Well have to settle for one point

Motherwell left Easter Road with one point when three might have better reflection of the game.  Clarkson's penalty cancelled out Riordan's first half strike and we had a few opportunities for the winner.

 

As expected, Sutton was given a starting place following Porter's departure to Derby and the rest of the team was unchanged.We took the kick off and fell behind seven minutes later.

Chisolm reached the bye line and his cut back found Riordan in space.His first time effort gave Smith no chance.

Clarkson's penalty

 

Neither keeper had much to do for the rest of the half and we tried to recover from the early set back.Both Clarkson and Hughes had shots blocked then Reynolds made a charge well into enemy territory and gave Hughes a chance to run into the box but he was swamped by defenders and the attack fizzled out.

 


The game came alive after the break.Despite the bumpy pitch we tried for the most part to keep the passing game going.O'Brien looked bright as the pressure on the Hibs' goal grew and chances started to appear.

 

 

Clarkson came close with both the head and the foot but Hibs gave us a few scares from their occasional breakaways.Just after the hour McGhee made a double change bringing on Murphy and Darren Smith for Fitzpatrick and Sutton and we kept up the tempo.

 

Smith saves

It seemed that we were due a goal and it looked as though it had arrived when excellent work from Clarkson provided Murphy with a simple chance from only eight yards but the youngster dragged his attempt wide of the undefended left post.

 

The equaliser arrived five minutes later when Murphy had his shirt tugged on the far left of the box.Referee McCurry pointed to the spot and Clarkson made no mistake with the penalty.

 

We pressed for the winner for fifteen minutes but none came.There were several impressive performances.Klimpl's tenacious tackling broke up many attacks,Hughes setup several chances and the defensive line looked solid.

 


The point keeps our top six hopes alive and extends the unbeaten run to six. All in all it was a good day's work.