Motherwell start with an away point

Last updated : 15 August 2009 By Firparkcorner

Ross celebrates
Much credit hs to be given to Gannon for his bold half time substitutions. Craigan and Sutton were sacrificed to allow McHugh and and Humphrey to add some much needed pce and urgency to what had been a lack lustre first half showing.

There was an early alteration to the line up when Slane picked up an injury in the warm-up and after hasty consultation Hateley was given the right back slot. O'Brien found himself on the left wing as a result.

St Johnstone took the lead after half an hour. Ruddy had just made a good save at the cost of a corner and we seemed to have cleared the imminent danger when Davidson's effort from a ruck of players in the 'D' deflected off Craigan and looped up and over the stranded 'keeper. We should have been two down ten minutes later when a cut back presented Davidson with a simple chance but fortunately he made a poor contact.

The half time change produced an immediate effect. We were much more positive and increased the tempo of our attack. Hutchison headed over Main for the first leveller and was booked for his celebration with the Motherwell fans. Two minutes later and Gartland prodded the Saints back into the lead following a scramble in our box.

The game was now open and it raged from end to end with lots of half chances for both teams. Forbes scored a screamer reminiscent of the McFadden style. He collected the ball at the angle of the box and moved infield beyond the attention of a couple of defenders before producing a left footed curling strike beyond Main.

Ruddy missed this one

O'Brien had the most notable chance later on and he was unlucky to see his rocket crash off the post while Reynolds headed high when unchallenged.

No doubt a point away from home must be welcomed but had we played the first half in the spirit shown in the second then it might have been two points better!