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    Motherwell 0 – 1 St Mirren

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    Motherwell 2 – 0 Celtic

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    Motherwell turned in a sensational display to defeat league leaders Celtic at Fir Park on Sunday afternoon.

    It brings Celtic’s 17-match unbeaten run to an abrupt halt, and catapults the Steelmen to within two points of fourth-placed Kilmarnock in the SPL.

    McCall’s side were ahead within two minutes, as John Sutton strong-armed Charlie Mulgrew and clipped the pall past Fraser Forster before rolling into an empty net.

    Celtic had plenty of possession but struggled to open up Motherwell’s make-shift backline and, in truth ‘Well had the better of the chances, with Keith Lasley and Chris Humphrey particularly prominent in an excellent all-round team display.

    ‘Well deservedly doubled their lead from the penalty spot early in the second half after the superb Lasley was clipped in the box. Sutton stepped up to smash the ball home and bag himself a brace.

    Darren Randolph deserves plenty of credit too, as whenever Celtic did manage to create an opportunity they found Randolph in simply imperious form.

    Motherwell made two changes to the side which were defeated 1-0 in midweek by St. Mirren, with Ross Forbes replacing Francis Jeffers and Steven Hammell coming in for the suspended Stephen Craigan, facilitating a move to centre-back for Gavin Gunning.

    Celtic replaced the suspended Beram Kayal with Song-Yeung Ki and brought in Anthony Stokes for Samaras, as Lennon’s side looked to maintain their mesmerizing momentum from recent weeks.

    The Parkhead side were coming into this clash on the back of 17 matches unbeaten, but it was Motherwell who flew out of the box with a blistering start at Fir Park.

    Within 45 seconds of kick-off the Steelmen signaled their intent, with Chris Humphrey chasing down a lofted Tom Hateley pass, nipping past a toiling Mulgrew, and having his low cross blocked at the near post.

    And just a minute later McCall’s men got their reward for an irrepressible opening period, and once again the chance was aided by indecisive defending by Charlie Mulgrew.

    The former Aberdeen defender, so impressive against Rangers, failed to deal with a hopeful looping pass, allowing John Sutton to bustle in front of him and round Fraser Forster before slotting in to an empty net.

    Naturally the table-toppers responded by throwing bodies forward in search of an immediate equaliser. Mark Wilson headed over from six yards, after getting on the end of a whipped Kris Commons delivery, in what amounted to the best attempt from the visitors in the early stages.

    Indeed, it is worth praising the way a young central defensive partnership, Gunning and Hutchinson, dealt with the threat of Stokes and Hooper. While a re-jigged midfield five were tenacious and energetic during frenetic opening exchanges.

    As the half-hour mark approached Neil Lennon’s men visibly tried to turn the screw on the home side. After a lucky bounce inside the box, Anthony Stokes should have made the score 1-1, but his tame low effort was saved by Randolph.

    And Randolph made another, even better, save moments later, as he parried a superb low shot by Scott Brown wide of the post. The shot, fired in from 25 yards, looked goal-bound all the way and it was a magnificent stop from the former Charlton keeper.

    After negotiating the first truly concerted spell of pressure from Celtic, the Steelmen almost extended their lead. A superb triangle of passing on the left flank between Murphy, Lasley and Hammell released the left-back, and John Sutton was a matter of inches away from getting on the end of Hammell’s delivery.

    Motherwell managed to retain their hard-fought lead through to half-time thanks to a clearance off the line, and Anthony Stokes fired in a dangerous cross-cum-shot.

    McCall’s men may have been hanging on a little towards the end of the first half, but the emerged in sensational fashion for the second half. They were almost 2-0 up when Shaun Hutchinson rose highest to crass a header against the underside of the bar from a Ross Forbes corner.

    And Motherwell did get their second goal just moments later after Keith Lasley was tripped in the box by Emilio Izaguirre. John Sutton stepped up to take the kick and lashed his effort straight down the middle to give Forster no chance and double the Steelmen’s lead.

    John Sutton was threatening to run away with the headlines from this encounter, but Darren Randolph was also putting down a serious marker for man of the match. The Irish keeper had to be at his best again ten minutes into the second half to turn away a dangerous low Commons free-kick – bringing his tally of top saves to three for the afternoon.

    The visitors threw on Juarez, Samaras and Forrest as they desperately chased a way back into the game, but Motherwell’s energy levels and organisation were prodigious and, approaching the closing stages, Lennon’s side had yet to really carve open ‘Well’s youthful backline.

