Scottish football as it happened

St Johnstone beat Motherwell to move into the top six in the Scottish Premiership following Celtic's 2-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill.

29 October 2013 Last updated at 17:28 GMT

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  1. 1213: 

    Welcome to BBC Scotland's coverage of the two matches being played in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon. First we have Partick Thistle against Celtic, which kicks off at 12:45, then Motherwell travel to Perth to play St Johnstone for their match at 16:05.

  2. 1219: 

    Partick Thistle: Fox, O'Donnell, Taylor-Sinclair, Welsh, Muirhead, Balatoni, Craigen, Bannigan, Doolan, Osborne, Higginbotham. Subs: Gallacher, Forbes, Lawless, Piccolo, Elliott, Baird, Kerr.

    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Pukki, Brown, Kayal, Ledley, Samaras, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Biton, Balde, Rogic, Atajic, Fisher, McGeouch.

  3. 1221: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells BBC Radio Scotland: "Partick Thistle have got good movement off the ball. They have two dynamic full-backs. Kallum Higginbotham is a good footballer. It will be a football game, I think. There will be a good tempo and there should be a good atmosphere in the stands. That's what I'm hoping for today."

  4. 1224: 

    The Celtic boss also said he is hoping that Uefa will look favourably on Scott Brown's plea to have a three-match ban reduced for his kick at Barcelona star Neymar. Brown will make a personal appearance before Uefa's disciplinary committee.

  5. 1227: 

    Brown has returned from suspension to skipper Celtic today. The Scotland midfielder replaces Charlie Mulgrew, who is out with a heel injury, while Joe Ledley comes in for James Forrest who has been ruled out with an ankle complaint. Thistle boss Alan Archibald kept the same starting XI who beat Inverness 2-1 last week, with Kris Doolan, who scored both goals, leading the line.

  6. 1232: 

    If you'd like to share your views on the games today, please text 80295 or use the hashtag #bbcsportscot on Twitter.

  7. 1235: 

    Ten points separate Thistle and Celtic before kick-off, and the Scottish champions also have a game in hand. An away win would put Celtic six points clear of second-place Aberdeen and they would still have a game in hand over the Dons. However, a victory for Alan Archibald's side would mean they leapfrog Hibs into sixth place.

  8. 1237: 

    Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald tells BBC Radio Scotland listeners: "When we first got promotion this was the fixture everyone was talking about. We're expecting a full house and it's got the makings of a great game. We've only let ourselves down on a couple of occasions this season and we have nothing to fear. I've told the lads to go out and show how good they are."

  9. 1240: 

    The teams are out on the near-perfect surface performing their warm-ups. I wonder if the players made the most of the extra hour afforded by the clocks going back - an hour's sleep for the conscientious among them, or did they all stay up an hour later?

  10. 1241: 

    Ok, just three minutes until kick-off in the first Glasgow derby of the season.

  11. 1245: 

    Firhill is in Glasgow: that we know. But is it in Maryhill or the "leafy" west end of the city? Where does the border fall? Neil Lennon says he could walked to the stadium from his house in the west end, but for Jags boss Archibald the stadium is most definitely in Maryhill. No pretentiousness there.

  12. 1248: 

    And the match is under way.

  13. 1250: 

    Both teams are wearing their traditional colours - Thistle in red, yellow and black and Celtic in green and white.

  14. 1252: 

    Celtic do some early probing and Emilio Izaguirre's lofted cross from the left drifts too far and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair clears.

  15. 1253: 

    A player in Scottish football with a double-barrelled name. My, how times have changed.

  16. 1254: 

    Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley slices a left-foot shot wide of Scott Fox's right-hand post as the visitors press the Jags back.

  17. 1257: 

    Scott Brown takes Aaron Taylor-Sinclair out with a cynical challenge and from the free-kick Thistle win a corner as Emilio Izaguirre clears, In the end, though, the attack peters out and goalkeeper Fraser Forster launches a goal kick into the Jags half.

