John Sutton netted his first goal since returning to Motherwell as the Fir Park side brushed aside Partick Thistle.
After an inauspicious start, 'Well gained the lead when Zaine Francis-Angol centred for Sutton to sidefoot past goalkeeper Scott Fox.
Henri Anier's volley was well saved as the hosts threatened a second.
Kallum Higginbotham, John Baird and Conrad Balatoni had chances for Thistle but they could not find a Scottish Premiership equaliser.
Motherwell set out immediately to use Sutton's aerial presence, with Anier attempting to work off any knockdowns, while at the other end an early cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair found the head of Kris Doolan but he could not direct his header on target.
The early exchanges failed to match the cracking atmosphere created by both sets of fans, with Francis-Angol's 13th-minute shot the first attempt on goal.
Shorn of the pace of Chris Humphrey down the ride, Motherwell at first struggled to open up Thistle but that changed in the 20th minute when Francis-Angol passed into the path of Sutton to fire home his first goal of the season.
After their excellent start to the Scottish Premiership season Partick Thistle were not their usual swashbuckling selves and they could have been 2-0 down when Anier's goalbound shot from the edge of the box was well saved by diving goalkeeper Scott Fox.
At the start of the second half Anier sent another effort wide, while Isaac Osbourne tried his luck from 25 yards but the ball flew into the welcoming arms of Motherwell keeper Lee Hollis.
At the other end Sutton suddenly got himself in behind the Thistle defence and cut back for Scotland international James McFadden but he pulled his shot high and wide and in 56 minutes his 20-yard shot drifted just wide.
Partick Thistle improved when their full-backs moved up the field and this put the Motherwell defence under real pressure for the first time in the match.
But it was the hosts who were next to threaten when, in 67 minutes, Anier found skipper Keith Lasley in the box but Fox again pulled off another fine block.
An effort from Taylor-Sinclair from inside the box was blocked as Partick Thistle continued to probe. Stephen O'Donnell met a Steven Lawless cross but he failed to control the ball and the chance for a clear attempt on goal was gone.
Former Motherwell player Ross Forbes came off the bench for Partick Thistle and was immediately involved with 10 minutes to play, but his shot from range, although deflected, was comfortable enough for Hollis.
Thistle's attacks were troubling Motherwell as the match wore on. Higginbotham had a shot blocked but the rebound fell to Lawless who shot wide from 18 yards.
Forbes then found substitute Baird deep inside the Motherwell box, but his shot went straight to the keeper.
Thistle were now creating chance after chance. Conrad Balatoni was the next player to come close, but his effort from inside the six-yard box was forced wide.
And despite all the endeavour Partick Thistle just could not find a way through to prevent their first defeat of the season and Motherwell held on for their second win of the Scottish Premiership campaign.
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Saturday, 24 August 2013
07 McFadden yellow card
17 Francis-Angol (Vigurs 81)
18 Carswell (Lawson 62 yellow card)
24 Anier (Kerr 73 yellow card)
02 O'Donnell yellow card
03 Sinclair yellow card
19 Osbourne (Forbes 79 yellow card)
22 Fraser (Higginbotham 52)
09 Doohlan (Baird 66)
13 De la Vega ,
Ref: NorrisAtt: 5,527
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:42 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+3:29 Header at goal by Aaron Sinclair to the left of the net.
90:00+3:15 Corner taken by Ross Forbes.
90:00+2:41 James McFadden takes a weak shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
90:00+0:48 Ross Forbes receives a caution for dissent.
88:46 Free kick crossed by Iain Vigurs.
88:31 Foul by Aaron Sinclair on Simon Ramsden, free kick awarded.
86:52 Aaron Muirhead takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.
86:34 Clearance by Fraser Kerr.
86:18 Clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
86:12 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ross Forbes.
85:59 Aaron Sinclair booked.
85:30 The ball is sent over by Ross Forbes.
85:09 Stephen McManus makes a clearance.
85:03 Ross Forbes crosses the ball in from the free kick.
84:49 Simon Ramsden concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Lawless.
84:38 Clearance made by Stephen McManus.
83:29 John Baird takes a shot. Lee Hollis makes a block.
82:33 Steven Lawless takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.
82:20 John Baird crosses the ball.
81:46 Clearance made by Stephen McManus.
81:40 Centre by Stephen O'Donnell.
81:08 Aaron Sinclair produces a cross.
80:17 Substitution Iain Vigurs is brought on as a substitute for Zaine Francis-Angol.
79:16 Ross Forbes takes a shot. Lee Hollis makes a block.
78:56 Clearance by Steven Hammell.
78:36 Substitution Ross Forbes is brought on as a substitute for Isaac Osbourne.
76:45 Stephen O'Donnell takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.
76:37 John Baird delivers the ball.
76:27 Free kick taken by Scott Fox.
76:13 Fraser Kerr goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
76:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fraser Kerr on Conrad Balatoni.
75:25 James Craigen has an effort at goal.
74:15 Header at goal by Stephen McManus goes over the frame of the goal.
73:57 Corner taken by James McFadden from the left by-line.
73:39 Shot by Paul Lawson went wide of the right-hand post.
73:06 John Sutton takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
72:49 Corner taken by James McFadden from the right by-line.
72:42 Substitution Fraser Kerr joins the action as a substitute, replacing Henri Anier.
72:08 James McFadden produces a cross.
70:10 Corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham from the right by-line.
70:00 Stephen McManus makes a clearance.
69:50 Corner from the right by-line taken by Kallum Higginbotham.
69:06 Clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
69:01 Stephen O'Donnell delivers the ball.
