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Corner from the right by-line taken by William Gibson, Liam Craig takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Liam Craig goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Steve Jennings takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Millar on Chris Humphrey. Tom Hateley takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Liam Craig goes over the bar.
Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David McCracken. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Centre by Liam Craig, Steve Jennings manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by William Gibson, clearance by Tom Hateley.
Chris Humphrey comes on in place of Omar Daley.
Liam Craig delivers the ball.
Chris Millar fouled by Steve Jennings, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Millar.
Stephen Hughes replaces Keith Lasley.
Marcus Haber is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line, Keith Lasley manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by William Gibson, clearance by Tom Hateley.
William Gibson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is swung over by Chris Millar, save made by Darren Randolph.
Sam Parkin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Carl Finnigan.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the left by-line, clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, Jamie Murphy finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-3 Motherwell.The assist for the goal came from Omar Daley.
Jamie Murphy sends in a cross, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.
Murray Davidson produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
David MacKay delivers the ball, Tom Hateley makes a clearance.
William Gibson comes on in place of David Robertson.
Murray Davidson takes a shot.
Chris Millar fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Craig takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Omar Daley goes wide of the right-hand upright. Corner taken left-footed by Tom Hateley, Header on goal by Michael Higdon from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Anderson. Keith Lasley receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on David MacKay. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig, Shot from just outside the box by David MacKay goes over the bar.
Foul by Stevie Hammell on Chris Millar, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig.
Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stevie Hammell. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber. Steven Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
Murray Davidson fouled by Stevie Hammell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David MacKay.
A cross is delivered by Carl Finnigan, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.
Chris Millar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Tom Hateley shoots direct from the free kick, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Marcus Haber. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, Liam Craig manages to make a clearance.
David Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Law. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick. The referee cautions David Robertson for unsporting behaviour.
Carl Finnigan challenges Stephen Craigan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Murray Davidson has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Finnigan. Free kick taken by David Robertson. David MacKay takes a shot. Steve Jennings gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Tom Hateley, Jamie Murphy grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell.Assist on the goal came from Tom Hateley.
Inswinging corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line. Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Haber on Stephen Craigan. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick. Foul by Michael Higdon on David McCracken, free kick awarded. David McCracken takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Nicky Law, clearance made by Steven Anderson.
Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Omar Daley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Callum Davidson.
The ball is sent over by Nicky Law, blocked by David McCracken.
Corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line, Darren Randolph makes a save.
David Robertson fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Anderson takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Nicky Law, Omar Daley fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Motherwell.Assist by Nicky Law.
Chris Millar delivers the ball. The referee penalises Carl Finnigan for handball. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick. The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. David Robertson takes the free kick.
Chris Millar fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. David MacKay takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Anderson from own half.
Carl Finnigan concedes a free kick for a foul on Omar Daley. Shaun Hutchinson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from 12 yards by Murray Davidson. Save by Darren Randolph.
The ball is crossed by Chris Millar, Steve Jennings makes a clearance.
Omar Daley takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Chris Millar sends in a cross, Stevie Hammell gets a block in.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot.
Millar aiming high
St Johnstone midfielder Chris Millar is looking to take advantage of a run of three home games which he believes could define their season.
Saints will leapfrog third-placed Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League if they beat the Lanarkshire side on Saturday and follow it up by avoiding defeat against Aberdeen three days later.
St Johnstone are looking to continue their unbeaten start to life under Steve Lomas having taken seven points from games against Rangers, Hibernian and Hearts.
"We are trying to aim as high as we can in the league," Millar said. "We're on a good run and we want to keep that going.
"It will be a tough game against Motherwell, who are obviously doing really well.
"But a win on Saturday and then we have a game in hand and we can jump above them, so there is a lot riding on it.
"The next three games are massive for us and can really shape our season. We have three games at home against Motherwell, Aberdeen and Celtic.
"If we can take seven points it could set us up to really kick on and try to cement a top-six place, and that would be progress for us."
Striker Francisco Sandaza is "touch and go" for the clash.
The Spaniard missed last weekend's win over Hearts with a thigh injury and will be given until the last moment to prove his fitness.