  18. 1258: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds: "You can see how much the ball is swirling around in the wind. It's going to be a problem for goalkeepers."

  19. 1259: 

    This is a better spell for Thistle as the players string a series of passes together and show an appetite for getting into space to receive the ball.

  20. 1301: 

    Isaac Osbourne scythes down Scott Brown just at the D as the Celtic skipper raced towards the Thistle goal. The big fella receives a yellow card from ref Willie Collum. That wasn't pretty.

  21. 1303: 

    Celtic goal machine Anthony Stokes must still be on British Summer Time. He was all over the shop with his free-kick which skips harmlessly wide of the Thistle goal.

  22. 1304: 

    dannynicoll: "#bbcsportscot re 1253, Taylor-Sinclair was only Sinclair before promotion. Shows what money can do... @BBCSportScot" Fantastic, Danny. This is the definition of social mobility.

  23. 1307: 

    Beram Kayal is penalised for blocking Aaron Taylor-Sinclair. That looked a bit harsh on the Celtic midfielder - I don't know what he could have done to avoid a collision, except perhaps making himself invisible.

  24. 1308: 

    Still goalless after 20 minutes.

  25. 1310: 

    Virgil van Dijk makes a crucial clearance from Stuart Bannigan's cross from the left. Thistle are turning up the heat on Celtic.

  26. 1312: 

    And they could have done more to test Fraser Forster when Aaron Taylor-Sinclair weaved past Mikael Lustig in the left-hand side of the box. Instead of crossing, the Jags man blasted a shot straight at the Celtic goalie.

  27. 1314: 

    The black-gloved Celtic striker Georgios Samaras collects the ball at the left-back position as he tries to build a move for the visitors.

  28. 1317: 
    Celtic striker Teemu Pukki Celtic striker Teemu Pukki gets in on the early action at Firhill.
  29. 1319: 

    Anthony Stokes pings a low shot at the Thistle goal but he is denied by the alert Scott Fox, who gets down to parry it wide.

  30. 1320: 

    And Joe Ledley is next to attack the home goal but, for the second time in the match, his left-foot shot is wayward.

  31. 1321: 

    Partick Thistle 0-1 Celtic (Samaras) Celtic move in front and it could scarcely have been easier for the Greek striker Georgios Samaras, who didn't even need to jump to head Emilio Izaguirre's corner into the net. The marking was non-existent.

  32. 1323: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds: "It's an absolutely fantastic delivery from Emilio Izaguirre and Georgios Samaras is all alone. The marking from Thistle was nothing short of atrocious."

  33. 1324: 

    Scott Fox makes another impressive stop, getting down to his left again to deny Teemu Pukki's shot.

  34. 1325: 

    At the other end, Kallum Higginbotham smacks a shot a fraction wide of Fraser Forster's upright and the match immediately rages to the other end where Anthony Stokes feeds Teemu Pukki and, yet again, Scott Fox gets down sharply to thwart the Finn.

  35. 1326: 

    Uh-oh. I can only imagine Alan Archibald will have a few angry words to say about the Thistle marking at corners as Virgil van Dijk is unchallenged and heads wide. That could have been disastrous for the Jags.

  36. 1328: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds: "Partick Thistle are so open and Celtic are cutting through them at will. They are lucky not to be further behind after that spell of pressure."

  37. 1329: 

    Just before the Celtic goal went in, malcolm1983 tweeted: "@bbcsportsound think Thistle are playing some nice passing football, especially considering the conditions #bbcsportscot"

  38. 1332: 

    With the half-time whistle approaching, Celtic blow the chance of a scoring a second goal as Anthony Stokes over-hits a pass into the box where the rampaging Georgios Samaras was hoping to collect. Instead, the ball rolls out of play.

  39. 1334: 

    Partick Thistle 0-1 Celtic

  40. 1338: 
    Georgios Samaras heads home for Celtic's opener Georgios Samaras is given the freedom of Maryhill to head home Celtic's opener against the Jags.
  41. 1342: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Chick Young: "The next goal is absolutely decisive. If Celtic get it they will be out of sight. It's good to watch, good football."

