Points shared in final game

Last updated : 03 January 2009 By Firparkcorner

There was only one change from last week's winning eleven. Fitzpatrick succumbed to a virus and Lasley returned to first team duty. There was a new face on the bench, Artur Krysiak was the substitute 'keeper.

Lasley and Hughes

Motherwell kicked off with their backs to the travelling support. There was little in the way of goalmouth action as the ball was hammered from one end to the other. O'Brien had an enterprising run on the left wing brought to a sudden halt by Murray and referee Muir booked him. At the other end Jim Hamilton introduced himself to Graeme Smith with an unnecessary barge.

We had a chance just after the half hour but Hughes shot was blocked the Lasley fired directly at Howard from 10 yards. It was a hard and fair first period and the teams went for the half time break level.

The game changed little in the second half. At times we move the ball effectively up both wings but the final ball, often from O'Brien or Lasley, proved ineffective. We had a couple of tempting free kicks close to the box but made little of the chances. St Mirren were little better.

Hamilton was replaced by Dargo then Brady made way for Robb as the home side tried to please their big crowd - over 10,000 had turned out for the last time at the old ground.

With just under ten minutes left Murphy was thrown for O'Brien. The winger had come close five minutes before when a cheeky back flick forced a save from Howard. Klimpl had a rocket deflected by a black and white arm bringing a huge roar from the Motherwell fans behind the goal but the referee was not interested. We had another strong shout for a penalty deep in injury time but the referee seemed to bottle the decision despite having an excellent view.

The home fans stayed on to say their farewells to the park and we start to concentrate on the midweek game against Hearts.