Devante Cole scored his first Motherwell goal, and Mark Gillespie saved a St Johnstone penalty, as the Steelmen won 1-0 at McDiarmid Park in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
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Highlights as Motherwell win at St JohnstoneSaturday 28 September 2019
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‘Win shows character of this side’Saturday 28 September 2019
“We can play a lot better. So to come here and get the win shows the character of the side.”
Stephen Robinson was happy to leave St Johnstone with the victory after a dogged performance in Perth.
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Motherwell win at St JohnstoneSaturday 28 September 2019
Motherwell ground out a 1-0 win at St Johnstone to go third in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Devante Cole’s goal, and a penalty save from Mark Gillespie, made the difference in a dogged performance by the visitors.
Stephen Robinson made one enforced change from the team which lost to Ross County, with Richard Tait coming in for the suspended Jake Carroll.
After a scrappy start, Motherwell should have had the lead with 15 minutes played.
James Scott’s driving run to the byline saw him flash the ball across the face of goal, where Cole was waiting.
With the ball slightly behind him, he managed to scoop his shot over the bar.
He would make up for his error with two minutes left in the half. Liam Polworth’s corner was met brilliantly by Declan Gallagher at the back post, with his knock down met by Cole to sweep into the net.
St Johnstone came out in the second half determined to arrest a run which had seen them fail to win in their opening six league matches.
After big shouts for a penalty when Stevie May went down in the area, they would get one with 10 minutes gone in the second half.
Murray Davidson was taken out in the air by Richard Tait, presenting Scott Tanser with the chance to equalise from the spot.
Gilliespie had proved Tanser’s nemesis last season from 12 yards, and the goalkeeper would keep up his outstanding penalty save record, getting down to claw away the kick.
The hosts continued to push and push, as Motherwell had to dig in to ensure they didn’t surrender the lead.
Liam Donnelly’s stoppage-time red card for a stamp on Christopher Kane came too late to make a difference for the hosts, as Motherwell moved to third with the win.
Motherwell: Gillespie, Grimshaw, Hartley, Gallagher, Tait, Donnelly, Campbell, Polworth, Scott (Ilic) Seedorf (Hylton), Cole (Long).
Subs: Carson, Maguire, O’Hara, Mugabi.
Motherwell v Hibs in SWPL1 on SundaySaturday 28 September 2019
Motherwell host Hibernian in SWPL1 on Sunday, in the first of two big games against the Edinburgh club.
The game at Ravenscraig kicks off at 2.30pm.
The form guide
Motherwell have now won five and drawn one of their last six competitive games.
Since returning from the summer break, three wins have come in the cup, defeating Partick Thistle, Inverness CT and Queen’s Park.
In the league, last weekend’s 1-0 televised win at Forfar Farmington came after a draw with Spartans came before victory over Stirling University.
Hibernian exited the UEFA Women’s Champions League in midweek, losing out 9-2 on aggregate to Slavia Prague.
The Czech side were formidable opponents, having reached the quarter-finals last season before going out to giants Bayern Munich.
Back in domestic competition, the Hibees have won their last six, including a big 3-0 win over Celtic in their last league outing.
MANAGER ON THE TASK IN HAND
“We’ve been on a brilliant run of form since returning from the summer break,” said head coach Donald Jennow. “But the games in the coming weeks will ultimately determine our season.
“We’re all too aware of the threat that they pose as they try to push closer to the top and also hold on to the cup.
“We can see the opportunity to claim fourth spot which, if we achieve it, would be a remarkable feat for us considering it’s our first season in the top flight and also considering the strength of the teams – Rangers and Spartans – we would have to overcome to manage it.”
Download the match programme
You can download and read our Motherwell v Hibernian match programme here.
WATCH THE MATCH
Ravenscraig is the venue for the match on Sunday. Kick off is at 2.30pm.
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St Johnstone v Motherwell live streamSaturday 28 September 2019
There’s live video and audio available from St Johnstone v Motherwell on Saturday.
We’ve a live stream of the match available to viewers outside of the UK and Ireland for just £12 a month.
