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Alan Maybury delivers the ball, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
Nick Blackman goes off and Alan Gow comes on.
Robert McHugh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Milne. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Nick Blackman. Strike comes in from Ross Forbes from the free kick, blocked by Michael Duberry.
(Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Robert McHugh coming on for Jamie Murphy.
Foul by Murray Davidson on Jamie Murphy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Nick Blackman.
Chris Humphrey produces a cross.
Steve Jennings goes off and Ross Forbes comes on.
Shot by Steven Milne from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
David MacKay goes off and Andrew Jackson comes on.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Humphrey, Steven Milne makes a clearance.
Foul by Nick Blackman on Kevin Rutkiewicz, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kevin Rutkiewicz.
The ball is swung over by Tom Hateley.
Daniel Grainger delivers the ball.
Foul by Alan Maybury on Nick Blackman, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
David MacKay takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
David MacKay produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
Cleveland Taylor sends in a cross.
Foul by Alan Maybury on John Sutton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Steven Milne coming on for Marcus Haber.
Shot by Cleveland Taylor from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
Daniel Grainger takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Nick Blackman. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Marcus Haber. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Chris Humphrey results in a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey by Daniel Grainger results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley, Murray Davidson manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.
Centre by David MacKay, Mark Reynolds gets a block in.
Foul by Keith Lasley on Alan Maybury, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Humphrey on Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Alan Maybury comes on in place of Liam Caddis.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nick Blackman. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
A cross is delivered by Daniel Grainger, Sam Parkin produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Daniel Grainger concedes an own goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell.
Own goal by Kevin Rutkiewicz. St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell.
A cross is delivered by Jamie Murphy.
Cleveland Taylor crosses the ball.
Cleveland Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Kevin Rutkiewicz.
The official flags Sam Parkin offside. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
John Sutton challenges Liam Caddis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
The official flags Chris Humphrey offside. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
David MacKay sends in a cross.
Nick Blackman produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is sent over by Daniel Grainger.
Michael Duberry challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stevie Hammell, Michael Duberry makes a clearance.
Nick Blackman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by John Sutton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
Steve Jennings fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Chris Humphrey.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Grainger.
Jamie Murphy produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Chris Humphrey.
Daniel Grainger crosses the ball, John Sutton makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, clearance by Steve Jennings.
Foul by David MacKay on Jamie Murphy, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Tom Hateley from the free kick.
Sam Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Nick Blackman concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Duberry. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Mark Reynolds on Sam Parkin, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Daniel Grainger from the free kick.
Chris Humphrey delivers the ball, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
Nick Blackman scores a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Motherwell.Assist by John Sutton.
Sam Parkin challenges Mark Reynolds unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Nick Blackman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
Marcus Haber takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
The match begins.
The match restarts for the second half.
The match has reached half-time.
The match has reached full-time.
Injury boost for McInnes
St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes received some good news on the injury front ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Motherwell at McDiarmid Park.
Goalkeeper Peter Enckelman has recovered from a thigh strain and defender Dave Mackay's back injury has cleared up.
Murray Davidson has trained this week after recovering from the head knock which saw him substituted at Ibrox in Saints' last game.
Liam Craig is running again after overcoming his hamstring complaint but the game has come too soon for him while Jody Morris's hamstring injury will be monitored.
Derek McInnes knows he will have nothing up his sleeve to surprise Craig Brown and Archie Knox when his St Johnstone side host Motherwell at McDiarmid Park.
The former Rangers midfielder, who worked under Knox at Ibrox, is making his way in the management game but has already won plenty of praise for the way the Perth club have performed since he brought them up from the Irn-Bru First Division.
But McInnes told Press Association Sport that the Fir Park club's experienced management duo - with a combined age of 133 - provide inspiration for all young managers.
"I have huge respect for the Motherwell management team," he said.
"There is nothing they will not know about our team when we play them although I would like to think it is the same for me.
"Their sheer enthusiasm for the game is refreshing for a young manager to see.
"I worked with Archie at Rangers and everyone speaks highly of Craig.
