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  • Date:26 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:2,268
  • Craig - pen (61)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Sutton, Michael Duberry makes a clearance.

91mins

Steve Jones produces a cross, clearance by Michael Duberry.

88mins

Alan Maybury is brought on as a substitute for Liam Craig. Steven Saunders gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.

86mins

Steven Anderson receives a caution. Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Anderson on John Sutton. Stevie Hammell fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

84mins

Effort on goal by Esteban Casagolda from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

82mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Saunders on Peter MacDonald. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.

82mins

Steve Jones sends in a cross, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.

81mins

Centre by Cleveland Taylor, save by Darren Randolph.

80mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Jones by Chris Millar. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.

78mins

Chris Humphrey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

77mins

Tom Hateley goes off and Jamie Pollock comes on.

77mins

(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Peter MacDonald coming on for Collin Samuel.

75mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.

71mins

Jamie Murphy leaves the field to be replaced by Esteban Casagolda. Steve Jennings goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Cleveland Taylor comes on in place of Steve May. Steve Jennings challenges Collin Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.

71mins

Esteban Casagolda comes on in place of Jamie Murphy. Steve Jennings is booked. Steve May goes off and Cleveland Taylor comes on. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by Steve Jennings. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.

68mins

Stevie Hammell takes the inswinging corner, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.

67mins

Steve May is caught offside. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

66mins

Steve Jones crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Anderson.

64mins

Steve Jones delivers the ball, clearance by Steven Anderson.

61mins

Booking for Stephen Craigan for dissent. Liam Craig scores a penalty. St Johnstone 1-0 Motherwell.Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Stephen Craigan challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

58mins

Foul by Murray Davidson on Chris Humphrey, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

57mins

Collin Samuel is caught offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

57mins

Steve Jennings challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Duberry takes the direct free kick.

55mins

Caution for Chris Millar. Handball decision goes against Chris Millar. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.

55mins

Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, clearance made by Darren Randolph.

54mins

Steve May takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

51mins

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Chris Humphrey goes wide of the right-hand upright.

51mins

David MacKay delivers the ball, save by Darren Randolph.

46mins

The referee blows for offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

46mins

Steve May produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

45mins

Liam Craig takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.

41mins

Short corner worked by Jody Morris.

41mins

David MacKay crosses the ball, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.

40mins

Tom Hateley challenges Murray Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Craig delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance.

40mins

Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by John Sutton results in a free kick. Peter Enckelman takes the direct free kick.

39mins

Steve May is ruled offside. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

38mins

Shaun Hutchinson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

38mins

Daniel Grainger crosses the ball, clearance made by Stevie Hammell.

37mins

Stevie Hammell challenges Jody Morris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David MacKay.

32mins

Shot by Steven Saunders went wide left of the target.

30mins

Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, clearance by Steve Jennings.

27mins

Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.

25mins

Stephen Craigan challenges Collin Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Craig takes the free kick.

24mins

Corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line, Steve May manages to make a clearance.

22mins

Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save by Darren Randolph.

21mins

Daniel Grainger fouled by Chris Humphrey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.

18mins

Tom Hateley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig. Jody Morris takes the free kick.

16mins

Effort on goal by Steve May from long range goes over the crossbar.

15mins

Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.

14mins

Steve May booked for unsporting behaviour.

12mins

Tom Hateley has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

11mins

Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.

10mins

Steve Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jody Morris. David MacKay takes the free kick.

8mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on Steven Anderson. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.

7mins

Jody Morris delivers the ball, Collin Samuel takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

6mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Steve May. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

4mins

Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

3mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Jamie Murphy clears the bar.

2mins

Michael Duberry concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

2mins

The ball is swung over by David MacKay, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.

The referee starts the match.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

The second half begins.

The referee signals the end of the game.

Match Preview

Saints waiting on Adams St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes has no fresh injury concerns ahead of their Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Motherwell. Jamie Adams has been struggling with a sickness bug and had been rated doubtful for the visit of the Steelmen. However, the midfielder is expected to return to training and McInnes is hopeful he will be involved in the clash at McDiarmid Park. McInnes has every faith in Stuart McCall's ability to be a success as Motherwell boss following an encouraging start to his Fir Park career. But the Saints boss will be more than happy to bring to a halt the progress his former Rangers team-mate has made when the two clubs meet. McCall has chalked up two wins, two draws and a single defeat with the Steelmen so far after replacing veteran boss Craig Brown at the helm. McInnes said: "Stuart is trying to get his own players in and he has lost a couple, which isn't ideal for him. "I think he will be looking to get two or three in before the window shuts and get his stamp on the team. "I've no doubts he will be a success. He has that real natural enthusiasm and that's infectious and will rub off on the players. "He also has a good knowledge of the game and I expect Stuart to do very well there." Motherwell are again without Keith Lasley (hamstring). Steve Jennings has overcome the knock he played through in the victory over Hibernian while Tom Hateley is hopeful of recovering from the calf problem which forced him off. Bob McHugh is out for six weeks after suffering a wrist injury before being recalled from a loan spell with Partick Thistle after just one day.

