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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 20 January 2013, 2:15pm
  • Fir Park
  • Attendance: 3,649
MotherwellMotherwellvSt JohnstoneSt Johnstone
3
  • Higdon, 8
  • Higdon, 20
  • Higdon, 69
2
  • Hasselbaink, 77
  • Craig, 79

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Match ends, Motherwell 3, St Johnstone 2.

90+4 mins:Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, St Johnstone 2.

90+2 mins:Foul by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).

90+2 mins:Nicky Law (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

90+1 mins:Attempt missed. Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

90 mins:Foul by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

90 mins:Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

89 mins:Attempt saved. Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

88 mins:Attempt missed. Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

88 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

87 mins:Foul by Rowan Vine (St Johnstone).

87 mins:Tom Hateley (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

86 mins:Foul by David McCracken (St Johnstone).

86 mins:Michael Higdon (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

84 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Callum Davidson tries a through ball, but Callum Davidson is caught offside.

82 mins:Substitution, Motherwell. Stuart Carswell replaces Henrik Ojamaa.

82 mins:Foul by Michael Higdon (Motherwell).

82 mins:David McCracken (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

80 mins:Foul by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).

80 mins:Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

79 mins:Goal! Motherwell 3, St Johnstone 2. Liam Craig (St Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

77 mins:Goal! Motherwell 3, St Johnstone 1. Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven MacLean.

76 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Gary Miller replaces Chris Millar.

76 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Patrick Cregg replaces Gregory Tade.

75 mins:Substitution, Motherwell. Lee Hollis replaces Darren Randolph because of an injury.

72 mins:David Mackay (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72 mins:Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

72 mins:Zaine Francis-Angol (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

71 mins:Substitution, Motherwell. Zaine Francis-Angol replaces Robert McHugh.

69 mins:Goal! Motherwell 3, St Johnstone 0. Michael Higdon (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Hutchinson.

69 mins:Attempt blocked. Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Hateley.

68 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

67 mins:Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

67 mins:Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

66 mins:Foul by Rowan Vine (St Johnstone).

66 mins:Steven Hammell (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

65 mins:Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

65 mins:Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

63 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade tries a through ball, but Gregory Tade is caught offside.

62 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink replaces Peter Pawlett.

61 mins:Attempt blocked. Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

60 mins:Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

60 mins:Nicky Law (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

59 mins:Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

59 mins:Chris Millar (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

58 mins:Attempt blocked. Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58 mins:Hand ball by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).

56 mins:Attempt saved. Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

54 mins:Attempt missed. Liam Craig (St Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

53 mins:Foul by Simon Ramsden (Motherwell).

53 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

52 mins:Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

52 mins:Robert McHugh (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

51 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

50 mins:Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

50 mins:Attempt missed. Robert McHugh (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

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

48 mins:Foul by Michael Higdon (Motherwell).

48 mins:Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

48 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade tries a through ball, but Gregory Tade is caught offside.

47 mins:Foul by Robert McHugh (Motherwell).

47 mins:Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

46 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

Second Half begins Motherwell 2, St Johnstone 0.

45+1 mins:First Half ends, Motherwell 2, St Johnstone 0.

45+1 mins:Attempt saved. Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

40 mins:Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

40 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

39 mins:Foul by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).

39 mins:Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

35 mins:Foul by Gregory Tade (St Johnstone).

35 mins:Steven Hammell (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

34 mins:Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

34 mins:Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

33 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

33 mins:Attempt blocked. Liam Craig (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

30 mins:Hand ball by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell).

29 mins:Foul by Peter Pawlett (St Johnstone).

29 mins:Nicky Law (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

28 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

28 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

27 mins:Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

27 mins:Peter Pawlett (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

27 mins:Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).

27 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

26 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

24 mins:Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell).

24 mins:David Mackay (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

23 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

21 mins:Attempt missed. Liam Craig (St Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

20 mins:Goal! Motherwell 2, St Johnstone 0. Michael Higdon (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Henrik Ojamaa.

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

14 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

14 mins:Attempt saved. Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

13 mins:Attempt saved. Nicky Law (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

12 mins:Corner, Motherwell.