    A curling effort from Kris Commons proved to be the closest Celtic would come to a riposte as the Glasgow giants visibly ran out of ideas as the match progressed – but that was, again, palmed away brilliantly by Darren Randolph.

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    Graham Barnstaple at Fir Park

    Full Time: Motherwell (Sutton [2]) 2 – 0 Celtic. Motherwell were simply magnificent this afternoon & deservedly beat the form team in Scotland!!!

    87mins: Motherwells defence have been unbreachable this afternoon, and there’s only minutes to go!! Well 2 – 0 Celtic.

    75mins: Jamie Pollock replaces the tenacious Ross Forbes.

    72mins: Champagne football from ‘Well, Hammell passes to Forbes, who dinks over to Hammell, back into Murph – but shot blocked by Sutton!!

    66mins: Young James Forrest on for Ki for Celtic now, While ‘Well still have original XI out there. Hope the energy holds up!

    62mins: Something of a lull in the play – which suits Motherwell just fine. Young CB’s have dealt win new Samaras threat just fine. 2-0 Well

    54mins: ANOTHER great save from Randolph. He deserves plaudits from today too, as he turns away a dangerous Commons free-kick.

    53mins: Celtic have brought on Samaras and Juarez as they chase a way into this game – but so far Motherwell have been simply brilliant.

    49mins: Lasley was tripped in the box. Looked a penalty from up here. Expertly blasted home by Sutton – straight down the middle.

    49mins: Sutton steps up………..AND SCOOOOORES 2-0 MOTHERWELL!!!

    48mins: PENALTTTY MOTHERWELL, moments after Hutch hits bar…………

    46mins: We’re under way again at Fir Park. Great first half from the lads. More of the same will do fine. Well 1 – 0 Celtic.

    Half Time: Motherwell (Sutton ‘2) 1 – 0 Celtic

    45mins: Looping cross to the back post comes to Stokes and his cross-cum-shot is cleared of the line. Hairy stuff here. Still 1-0 Well.

    44mins: Shot wide of the post by Celtic, harmless enough. Hopefully that’s the last of the action before half time!

    39mins: Anthony Stokes swivels and fires over the bar as Celtic push for an equaliser before half time. Still 1-0 Well.
     
    35mins: Sutton inches away from getting on the end of a Hammell cross after some superb build-up play. Well 1 – 0 Celtic.

    34mins: After expending a massive amount of energy on a heavy pitch in the first half, the game is slowing a little. Well still lead though

    27mins: Having said that, Randolph has to pull of two wonderful saves, firstly from a low Stokes shot then a Brown effort from distance.

    25mins: Celtic have had a lot of the ball and territory, but Motherwell have created the better openings thus far and deservedly lead 1-0..

    24mins: Great run by Murphy and his cross narrowly evades Sutton, before Humphrey fires wide at the back post. Well 1-0 Celtic

    19mins: Sutton is flagged for offside as he hares through on goal, rounds the keeper, and slots in. Looked tight, but can’t tell up here.

    15mins: Worth pointing out how resolutely a young CB pairing Gunning & Hutch have done. Long way to go, but great start vs Hooper & Stokes

    7mins: As you would imagine, Celtic now piling on pressure, and Mark Wilson heads narrowly over from a Commons delivery. Well 1-0 Celtic.

    2mins: Big John chases down a through ball, Mulgrew hesitates, and Sutton nips in to round Forster and make it 1-0!!!

    GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL MOTHERWELL!!!!!!!!!!!! (Sutton ‘2)

    1min: We’re underway, and already Humphrey has had a bustling shot which was narrowly blocked by the Celtic defence. Promising.

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “I thought from every one of our players it was superb. I asked them at half time to keep up the endeavour and keep up the work rate, and every single one of them did that. They were outstanding and I’m a very proud manager.

    “It’s the best result I’ve had, definitely. Probably the best performance too – if you look at the side we’re up against and their record it is a great achievement. I’ve told the players to have a good night but my focus, straight away, goes to Inverness next Saturday.” The 46-year old insisted.

    “Every manager looks for consistency and that is what I’m aiming for. There are still four other sides who will want to get fourth spot.

    “We have Kilmarnock and Inverness coming up in a few weeks and then Dundee United and Aberdeen at home – so it’s still all to play for, but that result can give us hope and inspiration for the future.”