  42. 1346: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds: "Stokes and Pukki are very similar through the middle for Celtic. I don't know if they are suited for the bigger games in the Champions League. Pukki is a decent player but it's taking him a wee bit of time to settle in."

  43. 1348: 

    Text to 80295 from Joseph in Clydebank: "On Pukki. One word lads...Brattbakk."

  44. 1349: 

    Thistle get the second half going as the rain lashes down.

  45. 1350: 

    higgins_adam: "#bbcsportscot Excellent first half to watch. Thistle just need that lucky break. Can't afford to gift Celtic free headers like that though."

  46. 1355: 

    Scott Brown tries to connect with Emilio Izaguirre's cross into the box and goes down under a challenge by Conrad Balatoni. No penalty, much to the relief of the home fans.

  47. 1356: 

    Thistle get a shot on target thanks to Stuart Bannigan but his left-footed effort is too tame and Fraser Forster collects with ease.

  48. 1358: 

    Just watching a re-run of that penalty claim by Celtic. The offside flag went up, incorrectly, and the TV pictures suggest Balatoni fouled Brown as he made his move. That's a let-off for Thistle.

  49. 1401: 

    The match has dipped in its intensity for a few minutes. I can't imagine it's for long, though; not while there's only one goal in it.

  50. 1403: 

    Stuart Bannigan heads off to make way for Christie Elliott.

  51. 1404: 

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair is sent tumbling in midfield thanks to a trip by Celtic's Beram Kayal.

  52. 1407: 

    The English sub Christie Elliott makes an immediate impression on the match, racing at the Celtic goal but over-doing it when he should have shot from 20 yards or made a pass. The ball falls to Kallum Higginbotham who tries to dink it through for Kris Doolan 12 yards from goal but the Jags striker knocks it out of play.

  53. 1408: 

    Celtic full-back Emilio Izaguirre recovers from a blow to the head and is OK to continue.

  54. 1408: 

    Well, well. There's a bright orange thing in the sky. Can either team warm the palms of the goalkeepers? There have been precious few chances in this half.

  55. 1410: 

    Partick Thistle 1-1 Celtic (Doolan) Seconds after clipping a shot against the crossbar, Thistle striker Kris Doolan side-foots the ball past Fraser Forster from six yards after the Jags had worked the ball back into the box.

  56. 1412: 

    Efe Ambrose is booked for a foul on Thistle defender Aaron Muirhead.

  57. 1413: 

    A moment ago Celtic manager Neil Lennon made a change, sending on the Portuguese striker Amido Balde for Beram Kayal.

  58. 1414: 

    Celtic's Teemu Pukki picks out Beram Kayal with a lovely cut-back but the midfielder mis-hits his shot and it goes wide.

  59. 1414: 

    Mikeybhoy77: "Remind me why Ambrose was recently given a new 4 year contract #bbcsportscot"

  60. 1416: 

    Honduran left-back Emilio Izaguirre slips away from his marker, works his way into the box and slices a shot a few feet over Scott Fox's crossbar with his not-so-hot right foot.

  61. 1417: 

    Neil Lennon makes another substitution as Teemu Pukki trudges off to be replaced by Scotland Under-21 player Dylan McGeouch.

  62. 1419: 

    Former Falkirk striker Kallum Higginbotham has the momentum and skill to drift pass three Celtic defenders and his powerful left-foot shot is parried by Fraser Forster.

  63. 1419: 

    Partick Thistle 1-2 Celtic (Balde) What a cool finish by the huge Celtic striker Amido Balde. He meandered into the penalty area and slipped the ball past the (Scott) Fox in the box. Celtic boss Neil Lennon rejoices on the sidelines.

  64. 1420: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds: "It's a wonderful goal from a player who has not had much game time. He only had one thing in his mind there and that was to drive right at goal and it was a calm finish."

