Scottish Premiership
MotherwellMotherwell1St MirrenSt Mirren0

Motherwell 1-0 St Mirren

Motherwell had debutant Lee Erwin to thank for all three points as his goal defeated St Mirren at Fir Park.

The Buddies dominated the first half, but none of their efforts troubled Well goalkeeper Dan Twardzik.

However, it was Motherwell who took the lead when Erwin pounced in the box to bundle the ball home.

And the game swung further in the hosts' favour when St Mirren's Jim Goodwin was shown a second yellow card, resulting his dismissal.

The player-coach may have been the pantomime villain, but there was no doubt who the heroes were for the home side, with a sparkling displays from Twardzik and debutant Erwin.

And the goalkeeper's form proved vital behind a vulnerable home defence missing the injured Steven Hammell and Simon Ramsden.

The hosts, who were runners-up in last season's Premiership, had the first chance when Josh Law burst towards goal but Marian Kello easily held the midfielder's weak effort.

However, the Paisley men soon took control in Tommy Craig's first competitive match in charge.

Top flight finishesMotherwellSt Mirren
2013-14: Runners-upEighth
2012-13: Runners-upSecond bottom
2011-12: ThirdEighth
2010-11: SixthSecond bottom
2009-10:FifthTenth

Twardzik had to react sharply to thwart James Marwood twice in quick succession and the forward also had a header saved following a cross by Gregg Wylde.

The goalkeeper then tipped a John McGinn shot over the bar after Motherwell captain Keith Lasley was caught in possession.

The home side did improve as the half wore on, with Law having a curling effort saved by Kello, but Marwood was again foiled by Twardzik as half-time approached, his weak effort again easily held.

The second half began in much the same vein, with Twardzik making his best save of the game when he tipped an effort from Wylde wide.

St Mirren remained on top but were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal when Motherwell took the lead.

Kello parried a powerful effort from Lionel Ainsworth and Erwin was first to react to the rebound and prod the ball home from 10 yards.

Saints fought back, with Jason Naismith having a rasping effort saved and Callum Ball blasting over from 12 yards.

But their hopes dwindled when Goodwin, who picked up a first-half yellow for a challenge on Erwin, was booked again although after the match Craig insisted he did not why the midfielder had received a second caution.

St Mirren's Jim Goodwin is sent off by referee Calum Murray
Goodwin was sent off for the fourth time as a St Mirren player

Line-ups

Motherwell

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Twardzik
  • 2Reid
  • 20Kerr
  • 6McManusBooked at 31mins
  • 17Francis-Angol
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 14Lasley
  • 4Carswell
  • 18LawSubstituted forLeitchat 89'minutes
  • 9Sutton
  • 19Erwin

Substitutes

  • 8Lawson
  • 13Nielsen
  • 16McHugh
  • 21Leitch
  • 23Cummins
  • 26Thomas
  • 30Ferguson

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 5Plummer
  • 4McAuslandBooked at 90mins
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 7McGinn
  • 6GoodwinBooked at 73mins
  • 8McLean
  • 11Wylde
  • 16BallSubstituted forCaldwellat 76'minutes
  • 10Marwood

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 12Ridgers
  • 14Reilly
  • 19Brown
  • 20Williams
  • 21Teale
  • 29Caldwell
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
4,620

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away11
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 1, St. Mirren 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, St. Mirren 0.

  3. Post update

    Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

  5. Booking

    Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

  9. Post update

    John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Jack Leitch replaces Josh Law because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

  14. Post update

    Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

  16. Post update

    John McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  18. Post update

    John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Eli Plummer (St. Mirren).

  20. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.