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Motherwell 2-0 Partick Thistle

Scott McDonald celebrates scoring for Motherwell
Scott McDonald scored Motherwell's second goal

Goals from Louis Moult and Scott McDonald helped Motherwell down Partick Thistle and climb into the Scottish Premiership top six.

Moult capitalised on flailing Thistle goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann to guide in McDonald's cross from the left.

And Moult returned the compliment as he squared for his Australian colleague to curl neatly past Stuckmann.

Chris Cadden hit the bar after the break and Ade Azeez had Thistle's best chance, but headed over from 10 yards.

The result means Thistle have yet to win at Fir Park on Premiership duty, with Well recording just their second win in seven league games.

Perfect partners

The hosts went into this match with just two wins in their past 12 games. Manager Mark McGhee knew something had to change. The Scotland assistant boss decided to match Partick Thistle with three at the back but it was the two at the front who did the damage.

When Moult and McDonald click, it's a joy to watch and they certainly clicked in the first half, when the damage was done.

McDonald was provider for the the first. His cross from the left led to Stuckmann clashing with his central defenders and when the ball fell to Moult at the back post, he had a simple tap-in for his eighth goal of the season.

Just after the half-hour Moult's ball from the right hand side found his strike partner and McDonald swept the ball beautifully past Stuckmann.

Jags lack cutting edge

Alan Archibald's side were looking for their third away league win in a row but in truth, never really looked like they'd secure it.

They stroked the ball around well in spells but there was little in the way of a cutting edge.

Azeez looked lively with the ball at his feet when Thistle enjoyed more possession in the second half, but when he found space for a shot they were always wayward.

Home hunger

McGhee had asked his players before this game to turn performances into points and they answered his call.

The Steelmen looked hungrier and were first to the loose balls all across the pitch.

The clinical finishing in front of goal was matched by a work-rate that was deserving of the three points.

It's a Motherwell side that has proved what it's capable of; the key now to climbing the table is consistency.

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee: "We changed our shape today and we didn't give Thistle a lot of room. I thought we won the battles all over the park and worked very very hard.

"(Scott) McDonald always amazes you, doesn't he? He plays against all these huge defenders and he still manages to take the ball down and control it. The strikers played very well today. Equally pleasing is that we have a clean sheet for the first time this season."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "Motherwell deserved their win. We couldn't handle their front pairing. We had three centre-backs playing today and we couldn't get to grips with them.

"We had a little flurry in the second half but we just couldn't get back into the game. The boys have been playing well collectively and we know we have a big run of games coming up but we have big characters."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Samson
  • 2TaitBooked at 90mins
  • 4Heneghan
  • 6McManus
  • 30McMillan
  • 12Cadden
  • 14Lasley
  • 20Clay
  • 25Ferguson
  • 77McDonald
  • 9Moult

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 11Bowman
  • 13Brill
  • 16Kennedy
  • 26Campbell
  • 27MacLean
  • 34Hastie

Partick Thistle

  • 35Stuckmann
  • 14ElliottSubstituted forAmooat 75'minutes
  • 15DevineBooked at 15mins
  • 13Barton
  • 5Lindsay
  • 3BoothBooked at 90mins
  • 19EdwardsSubstituted forDoolanat 45'minutes
  • 6OsmanBooked at 86mins
  • 4WelshBooked at 45mins
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forLawlessat 68'minutes
  • 16Azeez

Substitutes

  • 1Cerny
  • 7Amoo
  • 9Doolan
  • 11Lawless
  • 18Wilson
  • 20McDaid
  • 23Gordon
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,759

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 2, Partick Thistle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Partick Thistle 0.

Booking

Richard Tait (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Barton (Partick Thistle).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

Booking

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Craig Clay (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Attempt blocked. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Louis Moult.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by David Ferguson.

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Craig Clay (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Amoo replaces Christie Elliott.

Attempt missed. Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Craig Clay (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Chris Erskine.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

Attempt saved. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Ben Heneghan (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle).

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

Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1211103582734
2Aberdeen1373322121024
3Rangers136521713423
4Hearts125432114719
5St Johnstone145451919019
6Motherwell134361720-315
7Inverness CT143562027-714
8Ross County143561425-1114
9Kilmarnock143561224-1214
10Partick Thistle133461519-413
11Hamilton122641216-412
12Dundee143381219-712
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