Scottish League Cup - Second Round
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Motherwell 1-2 St Johnstone: Perth side come from behind to reach last eight

By Scott MullenBBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park
Tony Watt scores
Tony Watt slotted Motherwell into a second-half lead

St Johnstone staged a dramatic comeback to stun Motherwell in an all top-flight Scottish League Cup meeting to progress to the quarter-finals.

Tony Watt sparked a turgid game at Fir Park into life with the opener just after the hour for the hosts.

But goals from Callum Hendry and David Wotherspoon had the visitors in front within 16 minutes, with a late cavalry charge not heralding a leveller.

It means St Johnstone are now unbeaten over 90 minutes in 10 games.

While the two played in the Scottish Premiership last week, you have to go all the way back to 1969 for the last League Cup meeting.

On the basis of the first half, this wasn't worth the wait. A scrappy and frenetic game did not offer up a bounty of chances until just before the break, Watt shooting straight at Zander Clark, while Ali McCann was impressively denied at the other end by Aaron Chapman's outstretched leg.

Motherwell emerged rejuvenated for the second half, with Sherwin Seedorf on in attack, and on 61 minutes they took the lead.

A floated free-kick was not mopped up by the visitors, with the ball shuffled through to Watt. With the defence napping, the former McDiarmid Park striker shuttled the ball under Clark.

However, it was a lead that lasted only seven minutes. Slack play allowed Michael O'Halloran to race to the byeline and cut the ball back. Chapman's leg blocked the cross but only deflected the ball straight to Hendry, who tapped in.

And the winner arrived 11 minutes later. O'Halloran's electric pace again crucial, this time his drilled delivery being turned in at the front post by Wotherspoon.

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "Arguably we didn't deserve to take the lead. I thought they were hungrier, more bit to them. They just were brighter.

"The two goals that we gave away I can only describe as ridiculous decision making. You can't legislate for that. It's just poor defending. We probably got what we deserved."

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson: "We probably lost the goal against the run of play a little bit. Heads could easily have gone down. I think we showed the character of the players.

"Michael O'Halloran basically dragged us back into the game with his heart and his desire. The cups are really important to St Johnstone. We'll look forward to the draw."

Line-ups

Motherwell

Formation 4-3-3

  • 34Chapman
  • 33O'Donnell
  • 16Mugabi
  • 31GallagherBooked at 10mins
  • 4LamieSubstituted forGrimshawat 77'minutes
  • 7O'Hara
  • 8Crawford
  • 19PolworthSubstituted forWhiteat 77'minutes
  • 29Lang
  • 32Watt
  • 44ColeSubstituted forSeedorfat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Grimshaw
  • 5McGinley
  • 9White
  • 11Hastie
  • 13Archer
  • 17Seedorf
  • 24Devine
  • 26Cornelius
  • 99Long

St Johnstone

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Clark
  • 19Rooney
  • 6GordonBooked at 57mins
  • 4McCart
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 18McCann
  • 26Craig
  • 24Booth
  • 11O'HalloranBooked at 41mins
  • 22HendrySubstituted forKaneat 77'minutes
  • 14May

Substitutes

  • 3Tanser
  • 9Kane
  • 12Parish
  • 13Bryson
  • 17Melamed
  • 46Ferguson
  • 47McFarlane
Referee:
Alan Muir

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 1, St. Johnstone 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, St. Johnstone 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tony Watt (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Declan Gallagher.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Crawford (Motherwell).

  7. Post update

    Shaun Rooney (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Callum Lang (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Callum Lang (Motherwell).

  11. Post update

    Shaun Rooney (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum Lang (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Gordon (St. Johnstone) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

  14. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Liam Grimshaw.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

  16. Post update

    Shaun Rooney (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

  20. Post update

    Christopher Kane (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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