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Foul by Gary Teale on Nicky Law, free kick awarded. Tom Hateley grabs a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-1 Motherwell.Assist on the goal came from Nicky Law.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Higdon. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Shaun Hutchinson fouled by Jon McShane, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Michael Higdon on Jim Goodwin, free kick awarded. Michael Higdon shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Lee Mair.
Stewart Carswell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steve Jennings.
Stephen Craigan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Thompson. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by David van Zanten, clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Forbes on Steven Thompson. Jim Goodwin takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeroen Tesselaar by Chris Humphrey. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.
Ross Forbes takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Hateley, David van Zanten makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Steven Thompson. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Mair. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
(St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Jon McShane coming on for Graham Carey.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin. Direct free kick taken by Lee Mair.
Michael Higdon challenges Lee Mair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thompson. Shaun Hutchinson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Foul by Ross Forbes on Kenny McLean, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kenny McLean.
Tom Hateley crosses the ball, Lee Mair makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stevie Hammell on Graham Carey. Graham Carey takes the free kick.
Gary Teale delivers the ball, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson. Corner taken by Gary Teale from the left by-line, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.
David van Zanten crosses the ball, Gary Teale takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale, clearance made by Stevie Hammell.
The offside flag is raised against Shaun Hutchinson. Craig Samson takes the free kick.
David van Zanten gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell. David van Zanten goes into the referee's book. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Teale. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Jim Goodwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Law. Booking for Jim Goodwin. Ross Forbes crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Craig Samson.
Stevie Hammell produces a cross, Close range header by Michael Higdon misses to the right of the goal.
Gary Teale takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a comfortable save.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeroen Tesselaar. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Gary Teale delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen Craigan. Corner taken by Gary Teale.
Foul by Gary Teale on Stevie Hammell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson. Corner taken by Stevie Hammell played to the near post, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by David van Zanten, clearance made by Tom Hateley. Inswinging corner taken by Gary Teale from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson. Inswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Thompson by Stephen Craigan. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.
Nicky Law takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by Steve Jennings. Free kick crossed left-footed by Graham Carey from left by-line, clearance made by Michael Higdon.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson. Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, Jim Goodwin manages to make a clearance. Stevie Hammell takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Marc McAusland.
Inswinging corner taken by Graham Carey.
Handball decision goes against Nicky Law. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick. Foul by Chris Humphrey on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Graham Carey, blocked by Tom Hateley.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.
Steven Thompson challenges Shaun Hutchinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on David van Zanten. Direct free kick taken by Marc McAusland.
Steven Thompson challenges Steve Jennings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Double blow for Buddies
St Mirren have lost Nigel Hasselbaink and Darren McGregor for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League visit of Motherwell.
Hasselbaink is suspended for two games after a failed appeal against his red card at Dundee United while McGregor faces six to nine months out after damaging a cruciate ligament.
Manager Danny Lennon is looking for a new centre-back following confirmation of McGregor's injury.
McGregor has been pencilled in for surgery early next month after visiting a specialist.
The 25-year-old was arguably St Mirren's best player last season after following Lennon to Paisley from Cowdenbeath and his ability to play the ball out from the back has been crucial to the manager's transformation of the style of football this term.
Lennon said: "There is definitely cruciate damage in there so we are talking between six and nine months.
"But with the mentality and character that Darren McGregor has, and the medical team he has at his access, we are very hopeful it will be at the lower end of that scale.
"He has been a big, big player for us but it's done now.
"We feel we have quality within the squad to come in and we're asking Marc McAusland to step up to the plate.
"Nothing will change in the way we try to go about our business."
McAusland will face leaders Motherwell but Lennon knows he needs more cover.
"I knew I had it in the short term but it's a long, long season to go with three centre-backs with this injury, moving round pegs in square holes," he said.
"We're more than confident of going in there for a few games but we are actively looking for a replacement."
Paul McQuade returns from a hamstring strain but Hugh Murray, Aaron Mooy, Graeme Smith and David Barron are still missing.
Motherwell are without Steven Saunders and Keith Lasley.
Saunders is out for up to nine months after rupturing his Achilles on Scotland Under-21 duty while Lasley is suspended following his dismissal against Hearts.
But Shaun Hutchinson returns to replace Saunders in central defence after overcoming a head knock.
Hateley late show wins it for Motherwell
Tom Hateley's glorious stoppage-time free-kick kept Motherwell top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League as they beat St Mirren 1-0.
St Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson had denied the visitors with a string of superb saves, but Hateley curled home from 20 yards with virtually the final kick.
The home side had their fair share of possession and spells of superiority but could not seriously trouble Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph.
Hateley's match-winning intervention stole the headlines from Samson, who made six saves of note - the best coming from Nicky Law and Michael Higdon in the first half.
The home side lost their unbeaten record and had cause for complaint over referee Iain Brines' role, the free-kick coming when Gary Teale looked to have won the ball, but the official had angered both sides with some strange decisions throughout.
Motherwell remain ahead of Celtic without having conceded a goal after edging the battle of two of the SPL's most impressive early performers.
Both sides had been forced into several changes with St Mirren having lost Darren McGregor to a cruciate ligament injury and seen Nigel Hasselbaink lose an appeal against the red card he received against Dundee United.
Marc McAusland came into defence while Graham Carey and Kenny McLean stepped in with midfielder Steven Thomson absent.
Motherwell had also lost a player to serious injury and suspension with Steven Saunders suffering a ruptured Achilles on Scotland Under-21 duty and Keith Lasley out following his red card against Hearts.
Shaun Hutchinson returned from a head knock to replace Saunders while Ross Forbes stepped in to the midfield.
St Mirren had a slight edge in a tight opening spell but could not carve a real chance and Motherwell created the first real opening in the 15th minute. Higdon laid Law's low cross back to Murphy, whose powerful 18-yard effort was pushed wide by Samson.
St Mirren were soon back on the attack but they were caught out when Jim Goodwin was dispossessed by Higdon just inside his own half to allow Law a clear run on goal.
The former Rotherham midfielder shot from just outside the box but Samson got a strong hand to divert it wide.
Hutchinson turned Teale's inswinging corner just wide of his own goal and Samson again saved the Buddies in the 26th minute.
Murphy worked his way into the box before rolling the ball to Higdon, who held off his man before shooting on the turn from 12 yards, but Samson dived to his left to push wide.
Saints got their first effort on target just before the break with Randolph comfortably behind Teale's long drive but Motherwell created the final chance of the half when Higdon glanced Stevie Hammell's cross wide.
St Mirren applied the pressure early in the second half. Paul McGowan's shot was blocked following a corner, Steven Thompson headed wide under pressure and Hutchinson made a great clearance from Teale's cross after a sharp move.
Samson again saved Saints though in the 65th minute. McGowan's touch inadvertently set up Higdon to shoot from 20 yards and Samson got down to parry the striker's low effort.
The St Mirren goalkeeper soon came off his line to block from Murphy as the Motherwell youngster edged past two defenders following a long ball.
Thompson volleyed over from 35 yards after Steve Jennings struggled to head a high ball back to Randolph before Samson again saved the hosts.
The former Ayr goalkeeper threw himself to his left to stop a high 30-yard strike from Forbes and the rebound flashed past Higdon.
Saints finished strongly but Motherwell's back four defended superbly and Hateley had the final say.
Teale was harshly penalised for a sliding tackle on Law just outside the left edge of the box to allow the Motherwell right-back to curl the ball into the far corner and spark wild celebrations among the 1,000 travelling fans behind the goal.
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