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon:

    “They have had a lot of nice things said about them this week and maybe they were believing in their own publicity. By our performance, maybe we underestimated them. I didn’t sense that in the week but there was a lack of competitiveness about us and quality, we did the opposite to what we have been doing the last couple of months and to be fair to them they have been excellent so I won’t be over critical.

    “But it was poor. We were poor defensively, poor in midfield and poor going forward. There was nothing positive to take from the game.

    “There was no collectiveness about us, we were disjointed and the goals we lost were appalling. You can’t give any team cheap goals and expect to win games.

    “You can make up excuses for the pitch but it was the same for both sides. We didn’t adapt to the conditions and we were second best. It’s not a criticism I can level at the players very often but Motherwell were hungrier.

    “Any time we have had a poor performances we have bounced back pretty well and I am looking for a reaction now in the next nine, 10 games.”

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    Celtic tickets sold out

    Visiting supporters should note that all away tickets for this afternoon’s game are now sold out.

    The last of Celtic’s 6,000 allocation was sold this morning. Fans without tickets are encouraged not to travel to Fir Park.

    Any away fan who attempts to enter a home area of the ground (Davie Cooper Stand / East Stand) will be ejected immediately.

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    Youths crash to rampant Rangers

    Motherwell U19s were demolished 8-1 by Rangers at Murray Park this afternoon.

    Goals from Rhys McCabe, Andrew Mitchell and doubles for Dylan McGeouch, Kal Naismith and Kane Hemmings gave the home side all three points.

    ‘Well’s solitary goal came from Lee Erwin but it was a painful day at the office for the inexperienced Steelmen side who were roundly punished for any mistake during the ninety minutes.

    Full report to follow…

    Motherwell: Muir, Griffin, Murray (Lynch – 29mins), Sloan, McKinnon, Carswell, Halsman, Watt (Connor – 80mins), McDonald (McGachie – 74mins), Erwin, Howarth

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    McCall aims for Celtic upset

    Stuart McCall thinks his team have to believe that they can beat Celtic on Sunday afternoon.

    Neil Lennon’s side have gone seventeen matches unbeaten, and have looked in sparkling form in recent performances against Rangers – but McCall insists that the Steelmen can give anyone a game at Fir Park.

    “You have got to try and give it a go and believe you’re going to get something out the game,” the manager said, positively. “There should be a real belief in our squad that we can harry, chase, put everything into the game and make it as difficult as we possibly can.

    “I shouldn`t have to motivate them for this. People outside the dressing room won’t expect us to get anything out of the game, but we do.

    “They (Celtic) have got the bit between their teeth and every player seems to be focused, they seem to have a good spirit about them. I know they had gone to Hamilton (after winning against Rangers at New Year) and only got a draw and that`s what we have got to believe.

    “I always feel if you`re playing home games against the Old Firm, you`ve got to go out and give it a go. We’ve got to show the endeavour and the urgency and the energy that we lacked on Wednesday night – we have to show that in abundance on Sunday.

    The Motherwell boss also played down the fact he would be up against Celtic in the televised encounter.
     
    The former Rangers defender was no stranger to masterminding wins over Celtic from the heart of Rangers’ midfield – now he must do it from the dugout.

    But he says that Celtic aren’t a special enemy.

    “Everyone is an enemy opposite Motherwell now,” he said.  “For me, we want to get over the disappointment of the last game. Bringing the league leaders here, being on TV and it will be a big crowd.
     
    “So the boys should be up for it and we have to put in a committed effort.”

    McCall’s confidence is admirable, especially in the face of deepening injury problems emanating from Wednesday’s defeat.

    Steve Jennings and Keith Lasley both took heavy knocks against the Buddies and, with Steve Jones and Stevie Saunders both out injured and Stephen Craigan suspended, this encounter with test the ‘Well squad to the limit.

    “We`ve still got another 48 hours but Jennings and Lasley are both touch and go,” the gaffer confessed.

    “Craigan is suspended and Jones and Saunders have not trained at all so there will be no possibility of them being available.

    “And we have one or two knocks. I thought it was going to be worse but we`re still going to be without three or four first-team regulars.”

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    Officials appointed for Celtic clash

    Referee for Sunday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Celtic will be Euan Norris.

    The 33-year-old will be handling his second Motherwell game of the current campaign having previously overseen the 0-0 draw with Inverness Caley last month.

