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  • Date:25 Feb 2014
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:McDiarmid Park
  • Attendance:1,892
  • MacLean (5) MacLean (34)
    Miller (86)
Goal!

Live Commentary

The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:01 +0.01

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

86:23

Gary Miller grabs a goal with a right foot finish. St Johnstone 3-0 Motherwell.

84:55

Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

84:41

John Sutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Anderson.

81:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Miller on Keith Lasley.

80:53

Lee Croft leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Millar.

79:51

(Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Dale Shirkie coming on for Henri Anier.

76:22

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

72:24

Chris Iwelumo has an effort at goal. Gunnar Nielsen catches the ball.

71:36

Chris Iwelumo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven MacLean.

71:01

Foul by John Sutton on Gary Miller, free kick awarded.

69:17

Shot by David Wotherspoon went wide right of the post.

67:19

Lionel Ainsworth crosses the ball in from the free kick.

66:50

Zaine Francis-Angol fouled by Lee Croft, the ref awards a free kick.

65:59

Steven MacLean concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen McManus.

64:50

Free kick taken by Stephen McManus.

64:37

Zaine Francis-Angol fouled by Gary McDonald, the ref awards a free kick.

63:57

Nigel Hasselbaink leaves the field to be replaced by David Wotherspoon.

62:59

Gary Miller restarts play with the free kick.

62:45

James McFadden concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Croft.

60:56

Gary Miller takes the free kick.

60:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McFadden on Gary Miller.

59:01

Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth.

55:26

Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.

55:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zaine Francis-Angol by Steven MacLean.

52:23

Unfair challenge on John Sutton by David Mackay results in a free kick.

51:50

Gary Miller takes the free kick.

51:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Henri Anier on Lee Croft.

51:12

Lee Croft has an effort at goal. A parry by Gunnar Nielsen prevents the goal.

50:49

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Croft.

49:47

David Mackay takes the free kick.

49:29

Stephen McManus challenges Steven MacLean unfairly and gives away a free kick.

48:01

Clearance made by Steven Anderson.

The second half begins.

The first half comes to an end.

46:08 +1.08

Shaun Hutchinson challenges Stevie May unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45:01

Steven Hammell goes off and James McFadden comes on.

45:01

Lionel Ainsworth on for Iain Vigurs.

44:58

Free kick crossed by Iain Vigurs.

44:38

Foul by Gary Miller on Zaine Francis-Angol, free kick awarded.

43:48

Free kick crossed by Keith Lasley.

43:25

Foul by Gary McDonald on Craig Reid, free kick awarded.

41:18

Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.

40:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stevie May on Craig Reid.

40:26

Shaun Hutchinson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

40:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Iain Vigurs by James Dunne.

38:40

Free kick taken by Gary McDonald.

38:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on James Dunne.

36:21

Free kick taken by Steven Hammell.

35:56

Unfair challenge on Henri Anier by David Mackay results in a free kick.

34:09

Steven MacLean scores a headed goal. St Johnstone 2-0 Motherwell.The assist for the goal came from Brian Easton.

33:37

Gunnar Nielsen takes the free kick.

32:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Steven MacLean.

27:43

Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

27:25

Foul by Henri Anier on Steven Anderson, free kick awarded.

27:06

Free kick taken by Gunnar Nielsen.

26:51

Stevie May concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Reid.

24:45

Header by Steven MacLean misses right.

23:52

Corner taken by Iain Vigurs from the right by-line.

23:04

Lee Croft concedes a free kick for a foul on Henri Anier.

22:39

Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.

22:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Hasselbaink on Craig Reid.

21:54

Zaine Francis-Angol produces a cross.

17:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Croft.

15:58

Free kick taken by Brian Easton.

15:48

Keith Lasley challenges Stevie May unfairly and gives away a free kick.

11:49

Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.

11:38

Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by James Dunne results in a free kick.

10:50

Free kick taken by Stevie May.

10:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stevie May by Stephen McManus.

8:47

Steven Hammell restarts play with the free kick.

8:37

Unfair challenge on Zaine Francis-Angol by Steven MacLean results in a free kick.

7:35

Corner from the left by-line taken by Nigel Hasselbaink.

5:34

Free kick taken by Stevie May.

5:07

Unfair challenge on Steven MacLean by Shaun Hutchinson results in a free kick.

4:43

Shot by Henri Anier missed to the right of the target.

3:58

Free kick crossed by David Mackay.

3:37

Foul by John Sutton on David Mackay, free kick awarded.

2:36

Clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.

2:30

Corner taken by Lee Croft from the right by-line.

1:01

Free kick taken by Gary McDonald.

0:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven MacLean by Keith Lasley.

The referee gets the game started.

