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Motherwell 2-1 Partick Thistle

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland
Motherwell celebrate opening the scoring
An own goal put Motherwell ahead

Motherwell caretaker boss Stephen Craigan guided the Fir Park side to all three points in their first match since the sacking of Ian Baraclough.

Frederic Frans put through his own net to give Motherwell the lead following great wing play from Lionel Ainsworth.

Scott McDonald fired Well further ahead in the second half.

Thistle played well and David Amoo pulled a goal back but, although Steven Lawless twice hit the woodwork, they fell to a fifth straight defeat.

Craigan sent his side out in a 4-4-2 formation as he sought the points to help him land the post permanently, with McDonald and Louis Moult up front, and Stephen Pearson partnering Keith Lasley in central midfield.

Thistle had only Kris Doolan up front, supported by Robbie Muirhead, Sean Welsh and Steven Lawless.

An open start saw the hosts' Marvin Johnson have an early shot saved by goalkeeper Tomas Cerny.

Thistle responded with a long-range effort from Stuart Bannigan that was comfortably saved by Connor Ripley and a headed effort over the bar from Muirhead.

Stephen Craigan urges Motherwell on
Stephen Craigan took over as caretaker after this week's sacking of Ian Baraclough

But it was the home side who took the lead thanks to the pace of Ainsworth, who raced into the box and saw his cross turned into his own net by defender Frans.

Lawless then sprung highest to make a header that Ripley did well to tip over the bar and the midfielder went even closer a minute later, striking a shot from 20 yards off the post.

The visitors were arguably playing the better football, but Motherwell should have gone 2-0 up early in the second half.

Again it was the pace of Ainsworth that left the Thistle defenders in his wake.

The winger got himself into a great position to score, but Cerny saved well with his legs.

Motherwell did double their lead midway through the second period when Ainsworth's cross found McDonald and the striker's header was saved by Cerny, but the ball fell to the feet of the Australian, who made no mistake.

With Thistle on the verge of going six games without a goal for the first time since 1921, the drought was ended by Amoo, who found the net following a corner.

Lawless then spun and fired in a shot from the edge of the box that cannoned off the post.

But Motherwell held on for a result that will do Craigan's chances of landing the job full-time no harm.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1RipleyBooked at 89mins
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 16Kennedy
  • 6McManus
  • 15Chalmers
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 14LasleyBooked at 71mins
  • 8Pearson
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forThomasat 66'minutes
  • 20MoultBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLeitchat 62'minutes
  • 77McDonaldSubstituted forFletcherat 77'minutes


  • 5Laing
  • 9Fletcher
  • 13Samson
  • 17Robinson
  • 18Law
  • 21Leitch
  • 23Thomas

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Cerny
  • 15Dumbuya
  • 13FransBooked at 44mins
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 89mins
  • 5Booth
  • 6OsmanBooked at 36mins
  • 23MuirheadSubstituted forPogbaat 65'minutes
  • 4WelshBooked at 58mins
  • 8BanniganSubstituted forAmooat 76'minutes
  • 11Lawless
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forNisbetat 57'minutes


  • 2Miller
  • 7Amoo
  • 10Stevenson
  • 12Scully
  • 17Lindsay
  • 27Nisbet
  • 99Pogba
Steven McLean

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 2, Partick Thistle 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Partick Thistle 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle).

  4. Post update

    Joe Chalmers (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Booking

    Connor Ripley (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Booking

    Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Wes Fletcher (Motherwell).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Liam Grimshaw.

  12. Post update

    Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Joe Chalmers.

  14. Post update

    Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Motherwell 2, Partick Thistle 1. David Amoo (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Abdul Osman.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Wes Fletcher replaces Scott McDonald.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Amoo replaces Stuart Bannigan.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.