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St Johnstone   0 - 2   Motherwell

St Johnstone v Motherwell

Highlights - St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell

Two first-half goals handed the points to Motherwell and left St Johnstone rooted to the bottom of the table.

Nick Blackman's fine 25-yard strike put the visitors in front after the striker was set up by Keith Lasley.

And Well went two ahead when Saints captain Kevin Rutkiewicz turned the ball into his own net.

Saints carved out a couple of half chances from set pieces but Motherwell saw the game out comfortably to claim a second Scottish Premier League win.

With only one point from their opening three matches, Saints were looking to kick-start their season.

And the home side perhaps should have opened the scoring inside a minute, with Darren Randolph pulling off a double save to deny Cleveland Taylor and Murray Davidson.

The Perth side were made to pay for those misses a minute later when Blackman picked up a Lasley pass and side-footed his shot past goalkeeper Graeme Smith to put Motherwell one up.

Danny Grainger passed up chance for a struggling Saints side when his weak free-kick missed the target.

Tom Hateley then had a similar free-kick from 25 yards, but the effort did not trouble Smith.

With Motherwell in the ascendancy, Blackman came close to doubling his account, Saints keeper Smith getting down smartly to parry the shot.

The visitors were not to be denied however, and went two ahead when the unfortunate Rutkiewicz prodded the ball into his own net under pressure from Well striker John Sutton.

Saints boss Derek McInnes brought on the experienced Alan Maybury for Liam Caddis at half-time, but the poor performance from the home side continued, with Motherwell dictating the play as the second half developed.

The hosts carved out a rare opportunity when a Grainger corner was flicked on to the back post, but Taylor's effort went well off target.

Motherwell were looking comfortable and a set piece looked to be the only way Saints could trouble them.

And Dave Mackay had the chance to do that when Davidson flicked on a free-kick into the Well box, but the full-back blazed over with his weaker left foot.

Saints continued to huff and puff to little effect as the game wore on without being able to carve out a clear opportunity to get back into the game.

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell FT
(HT 0-2)
    • Blackman 3
    • Rutkiewicz (og) 39

    St Johnstone

    • 15 Smith
    • 02 MacKay (Jackson 76)
    • 03 Grainger
    • 05 Rutkiewicz
    • 06 Duberry
    • 37 Caddis (Maybury 46)
    • 07 Millar
    • 11 Taylor
    • 20 Davidson
    • 09 Parkin
    • 27 Haber (Milne 61)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Enckelman,
    • 12 Anderson,
    • 19 Maybury,
    • 32 May,
    • 18 Dobie,
    • 22 Milne,
    • 23 Jackson

    Motherwell

    • 01 Randolph
    • 03 Hammell
    • 04 Reynolds
    • 05 Craigan
    • 06 Hateley
    • 07 Humphrey
    • 08 Jennings (Forbes 79)
    • 14 Lasley
    • 09 Murphy (McHugh 83)
    • 11 Sutton
    • 22 Blackman (Gow 90)

    Substitutes

    • 12 Hollis,
    • 20 Page,
    • 32 Pollock,
    • 16 McHugh,
    • 18 Forbes,
    • 23 Casagolda,
    • 24 Gow
    Ref: BrinesAtt: 3,254
    ST JOHNSTONE
    MOTHERWELL