  65. 1423: 

    Emilio Izaguirre is taken off and his Celtic team-mate Nir Biton comes on.

  66. 1424: 

    Thistle's Conrad Balatoni will be running this chance through his mind tonight... He volleys over with his right foot from 12 yards when he just had to wait a fraction of a second longer for the ball to drop and he would have been perfectly balanced to smash it on target.

  67. 1425: 

    Ross Forbes comes on for James Craigen as the Jags make a change. Nine minutes to go, folks.

  68. 1426: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds: "It's been scrappy but I've enjoyed the game."

  69. 1429: 

    Celtic striker Georgios Samaras receives treatment on a gash to his left knee. The visitors have used all their subs.

  70. 1430: 

    Samaras takes off his gloves as he limps off. Celtic are down to 10 men.

  71. 1432: 

    Three minutes to go, plus injury time.

  72. 1433: 

    Thistle pass the ball patiently into midfield but cannot progress into the final third against the 10 men.

  73. 1435: 

    The Jags fans are encouraged by the five minutes of added time.

  74. 1437: 

    Joe Ledley tries to take the sting out of the last few minutes, taking his time with a throw-in then hoofing it out the park deep in the Jags area.

  75. 1439: 

    Partick Thistle 1-2 Celtic

  76. 1441: 

    It was messy at times but entertaining all the same. Celtic make it eight wins and two draws from their 10 Scottish Premiership matches and move six points clear of Aberdeen, with a game in hand.

  77. 1441: 

    Thistle stay in seventh place and St Johnstone can move above them with a draw against Motherwell, which kicks off at 16:05 GMT.

  78. 1444: 

    Ross County fan Don: "Best Glasgow derby in years, well done both teams + Thistle it's great to have u back at top level."

  79. 1445: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds: "It was an open game, with a few good passing moves but it was the mistakes that made it entertaining and created the goals. It was a strange game - it would burst into life then fall flat again."

  80. 1450: 

    Partick Thistle Alan Archibald: "We said before the game not to give Celtic set plays. Everyone had a job to do and they didn't do it properly. In the second half I thought we came into the game. I was disappointed with the second goal we gave away but that's what champions do - they are clinical, they can pick you off. If they (Thistle) play like that against most sides they will probably win. We had a couple of chances at 1-1 and I thought we could maybe sneak something."

  81. 1452: 

    The TV replays show that Emilio Izaguirre took an accidental knock to the head from a team-mate during Celtic's goal celebration. He certainly looked groggy thereafter.

  82. 1455: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds on Thistle's Isaac Osbourne: "It's an unsung hero role, breaking up the play in the middle of the pitch. I thought he was tremendous today."

  83. 1457: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells BBC Radio Scotland listeners: "[On Izaguirre] He's got a bit of concussion. He's OK. Hopefully a couple of days' rest and he'll be OK. Sammy [Samaras] has a gash on his knee. I don't think we started the second half well. They got the equaliser but we responded well. It's a brilliant win. It's not always going to be champagne football. They had their tails up. I thought we deserved the win over the 90 minutes. We missed a little bit of width in the team today."

  84. 1500: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Billy Dodds: "You do have to credit Partick Thistle. They play some nice football. They need to be a bit more solid in defence. Doolan is coming in to form. They are really strong in midfield."

  85. 1504: 

    Thistle, with 13 points from 11 matches, next play away to Aberdeen in the league on Monday 4 November.

  86. 1507: 

    I'll be back at 15:45 GMT for the build-up to the league match between St Johnstone and Motherwell. Thanks for your company for the first of today's two games.

  87. 1546: 

    Welcome to part two of our coverage of the Scottish Premiership action.

  88. 1549: 

    Before we turn our attention to St Johnstone v Motherwell, don't forget the highlights of Saturday's three games will be on the BBC Sport website at 18:00 GMT.