To subscribe and get all Motherwell home matches – and the majority of away games – head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk now and sign up.
If you’re in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it, don’t worry. We’ve also got live audio commentary of the match for just £5.99 a month.
Head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to sign up. Just choose the UK/Ireland commentary option.
2019/20 Motherwell streaming service matches
Date Match Service available 28 September 2019 St Johnstone v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 5 October 2019 Motherwell v St Mirren Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 19 October 2019 Motherwell v Aberdeen Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 27 October 2019 Rangers v Motherwell Live audio only 30 October 2019 Motherwell v Kilmarnock Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 2 November 2019 Motherwell v Livingston Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 10 November 2019 Celtic v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 23 November 2019 Hibernian v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 30 November 2019 Motherwell v St Johnstone Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 4 December 2019 St Mirren v Motherwell Live audio only 7 December 2019 Motherwell v Hearts Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 15 December 2019 Motherwell v Rangers Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 21 December 2019 Kilmarnock v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 26 December 2019 Ross County v Motherwell Live audio only 29 December 2019 Motherwell v Hamilton Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 22 January 2020 Aberdeen v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 25 January 2020 Motherwell v Hibernian Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 1 February 2020 Livingston v Motherwell Live audio only 5 February 2020 Motherwell v Celtic Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 12 February 2020 St Johnstone v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 15 February 2020 Motherwell v St Mirren Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 22 February 2020 Hamilton v Motherwell Live audio only 4 March 2020 Motherwell v Ross County Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 7 March 2020 Hearts v Motherwell Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 14 March 2020 Motherwell v Aberdeen Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 21 March 2020 Motherwell v Kilmarnock Live video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all 4 April 2020 Rangers v Motherwell Live audio only
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PJ Morrison extends Cowdenbeath loanFriday 27 September 2019
PJ Morrison will spend another week with Cowdenbeath on an emergency loan.
The goalkeeper was in the SPFL’s team of the week after keeping a clean sheet in the 3-0 win at Queen’s Park last Saturday.
Cowdenbeath, who have won four on the bounce, host Albion Rovers on Saturday.
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Pay at the gate at St JohnstoneFriday 27 September 2019
Fans can pay at the gate at Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match with St Johnstone.
Supporters will be in the north end of the west stand. Fans travelling by car are asked to follow “away supporters” road signs for ease of access to the ground.
Adult £24 Over 65s £14 17-18s £13 13-16s £10 Under 13s* Free
*Under 13s tickets are free of charge with any full paying adult or over 65 ticket, restricted to a maximum of two per adult/senior ticket.
Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email email@example.com.
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Manager looks ahead to St Johnstone tripFriday 27 September 2019
Stephen Robinson says Motherwell are in for a difficult task at St Johnstone on Saturday, as the Steelmen look to bounce back from defeat to Ross County last weekend.
Here’s what he had to say to the media on Friday.
On the trip to McDiarmid Park
“[It’s] a very difficult one, based on results over recent years. It’s a very tough venue to go to.
“I think St Johnstone’s league position doesn’t suggest what a decent squad they’ve got.
“It’s a few games into the season. That’s all it is. League tables at this moment in time aren’t too much to take concern over.
“They’ve made some good signings. They are an experienced side. They’ve got a lot of players who have played football at decent levels.
“Tommy always has them organised. It’ll be a very tough game. We are going with no illusions whatsoever.
“We have to earn the right to play football. And try to take the game to them as well.
“We’ve got people who can win the game as well. But we also have to be solid.
“It’ll be a difficult game for us, but one we will definitely be up for.”
On St Johnstone’s strengths
“When you look on paper, they’ve got a lot of good players.
“Players that can hurt you. The two wide players are very exciting players. Drey Wright coming back to full fitness as well.
“Murray Davidson, a player I’ve admired for a long time and is the heartbeat of their team.
“We will be very prepared for them. They are a decent side, as I say.”
On Charles Dunne’s injury
“[He has] a very similar injury on the other side of his groin. It’s unfortunate that Charles is going to miss a large chunk of the season again.
“We probably won’t see him before Christmas.
“David Devine, one of the younger boys we have massive hopes for, he has a crack in his cheekbone after a reserve game.
