Motherwell had debutant Lee Erwin to thank for all three points as his goal defeated St Mirren at Fir Park.

The Buddies dominated the first half, but none of their efforts troubled Well goalkeeper Dan Twardzik.

However, it was Motherwell who took the lead when Erwin pounced in the box to bundle the ball home.

And the game swung further in the hosts' favour when St Mirren's Jim Goodwin was shown a second yellow card, resulting his dismissal.

Interview - Motherwell boss Stuart McCall

The player-coach may have been the pantomime villain, but there was no doubt who the heroes were for the home side, with a sparkling displays from Twardzik and debutant Erwin.

And the goalkeeper's form proved vital behind a vulnerable home defence missing the injured Steven Hammell and Simon Ramsden.

The hosts, who were runners-up in last season's Premiership, had the first chance when Josh Law burst towards goal but Marian Kello easily held the midfielder's weak effort.

However, the Paisley men soon took control in Tommy Craig's first competitive match in charge.

Top flight finishes Motherwell St Mirren

2013-14:

Runners-up

Eighth

2012-13:

Runners-up

Second bottom

2011-12:

Third

Eighth

2010-11:

Sixth

Second bottom

2009-10:

Fifth

Tenth

Twardzik had to react sharply to thwart James Marwood twice in quick succession and the forward also had a header saved following a cross by Gregg Wylde.

The goalkeeper then tipped a John McGinn shot over the bar after Motherwell captain Keith Lasley was caught in possession.

The home side did improve as the half wore on, with Law having a curling effort saved by Kello, but Marwood was again foiled by Twardzik as half-time approached, his weak effort again easily held.

Interview - St Mirren boss Tommy Craig

The second half began in much the same vein, with Twardzik making his best save of the game when he tipped an effort from Wylde wide.

St Mirren remained on top but were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal when Motherwell took the lead.

Kello parried a powerful effort from Lionel Ainsworth and Erwin was first to react to the rebound and prod the ball home from 10 yards.

Saints fought back, with Jason Naismith having a rasping effort saved and Callum Ball blasting over from 12 yards.

But their hopes dwindled when Goodwin, who picked up a first-half yellow for a challenge on Erwin, was booked again although after the match Craig insisted he did not why the midfielder had received a second caution.

St Mirren's Jim Goodwin is sent off by referee Calum Murray

Goodwin was sent off for the fourth time as a St Mirren player

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (2)

Motherwell

  • 12 Twardzik
  • 17 Francis-Angol
  • 02 Reid
  • 20 Kerr
  • 06 McManus Booked
  • 18 Law (Leitch - 89' )
  • 04 Carswell
  • 07 Ainsworth
  • 14 Lasley
  • 09 Sutton
  • 19 Erwin

Substitutes

  • 08 Lawson
  • 13 Nielsen
  • 16 McHugh
  • 21 Leitch
  • 23 Cummins
  • 26 Thomas
  • 30 Ferguson

St Mirren

  • 01 Kello
  • 04 McAusland Booked
  • 02 Naismith
  • 22 Tesselaar
  • 05 Plummer
  • 07 McGinn
  • 11 Wylde
  • 06 Goodwin Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 08 McLean
  • 16 Ball (Caldwell - 76' )
  • 10 Marwood

Substitutes

  • 03 Kelly
  • 12 Ridgers
  • 14 Reilly
  • 19 Brown
  • 20 Williams
  • 21 Teale
  • 29 Caldwell
Ref: Calum Murray
Att: 4,620

Match Stats

Shots

9 20

On target

4 11

Corners

1 7

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Motherwell 1, St. Mirren 0.

90:00 +2:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, St. Mirren 0.

90:00 +2:27

Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:27

Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

90:00 +2:17 Booking

Booking Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

89:55

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

89:55

Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

89:11

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

89:11

John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Motherwell. Jack Leitch replaces Josh Law because of an injury.

87:58

Attempt blocked. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

87:17

Attempt saved. Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

86:55

Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

86:55

Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:46

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

84:46

John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:49

Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

83:05

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:05

Foul by Eli Plummer (St. Mirren).

81:33

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.

81:06

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.

80:28

Attempt saved. Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

79:52

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Josh Law.

77:02

Attempt blocked. Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

76:24

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

76:24

Foul by James Marwood (St. Mirren).

75:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St. Mirren. Ross Caldwell replaces Callum Ball.

72:53 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren).

72:23

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

72:23

Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

71:38

Attempt missed. Callum Ball (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

70:53

Foul by Craig Reid (Motherwell).

70:53

John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:08

Attempt saved. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

66:26

Attempt blocked. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Motherwell 1, St. Mirren 0. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

63:10

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

60:40

Foul by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).

60:40

Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:00

Fraser Kerr (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:57

Foul by Callum Ball (St. Mirren).

57:40

Attempt saved. Callum Ball (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:00

Lee Erwin (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:59

Foul by Marc McAusland (St. Mirren).

52:30

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

52:30

Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

49:50

Attempt saved. Callum Ball (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:11

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:11

Foul by Callum Ball (St. Mirren).

47:37

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

46:18

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Dan Twardzik.

46:00

Attempt saved. Gregg Wylde (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Motherwell 0, St. Mirren 0.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

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

43:55

Attempt saved. James Marwood (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

42:22

Attempt missed. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

40:33

Attempt saved. Josh Law (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:04

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

40:04

Foul by Callum Ball (St. Mirren).

37:56

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

37:56

Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:45

Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).

36:45

Eli Plummer (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:38

Attempt missed. Josh Law (Motherwell) left footed shot from long range on the left is just a bit too high.

33:56

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

33:56

Foul by Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren).

33:02

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

33:02

Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

32:49

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

31:43

Attempt blocked. James Marwood (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30:20 Booking

Booking Stephen McManus (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

30:15

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

30:15

James Marwood (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:26

Foul by Josh Law (Motherwell).

29:26

Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:46

Craig Reid (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:46

Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

27:59

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

27:21

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

27:21

John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:46

Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

26:46

Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:48

Attempt saved. Craig Reid (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

23:55

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

23:36

Hand ball by James Marwood (St. Mirren).

23:10

Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:10

Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

22:10 Booking

Booking Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

22:06

Foul by Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren).

22:06

Lee Erwin (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:28

Attempt missed. John McGinn (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

19:44

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Dan Twardzik.

19:26

Attempt saved. James Marwood (St. Mirren) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

17:13

Attempt missed. Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

16:49

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Craig Reid.

16:37

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Dan Twardzik.

16:16

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

14:40

Attempt saved. James Marwood (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

13:24

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

13:24

Eli Plummer (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:21

Attempt missed. John McGinn (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

7:30

Attempt blocked. James Marwood (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:16

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

6:16

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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