  89. 1550: 

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Miller, Mackay, Scobbie, Brian Easton, Millar, Cregg, McDonald, Wotherspoon, Hasselbaink, May. Subs: Jahic, Edwards, Banks, Caddis, Murray Davidson, Brown, Fallon.

    Motherwell: Nielsen, Ramsden, Hutchinson, McManus, Hammell, Vigurs, Lawson, Carswell, Lasley, McHugh, Sutton. Subs: Cummins, Francis-Angol, Kerr, Stewart, Moore, Anier, Ainsworth.

  90. 1557: 

    Seven points separate the teams at kick-off. St Johnstone are in eighth place on 12 points, while the visitors are in fourth spot in the Scottish Premiership table, just behind Inverness CT on goal difference.

  91. 1600: 

    A reminder that if you'd like to share your thoughts on the match, please text 80295 or use the hashtag #bbcsportscot on Twitter.

  92. 1604: 

    Saints have made a couple of changes from their last outing, that incredible 4-3 defeat by St Mirren, with Paddy Cregg and Tom Scobbie replacing the suspended Frazer Wight and the injured Steven MacLean.

  93. 1605: 

    The Steelmen have made two changes for the match in McDiarmid Park, with Bob McHugh and Paul Lawson added to the side, and Zaine Francis-Angol and Henri Anier both dropping to the bench.

  94. 1607: 

    Motherwell are giving their black away strip an outing today, as they kick off against the Perth Saints in their royal blue jerseys.

  95. 1608: 

    Or is it a very dark navy blue, that Well strip?!

  96. 1610: 

    I wonder what magic Stevie May can produce for St Johnstone today. I saw him recently in the Scotland U21s win over Slovakia and he looked impressive at that level, scoring a beauty.

  97. 1611: 

    The rain's falling on McDiarmid Park but the weather's been so changeable today I may need to look out the sun graphic in the next few minutes.

  98. 1613: 

    Nothing much to excite so far in the opening minutes. Nigel Hasselbaink has been chasing lost causes up front for the Saints so far.

  99. 1615: 

    Chris Millar and Nigel Hasselbaink combine well down the right before the latter sets up Paddy Cregg, who rushes on to the ball but curls his effort wide. Intelligent build-up play from the home side there.

  100. 1618: 

    Big Brian Easton weaves through two Motherwell players down the Saints left and swings in a lovely ball. Midfielder David Wotherspoon tries to make contact but the most the Saints have to show for the attack is a corner.

  101. 1619: 

    I'm sure the managers will be encouraging their players to try their luck with long-range shots, with the pitch being so wet.

  102. 1622: 

    Melvin in Lanarkshire asks: "Re 1608: Perhaps the real question should be why do Motherwell feel the need to wear a change strip today?"

  103. 1624: 

    John Sutton shows a lovely touch to control the ball as it's played up to him on the halfway line, but the Motherwell striker's next touch is a wayward pass.

  104. 1626: 

    It's the home side who are doing the pressing, with Motherwell failing to string any decent moves together.

  105. 1627: 

    Ah, but what's this? John Sutton stoops to meet Simon Ramsden's cross from the right and heads the ball a few feet past Alan Mannus's left-hand post.

  106. 1632: 

    Pink-booted striker Nigel Hasselbaink breaks up a Motherwell attack outside his own penalty box and brings the ball out of defence. Brian Easton yells for the ball and his crossfield pass from the left is met by Stevie May who advances towards the Motherwell area. His shot slices wide of the goal, however, and the match remains goalless after 25 minutes.

  107. 1635: 

    Simon Ramsden's free-kick from the halfway line fails to reach the St Johnstone penalty box. Chris Millar sends Stevie May racing down the right wing and the home side win a throw-in. It's fair to say this match has failed to get far. Nothing much in the final third at either end.

  108. 1638: 

    John Barnes, my esteemed colleague who knows a thing or two about football, informs me that Motherwell have won six of the last eight league meetings against St Johnstone.