“We are a little bit light in that area, so the fact we have Bevis Mugabi is a blessing for us. A boy of experience that late on, and that good a player that late on, we are very happy with that signing.
“Charles is the most positive guy I’ve ever come across.
“I’ve worked with Charles and he had injury problems at Oldham. Charles doesn’t get anything normal. It’s things that are way out there that physios haven’t seen before and strange injuries.
“It’s a big disappointment for him. But knowing Charles, he will come back fitter, he will come back stronger.”
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Charles Dunne out for three to four monthsWednesday 25 September 2019
Charles Dunne will spend three to four months out as he recovers from a groin injury.
The defender underwent surgery this week, after scans showed the need to go under the knife.
“Losing Charles again for a prolonged period of time is a blow,” said manager Stephen Robinson.
“He has shown how influential a figure he is for us in the centre of defence and in the dressing room.
“With young David Devine also out for six weeks, it highlights the importance of bringing in Bevis Mugabi to keep the competition high for places.
“We wish Charles a full and speedy recovery.”
Charles has made 77 appearances for the club since joining in the summer of 2017.
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Opposition Report: A look at St JohnstoneWednesday 25 September 2019
St Johnstone play host to Motherwell on Saturday, as the Steelmen look to bounce back from defeat last weekend.
The Saints are currently propping up the Ladbrokes Premiership, but McDiarmid Park remains a difficult venue to take points from.
The story so far
After pipping Motherwell to seventh spot in the 2018/19 season by a point, St Johnstone have found life tougher so far in the new campaign.
The League Cup comes early in pre-season for many, but Tommy Wright’s side struggled more than most, losing to Montrose, Ross County and Forfar Athletic, recording a 4-0 win over Brechin City along the way.
St Johnstone are without a win so far in the Ladbrokes Premiership from six matches.
Defeats to Celtic and Rangers may be par for the course, with their other four results turning out three draws and one defeat.
Draws at difficult venues have been picked up, with 2-2 results at both Aberdeen and Hibernian. At home, they’ve drawn with Livingston and lost 1-0 to Kilmarnock.
St Johnstone have conceded 2.83 goals per game on league business this campaign, although there are the mitigating circumstances of losing 7-0 away to Celtic and 4-0 at home to Rangers in their first six games. In attack, they’re averaging 0.83 goals per game in the league.
How they shaped up last time
St Johnstone lined up in a 4-3-3 formation in their weekend defeat to Rangers. David Wotherspoon came in, due to the enforced removal of Jason Holt, who couldn’t play against his parent side.
Three to watch
The highly-rated centre back may have been part of a defence which has lost goals, but he remains a key figure and assured figure in the backline.
He is one of the best in the air in the Premiership, with a 64% aerial duel success rate, putting him just behind Declan Gallagher and Christophe Berra.
St Johnstone’s joint top scorer with two so far in 2019/20, the forward is again looking lively in a dangerous-looking St Johnstone front line.
His January return after a spell in the wilderness with Rangers has seen him gradually get back up to speed, netting at Hibernian and Aberdeen already this campaign.
He’s yet to net for the Saints since his return in the summer window, but being back home at McDiarmid Park makes the striker one to watch out for.
A talented, bustling forward, May hit 20 league goals in his last season with St Johnstone in 2014/15, earning a move to Sheffield Wednesday.
What they said
Manager Tommy Wright: “We have to defend better. We are making far too many mistakes. That is what is causing us so many problems this season.
“As a manager you can make changes – which I don’t think is needed in the back four just now – or you work hard with them individually and as a unit, and keep their confidence high.”
Murray Davidson: “We have gone to places like Pittodrie and Hibs and we feel we have been unlucky not to win those games.
“It is still six games in and we need to start winning matches and go on a run. We need to get that first win as soon as possible.
“We have never set targets and I have always said we need to look at it game by game because it is such a competitive league this season.
“We have some big games coming up and we need to find some consistency to get positive results.”
Out injured: None
Doubtful: Murray Davidson (knee), Scott Tanser (foot), David Wotherspoon (foot), Stevie May (thigh).