Henri Anier grabbed an impressive double as Motherwell ended St Mirren's run of four games without defeat at Fir Park.

The on-loan Viking Stavanger striker turned his markers dizzy before firing the opener from eight yards.

Lionel Ainsworth sped into the penalty box to slip the second past St Mijrren goalkeeper Marian Kello.

And Anier ensured a deserved victory with a fine half-volley finish from 12 yards.

The victory builds on the three points won by Stuart McCall's side away to Ross County last weekend and justifies his decision to name an unchanged starting line-up.

McCall spoke ahead of the game of his desire to extend the loan spells for Anier and Rotherham United winger Ainsworth.

And the 'Well boss will be doubling his efforts after they combined to ensure the Buddies followed six unbeaten games with successive defeats.

The pair combined straight from kick-off as Ainsworth's near-post cross was headed just wide by the Estonia striker.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon had resisted the temptation to rest Paul McGowan after a no-doubt stressful week in which the midfielder pleaded guilty to two assaults on police officers.

With his bright orange boots, the 26-year-old showed no desire to hide from the public glare and his tenacious probings were asking questions of the home side, but they responded with a stout, if sometimes desperate, defence under trial.

However, it was Kello who was being given the stiffer test as he flew full length to turn wide a Simon Ramsden header and blocked an Ainsworth effort from point-blank range.

Lennon had brought Lee Mair into defence ahead of Marc McAusland, but the centre-half and captain Jim Goodwin were turned inside out by Anier as the striker fired the opening goal.

Apart from a slightly too high long-range effort from Gary Harkins, who had started ahead of John McGinn, the closest the visitors came to replying before the break was when on-loan Dundee goalkeeper Dan Twardzik flapped at the midfielder's corner before punching unconvincingly clear a second time.

Livewire Ainsworth was a constant threat down the Motherwell left and started and finished their second goal, slipping the ball past the advancing Kello after collecting a neat touch through from John Sutton.

Motherwell were again the more incisive after the break and Mair had to clear a goal-bound Sutton effort from in front of goal then Kello again blocked from Ainsworth.

St Mirren substitute McGinn stung Twardzik's palms with a rasping 16-yard drive, but any prospects of a fightback were ended with Anier's finish from an Iain Vigurs cross.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Motherwell

  • 51 Twardzik
  • 04 Ramsden
  • 03 Hammell
  • 14 Lasley (Lawson - 85' )
  • 05 Hutchinson
  • 06 McManus
  • 25 Ainsworth (Kerr - 77' )
  • 18 Carswell
  • 24 Anier (Moore - 72' )
  • 09 Sutton
  • 11 Vigurs

Substitutes

  • 07 McFadden
  • 08 Lawson
  • 15 Cummins
  • 17 Francis-Angol
  • 20 Kerr
  • 21 Stewart
  • 22 Moore

St Mirren

  • 28 Kello
  • 18 Kelly
  • 22 Naismith
  • 06 Goodwin (van Zanten - 80' )
  • 04 McGregor
  • 05 Mair
  • 24 Newton Booked (McGinn - 61' Booked )
  • 10 McGowan
  • 09 Thompson
  • 11 McLean
  • 08 Harkins (Reilly - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 02 van Zanten
  • 07 McGinn
  • 14 McAusland
  • 16 Caprice
  • 17 Reilly
  • 27 Grainger
  • 30 Dilo
Ref: William Collum
Att: 3,867

Match Stats

Shots

14 6

On target

6 1

Corners

10 10

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Motherwell 3, St Mirren 0.

Full time

Full Time Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, St Mirren 0.

90:00 +1:33

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

89:38

Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

89:16

Craig Moore (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:16

Foul by Lee Mair (St Mirren).

84:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Paul Lawson replaces Keith Lasley.

84:04

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Simon Ramsden.

83:00 Booking

Booking John McGinn (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

83:00

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

79:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. David van Zanten replaces James Goodwin.

76:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Fraser Kerr replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

76:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Thomas Reilly replaces Gary Harkins.

75:47

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

71:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Craig Moore replaces Henri Anier.

70:41

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Lee Mair.

70:06

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

70:06

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:19

Foul by Simon Ramsden (Motherwell).

68:19

Jason Naismith (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:11

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

63:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 3, St Mirren 0. Henri Anier (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Iain Vigurs.

61:34

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

61:04

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Dan Twardzik.

60:55

Attempt saved. John McGinn (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

60:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. John McGinn replaces Conor Newton.

59:44 Booking

Booking Conor Newton (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

59:36

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:36

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

59:15

Attempt saved. Henri Anier (Motherwell) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:09

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:09

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

57:39

Attempt blocked. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:08

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by James Goodwin.

56:06

Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:06

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

53:06

Attempt blocked. John Sutton (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

50:51

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

48:30

Foul by Henri Anier (Motherwell).

48:30

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:30

Attempt blocked. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

45:48

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Motherwell 2, St Mirren 0.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Motherwell 2, St Mirren 0.

41:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 2, St Mirren 0. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Sutton.

40:27

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high.

36:30

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

36:30

Jason Naismith (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:31

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

35:00

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:57

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

33:56

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by John Sutton.

33:15

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Stuart Carswell.

31:51

Attempt missed. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right misses to the left.

30:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 1, St Mirren 0. Henri Anier (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Keith Lasley.

28:25

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

27:18

Attempt missed. John Sutton (Motherwell) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

26:44

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

26:19

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:19

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

25:53

Foul by Simon Ramsden (Motherwell).

25:53

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:47

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Marián Kello.

24:37

Attempt saved. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:56

Attempt missed. James Goodwin (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

23:34

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Stuart Carswell.

22:55

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

21:19

Attempt saved. Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:38

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Lee Mair.

15:33

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

15:33

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:39

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:39

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

13:00

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

12:01

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

12:01

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:21

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

10:15

Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:15

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

9:52

Attempt missed. Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is too high.

9:35

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by James Goodwin.

7:16

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

7:16

Gary Harkins (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:36

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

0:27

Attempt missed. Henri Anier (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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