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Roddie McVake

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    Well that's time for me to sign off. Thanks for your company and do join us again tomorrow for all the action in the SPFL and the Scottish Cup.

    Keep an eye on the website for the highlights of tonight's game, which will be available to watch later.

  2. Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

    "We created enough chances to win the game. We created more tonight than we have for a while so that was a positive. The bottom line is we lost the game but I can't criticise the players tonight.

    "I thought going in level at half time was unjust but that's football. We've lost a game that there's no way we deserved to.

    "When we're 1-0 up and in control we had good opportunities to go further ahead but we didn't take them and were punished."

  3. St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

    "The points are a welcome relief. The performance was good and so was the character. To go a goal behind at home and show the character they did was pleasing.

    "I'm pleased for Michael O'Halloran because he knows he could have done better for their goal. We're trying to encourage him to take people on and have some shots, and the second goal was a thing of beauty.

    "Hopefully we can build on that and start to look up the table."

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    John Bryson: "Stuart McCall and his team deserve much better support. Some supporters have very short memories, Stuart McC's record is fantastic."

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    So it's not all doom and gloom among the 'Well fans. We'll be hearing from Stuart McCall soon...

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    Paul from Fauldhouse: "Those that doubted McCall should have attended tonight's match, amazing entertainment from both sides and tremendous progress from us since the Dundee game. Feel more confident than ever to take a result come Friday. Cmon ye 'Well."

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    Johnny from Perth: "Great win for Saints! Glad to see young players like O'Halloran net some goals! COYS!"

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    Another nightmare for Stuart McCall

    The Motherwell manager saw his side take the lead against Saints but they surrendered the points and remain on a woeful run of form.

    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall
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    Tom English - BBC Sport

    "Motherwell look to me like a side with zero confidence, who don't know where their next win is going to come. As soon as they get their first win they could back it up with two or three."

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    Saints' goal hero Michael O'Halloran is congratulated by James McFadden after netting the second goal.

    Michael O'Halloran
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    Tam fae Glenrothes: "Working so never saw the game, chuffed that Saints are back to winning ways. COYS"

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    Kevin Morrison on Facebook: "Fantastic result for Saints tonight... well done!"

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    Michael O'Halloran's night started badly but he recovered spectacularly with a double that earned his side a crucial win. Saints leapfrog Partick Thistle and go up to eighth in the table on 13 points.

    Motherwell remain stuck on seven points and if Ross County beat Aberdeen on Monday, the Steelmen will be bottom of the table.


    The final whistle blows in Perth and the three points go to the Saints.

  15. CLOSE!

    Gary Miller has a great chance to add a third for Saints, but after the ball falls to him just a few yards out he misses his kick completely and Dan Twardzik snatches it.

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    RyanR87: "McCall is now under even more pressure if 'Well can't sneak a point from tonight. A result next Friday against Dundee United at Fir Park could still provide a turning point though."

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    Stuart McCall's Steelmen are now staring down the barrel of a fifth straight league defeat. Can they salvage a point in injury time?

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    Motherwell freshen things up with just two minutes of normal time to play, throwing on Josh Law for Ian Vigurs.

    Saints then make their second change, sending on Gary Miller for Lee Croft.

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    St Johnstone are the first to make a change with James McFadden making way for Liam Caddis.

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    Michael O'Halloran really should have had his hat-trick, or set up a team-mate for an easy finish, but after being played in by James McFadden he shoots straight against a 'Well defender.

  21. GOAL

    St Johnstone 2-1 Motherwell (O'Halloran)

    It's another for Michael O'Halloran as Saints hit the front. James McFadden does well in the left corner and after playing in O'Halloran, the winger dances past a couple of woeful attempted tackles and calmly knocks the ball beyond Dan Twardzik and into the net. Great finish.

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    A draw doesn't do much for either of these sides so we can expect a big push for a winner from both in the last 10 minutes.

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    Saints are beginning to boss this game as we enter the last 15 minutes. Defender Dave Mackay does well down the right but after beating a couple of Motherwell players his final ball is easily cleared.

  24. CLOSE!

    More fine play from the hosts. Lee Croft breaks down the right flank and whips a great ball into the box where Frazer Wright meets it perfectly. The defender does everything right, nodding the ball downwards, but Dan Twardzik is up to the task with a tremendous stop.

