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Saturday, October 30, 1999 Published at 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK


Motherwell hold out for win



Motherwell 1-0 St Johnstone

Kevin Twaddle earned Motherwell their first home league win since Boxing Day last year with a 1-0 win over St Johnstone.

The vital goal had come in the ninth minute when John Spencer lobbed on a long kick from substitute goalkeeper Stephen Woods and Twaddle chested the ball down before driving a superb shot into the net.

Motherwell boss Billy Davies was more than happy with the result.

"I'm delighted although we looked a bit flat after our game at Celtic Park.

"We were trying to get a monkey off our back without a home win but we've done that now and I hope that we will be a bit more consistent at home."

The home side had to defend stoutly during the second half to retain their slender lead, after losing keeper Andy Goram just four minutes into the match when he appeared to turn awkwardly on an ankle.

Twaddle's threat and speed on the flank caused the Saints' defence a lot of anxiety and John Spencer just failed by inches to convert one of his teasing crosses into a goal.

Main keeps Well out

In the few minutes leading up to the break, Saints keeper Alan Main proved his worth with three stops to deny Motherwell from adding to their lead. He did well to hold a Lee McCulloch header, a Don Goodman header then a low drive from McCulloch.

Motherwell, who beat Dundee United and Celtic in midweek, seemed to take the foot of the pedal soon after the restart and the visitors increased their threat but failed to snatch the equaliser.

Defender Gary Bowlam sent a free-kick narrowly wide and then saw a header scream just over the bar.

John Spencer proved a lively leader of Motherwell's line, taking over the skipper's armband from Goram and having a number of chances to increase his side's lead.

His 20 yard drive went whizzing past the post and he came so close to touching a Townsley cross that Main smothered on his line.



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