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Motherwell 3-1 Partick Thistle

Motherwell moved above Partick Thistle with a comprehensive victory to ease concerns of a relegation play-off.

In a dour first half, Louis Moult gave the home side the advantage from the penalty spot.

If the visiting fans expected a second-half response they were to be disappointed, with Moult doubling Motherwell's lead.

Marvin Johnson made sure of the points, with Callum Booth's late strike Thistle's only consolation.

It might have been a different story had either David Amoo or Mathias Pogba scored in the immediate aftermath of Booth's goal, but neither was able to finish and Motherwell were able to see out their second win in three matches.

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The result, their first win at home in 2016, lifts them four points clear of the relegation play-off spot.

They looked the hungrier side throughout and even in a first period that lacked many goalscoring opportunities, they possessed greater attacking threat.

Moult had the ball in the net after Scott McDonald had set him up on the rebound from Johnson's shot, only for the assistant's flag to frustrate the home fans.

But the striker did break the deadlock, sending Tomas Cerny the wrong way after Keith Lasley was fouled in the penalty area by Aidan Nesbitt.

As important as that goal was, Moult's second represented the first moment of real class in the match.

McDonald played a superb reverse pass into his path and he shot powerfully on the turn past Cerny.

Johnson's third was another impressive effort, as he cut in from the right to flash a ferocious drive into the back of the net.

Motherwell were untroubled until Booth seemed to catch Connor Ripley by surprise with a long-range effort.

The keeper was only able to push the ball into his own goal, perhaps taken aback at finally having some involvement in the match.

He was not punished further, though, as Motherwell comfortably saw out the closing stages to send their supporters home happy.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 5Laing
  • 32Hall
  • 6McManus
  • 3Hammell
  • 26Cadden
  • 14Lasley
  • 8Pearson
  • 11Johnson
  • 77McDonald
  • 20Moult

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 9Fletcher
  • 13Samson
  • 18Law
  • 21Leitch
  • 23Thomas
  • 24McFadden

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2MillerSubstituted forAmooat 66'minutes
  • 13Frans
  • 3Seaborne
  • 5Booth
  • 6Osman
  • 8Bannigan
  • 14Elliott
  • 11Lawless
  • 16NesbittBooked at 36minsSubstituted forPogbaat 45'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forGermanat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Welsh
  • 7Amoo
  • 10German
  • 12Scully
  • 17Lindsay
  • 19Edwards
  • 99Pogba
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
4,302

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 3, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Partick Thistle 1.

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Foul by Antonio German (Partick Thistle).

Louis Laing (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Antonio German (Partick Thistle).

Louis Laing (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Antonio German (Partick Thistle).

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

Hand ball by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Antonio German replaces Kris Doolan.

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

Attempt blocked. David Amoo (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Partick Thistle 1. Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Attempt saved. Stephen McManus (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Partick Thistle 0. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott McDonald.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Amoo replaces Gary Miller.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic27195370224862
2Aberdeen27175546301656
3Hearts26138547262147
4St Johnstone27106114244-236
5Ross County28113144246-436
6Dundee2781184042-235
7Inverness CT268993437-333
8Motherwell2895143344-1132
9Partick Thistle2587102531-631
10Hamilton2879123248-1630
11Kilmarnock2877142949-2028
12Dundee Utd2755172950-2120
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