Motherwell rescued a point as Tony Watt’s equaliser secured a 1-1 league draw at St Johnstone.
Stephen O’Donnell’s own goal late in the first half put the hosts ahead, but Tony Watt rescued a point with 10 minutes to go.
Manager Graham Alexander made one change to his starting side from that which lost 3-2 to Hibernian on the opening day.
Tony Watt dropped to the bench, with Connor Shields coming into the team to make his first appearance in claret and amber.
Motherwell had the first clear chance of the match after five minutes.
A lovely threaded ball from Slattery to Van Veen inside the box on the right set up the Dutchman for a shot at goal.
Picking his spot in the bottom-right corner, Clark got down brilliantly with a strong hand to turn it away.
Disaster almost struck at the other end two minutes later.
Donnelly was caught in possession 30 yards from his own goal and May was immediately presented with a one-on-one opportunity.
Advancing on the penalty spot, he pulled the trigger but an excellent recovery from Mugabi to slide in and stop the shot saved a near-certain opener for the Saints.
With 17 minutes gone, Motherwell were certain they’d taken the lead.
Slattery’s delivery from the right on a short corner was met perfectly by Woolery, who steered his close-range header towards goal.
Goalkeeper Clark was alive to the situation, however, and managed to get down incredibly to tip the ball away on the line.
St Johnstone grew in stature thereafter, controlling large spells with the ball, and got their reward with 10 minutes left in the half.
Wotherspoon cut inside on the left and sent a bending ball into the box.
It sailed through everyone, taking a nick off of O’Donnell at the back post before finding the net.
Motherwell started the second half brighter and were scratching their heads as to how they didn’t have the equaliser five minutes in.
O’Donnell’s long throw from the right was flicked on by the head of Mugabi, leaving Clark stranded.
The ball cannoned back off the left post and bounced down where Van Veen was on hand to pounce, but Clark reacted quicker to smother.
The chances kept coming. Lamie’s close-range header from Carroll’s free-kick was turned away by Clark on the hour mark, while Woolery’s attempt to thread Van Veen on a three v three breakaway was thwarted.
Then the breakthrough came with 10 to go, with Slattery feeding Watt, who moved it wide for Lawless.
Lawless did brilliantly on the right to stand up a cross into the box to find the run of Watt, who showed great composure to volley home from 12 yards and get Motherwell level.
The visitors went in search of the winner. The ever-positive Slattery saw an opportunity open up from 30 yards, with his low drive sliding off the slick surface and just going wide of the left-hand post.
Watt then thought he’d won it with six to go. O’Donnell put in a great ball from the right and the striker peeled away, but couldn’t get a connection to score from point-blank range.