Motherwell 1-1 St Mirren

St Mirren recovered quickly from a second-half Michael Higdon header to earn a draw against Motherwell.

Higdon nodded the opener for Motherwell immediately after the break, rising to meet a Nicky Law cross at the back.

The lead was short-lived as, barely 10 minutes later, St Mirren's Jim Goodwin levelled with a superb strike from 35 yards out.

Saves by both keepers at either end in the final minutes ensured a share of the points.

The point keeps Motherwell in third place behind Celtic in the Scottish Premier League table, while St Mirren are eighth alongside Dundee United on 22 points.

Nigel Hasselbaink replaced Gary Teale in the Buddies line-up, while Goodwin overcame a knock to retain his place with Lee Mair still missing through injury.

Motherwell named the same team that won 3-0 at St Johnstone with Omar Daley keeping his place.

Inside the first five minutes, David Van Zanten tested Darren Randolph with a low shot from distance, but the Motherwell keeper was equal to the task.

Moments later, a Tom Hateley corner was met by Stephen Craigan, who fired towards the St Mirren goal, but keeper Craig Samson made the save.

As the half hour mark approached, Shaun Hutchinson appeared to pull down Jeroen Tesselaar on the edge of the Motherwell penalty area and travelling fans jumped to their feet as the ref blew his whistle for what appeared to be a penalty. However, controversy reigned when referee Calum Murray penalised Tesselaar for offside.

Motherwell's Jamie Murphy went on a superb run and set up Higdon, but the Englishman failed to get the purchase on the ball and hits it with his shin past an open St Mirren goal.

Shortly before half-time, Kenny McLean struck the Motherwell crossbar with a thundering shot that was easily the best chance of the opening 45 minutes.

The deacklock was broken three minutes after the restart when Higdon rose above the St Mirren defence at the back post to nod in a Law cross and put Motherwell one up.

No sooner had the hosts taken the lead but Randolph was forced into a save by a Kenny McLean shot from 25 yards out, then Keith Lasley was unlucky in sending a long-range shot over the St Mirren bar.

The lead was short-lived after Goodwin fired into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area in the 59th minute to level the scores with a strike that could easily be a candidate for goal of the season.

Just over a minute later, Paul McGowan could have made it two for St Mirren after taking the ball past Randolph, but he blasted his shot over the Motherwell bar.

Substitute Chris Humphrey gave the St Mirren defence a scare with a bold attempt at goal, then Aaron Mooy passed up a decent chance to take the lead at the other end with just Randolph to beat.

A terrific effort from MacLean was tipped over the bar Motherwell bar by Randolph in the final minutes of the match, then Samson pulled off a save at the other end from Murphy after Hateley sent in a dangerous cross.

Another late effort from McLean sailed over the Motherwell bar as the sides settled for a point apiece.

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