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    Saints press forward with Michael O'Halloran cutting in form the left and smashing a shot goalwards, but it's straight at Dan Twardzik and the keeper easily collects.

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    Iain Vigurs tries his luck from a free-kick just outside the box but the 'Well man's left-foot effort goes over the bar.


    The visitors' Iain Vigurs is shown a yellow card after a moment of petulance, as he throws the ball at Gary McDonald.

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    St Johnstone threaten with Chris Millar delivering across the face of goal but the ball is just out of James McFadden's reach.

    Motherwell then break forward through Lionel Ainsworth, who plays in Henrik Ojamaa but his shot is well saved by Alan Mannus.

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    The home side look to break forward quickly but striker Brian Graham is left frustrated when Lee Croft fails to read his pass and the move breaks down.

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    Lionel Ainsworth is proving a real menace to Saints. He races into space on the left and delivers a brilliant ball into the box where I'm sure he'd expect to see a team-mate waiting to apply the finish. It remains 1-1.

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    St Johnstone's Gary McDonald and 'Well's Iain Vigurs challenge for the ball and then indulge in a bit of afters, but it comes to nothing and both escape without a booking.

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    'Well's Lionel Ainsworth plays a clever pass out to Fraser Kerr bombing down the right but his attempted delivery is wild, clearing the bar by some distance.


    And Michael O'Halloran's pace again causes problems, with Henrik Ojamaa hauling the flying winger down and earning a yellow card for his trouble.

    Lee Croft's free-kick into the area comes to nothing.

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    Michael O'Halloran, clearly buoyed by his first-half goal, leaves a trail of Motherwell players in his wake as he hits the accelerator and plays in Lee Croft, but the move breaks down with a poor attempted cross from Dave Mackay.

  35. KICK-OFF

    We're off again for the second 45 minutes in Perth.

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    Polish off that toffee apple quickly as the sides are back on the pitch.

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    Michael O'Halloran was the sinner for Saints when he gifted possession to Motherwell for the opening goal, but the fleet-footed winger made amends late in the half by hauling his side level.

    Michael O'Halloran celebrates after hauling St Johnstone level
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    So with this Premiership match finely poised, how do you think the second half will go? Let us know.


    Kevin Clancy brings the first half to a close.

  41. CLOSE!

    Motherwell's Lionel Ainsworth cuts in from the left and tries to curl an effort into the top corner but his attempt goes wide.

  42. GOAL

    St Johnstone 1-1 Motherwell (O'Halloran)

    Straight from that great stop by Alan Mannus, Saints sweep up the field to level matters. James McFadden picks out Michael O'Halloran and he drives forward, swapping passes with Lee Croft before drilling a low effort beyond Dan Twardzik.

    O'Halloran was badly at fault for 'Well's goal so he might just have spared himself a rollocking at half time from Tommy Wright.


    Saints keeper Alan Mannus makes a great stop with his feet to deny Lionel Ainsworth as he looks certain to bag his second of the night.

  44. CLOSE!

    Saints skipper Dave Mackay unleashes a thunderbolt of a free-kick from 25 yards out on the angle, it whizzes past Dan Twardzik's left-hand post with the keeper at full length. Think the 'Well number one has had his Halloween scare for the night.

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    Lionel Ainsworth crashes the ball high into the net to give Motherwell the lead at McDiarmid Park.

    Lionel Ainsworth crashes the ball into the net for Motherwell
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    Stuart McCall will be happy with his Motherwell side after half an hour. They have had more possession, more shots and the better chances. His counterpart Tommy Wright will be looking for more from his men in the final third.

  47. CLOSE!

    Motherwell's Steven Hammell strides forward from left back and as the Saints defence backs off him he decides to try his luck, but his low dig from 25 yards drifts narrowly wide of Alan Mannus' left hand post.

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    The crowd tonight is sparse to say the least but these teams are playing the ball on the deck and trying to entertain those who have turned up.

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    James McFadden shows some good skill and vision as he sparks a move deep in his own half, with Brian Easton then feeding Brian Graham, whose volley is deflected wide for a corner.

