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St Johnstone   1 - 0   Motherwell

St Johnstone v Motherwell

Highlights - St Johnstone 1-0 Motherwell

St Johnstone moved to within two points of sixth-placed Motherwell thanks to a second-half penalty from Liam Craig.

The Saints midfielder converted from the spot on 62 minutes, punishing a handball from Stephen Craigan.

Jamie Murphy went close for Motherwell in a drab first half when he turned 25 yards out and fired a powerful effort that swerved just wide of the post.

The visitors pushed for a late equaliser, with Chris Humphrey fizzing a shot inches wide of the target.

Motherwell had scored six goals without reply in two victories against their hosts this season but St Johnstone have improved markedly since leaving Fir Park bottom of the SPL in November and maintained their unbeaten record in 2011.

There was precious little in the way of goalmouth action but 18-year-old Stevie May, making his first Saints start, caused Motherwell problems with his sharpness and clever running.

The visitors had a chance on 14 minutes after a break down the right from Humphrey but his low cross bobbled as Murphy steadied himself to shoot and Dave Mackay cleared the scuffed shot off the line.

St Johnstone enjoyed most of the first-half possession but Murphy again threatened when he powered in a shot from distance that flew narrowly wide of Peter Enckleman's goal.

With the interval looming, Craig found half a yard of space inside the Motherwell penalty box following a lay-off from Collin Samuel, but he was closed down quickly and his first-time effort cleared the crossbar.

Humphrey was off target after a long run before May produced the most impressive piece of play in the match on 54 minutes.

The teenage striker ran from near the halfway line before turning inside Shaun Hutchinson and aiming for the bottom corner but Darren Randolph got down well to block.

The breakthrough came when Craigan challenged Michael Duberry for Danny Grainger's corner. The Motherwell captain had turned his back on the ball before jumping but the defender was incensed with the decision and was booked for his protests.

Craig kept his composure to send Randolph the wrong way.

As Motherwell pressed in the closing stages, Steve Jones burst into life and put in several dangerous crosses but there were no takers, and Humphrey came close when he cut in and fired a left-footed effort inches wide.

Esteban Casagolda fired over from 18 yards, Stevie Hammell saw a free-kick deflected over, while Jamie Pollock and Steven Saunders were thwarted by some desperate blocks.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Johnstone 1-0 Motherwell FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Craig (pen) 62

    St Johnstone

    • 01 Enckelman
    • 02 MacKay
    • 03 Grainger
    • 06 Duberry
    • 12 Anderson yellow card
    • 04 Morris
    • 07 Millar yellow card
    • 10 Craig (Maybury 88)
    • 20 Davidson
    • 21 Samuel (MacDonald 77)
    • 32 May yellow card (Taylor 72)

    Substitutes

    • 15 Smith,
    • 19 Maybury,
    • 37 Caddis,
    • 11 Taylor,
    • 09 Parkin,
    • 16 MacDonald,
    • 26 Reynolds

    Motherwell

    • 01 Randolph
    • 02 Saunders
    • 03 Hammell
    • 05 Craigan yellow card
    • 19 Hutchinson
    • 06 Hateley (Pollock 77)
    • 08 Jennings yellow card
    • 07 Humphrey
    • 09 Murphy (Casagolda 71)
    • 11 Sutton
    • 17 Jones

    Substitutes

    • 12 Hollis,
    • 20 Page,
    • 21 Angelis Charalambous,
    • 27 Meechan,
    • 32 Pollock,
    • 18 Forbes,
    • 23 Casagolda
    Ref: MurrayAtt: 2,268
    ST JOHNSTONE
    MOTHERWELL