Formation:442Manager: Derek McInnes

St Johnstone

Formation: 433Manager: Stuart McCall

Motherwell

  • Peter Enckelman
  • David MacKay
  • Steven Anderson
  • Michael Duberry
  • Daniel Grainger
  • Chris Millar
  • Jody Morris
  • Murray Davidson
  • Liam Craig
  • Collin Samuel
  • Steve May
  • SUBS
  • Graeme Smith
  • Alan Maybury
  • Sam Parkin
  • Cleveland Taylor
  • Peter MacDonald
  • Liam Caddis
  • Stephen Reynolds

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Match Report

Saints on track for top six Liam Craig's penalty kept St Johnstone in the hunt for the top six as they turned the tables on Motherwell with a 1-0 win at McDiarmid Park. Craig slotted home in the 62nd minute to move St Johnstone two points behind their sixth-placed opponents in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. Motherwell skipper Stephen Craigan was disgusted with the decision to penalise him for a penalty-box challenge on Michael Duberry, amid suspicions of handball, and his frustration continued as Saints soaked up some late pressure. Motherwell had scored six goals without reply in two victories against their hosts this season but St Johnstone have improved markedly since leaving Fir Park bottom of the SPL in November and maintained their unbeaten record in 2011. They had further cause for optimism with an impressive first start for 18-year-old Stevie May, who caused Motherwell problems with his sharpness and clever running. Motherwell created the first opening in the 14th minute when Chris Humphrey, St Johnstone's chief tormentor in their previous meetings this term, ran clear down the right wing after sharp passing from Jamie Murphy and Steven Saunders. The winger kept his composure to send in a dangerous low cross but the ball bobbled as Murphy steadied himself to shoot and Dave Mackay cleared the scuffed shot off the line. May showed good ingenuity and agility to hook the ball across for Chris Millar but the midfielder got just underneath the cross and his header failed to trouble Darren Randolph. Neither side could find the extra gear required to break beyond each other's back line before the break, although Murphy almost lit up the encounter when he turned 25 yards out and fired a powerful effort that swerved just wide of the post. Home boss Derek McInnes quickly silenced a critic in the stand by turning round and shouting back following a complaint when some Saints possession went backwards. Midfielder Liam Craig soon found half a yard of space inside the Motherwell box just before the break following a lay-off from Collin Samuel, but he was closed down quickly and his first-time effort cleared the bar. Humphrey was off target after a long run before May produced the most impressive piece of play in the match in the 54th minute. May, who made his debut aged 16, ran from near the halfway line before turning inside Shaun Hutchinson and aiming for the bottom corner, but Randolph got down well to block. Murray then instantly pointed to the penalty spot when Craigan challenged Duberry for Danny Grainger's corner. The Motherwell captain had turned his back on the ball before jumping as he tracked Duberry's run to the back post but the defender was incensed with the decision and was booked for his protests. Craig kept his composure to send Randolph the wrong way. Motherwell boss Stuart McCall brought on Esteban Casagolda for Murphy and his side pressed for an equaliser. Steve Jones burst into life and put in several dangerous crosses but there were no takers, and Humphrey then came close when he cut in and fired a left-footed effort inches wide. Casagolda fired over from the edge of the box, Stevie Hammell saw a free-kick deflected over and substitute Jamie Pollock and Saunders were thwarted by some desperate blocks.

Form Guide

    DWLWDD
  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Motherwell
  • LLDLDW

Last Meetings

  • Motherwell
  • 4 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 10/11/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 0 - 2
  • Motherwell
  • 11/09/2010
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 2
  • Motherwell
  • 06/03/2010
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 3
  • St Johnstone
  • 26/12/2009
  • St Johnstone
  • 2 - 2
  • Motherwell
  • 15/08/2009
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 06/04/2002

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

  • S Parkin 4
  • D Grainger 2
  • C Samuel 2
  • L Craig 2
  • C Taylor 1
  • A Jackson 1

Motherwell

  • J Sutton 4
  • J Murphy 3
  • K Lasley 1
  • C Humphrey 1
  • S Saunders 1

Goals

St Johnstone

    • Total goals 40
    • Goals per game 14
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Motherwell

    • Total goals 52
    • Goals per game 26
  • 4 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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