    Previous to that, you have to go back to last season for ‘Well games handled by Euan. He was the man in the middle when Motherwell beat Falkirk 1-0 at Fir Park. Lukas Jutkiewicz got the only goal of the game, heading home a corner from the left after 18 minutes.

    His other game last campaign was also at Fir Park, the stormy affair between Motherwell and Hibs last February. The Steelmen won the game 1-0 thanks to a Jamie Murphy goal eight minutes from time but the game was marred by a red card for Liam Miller for a challenge on Jim O’Brien midway through the first half.

    Unsurprisingly, given his relative newness to the game, this will be Euan’s first ever Motherwell versus Celtic encounter.

    His overall record in charge of Motherwell is a good one. Motherwell have a unbeaten record in all four games, winning three and drawing one – conceding just one goal.

    Thankfully, FIFA referee Norris usually likes to keep his cards in his pocket with only six cautions handed out in those games, with only two to a ‘Well player (Bob Malcolm and Stephen Craigan). The red card shown to Liam Miller of Hibs was his only dismissal by the whistler in the SPL last campaign.

    Euan will be ably assisted by Keith Sorbie and Francis Andrews with Stephen Finnie on fourth official duties.

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    The height of frustration

    I’ve taken the time to calm down first before emailing you to give my reaction on last night’s game. To say it was disappointing is probably an understatement. In fact, I told the press after the match that it is probably the worst I’ve felt since coming to the club; even worse than losing 6-0 to Rangers.
     
    That hasn’t subsided today I am afraid.
     
    I want the players to have some level of consistency but last night I didn’t feel the players applied themselves enough. St Mirren looked as if they were hungrier, like their lives depended on every tackle and I am so disappointed to say we weren’t.
     
    Whose responsibility is that? Well, everyone in the dressing room!
     
    I opted to change things slightly from our last two games. We knew, or at least, had a feeling that they would go three at the back so we felt that getting natural width would prove effective. However, we weren’t able to penetrate and as a result, it was a struggle.
     
    To be fair, we weren’t helped at all by the injury to Steve Jennings who got a nasty one on the ankle about five minutes into the game. We were planning to take him off five minutes after half-time but that was to prove impossible because Keith Lasley took another hit on the ribs and he had to come off.
     
    We’ve had absolutely no luck with injuries; I can only hope that subsides as we move towards the end of the season.
     
    But, that game is gone now. We can’t change it but we can learn lessons. We now face possibly the toughest test the SPL has to offer when Celtic visit Fir Park. With Saunders and Jones touch and go, Jennings and Lasley struggling and Stephen Craigan suspended, there’s no doubt it’s going to be a big ask.
     
    But all throughout my career I’ve seen instances like this where an opportunity for a younger player comes up and they take it and that’s what we’ll need on Sunday. We’ll need our big players to play and who knows. Celtic are on a fantastic run, they’ve got an excellent team but it’s ninety minutes and we’ll be going all out to win the game.
     
    Just finally, I would like to pay tribute to our outgoing Chairman, John Boyle. I’ve only recently got to know John but his passion and drive for Motherwell Football Club was clear. He will be leaving the club on a sound footing and I am sure both Derek Weir and Leeann Dempster and the other members of the board will use this positive step to take the club forward.
     
    Thanks for all your support and hopefully we can turn in a positive performance and result for you all this Sunday.
     
    All the best,
     
    Stuart McCall
    Manager

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    Voting open for monthly awards

    It’s time for you to decide who you think deserves to win the Clydesdale Bank SPL Manager, Player & Young Player of the Month for February.

    Has someone in our team shown some skill worthy of reward? Or has our manager suitably impressed you with our team’s performances over the month?  Vote and you could be in with a chance to win a pair of hospitality tickets to one of our upcoming fixtures!

    Fans can vote by visiting the Clydesdale Bank Premier League website www.cbfootball.co.uk and the top three fans nominations will be put forward to the shortlist for the panel of Scottish football experts to choose the winners.

    And to give you something back for voting, a lucky fan whose votes for the three categories match that of the judging panel will be picked at random to win hospitality tickets for a Clydesdale Bank Premier League team of their choice (subject to availability).

    Voting is open now and closes at 11am on Monday 28th February 2011.

    Log onto www.cbfootball.co.uk to cast your vote and play the new and improved Score Selector game. You can also win tickets for our upcoming fixtures, take part in the weekly quiz and keep up to date with all Clydesdale Bank’s football activities.

