Motherwell 2 – 0 St Johnstone

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Motherwell 2 – 0 St Johnstone

Lewis Irons at Fir Park

Motherwell maintained their strong start to the year with a 2-0 home win over St Johnstone.

A rather scrappy first half was followed up by a solid second 45, in which the Steelmen controlled and ran out victors thanks to goals from Allan Campbell and Curtis Main.

But, in truth, ‘Well’s number nine could have had more than one, and went closest to breaking the deadlock during a hard fought first period.

Collecting the ball on the edge of the area, the striker struck a venomous effort on goal, beating Alan Mannus but being denied by the top side of the crossbar.

Stephen Robinson’s side came flying out of the traps after the break though, and should have opened the scoring when Main cleverly squared the ball across the six-yard box with his back to goal, but nobody was on hand to finish it off.

The striker was then fed through one-on-one thanks to a lovely through ball from Nadir Çiftçi, but he was denied by a terrific stop from the foot of Mannus.

The lead came in the 65th minute though, when Allan Campbell showed incredible desire to burst in to the box to fire home Andy Rose’s low cross.

Five minutes later, ‘Well were two in front and Main had a well-deserved fourth goal in his first six games.

Tait’s ball found the forward on the edge of the area, whose clever touch afforded himself a yard to finish low in to the far corner.

Team Lineups

 

Motherwell   Motherwell
Motherwell   St Johnstone
Trevor Carson    Allan Mannus
Richard Tait    Scott Tanser
Chris Cadden     Blair Alston
 Carl McHugh    Joe Shaughnessy
  Goal Curtis Main (80)    Steven Anderson
Andy Rose    Murray Davidson
Charles Dunne    Steven MacLean (66)
Tom Aldred    Jason Kerr Goal
 Cédric Kipré    Richard Foster (73)
 Goal Allan Campbell (85)    Stefan Scougall (20)
 Nadir Ciftci (67)    Chris Kane
Subs   Subs
Russell Griffiths   Zander Clark
Stephen Hendrie    Chris Millar 
Liam Grimshaw   Denny Johnstone (66)
 Gael Bigirimana (85)   Kyle McClean
Elliott Frear    Keith Watson (73)
Deimantas Petravicius (80)    Liam Gordon
Craig Tanner (67)    Matty Willock (20)

 

Match Stats

Motherwell   Motherwell
Motherwell   St Johnstone
2 Goals 0
53% Possession 47%
5 Shots on target 4
15 Shots off target 7
6 Corners 3
12 Fouls 9
0 Yellow cards 1
0 Red cards 0
     
  Attendance: 3,227  
Referee: Don Robertson

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