Buddies are ’Well beaten this season

John Sutton
John Sutton
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Motherwell lost none of their momentum due to the international break as they made it three wins on the bounce away to St Mirren.

The Buddies were the only side ’Well failed to beat last season, but a first half header from John Sutton ensured they wouldn’t escape defeat.

With Simon Ramsden suspended and Fraser Kerr out with a back injury Stevie Hammell was asked to switch sides from his usual left-back slot with Zaine Francis-Angol coming in as the only change from the team who won against Kilmarnock.

Hammell didn’t let moving to the right phase him and put in a good cross aimed at Sutton, however the striker missed the ball and collided with the post.

’Well should have had a penalty in 11 minutes as Marc McAusland tackled Sutton from behind in the box, but referee Craig Thomson wasn’t interested.

In the home side’s first real attack Gary Teale and Steven Thompson combined for the latter to head just wide , while at the other end Shaun Hutchinson looped a header onto the roof of the net.

On the half hour mark there was almost a severe miscarriage of justice as Keith Lasley fouled Connor Newton about two feet outside the box and referee Thomson pointed to the spot.

However, after consulting with his assistant he finally came to the right decision and awarded a free kick instead which Danny Grainger ballooned over the bar.

This spurred the visitors on and in 30 minutes Francis-Angol crossed from the left for SUTTON to head past David Cornell.

Ten minutes into the second half and Hutchinson came within inches of making it 2-0 as his header from an Iain Vigurs corner hit the bar.

Then Henri Anier burst clear but Cornell saved the shot with his legs.

It was all one way traffic and James McFadden threaded the ball through to substitute Bob McHugh but his first time shot was narrowly wide.

’Well sent on Paul Lawson and Adam Cummins for McFadden and Francis-Angol to preserve the lead and allowed St Mirren to come onto them in the last few minutes, but Lee Hollis was never called into action as 1-0 proved enough.

St Mirren: Cornell, McAusland, Goodwin, McGowan Thompson, Newton, Bahoken (Reilly 68), Grainger (Caprice 72), Harkins (McLean 81), McGregor, Teale. Subs not used: Dilo, McGinn, Van Zanten, Mair.

Motherwell: Hollis, Hammell, Hutchinson, McManus, McFadden (Lawson 75), Sutton, Vigurs, Lasley, Francis-Angol (Cummins 86), Carswell, Anier (McHugh 68). Subs not used: Nielsen, Moore, Ainsworth, Leitch.

Referee: Craig Thomson.

Attendance: 4,012.