steven Thompson will miss out at Fir Park. The 35-year-old has a groin strain which manager Tommy Craig believes will keep him out for at least another couple of weeks.

Formation:442Manager: Stuart McCall

Motherwell

Formation: 4411Manager: Tommy Craig

St Mirren

  • Dan Twardzik
  • Craig Reid
  • Fraser Kerr
  • Stephen McManus
  • Zaine Francis-Angol
  • Lionel Ainsworth
  • Keith Lasley
  • Stuart Carswell
  • Josh Law
  • John Sutton
  • Lee Erwin
  • SUBS
  • Paul Lawson
  • Gunnar Nielsen
  • Bob McHugh
  • Jack Leitch
  • Adam Cummins
  • Dominic Thomas
  • David Ferguson

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