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    McCall furious after Buddies defeat

    Stuart McCall labelled his side’s performance as ‘unacceptable’ after watching Motherwell go down 1-0 to an energetic St Mirren side.

    Lennon’s troops looked the sharper of the two teams – although the game was a fairly ordinary affair – and the visitors grabbed the all-important opener in the final ten minutes.

    The ‘Well gaffer was at a loss to explain his team’s performance after two consecutive wins.

    “We got what we deserved – absolutely nothing,” the former Bradford boss proclaimed. “You could tell they were fighting for their lives, and they were the hungrier side. We played like it was an end-of-season game, I’m not sure why.

    “It wasn’t acceptable and they’ve let themselves and the fans down. Football is all about consistency and we have let ourselves down badly. We weren’t good enough.

    “I’ve told the boys – the result tonight hurts me more than the Rangers result did, because we didn’t seem to grasp that a positive result could have cemented us in to fourth place in the league. We’ve been outrun and outfought.”

    Despite a lacklustre performance, Motherwell could have, perhaps, nicked a result if referee Steve Conroy had looked upon a couple of penalty claims a little more favourably.

    Keith Lasley looked to be felled in the first half as he surged into the box, while Francis Jeffers appeared to be tripped inside the area in the second period.

    But the ‘Well boss isn’t looking for excuses – despite the winning goal also carrying an air of fortune.

    “People might say we had a shout for a penalty – listen, we didn’t deserve anything. We got the result that we deserved – we just need to bounce back on Sunday.

    “The goal was a good strike by Higdon, but it’s hit something on the pitch and bounced over the keeper.”

    Attention now turns to Sunday, and the visit of Celtic, who are in ominously good form at the moment.

    McCall acknowledges that a massive improvement on the St Mirren performance will be required to gain a result against Neil Lennon’s side – but thinks that the team might benefit from a lack of expectations.

    “I look ahead to that game and nobody will expect us to get a result, and hopefully that is when we will be at our most dangerous,” the 46-year old insisted. “We’ll be going in as massive underdogs but I know the lads will give it their all.

    “We’ve not become a bad side overnight, and I hope the lads can bounce back against Celtic.”

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    St Mirren defeat in pictures

    Pictures from the 1-0 defeat by St Mirren in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Fir Park.

    These action shots and more are available to buy online at www.motherwellpics.com.

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    Motherwell 0 – 1 St Mirren

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    A late Michael Higdon strike saw St. Mirren emerge from a turgid contest with a vital three points in their fight against relegation.

    But that will be no concern to Motherwell, who struggled throughout, and whose best chances came in the form of two strong penalty claims which were turned down by Steve Conroy.

    In the end Higdon’s goal settled things for the Saints who were rewarded for a busy and determined performance.

    Danny Lennon’s side arrived at Fir Park knowing a win would take them a massive eight points above bottom-placed Hamilton – but, conversely, on the back of a run of nine SPL games without a win.

    ‘Well made one change from the side which battled to a victory over the Accies at the weekend, with Ross Forbes dropping out to be replaced by Chris Humphrey.

    Stuart McCall had previously suggested that the three games following the defeat at Ibrox would be ‘season defining’ – and the Steelmen came into the third match of the series with two excellent wins already under their belts.

    A timid opening was enlivened by a surging Tom Hateley run and superb cross, which was just cleared by the Saints’ defence – with claret and amber jerseys ready to pounce. The resulting corner caused all sorts of problems in the Buddies’ area, but they managed to smuggle clear.

    It took until the twenty-minute mark for another move of note to take place, with Paul McGowan firing a low drive from just inside the box. But it was comfortably fielded by big Darren Randolph.

    A low-key first half burst alive with controversy five minutes later. After a neat exchange of passes inside the box, Keith Lasley shimmied towards goal. After neatly sidestepping one challenge he appeared to be brought down by Saints captain John Potter – but Steve Conroy waved play on.

    That Motherwell penalty claim was followed by a decent free-kick from Tom Hateley – which forced a sharp sprawling save from Paul Gallacher. A header over the bar, moments later, from John Sutton illustrated Motherwell’s push for the opener.

    Both sides exchanged chances as the game progressed towards half time. A Steven Thomson drive was deflected towards goal via the head of Shaun Hutchison, forcing Darren Randolph to make a plunging save. And that was immediately followed by a trundling low shot from Jamie Murphy, which drifted harmlessly wide.