68:55 Corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham from the right by-line.
68:08 Aaron Sinclair crosses the ball in from the free kick.
67:51 Paul Lawson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
67:41 Paul Lawson challenges Aaron Sinclair unfairly and gives away a free kick.
67:01 Shot by Keith Lasley. A parry by Scott Fox prevents the goal.
66:29 Henri Anier takes a weak shot and missed to the right of the target.
65:56 Substitution John Baird comes on in place of Kris Doolan.
64:58 Conrad Balatoni manages to make a clearance.
64:47 Free kick crossed by Simon Ramsden.
64:35 Aaron Sinclair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton.
64:04 Kallum Higginbotham shoots direct from the free kick.
63:58 Kallum Higginbotham restarts play with the free kick.
63:31 Unfair challenge on Steven Lawless by Stephen McManus results in a free kick.
63:11 Clearance made by Steven Hammell.
63:05 Stephen McManus makes a clearance.
62:51 The ball is swung over by Aaron Sinclair.
61:54 Substitution Paul Lawson replaces Stuart Carswell.
59:39 Scott Fox manages to make a clearance.
58:52 Clearance made by Lee Hollis.
57:02 Clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
56:56 The ball is delivered by Aaron Sinclair.
55:23 Shot by James McFadden went wide of the left-hand upright.
53:39 A cross is delivered by Aaron Sinclair.
53:13 Clearance by Steven Hammell.
53:10 Aaron Sinclair delivers the ball.
52:03 James McFadden takes a shot and went wide left of the net.
51:54 Centre by John Sutton.
51:31 Substitution (Partick) makes a substitution, with Kallum Higginbotham coming on for Gary Fraser.
50:50 Isaac Osbourne takes a shot. Lee Hollis catches the ball.
49:37 Header at goal by James McFadden goes right of the post.
49:31 The ball is swung over by Simon Ramsden.
48:21 Henri Anier has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
47:48 Clearance by Isaac Osbourne.
47:44 The ball is swung over by Zaine Francis-Angol.
46:41 Aaron Muirhead makes a clearance.
46:37 Zaine Francis-Angol delivers the ball.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:00+0:13 The players leave the pitch at half time.
44:14 Clearance made by Conrad Balatoni.
44:03 Simon Ramsden crosses the ball in from the free kick.
43:46 Stephen O'Donnell goes into the book.
43:41 Stephen O'Donnell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henri Anier.
43:17 Corner taken by Stephen O'Donnell from the right by-line.
42:53 Clearance made by Simon Ramsden.
42:43 Aaron Sinclair crosses the ball in from the free kick.
42:27 James McFadden goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
42:22 James McFadden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Sinclair.
40:05 Henri Anier takes a shot. Scott Fox safely holds on.
39:02 Aaron Muirhead makes a clearance.
38:36 Corner taken by James McFadden from the right by-line.
38:03 Steven Hammell takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.
37:47 Conrad Balatoni makes a clearance.
37:38 A cross is delivered by Steven Hammell.
37:16 Clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson.
37:11 The ball is delivered by Aaron Sinclair.
36:32 Clearance made by Scott Fox.
33:59 Corner taken by James McFadden from the right by-line.
33:22 Clearance by Conrad Balatoni.
33:18 Simon Ramsden delivers the ball.
32:41 Free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
32:30 Foul by Kris Doolan on Stephen McManus, free kick awarded.
32:08 Henri Anier takes a fantastic shot. Scott Fox parries the effort to safety.
31:59 Aaron Sinclair manages to make a clearance.
30:14 The ball is delivered by Aaron Sinclair.
29:45 Conrad Balatoni takes the free kick.
29:31 Steven Lawless fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick.
29:16 Clearance made by Conrad Balatoni.
28:35 Corner taken by James McFadden.
28:22 Stephen O'Donnell makes a clearance.
28:15 A cross is delivered by Simon Ramsden.
27:48 Free kick taken by Scott Fox.
27:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Henri Anier on Conrad Balatoni.
27:08 Clearance made by Scott Fox.
26:49 Lee Hollis makes a clearance.
24:42 Conrad Balatoni restarts play with the free kick.
24:32 Unfair challenge on Isaac Osbourne by Stuart Carswell results in a free kick.
23:34 Conrad Balatoni manages to make a clearance.
23:29 Henri Anier produces a cross.
22:41 Gary Fraser makes a clearance.
21:50 Chance falls to Stephen McManus who heads at goal. Scott Fox catches the ball.
21:38 Steven Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
21:04 Aaron Muirhead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton.
20:04 Assist by Zaine Francis-Angol.
20:04 GOAL - John Sutton:Motherwell 1 - 0 Partick Thistle John Sutton scores a right footed goal. Motherwell 1-0 Partick.
17:23 Free kick taken by Conrad Balatoni.
17:10 Aaron Sinclair fouled by James McFadden, the ref awards a free kick.
16:09 Free kick taken by Steven Hammell.
16:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Bannigan on Steven Hammell.
13:20 Free kick taken by Stuart Bannigan.
13:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McManus on Kris Doolan.
12:40 Zaine Francis-Angol takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
12:15 Aaron Sinclair makes a clearance.
10:03 The ball is delivered by Simon Ramsden.
9:37 Stephen O'Donnell produces a cross.
6:37 The ball is swung over by Aaron Sinclair.
6:22 Scott Fox makes a clearance.
6:03 Clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson.
5:46 Free kick taken by Scott Fox.
5:34 James Craigen fouled by James McFadden, the ref awards a free kick.
4:26 Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.
4:18 Isaac Osbourne challenges Stuart Carswell unfairly and gives away a free kick.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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