12 mins:Foul by Rowan Vine (St Johnstone).

12 mins:Steven Hammell (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

9 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Steven MacLean tries a through ball, but Steven MacLean is caught offside.

8 mins:Goal! Motherwell 1, St Johnstone 0. Michael Higdon (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Humphrey.

7 mins:Attempt missed. Liam Craig (St Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

7 mins:Attempt saved. Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

6 mins:Foul by Steven Hammell (Motherwell).

6 mins:Peter Pawlett (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

5 mins:Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

5 mins:Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

4 mins:Attempt missed. Chris Millar (St Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

1 mins:Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

1 mins:Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) wins a free kick.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 20 January 2013, 2:15pm
  • Fir Park
  • Attendance: 3,649
MotherwellMotherwellvSt JohnstoneSt Johnstone
3
  • Higdon, 8
  • Higdon, 20
  • Higdon, 69
2
  • Hasselbaink, 77
  • Craig, 79

match report

Michael Higdon's hat-trick helped Motherwell see off a late St Johnstone comeback to win 3-2 at Fir Park on Sunday.

Motherwell looked to be coasting when Higdon swept home his third goal in the 69th minute after two early goals (eight and 20).

But Nigel Hasselbaink and Liam Craig (77 and 79 beat Lee Hollis within the space of two minutes just after the goalkeeper had replaced the injured Darren Randolph, setting up a nervy finish.

However, Hollis made an excellent late save from Hasselbaink to keep the three points at Fir Park and move the hosts level on points with second-placed Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The match started in open fashion before Higdon struck in the eighth minute.

The former Falkirk and St Mirren striker set Chris Humphrey free down the right wing. Higdon was quick to support the winger and swept a wonderful first-time finish into the bottom corner from 16 yards after Humphrey had picked him out with a measured pass.

Home captain Keith Lasley cleared off the line after Craig's corner had glanced off the head of Motherwell defender Shaun Hutchinson and Stuart McCall's side moved two ahead in the 20th minute. Henrik Ojamaa rolled the ball into Higdon who failed to connect properly with his first effort after turning Frazer Wright, but the ball broke back to him 14 yards out and he fired a shot low into the net.

St Johnstone dominated the rest of the half as Motherwell struggled to get out of their own half with Ojamaa unable to get on the ball.

But Motherwell rediscovered their attacking drive after the break and went 3-0 up on 69. Hutchinson rose well to meet Tom Hateley's corner and his header broke off a defender to Higdon, who dispatched the ball into the corner from 10 yards.

Motherwell lost Randolph to what looked like a groin injury after MacLean had just failed to turn home Vine's low cross. Hollis was soon picking the ball out of the net after substitute Hasselbaink played the ball into MacLean and ran on to his lay-off to curl high into the corner from 18 yards.

Saints soon set up an exciting finish when Craig fired a powerful first-time effort into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Hollis had little chance with either effort and he ensured the victory in the 89th minute when he rushed off his line to save from Hasselbaink after the Dutchman had forced his way beyond the home defence.

team line-up

1Darren Randolph75
15Simon Ramsden
3Steven Hammell
5Shaun Hutchinson
6Tom Hateley
4Nicky Law
7Chris Humphrey
14Keith Lasley
8Henrik Ojamaa82
16Robert McHugh71
9Michael Higdon

substitutes

18Stuart Carswell82
26Zaine Francis-Angol71
11Kallum Higginbotham
19Fraser Kerr
17Omar Daley
27Steven Hetherington
12Lee Hollis75

referee

William Collum

team line-up

1Alan Mannus
18David McCracken
2David Mackay
3Callum Davidson
5Frazer Wright
10Liam Craig
7Chris Millar76
22Peter Pawlett62
17Steven MacLean
9Gregory Tade76
23Rowan Vine

substitutes

40Andrew Steeves
33Thomas Scobbie
31Christopher Moffat
15Jonathan Tuffey
19Gary Miller76
11Nigel Hasselbaink62
4Patrick Cregg76

referee

William Collum

match stats

possession %4752
shots on target47
shots off target29
corners47
tackles won00
offsides04