    Despite a couple of decent ‘Well chances over the course of the first period, the visitors finished the half in the ascendancy, and could have gone in at the break ahead, but Craig Dargo headed into the arms of Darren Randolph from six yards out.

    Lennon’s troops continued to make the running in the early stages of the second half, with Dargo coming close twice in the space of five minutes, once from a close-range header and the other from a powerful shot – which narrowly flew past the ‘Well near post.

    With St. Mirren looking sharp and lively, Motherwell needed a response, and Tom Hateley almost provided it. The Monaco-born full-back delivered a superb free-kick from the corner of the box, forcing Paul Gallacher to parry wide.

    Fir Park was up in arms again as Conroy, once more, denied Motherwell a decent shout for a penalty, as Francis Jeffers appeared to be clipped in the box by McAusland. The former Queen of the South man, on first viewing, looked lucky to escape.

    The Steelmen may rue penalty claims which were denied, and they paid the price when Michael Higdon opened the scoring.

    The big English substitute was slipped through on goal with a scything pass, and he dispatched a low drive past Darren Randolph, off the inside of the post. The finish was undoubtedly aided by a cruel bobble which saw the shot loop over the keeper’s outstretched palm.

    The home side finally injected some pace into their game in the closing stages, but by that point it was too late, and not even late efforts from John Sutton and Esteban Casagolda could salvage a point from a disappointing evening in North Lanarkshire.

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    Graham Barnstaple at Fir Park

    Full time – Saints win by a goal to nil, and sadly I don’t think we can complain too much, they created most of the good chances in the game

    90mins – Only two minutes being added on! Strange!

    83mins – Lost twitter again there…..over capacity (whatever that means). Sadly with only two minutes to go we are a goal down, Higdon scoring in the 82nd minute. Horrible bobble over Randolph.

    71mins – The crowd just been announced as 3613

    64mins – Jeffers goes down in the box. That looked like a penalty to me!

    59mins – Just about an hour gone, and sadly it is 60 minutes those of us here won’t get back!!

    55mins – The change sees Hammell at left back, Gunning moves to right back and Hateley into midfield, think I’ve got it all!!

    54mins – Another dipping free kick from Hateley beaten out by Gallagher, that’s been our only threat

    53mins – Lasley forced to leave field with an injury, looks like his ribs, replaced by Steven Hammell

    48mins – Yellow card for Lasley for a tug on Hugh Murray, that his seventh of the season

    46mins – Sorry – lost the signal over half time there!! We are back and so are the teams, with three minutes played already

    45mins – 1 minute being added on (unfortunately)

    41mins – another chance for Saints but Dargo’s close range header is easily held by Randolph who is well positioned

    35mins – Thomson’s shot deflected by head of Hutchinson Randolph pulls off a diving save to his right, comfortable enough.

    31mins – In-swinging Hateley free kick punched away at his front post by Gallagher, and then Sutton heads a cross just over

    26mins – Lasley barged over in the Saints box this time but once again no pen given by ref Conroy, possibly obstruction but a certain foul none-the-less

    22mins – Paul McGowan finds space in the Well box but shoots straight at Randolph who saves easily

    16mins – Dargo tumbles under the challenge of Jennings but penalty claims are waved away – looked a decent shout to me – dodged a bullet?

    10mins – not much happening, we’ve forced a couple of corners but without causing any real danger. Ball has been changed once as well!!

    1mins – We lose the toss, we kick off and we are shooting towards the preferred South Stand end which is empty tonight, Saints fans in POD Stand

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “They (St Mirren) came and showed the hunger and desire, you could see they were fighting for their lives and we just never matched that.

    “And that’s the worst thing that can be put at the team. I don’t know if we’re thinking that we’re better than we are but they certainly were first to the ball, won more tackles and just showed a greater enthusiasm and that’s not acceptable,” said McCall.

    “It was more like an end-of-season game from us, the way we approached the first half. It wasn’t acceptable.

    “The second half was a little better but not a great deal to be honest.

    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon:

    “It’s a very welcome three points at the end of the evening. We got a great response from Sunday (the defeat to Hibernian).

    “The way they come to work in the morning, their attitude is first class.

    “They deserved that, it’s been well overdue, for the efforts that the boys put in. The mentality of the boys tonight was second to none.”

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