"Whenever Archie spoke you listened, his messages were very simple and effective."
Alan Gow could make his Motherwell debut.
The former Rangers player is short of match action but Brown has been impressed with his fitness since he arrived at the club last week.
Marc Fitzpatrick and Shaun Hutchinson will miss the trip after suffering strains.
Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings feels they can use their European experience and their desire to return to continental competition to kick-start their domestic campaign.
The club's opening three Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches were overshadowed by their run to the Europa League play-offs, where they fell to Odense despite dominating for much of the two legs.
Manager Brown has told his players there are now no excuses for any sloppy SPL performances ahead of the trip.
Motherwell picked up four points from McDiarmid Park last season on their way to a fifth-placed finish and Jennings knows they have to emulate such form.
"The boys have been saying that places like Kilmarnock, St Johnstone and St Mirren, if you want to get third or fourth place, then you have got to be going there and winning," the former Tranmere player said.
"That`s absolutely no disrespect to them because they will be thinking the very same - that they have got to be beating teams like Motherwell at home.
"But we`re going to places now, having been in Europe, and I don't think we have got anything to fear.
"We have got to go there and get our noses in front. I think it's important you get a lead because in this league it's such a big thing."
Well dig deep
Nick Blackman's brilliant early strike set Motherwell on their way to a convincing 2-0 victory over a disappointing St Johnstone side at McDiarmid Park.
Blackman found the top corner from 25 yards in the third minute and St Johnstone never recovered from the blow as they remained bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Kevin Rutkiewicz put through his own net six minutes before the break and Motherwell were rarely troubled in a professional second-half display.
St Johnstone struggled to retain possession without Jody Morris, who failed to overcome a hamstring injury, and seemed to lose confidence after Blackman's opener.
However, the hosts should have gone ahead in the first minute as they passed up a series of opportunities in front of goal.
Marcus Haber was presented with the chance to shoot from 14 yards but he pulled the ball across the face of goal where Murray Davidson missed his kick and Cleveland Taylor was foiled by a great close-range stop from Darren Randolph.
Danny Grainger quickly sent the ball back into the danger zone but Davidson again failed to make proper contact and Randolph collected.
Saints were made to pay within 90 seconds when Blackman showed them how to finish from a much more difficult opportunity.
Keith Lasley won the ball 25 yards out and teed up the on-loan Blackburn striker, who shot first-time into the top corner with his right foot.
The strike was Blackman's second for Motherwell following his winner at Kilmarnock three weeks ago. St Johnstone struggled to rediscover their early threat with Grainger failing to hit the target with a weak 25-yard free-kick.
Tom Hateley came closer at the other end from similar range as Motherwell comfortably protected their lead.
The home side's main tactic of sending the ball into the box from long range was having little effect and Motherwell carried a threat on the break.
Jamie Murphy's left-wing cross just evaded Blackman, who should have done better in the 25th minute when Chris Humphrey played him through. The striker tried to curl the ball round Graeme Smith but his left-footed strike hit the Saints keeper.
Motherwell went two ahead after Murphy got past Dave Mackay inside the box and drove the ball across goal where Rutkiewicz turned it into his own net.
Alan Maybury replaced Liam Caddis in St Johnstone's central midfield at half-time but the change had little effect as Motherwell's grip on possession became even tighter. Lasley and Steve Jennings controlled the play in central midfield and Murphy and the impressive Humphrey continued to pose problems down the flanks in Motherwell's fluid attacking formation.
Saints could not sustain any passing moves and were reliant on set-pieces to create half-chances for Taylor and Mackay, which only yielded shots over the bar.
Derek McInnes sent on strikers Andy Jackson and Steven Milne in a bid to rescue the contest but there was little improvement.
Milne shot wide from 25 yards after a rare passing move from the hosts and the substitute almost got through the Motherwell defence only for Stephen Craigan to produce an important sliding tackle.
Lasley played John Sutton through at the other end but Grainger came across to block. Motherwell held on easily and Fir Park manager Craig Brown sent Alan Gow on for his debut in injury time.
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