Motherwell fight back for a point
Report of match Motherwell 1 St. Johnstone 1 played 11th August 2012
Motherwell dug deep to claim a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone at Fir Park. We remain without a win this season but at least we have ended our scoring drought!
The point was deserved if only for sheer effort and will-power when all seemed lost. That being said, we were probably the slightly better team in the first half, if lacking creativity, before St Johnstone bossed the first part of the second period.
We had an early let-off when Randolph almost made a mess of seeing a cross over the bar but the ball was scrambled clear after rebounding from the frame. At the other end Ojamaa cut inside to have a good hit saved before Murphy lobbed wide when he really should have found the net. Law flicked off target before another nice move saw Ojamaa shoot just wide but St Johnstone had a couple of decent hits of their own.
Randolph make the penalty save
Half time was not kind to us though and we emerged looking as though the mental and physical effort of the last week had taken its toll. St Johnstone buzzed around box with renewed vigour, winning a penalty when Hammell brought down Millar after poor defending. Hammell saw red but though Randolph saved the spot kick, Murray Davidson headed home a corner soon afterwards and we looked a beaten team.
We really should have been killed off at this point and the substitution of Lasley - one of a few who looked like they simply couldn't give any more - seemed to indicate the management thought the game was up. It wasn't to be though as spurred on by Higdon - unsurprisingly it was a fresh face from Wednesday who stepped up - we levelled as Law crossed for McHugh to find the bottom corner.
McHugh enjoys his goal
Vine was sent off for his second yellow to even things up and we could even have won the tie when a corner produced a scramble before Hutchinson somehow contrived to hit virtually the only defender between the goal and himself when he really should have picked his spot.
We had a couple of late scares but held on for a merited draw. This was not our best performance but under the circumstances it was impressive and we can definitely be content with a point gained rather than two lost.
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|Competition: Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier Date: Saturday, 11th August 2012 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Fir Park|
|1 - 1||St. Johnstone
|14||Keith Lasley (Hetherington 61)|
|17||Omar Daley (McHugh 46)|
|8||Henrik Ojamaa (Francis-Angol 60)|
|26||Zaine Francis-Angol (Ojamaa 60)|
|16||Robert McHugh (Daley 46)|
|27||Steven Hetherington (Lasley 61)|
|8||Murray Davidson (Higgins 81)|
|4||Patrick Cregg (Adams 85)|
|17||Sean Higgins (Davidson 81)|
|20||Jamie Adams (Cregg 85)|
|Motherwell cards shown|
|19 mins||Simon Ramsden||Unsporting behaviour|
|57 mins||Stevie Hammell||Unsporting behaviour|
|St. Johnstone cards shown|
|23 mins||Rowan Vine||Unsporting behaviour|
|76 mins||Liam Craig||Unsporting behaviour|
|80 mins||Rowan Vine||Second bookable offence|