    'Well keeper Dan Twardzik doesn't look too comfortable as McFadden's delivery comes into his area, but the visitors eventually clear their lines.

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    It's just the start Stuart McCall and Motherwell would have dreamed of but Saints are pushing forward looking for a quick reply.

  51. GOAL

    St Johnstone 0-1 Motherwell (Ainsworth)

    Lionel Ainsworth lashes the ball high into the net to give Motherwell the lead. Michael O'Halloran was caught in possession and Henrik Ojamaa's pass eventually broke to the winger and he made no mistake.

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    James McFadden is getting into his stride here. The former Scotland man has embarked on a few runs and his touch in the final third is looking razor sharp.

  53. CLOSE!

    James McFadden floats a delightful free-kick into the area and Frazer Wright flicks it goalwards, but the ball drops the wrong side of the post as far as the Perth men are concerned.

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    Saints follow up with two corners in quick succession but Twardzik is untroubled by either.

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    It's the home side's turn to attack and Michael O'Halloran draws a save from keeper Dan Twardzik with a shot from the edge of the box.

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    The visitors are looking lively with Lionel Ainsworth's cross causing problems in the Saints' box before Iain Vigurs drags a left-foot shot wide.

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    'Well win the first corner of the match as Iain Vigurs' shot from the edge of the area takes a deflection and goes wide.

    The Steelmen fail to make anything of the flag kick though.

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    Both sides are enjoying some early possession without looking like troubling the keepers.

  59. KICK-OFF

    And we're off at McDiarmid Park, with Motherwell getting us under way.

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    So former Motherwell hero James McFadden starts for the Perth men. Could he provide the spark for the hosts?

    We're just about to find out with kick-off just minutes away.

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    Fancy dress time

    The St Johnstone fans are getting into the spirit of the season in Perth.

    St Johnstone fans in fancy dress
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    St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

    "We do feel in the last few games there's been signs [of improvement], we've looked a lot more solid and we did create chances against Rangers. The onus is on us at home to get three points. It would be a great three points."

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    Chris MacLean on Facebook: "St Johnstone v Motherwell, it's got 0-0 written all over it, which doesn't really help either of them I'm afraid."

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    The referee for tonight's game is Kevin Clancy.

  66. LINE-UPS

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Mackay, Wright, Anderson, Millar, McDonald, Graham, McFadden, Croft, B. Easton, O'Halloran. Subs: Morgan, Banks, Caddis, Miller, Brown, Dylan Easton, Gilchrist.

    Motherwell: Twardzik, Hammell, Ramsden, McManus, Ainsworth, Sutton, Vigurs, Lasley, Francis-Angol, Kerr, Ojamaa. Subs: Carswell, Nielsen, O'Brien, McHugh, Law, Erwin, Reid.

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    The hosts go into the match without midfielder Murray Davidson after he suffered a concussion in the 1-0 League Cup defeat against Rangers.

    David Wotherspoon is still out due to illness and Simon Lappin is a doubt.

    Motherwell are without youngster Jack Leitch after he injured his knee during an under-20s game and Paul Lawson and Craig Moore are still out.

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    Both sides may be battling at the wrong end of the table but that didn't stop Saints boss Tommy Wright throwing some love the way of 'Well boss Stuart McCall in midweek.

    Wright hailed his Fir Park counterpart as "one of the best managers in the league" but he's certainly hoping the Steelmen's woeful run continues for at least one more match.

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    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

    "It can change around so quickly - both ways. We've been lacking creativity and goals. That's what we're aiming to put right tonight. I expect a really tough game."

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    Saints' last league triumph actually game against 'Well back in August when a Brian Graham header four minutes from time secured the three points at Fir Park.

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    Tonight's hosts aren't exactly flying this term either, despite hitting new heights last season by winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in their history.

    Tommy Wright's men are just three points better off than tonight's opponents and have managed just one draw in their last six league games.

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    It's Halloween but the 'Well fans have headed to Perth no doubt hoping to see an end to the horror-show that has been their season so far.

    Stuart McCall's side finished second in the Premiership last term but they currently sit second bottom of the table, just two points above Ross County, and have lost their last four league games.

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    Good evening and welcome to BBC Scotland's coverage of the Premiership meeting of St Johnstone and Motherwell at McDiarmid Park.