  109. 1641: 

    Official Perth Saints have made me laugh with this tweet: "A double pie of the week frenzy to tantalise your tastebuds, steak and chorizo for you meat lovers and macaroni for vegetarian choice #pies"

  110. 1641: 

    And they go on to say: "Substantiated rumours emerging from the away stand that claret and amber donuts are available too."

  111. 1645: 

    Former Hibs midfielder David Wotherspoon picks up the loose ball following Shaun Hutchinson's crunching challenge on Saints' Brian Easton, advances 20 yards and darts a low shot a couple of feet wide of Gunnar Nielsen's right-hand post. The Motherwell goalie has scarcely touched the ball!

  112. 1648: 

    St Johnstone's Gary McDonald just cannot get enough purchase on his left-foot shot and he sends a weak effort wide of the visitors' goal.

  113. 1650: 

    Chris Millar wins a free-kick after being nudged off the ball as he tried to make it to the Motherwell goal-line to cross into the box.

  114. 1652: 

    From the free-kick Stevie May's effort is diverted wide of the Motherwell goal and in the next move Saints defender Dave MacKay is on the receiving end of a strong aerial challenge by the dominant Stephen McManus, anchoring the Well defence.

  115. 1652: 

    St Johnstone 0-0 Motherwell

  116. 1657: 
    St Johnstone's 20-year-old striker Stevie May is closely marked by Motherwell full-back Simon Ramsden St Johnstone's 20-year-old striker Stevie May is closely marked by Motherwell full-back Simon Ramsden.
  117. 1659: 

    BBC Radio Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson: "Neither team are really finding any link-up up front. In the second half an early goal would lift the game."

  118. 1708: 

    The floodlights highlight the rain falling in Perth. The first day of it being dark at five o'clock. Bleugh.

  119. 1709: 

    OK, the second half is under way.

  120. 1711: 

    Nigel Hasselbaink might be the man to provide some entertainment. The little Saints striker jinks his way down the left and wins a corner, but David Wotherspoon's delivery doesn't come to much.

  121. 1712: 

    St Johnstone 1-0 Motherwell (May) Stevie May score? Stevie DID score! The Perth man is first to react to Gunnar Nielsen's excellent stop from Gary McDonald's overhead kick and he puts the home side ahead.

  122. 1715: 

    Nigel Hasselbaink causes havoc in the Motherwell defence and wins a corner with his deflected shot. What followed was not Nielsen's greatest moment as he completely mis-timed his jump to punch the corner clear, but Well survive and remain just the one goal behind.

  123. 1717: 

    Motherwell's Bob McHugh springs to life and blasts a shot over the crossbar.

  124. 1720: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson: "Motherwell look sharper since they went a goal behind. The passes are crisper and they have more bodies to aim at."

  125. 1721: 

    That was a chance for Motherwell to level as big Shaun Hutchinson heads an in-swinging corner into Alan Mannus's arms from five yards.

  126. 1725: 

    St Johnstone midfielder Chris Millar cuts on to his left foot, giving Motherwell time to get back, and his shots ricochets off Stevie Hammell. With his immediate follow-up he tries to chip the ball over Gunnar Nielsen but he makes a comfortable save.

  127. 1727: 

    St Johnstone 2-0 Motherwell (Hasselbaink) I feel my face reddening for Mr Nielsen in the Motherwell goal. He slid across towards the edge of his area to prevent Simon Ramsden's heavy pass-back from going out for a corner. However, his interception served only to set up the sprightly Nigel Hasselbaink who collected and clipped a right-foot shot into the empty net with Nielsen lying helpless and embarrassed.

  128. 1732: 

    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall makes a double substitution, Zaine Francis-Angol and Craig Moore on for Stuart Carswell and Iain Vigurs respectively.

  129. 1733: 

    And Craig Moore tests Alan Mannus straight away with a dipping shot which the Northern Irishman manages to parry to safety.

  130. 1735: 

    Motherwell have 20 minutes left to score at least two goals. From what we've seen so far, that seems unlikely. They have looked a shadow of themselves this afternoon.

