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Motherwell 1-0 St Mirren

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.

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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 finishesMotherwellSt Mirren
2013-14: Runners-upEighth
2012-13: Runners-upSecond bottom
2011-12: ThirdEighth
2010-11: SixthSecond bottom
2009-10:FifthTenth

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.

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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.

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

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 12Twardzik
  • 2Reid
  • 20Kerr
  • 6McManusBooked at 31mins
  • 17Francis-Angol
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 14Lasley
  • 4Carswell
  • 18LawSubstituted forLeitchat 89'minutes
  • 9Sutton
  • 19Erwin

Substitutes

  • 8Lawson
  • 13Nielsen
  • 16McHugh
  • 21Leitch
  • 23Cummins
  • 26Thomas
  • 30Ferguson

St Mirren

  • 1Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 5Plummer
  • 4McAuslandBooked at 90mins
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 7McGinn
  • 6GoodwinBooked at 73mins
  • 8McLean
  • 11Wylde
  • 16BallSubstituted forCaldwellat 76'minutes
  • 10Marwood

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 12Ridgers
  • 14Reilly
  • 19Brown
  • 20Williams
  • 21Teale
  • 29Caldwell
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
4,620

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away11
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, St. Mirren 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, St. Mirren 0.
Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

Booking

Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.
Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).
Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).
John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Jack Leitch replaces Josh Law because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).
Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).
John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eli Plummer (St. Mirren).
Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.
Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.
Attempt saved. Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Josh Law.
Attempt blocked. Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Marwood (St. Mirren).

Substitution

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

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren).
Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).
Attempt missed. Callum Ball (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Foul by Craig Reid (Motherwell).
John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 1, St. Mirren 0. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell).
Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Fraser Kerr (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.
goal

As It Stood

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1Inverness CT110023
2Motherwell110013
3Dundee101001
4Kilmarnock101001
5Aberdeen000000
6Celtic000000
7Dundee Utd000000
8Partick Thistle000000
9Ross County000000
10St Johnstone000000
11St Mirren1001-10
12Hamilton1001-20
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