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St Mirren 0-2 Motherwell: Visitors swat aside woeful hosts

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Highlights: St Mirren 0-2 Motherwell

St Mirren have now gone 10 Scottish Premiership games without a win after they were swatted aside by Motherwell.

Goals from David Turnbull and Chris Cadden ended a run of five games without a win for the Fir Park side.

The defeat in Paisley consigns St Mirren to a sixth straight Premiership loss and keeps them second bottom, a point clear of Dundee.

Oran Kearney's side also had Ryan Flynn sent off in the second-half for a terrible tackle on Richard Tait.

The win moves Motherwell up to ninth - one place, but seven points, behind Aberdeen.

Nothing to grasp at for hapless St Mirren

This should have been the game Kearney was waiting for. Six games in the job, the Northern Irishman has yet to win one of them, five defeats from the last five offering a bleak backdrop in Paisley.

However, against a Motherwell team with just one victory in the Premiership and severely lacking in confidence, a glaring opportunity was there to be grasped. In the end, there was nothing to clutch at for Kearney here.

A back three was put in place with an overloaded midfield to try and go toe-to-toe with Motherwell, but the challenge was meek. In defence they were hapless, midfield lost, and non-existent in attack. They were picked off and bullied with ease.

The warning signs were clear early on. A one-two between Liam Grimshaw and Cadden opened up a chasm for the latter to surge through. His drilled cross was then missed by Paul McGinn, only for Curtis Main to let them off the hook.

When the first goal did come, unsurprisingly for the visitors, it was met with stunned silence. A firm but routine shot from Turnbull was let off in the direction of Samson 20 yards out, but the former Motherwell keeper inexplicably allowed the ball to skid under him, as "One Craig Samson" chants emanated from the away end.

A response was needed after the break ahead of a huge 45 minutes for the Paisley side, but they bounced like a breezeblock.

Within two minutes, Cadden again pierced the St Mirren defence with a one-two, but this time Main's return laid the ball perfectly for the winger to curl a low shot beyond Samson from the edge of the box.

There was still plenty time for matters to deteriorate for Kearney. The frustration of the crowd was channelled by Flynn, who scythed down Tait as he rampaged down the left. As the red mist descended, and a red card was raised.

Ryan Flynn was shown a straight red for St Mirren on a miserable side for Oran Kearney's side
Ryan Flynn was shown a straight red for St Mirren on a miserable side for Oran Kearney's side

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That's now six defeats in a row for St Mirren, with only two goals scored. Things don't get any easier for Kearney, whose side welcome Rangers on Saturday as the severity of the Paisley side's situation only intensifies.

As poor as Dundee are, St Mirren were abysmal when so much was there for them to take. That draw with Celtic in Kearney's first game in charge is a fading memory.

Motherwell, on the other hand, have delivered what St Mirren simply could not - a performance when it was so badly needed.

The Fir Park club have squandered four leads this season but it never looked likely here. Defeat could have seen them slip to second bottom. Instead, a victory over a beleaguered Dundee on Saturday and Stephen Robinson and his team can, perhaps, begin to lift their heads and gaze upwards.

'We just lacked quality' - reaction

St Mirren manager Oran Kearney: "There's certain things you can ask for and things you can try and get but I think in areas of the pitch we just lacked quality and that's probably the harshest part of it all.

"Fans will go away from that tonight and say that's as poor a performance as we've had but actually I think our players were braver tonight."

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "I never lost belief in any of the players. I get a bit of stick for having some loyalty to a lot of the guys but I know the character we have in the team is always there. It's just trying to get them to believe.

"I try and take the stick, rather than the players. You've got to remember that they're young boys who aren't on millions of pounds. They make mistakes and their decision-making at times can be better."

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1SamsonBooked at 75mins
  • 2McGinn
  • 35Ferdinand
  • 19Jones
  • 21Hodson
  • 4McGinn
  • 8FlynnBooked at 75mins
  • 27EdwardsBooked at 57mins
  • 10SmithSubstituted forMullenat 50'minutes
  • 77HammillSubstituted forWillockat 49'minutes
  • 11Jackson

Substitutes

  • 15Baird
  • 16McShane
  • 18Mullen
  • 22Willock
  • 25Rogers
  • 28MacPherson
  • 39Erhahon

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 6Hartley
  • 5AldredBooked at 88mins
  • 4McHughBooked at 43mins
  • 7Cadden
  • 14Grimshaw
  • 17BigirimanaSubstituted forCampbellat 72'minutes
  • 28TurnbullSubstituted forMaguireat 89'minutes
  • 2Tait
  • 9MainSubstituted forJohnsonat 82'minutes
  • 12BowmanBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 8Campbell
  • 11Frear
  • 19Sammon
  • 20Gillespie
  • 21Mbulu
  • 24Johnson
  • 30Maguire
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
4,001

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 0, Motherwell 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 0, Motherwell 2.

Richard Tait (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul McGinn (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Barry Maguire replaces David Turnbull.

Attempt missed. Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Tom Aldred (Motherwell).

Simeon Jackson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Tom Aldred (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tom Aldred (Motherwell).

Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Danny Johnson (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

Attempt blocked. Danny Johnson (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Chris Cadden (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Danny Johnson replaces Curtis Main.

Attempt missed. Carl McHugh (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Lee Hodson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lee Hodson (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Motherwell).

Simeon Jackson (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Motherwell).

Anton Ferdinand (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Richard Tait (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dismissal

Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren) is shown the red card.

Foul by Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren).

Booking

Craig Samson (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Allan Campbell replaces Gael Bigirimana.

Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Simeon Jackson (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (St. Mirren).

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

Attempt missed. David Turnbull (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Ryan Edwards (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Turnbull (Motherwell).

Booking

Ryan Edwards (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts118211971226
2Celtic107122261622
3Kilmarnock116321710721
4Rangers1053223101318
5Hibernian1053221101118
6Livingston10532126618
7St Johnstone115241118-717
8Aberdeen10433139415
9Motherwell102261015-58
10Hamilton11218824-167
11St Mirren11119523-184
12Dundee111010528-233
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