  131. 1736: 

    Gavin, Perth: "Just switched over to St Johnstone v Motherwell game [on BBC ALBA] and it appears to be getting played behind closed doors. What is the reason for this?"

  132. 1739: 

    Stevie May skips away on the halfway line and the home side have two on one. It has to be a goal, right? Well, May's pass into Nigel Hasselbaink is slightly late and the little striker's control is more than slightly poor, allowing Gunnar Nielsen to kick the ball as far as David Wotherspoon. His shot sails wide.

  133. 1742: 

    Gunnar Nielsen's looking shaky in the Motherwell goal - let's put it down to the swirling wind. Stevie May's persistence draws him out of his goal setting up Wotherspoon for a shot at goal but his effort is headed over.

  134. 1745: 

    Paul Lawson is booked for bringing down David Wotherspoon out on the left wing. He can have no complaints about that.

  135. 1746: 

    BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson: "This is where Motherwell miss [former players] Jamie Murphy and Chris Humphrey. They need an injection of pace."

  136. 1747: 

    Seven minutes to go at McDiarmid Park.

  137. 1751: 

    Stevie May is denied an attempt at goal by a late, saving challenge by Motherwell's Shaun Hutchinson, and Liam Caddis, on for Nigel Hasselbaink, fires over with the follow-up shot.

  138. 1754: 

    Motherwell left-back Stevie Hammell rounds off a bad day by being booked for pulling back Saints sub Murray Davidson.

  139. 1755: 

    We're into the first minute of three in injury time.

  140. 1756: 

    John Sutton volleys wide at the back post as Motherwell's challenge fades.

  141. 1756: 

    The attendance at McDiarmid Park is 2,449.

  142. 1757: 

    St Johnstone 2-0 Motherwell

  143. 1759: 

    St Johnstone move above Hibs and into the top six with that win over Motherwell, who remain in fourth place.

  144. 1802: 

    That was hardly a classic but St Johnstone fully deserved the three points. They looked sharper, hungrier and more attack-minded than Well and once again they have shown they are at their best at home this season. All four of their Scottish Premiership wins have been in Perth.

  145. 1804: 

    I'll hammer out the post-match thoughts of Messrs Wright and McCall as soon as they speak to BBC Scotland.

  146. 1808: 

    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "Nigel and Stevie May were a handful up front. Nigel's done really well in the last few weeks. I am really pleased that we're getting more end product from him. He was alert and he worked hard. With the amount of hard work, he is getting his rewards now. We said to them before the game to win it and get in the top six. To beat Motherwell and be in the top six is pleasing. We now have a difficult tie away to Morton."

  147. 1810: 

    The highlights of yesterday's three Scottish Premiership matches are now on the BBC Sport website. Enjoy. You can also watch them and the best bits from today's two games on BBC One Scotland's Sportscene at 22:25 GMT, where host Jonathan Sutherland will be joined by Pat Bonner and Michael Stewart.

  148. 1817: 

    We've been waiting to hear what Motherwell manager Stuart McCall made of the match. I suspect the delay suggests he is not best pleased. Of course, the changing room door may be jammed shut... We'll publish his reaction on the BBC Sport website in the coming minutes.

  149. 1819: 

    Thanks very much indeed for joining us today. I hope you enjoy your Sunday evening. For Motherwell fans, chins up - there will be better days. All the best.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 27 Oct 2013 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 10 13 26
No movement 2 Aberdeen 11 6 20
No movement 3 Inverness CT 10 6 19
No movement 4 Motherwell 11 -1 19
No movement 5 Dundee Utd 11 8 16
Moving up 6 St Johnstone 11 4 15
Moving down 7 Hibernian 11 -2 15
Moving down 8 Partick Thistle 11 -2 13
No movement 9 Ross County 10 -8 10
No movement 10 Kilmarnock 11 -4 9
No movement 11 St Mirren 10 -11 8
No movement 12 Hearts 11 -9 -7