Match Preview

Wright demands tighter defending St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is looking for a tighter defensive display against Motherwell as his side look to avenge a 4-0 New Year's Day defeat at Fir Park. Saints comfortably beat Motherwell 2-0 in October but Stuart McCall's side were on top form after getting on top in an entertaining return game. Games between the two teams tend to be high-scoring - their meetings in the previous two seasons yielded 30 goals. But Wright is more interested in the three points following their 1-0 home defeat by Inverness. "The first goal in a lot of games in the league are crucial," he said. "They got it down there, it was an end-to-end game and it could have been 8-4 to them. "We created a lot of chances but we were too open and we have to make sure we are a lot tighter against them. At the same time we have to be a threat. "I don't think that does me or Stuart's heart any good, but they have been entertaining games. "We played extremely well at home and I think at times away from home we played well against them and created a lot of chances." Motherwell are also looking to bounce back, from their 3-1 defeat by Dundee United on Friday night. And Wright knows his side will have to improve on Saturday's defeat by Caley Thistle, although Nigel Hasselbaink missed a great chance to level when he headed wide of an open goal from four yards. Wright, who has lost both Frazer Wright and Tam Scobbie to injury, said: "I think they are a quality side. Stuart has done remarkably well, he has a lot of good players and (John) Sutton has had a great season. "But we have to do better than we did on Saturday. Having said that, I do feel we deserved a point out of the game. "We dominated the second half and I don't think Inverness had a shot, and we had the best chance of the game with Nigel on the rebound. "And in fact the build-up to that, there was a clear handball from (Aaron) Doran which should have been a penalty. I think we were a bit unfortunate not to get a penalty and a point." Motherwell boast an unchanged squad for the clash. Fraser Kerr (ankle) returned to training on Monday but will sit out again along with Simon Ramsden (knee), Lee Hollis (muscle strain), Craig Moore (cracked rib) and Paul Lawson (knee). Keith Lasley and Stuart Carswell have recovered from playing through the pain barrier on Friday night at Tannadice, while Henri Anier has trained again but is set to have a scan on his shin problem. Motherwell midfielder Carswell admits he was disappointed to be left out of the Scotland Under-21 squad again - but will aim to add goals to his game in a bid to win over Billy Stark. Carswell has been a regular for Motherwell this season but is yet to make an Under-21 squad, with central midfielders Craig Slater, Sam Stanton and John McGinn all earning their first call-ups when Stark named his squad for the March 5 friendly against Hungary. When asked if it was disheartening to see another squad chosen without his name being on the list, Carswell said: "It is, you would obviously like to see your name in that squad. "Representing your country at any level is always a bonus. "But my main thing is to go out and play for Motherwell and do my best for the club. If it picks up a bit of interest from Billy Stark, then that would be a bonus as well. "I wouldn't say 'I want to do this and I want to do that'. It's up to the manager to pick the squad. I can't say anything to him. He has obviously got his players he likes and that's it. "Maybe my performances lately haven't been as good as they were at the start of the season but it's up to me to pick my form back again. "I know there are young players out there doing well so it's up to me to go out and show what I can do." The 21-year-old, who will make his 75th first-team appearance against St Johnstone, added: "I've still not scored in those 75 appearances right enough. Maybe I need to go out there and score a few goals. "It's good for me at this age to get that amount of appearances under my belt, but I have got to kick on from there. You have to go out and show something for those appearances so I will be looking to add that to my game."

Formation:442Manager: Tommy Wright

St Johnstone

Formation: 451Manager: Stuart McCall

Motherwell

  • Alan Mannus
  • Gary Miller
  • David Mackay
  • Steven Anderson
  • Brian Easton
  • Lee Croft
  • Gary McDonald
  • James Dunne
  • Nigel Hasselbaink
  • Stevie May
  • Steven MacLean
  • SUBS
  • Chris Iwelumo
  • Patrick Cregg
  • Chris Millar
  • David Wotherspoon
  • Steve Banks
  • Michael O'Halloran
  • Ally Gilchrist

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LWDWLL
  • St Johnstone
  • VS
  • Motherwell
  • WWLDWL

Last Meetings

  • Motherwell
  • 4 - 0
  • St Johnstone
  • 01/01/2014
  • St Johnstone
  • 2 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 27/10/2013
  • St Johnstone
  • 2 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 19/05/2013
  • Motherwell
  • 3 - 2
  • St Johnstone
  • 20/01/2013
  • St Johnstone
  • 1 - 3
  • Motherwell
  • 03/11/2012
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 1
  • St Johnstone
  • 11/08/2012

Top Scorers

St Johnstone

  • S May 12
  • N Hasselbaink 5
  • S MacLean 4
  • D Mackay 2
  • D Wotherspoon 1
  • M Davidson 1

Motherwell

  • J Sutton 12
  • H Anier 7
  • L Ainsworth 6
  • S McManus 3
  • K Lasley 2
  • J McFadden 2
  • Z Francis-Angol 2
  • I Vigurs 1
  • S Hutchinson 1
  • C Moore 1

Goals

St Johnstone

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

Motherwell

    • Total goals 69
    • Goals per game 39
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 8 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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