    Possession

    • St Johnstone 37%
    • Motherwell 63%

    Attempts on target

    • St Johnstone 2
    • Motherwell 1

    Attempts off target

    • St Johnstone 4
    • Motherwell 8

    Corners

    • St Johnstone 7
    • Motherwell 3

    Fouls

    • St Johnstone 6
    • Motherwell 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:54 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+0:43 Inswinging corner taken by John Sutton, Michael Duberry makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:17 The ball is swung over by Steve Jones, clearance made by Michael Duberry.
    • 87:20 Peter MacDonald fouled by Steven Saunders, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
    • 87:20 Substitution Alan Maybury comes on in place of Liam Craig.
    • 85:47 Steven Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Stevie Hammell has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 85:47 Booking The referee books Steven Anderson for unsporting behaviour.
    • 83:13 Shot from deep inside the area by Esteban Casagolda clears the bar.
    • 81:57 Steven Saunders gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter MacDonald. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
    • 81:35 A cross is delivered by Steve Jones, clearance by Steven Anderson.
    • 80:40 Centre by Cleveland Taylor, save by Darren Randolph.
    • 79:31 Foul by Chris Millar on Steve Jones, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stevie Hammell, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:59 Shot from just outside the area by Chris Humphrey misses to the left of the target.
    • 76:48 Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Jamie Pollock coming on for Tom Hateley.
    • 76:31 Substitution Peter MacDonald replaces Collin Samuel.
    • 74:40 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
    • Correction - 71:07 Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 71:07 Substitution Steve May leaves the field to be replaced by Cleveland Taylor.
    • 71:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Collin Samuel. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
    • 71:07 Substitution Steve May leaves the field to be replaced by Cleveland Taylor.
    • 71:07 Booking Steve Jennings booked.
    • Correction - 70:25 Substitution Jamie Murphy leaves the field to be replaced by Esteban Casagolda.
    • 70:25 Substitution Esteban Casagolda is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Murphy.
    • 67:52 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.
    • 66:16 The referee blows for offside against Steve May. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:12 A cross is delivered by Steve Jones, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.
    • 63:25 The ball is delivered by Steve Jones, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.
    • 61:03 Daniel Grainger takes the inswinging corner, Stephen Craigan challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
    • 61:03 GOAL - Liam CraigSt Johnstone 1 - 0 Motherwell Liam Craig scores a penalty. St Johnstone 1-0 Motherwell.
    • 60:27 Booking Stephen Craigan is booked.
    • 57:05 Murray Davidson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
    • 56:37 Collin Samuel is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
    • 56:04 Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
    • 54:50 Chris Millar is adjudged to have handled the ball. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:50 Booking Chris Millar is shown a yellow card.
    • 54:03 Corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line, clearance made by Darren Randolph.
    • 53:35 Steve May takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.
    • 50:23 Effort from the edge of the box by Chris Humphrey goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 50:09 The ball is crossed by David MacKay, save made by Darren Randolph.
    • 45:05 Steve May takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:08 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+0:40 The referee blows for offside against Collin Samuel. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
    • 44:19 Liam Craig takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
    • 40:43 Short corner worked by Jody Morris.
    • 40:26 David MacKay crosses the ball, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
    • 39:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson by Tom Hateley. Free kick crossed by Liam Craig, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance.
    • 39:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by John Sutton. Free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
    • 38:37 The official flags Steve May offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
    • 37:42 Effort from outside the box by Shaun Hutchinson goes wide right of the target.
    • 37:11 The ball is sent over by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Stevie Hammell.
    • 36:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Morris by Stevie Hammell. David MacKay takes the free kick.
    • 31:45 Shot from 35 yards by Steven Saunders missed to the left of goal.
    • 29:53 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Steve Jennings.
    • 26:35 Foul by Murray Davidson on Jamie Murphy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
    • 24:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by Stephen Craigan. Free kick taken by Liam Craig.
    • 23:06 Inswinging corner taken by Stevie Hammell, Steve May makes a clearance.
    • 21:43 Daniel Grainger takes the inswinging corner, save by Darren Randolph.
    • 20:15 Chris Humphrey challenges Daniel Grainger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:48 Tom Hateley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig. Free kick taken by Jody Morris.
    • 15:51 Steve May takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
    • 14:37 Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
    • 13:14 Booking Steve May receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 11:40 Tom Hateley has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 10:49 Michael Duberry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
    • 9:03 Steve Jones challenges Jody Morris unfairly and gives away a free kick. David MacKay takes the direct free kick.
    • 7:03 John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
    • 6:32 The ball is delivered by Jody Morris, Collin Samuel takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
    • 5:36 The referee blows for offside against Steve May. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:33 Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
    • 2:10 Jamie Murphy produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 1:38 Unfair challenge on John Sutton by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
    • 1:24 The ball is sent over by David MacKay, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    see also
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