    Possession

    • St Johnstone 50%
    • Motherwell 50%

    Attempts on target

    • St Johnstone 1
    • Motherwell 2

    Attempts off target

    • St Johnstone 5
    • Motherwell 4

    Corners

    • St Johnstone 7
    • Motherwell 1

    Fouls

    • St Johnstone 13
    • Motherwell 10
    • Final Result
    • 91:51 The referee gets the match started.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:39 Alan Maybury crosses the ball, clearance made by Stevie Hammell.
    • 90:00+0:33 Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
    • 90:00 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 89:30 Substitution Nick Blackman leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Gow.
    • 87:54 Steven Milne fouled by Robert McHugh, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
    • 83:57 Nick Blackman fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ross Forbes, blocked by Michael Duberry.
    • 82:27 Substitution Robert McHugh is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Murphy.
    • 81:58 Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
    • 80:25 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line.
    • 79:40 Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, clearance made by Nick Blackman.
    • 79:09 The ball is sent over by Chris Humphrey.
    • 78:32 Substitution Steve Jennings leaves the field to be replaced by Ross Forbes.
    • 78:07 Shot by Steven Milne from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
    • 76:56 Steve Jennings fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Reynolds restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:27 Substitution Andrew Jackson comes on in place of David MacKay.
    • 73:59 Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Humphrey, Steven Milne manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Rutkiewicz by Nick Blackman. Free kick taken by Kevin Rutkiewicz.
    • 72:34 The ball is sent over by Tom Hateley.
    • 69:01 Centre by Daniel Grainger.
    • 67:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Blackman by Alan Maybury. Stevie Hammell takes the direct free kick.
    • Correction - 66:23 David MacKay produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 66:23 Shot by David MacKay from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 65:44 Unfair challenge on Chris Millar by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
    • 62:12 The ball is swung over by Cleveland Taylor.
    • 60:59 Foul by Alan Maybury on John Sutton, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
    • 60:11 Substitution Steven Milne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marcus Haber.
    • 59:50 Shot by Cleveland Taylor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 59:06 Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 57:42 Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Blackman. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
    • 55:30 The assistant referee flags for offside against Marcus Haber. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
    • 54:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Chris Humphrey. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 53:57 Unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey by Daniel Grainger results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Hateley, Murray Davidson makes a clearance.
    • 47:30 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
    • 47:24 The ball is crossed by David MacKay, Mark Reynolds gets a block in.
    • 46:51 Alan Maybury fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.
    • 45:19 Unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger by Chris Humphrey results in a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 Substitution Liam Caddis goes off and Alan Maybury comes on.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00 The match has reached half-time.
    • 43:42 The offside flag is raised against Nick Blackman. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 42:59 Daniel Grainger delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Sam Parkin goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 38:54 GOAL - Daniel GraingerSt Johnstone 0 - 2 Motherwell Daniel Grainger scores an own goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell.
    • Correction - 38:54 GOAL - Kevin RutkiewiczSt Johnstone 0 - 2 Motherwell Kevin Rutkiewicz concedes an own goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Motherwell.
    • Correction - 38:15 Jamie Murphy delivers the ball.
    • 38:15 The ball is swung over by Cleveland Taylor.
    • 36:24 Unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey by Cleveland Taylor results in a free kick. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball in from the free kick, Kevin Rutkiewicz makes a clearance.
    • 35:53 The offside flag is raised against Sam Parkin. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
    • 34:02 Liam Caddis fouled by John Sutton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
    • 30:51 The referee blows for offside. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
    • 30:09 A cross is delivered by David MacKay.
    • 28:46 Shot from just outside the area by Nick Blackman goes over the bar.
    • 28:16 A cross is delivered by Daniel Grainger.
    • 27:18 Unfair challenge on John Sutton by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stevie Hammell, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
    • 25:38 The official flags Nick Blackman offside. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
    • 24:07 Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 23:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on Michael Duberry. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
    • 21:50 Unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
    • 20:57 A cross is delivered by Chris Humphrey.
    • 19:14 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Grainger.
    • 18:07 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Jamie Murphy misses to the left of the target.
    • 17:52 The ball is sent over by Chris Humphrey.
    • 14:15 Centre by Daniel Grainger, John Sutton manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:19 Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Steve Jennings.
    • 9:52 David MacKay concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Murphy. Shot comes in from Tom Hateley from the free kick.
    • 9:16 Sam Parkin concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Craigan. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
    • 6:54 Nick Blackman concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Duberry. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:33 Mark Reynolds concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Parkin. Daniel Grainger shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 3:40 Chris Humphrey delivers the ball, clearance by Michael Duberry.
    • 2:02 Assist by John Sutton.
    • 2:02 GOAL - Nick BlackmanSt Johnstone 0 - 1 Motherwell Goal scored by Nick Blackman from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Motherwell.
    • 1:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Reynolds by Sam Parkin. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
    • 1:17 Nick Blackman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:53 Marcus Haber takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.

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    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 11 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 4 9 12
    2 Rangers 4 6 12
    3 Aberdeen 4 2 6
    4 Motherwell 4 1 6
    5 Kilmarnock 4 0 6
    6 Hearts 4 1 5
    7 Dundee Utd 4 -2 5
    8 Inverness CT 4 2 4
    9 Hibernian 4 -3 4
    10 St Mirren 4 -4 4
    11 Hamilton 4 -8 3
    12 St Johnstone 4 -4 1

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    12 Sep 10 |  St Johnstone


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