His strike partner Cillian Sheridan (hamstring) remains out as well as Jody Morris (hamstring) and Frazer Wright (thigh).
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall laughed off the coincidence that saw them training on the same pitch as St Johnstone on Thursday.
With hurricane-force winds hitting Scotland, the Perth side used the indoor facilities at Ravenscraig, just a mile from Fir Park.
McCall's men had already booked the pitch and got an early upper hand on their rivals, who sit four points behind them in the SPL after a promising start under manager Steve Lomas.
McCall said: "It was a bit of fun actually. I think we were both trying to have a little look. I said to Steve: `We don't do tactics anyway so you won't learn anything off us'.
"Obviously it's a good facility to have, Ravenscraig, and it was ideal for us.
"They had half a pitch for an hour and we did, then we kicked them off because we had a full pitch for an hour."
Keith Lasley will return for Well.
The midfielder missed last Friday's abandoned match with Hibernian with a thigh strain but has trained without any problems over the last two days.
Steven Saunders remains on the long-term injury list with an Achilles problem.
Well end Lomas run
Omar Daley and Jamie Murphy did the damage as Motherwell consigned Steve Lomas to a 3-0 defeat, his first as St Johnstone manager.
The Motherwell wide men both converted crosses to put Stuart McCall's men well in command before the half-hour mark.
Murphy then appeared to glance home Daley's strike midway through the second half as Motherwell emphatically opened up a seven-point lead in third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Motherwell's victory, their seventh away from home in the SPL this season, was a direct reversal of their only defeat to non-Old Firm opposition.
St Johnstone, who had taken seven points from their first three games under Lomas, were again without the injured Francisco Sandaza and Cillian Sheridan.
Marcus Haber and Carl Finnigan had deputised efficiently in victory at Tynecastle last weekend but Saints lacked a cutting edge.
Most of their chances came courtesy of Murray Davidson's runs into the box and Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph was relatively untroubled as his team-mates defended well throughout.
Both sides made two changes. David McCracken and David Robertson came in for St Johnstone with the injured Frazer Wright absent along with Kevin Moon.
Keith Lasley returned following injury for Motherwell along with Daley, with Stephen Hughes and Chris Humphrey brought on later on with the game already won.
Motherwell created the first chance after 70 seconds. Michael Higdon hooked a return pass to Nicky Law to take out McCracken but the midfielder sliced his shot well wide from the left channel.
Daley and Davidson saw low drives saved as both sides attacked in the early stages.
Motherwell began to control possession but Saints threatened when Liam Craig headed Chris Millar's cross towards a crowded goalmouth, however Finnigan conceded a free-kick by handling the ball in the air and was fortunate to escape further punishment from referee Alan Muir.
Motherwell took the lead in the 16th minute as Daley claimed his second goal in three games. Neither goalkeeper Peter Enckelman or left-back Callum Davidson could deal with Law's driven cross from the left and Daley had the simple task of tapping home from three yards.
The hosts almost replied instantly as Murray Davidson ran on to Craig's cross but his header bounced just wide.
Motherwell doubled their lead in the 28th minute after capitalising on another cross. Daley was literally kicked off the park by Callum Davidson as he delivered from the right, but Muir's decision to play advantage proved the correct one as Tom Hateley returned the half-cleared cross for Murphy to guide a free header into the bottom corner from eight yards.
Murray Davidson threw himself at Millar's cross but the ball flashed wide and Saints had an escape just before the break.
Daley burst through the home defence and was brought down by Enckelman but Muir decided the goalkeeper had got the ball and gave a corner.
St Johnstone showed little sign of getting back into the game immediately after the break and Dave Mackay could not make the most of two chances to shoot from around the edge of the box.
Enckelman turned round Daley's powerful strike after a counter-attack and Motherwell centre-backs Stephen Craigan and Shaun Hutchinson coped with an aerial onslaught before Motherwell went further ahead in the 68th minute.
Motherwell worked a short corner to Daley on the edge of the box and his powerful strike flashed in off a slight deflection that fooled Enckelman, with Murphy taking the credit.
Finnigan soon got in behind Craigan from Craig's lofted pass but the striker did not look confident and sliced wide, and Motherwell were comfortable for the remaining 20 minutes.
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