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Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on David Mackay.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
David Mackay manages to make a clearance.
Simon Ramsden crosses the ball.
Foul by Stevie May on Simon Ramsden, free kick awarded.
David Mackay takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Steven Hammell results in a free kick.
Zaine Francis-Angol challenges Gary Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick taken by Brian Easton.
Simon Ramsden challenges Gary McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Gwion Edwards coming on for David Wotherspoon.
Free kick crossed by Stevie May.
Paul Lawson receives a yellow card.
David Wotherspoon fouled by Paul Lawson, the ref awards a free kick.
David Wotherspoon crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Paul Lawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stevie May.
David Wotherspoon has an effort at goal. Blocked by Stephen McManus.
Liam Caddis replaces Nigel Hasselbaink.
Clearance by Murray Davidson.
A cross is delivered by Zaine Francis-Angol.
Gary McDonald has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
Free kick taken by Tom Scobbie.
Foul by Craig Moore on Brian Easton, free kick awarded.
The ball is delivered by Keith Lasley.
Patrick Cregg leaves the field to be replaced by Murray Davidson.
The ball is delivered by Chris Millar.
(Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Craig Moore coming on for Iain Vigurs.
Foul by Paul Lawson on Nigel Hasselbaink, free kick awarded.
Zaine Francis-Angol replaces Stuart Carswell.
Nigel Hasselbaink scores with their right foot. St Johnstone 2-0 Motherwell.
Gary Miller booked for unsporting behaviour.
John Sutton fouled by Gary Miller, the ref awards a free kick.
Centre by Shaun Hutchinson.
Corner taken by David Wotherspoon.
Chris Millar takes a shot.
Gary Miller takes the free kick.
Stuart Carswell challenges Chris Millar unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Corner taken by Shaun Hutchinson from the right by-line.
The ball is crossed by Shaun Hutchinson.
The ball is delivered by Paul Lawson.
Robert McHugh takes a fantastic shot and cleared the bar.
Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.
Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Simon Ramsden gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Keith Lasley.
A cross is delivered by Brian Easton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Keith Lasley.
David Wotherspoon sends in a cross.
The game restarts for the second half.
The match has reached half-time.
The ball is delivered by Shaun Hutchinson.
Stevie May takes a shot. Shaun Hutchinson gets a block in.
Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Carswell on Chris Millar.
Stevie May produces a cross.
Steven Hammell crosses the ball.
David Wotherspoon takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
Free kick crossed by Keith Lasley.
Tom Scobbie challenges Robert McHugh unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Simon Ramsden sends in a cross.
The ball is sent over by Nigel Hasselbaink.
Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.
John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Scobbie.
Simon Ramsden takes the free kick.
John Sutton fouled by Brian Easton, the ref awards a free kick.
Gunnar Nielsen restarts play with the free kick.
Gary McDonald is ruled offside.
Gunnar Nielsen takes the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.
Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon.
Header by John Sutton misses right.
The ball is sent over by Robert McHugh.
Header by David Wotherspoon misses left.
Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the right by-line.
Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the left by-line.
Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Robert McHugh on Gary McDonald, free kick awarded.
Tom Scobbie restarts play with the free kick.
Patrick Cregg fouled by Stuart Carswell, the ref awards a free kick.
Keith Lasley takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Cregg on Keith Lasley.
Simon Ramsden delivers the ball.
Steven Hammell takes a brilliant shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.
The referee starts the match.
Saints rely on full-backs
St Johnstone will have four full-backs in their back four against Motherwell on Sunday despite signing centre-back Sanel Jahic.
Saints finalised a two-month contract for the Bosnia international on Wednesday after Frazer Wright was suspended for three Scottish Premiership games while Steven Anderson waits to get the plaster off his dislocated thumb.
Janic impressed during a trial period but manager Tommy Wright is not prepared to throw him into the starting line-up with his defence at McDiarmid Park on Sunday set to be formed by natural full-backs Gary Miller, Dave Mackay, Brian Easton and Tam Scobbie.
The Saints boss said: "He will go straight into the squad. He signed last weekend but the paperwork didn't go through in time to enable him to play in the under-20s so I think this Sunday is maybe a bit early for him, but it gives us defensive cover.
"It's an area where we are going to be a little light for a week or two.
"We will definitely have four full-backs in our back four but they are all experienced and they have all played in the centre of defence. We will work on it in training and see what the best combination we can come up with for Sunday's game."
The Saints boss believes his 31-year-old signing, who was a free agent after a spell in the Turkish top flight, will be an asset. Jahic has vowed to use his time in Perth to add to ensure a recall for World Cup finalists Bosnia.
"That's one of the reasons why it was basically a no-brainer to bring him in," Wright said. "He is experienced, he has played at a good level, and he's hungry. He needs to play to get back in the Bosnia squad and we'll give him the opportunity to do that.
"We will look at it at the end of that deal. If he does really well, he might move elsewhere. But the main thing is he's here and he will make a contribution to the squad."
Former Kilmarnock defender Wright was sent off in controversial fashion for denying Paul McGowan a goalscoring opportunity during St Johnstone's 4-3 defeat at St Mirren Park, but he was handed an additional two-game ban after being reported for foul and abusive language towards the fourth official.
His manager, who also lost striker Steven MacLean to a knee injury in Paisley, said: "We haven't appealed it because Frazer has admitted he did say that and that has ben dealt with by the club internally.
"I would just like to see a level of consistency because there have been instances in games this year where even from the touchline I've heard foul and abusive language and it's been ignored.
"So it's harsh to take but he is wrong and he knows that and the fourth official had no option.
"Whether he should have been sent off or not is a different debate, but Frazer's reaction is wrong and he knows that and he has apologised."
Motherwell goalkeeper Lee Hollis will miss a second successive week with an ankle injury ruling him out against St Johnstone in Perth.
The 27-year-old missed last weekend's win over Hearts and will be replaced at McDiarmid Park for Sunday's Scottish Premiership fixture by Gunnar Nielsen.
Former Scotland winger James McFadden, meanwhile, is close to a return following a hamstring tear but may not be fit enough to feature.
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