This saw the meeting of two teams occupying the last four places in the league. St. Mirren and Motherwell are almost in a mini league of their own following their poor starts to the league campaign.
Motherwell hadn’t won in Paisley in their last five visits in the Premiership. Oran Kearney made three changes following the Buddies’ 2-0 loss in Perth to St Johnstone on Saturday. Jack Baird came into defence to replace Anton Ferdinand. Ryan Edwards was central in the trio supporting the lone striker, the Aussie replacing Matty Willock. Cammy Smith replaced Danny Mullen to also make up part of the trio supporting Simeon Jackson up front.
Motherwell, one of a few teams not in action at the weekend in any competition, made several changes following their last-gasp 1-0 loss to St Johnstone at Fir Park the weekend before last. Stephen Robinson recalled Carl McHugh as part of the defensive trio to replace Charles Dunne. Allan Campbell and Andy Rose dropped out of midfield with Liam Grimshaw and Gael Bigirimana replacing them, teenager David Turnbull the only central midfield player to keep his place following an impressive performance against Saints. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair was the only other change, down the left hand side, to replace Richard Tait.
A quiet opening half hour
St Mirren showed why Kearney has yet to win since arriving in Paisley, proving to be the masters of their own downfall on this occasion. Richard Tait intercepting to win the ball back for the Steelmen and following a few exchanges between Bigirimana and Ryan Bowman, the midfielder found young David Turnbull who turned and lashed a shot past Craig Samson, who should have done better, in the St Mirren goal from what must be about 25 yards to give the North Lanarkshire side the lead in Renfrewshire. Great strike from the teenager after shifting onto his right foot to grab his first senior goal.
Samson the saviour for St Mirren again
Craig Samson will be disappointed in himself with the goal, after such an excellent performance in Perth at the weekend. He kept St Mirren in this game with a save straight at him from a Curtis Main free header following a Chris Cadden cross.
The boos began to ring round
There looked to be just one team in the match and Motherwell put the game beyond any real doubt early in the second half. Richard Tait, Turnbull and Carl McHugh were all exchanging passes on the left hand side with McHugh eventually switching the play to Cadden on the far side. A patient build up play from the Well saw Cadden feed into Main, who after holding off his man, laid off to the advancing Cadden on the edge of the area who sent a cool left footed finish beyond Samson into the bottom left hand corner.
Simulation speaks volumes about Saints
St Mirren, having created very little, had to resort to trying to con the officials in order to salvage anything from the match. Ryan Edwards, on loan from league leaders Hearts, being booked for a dive in the Motherwell area. No protests from the Aussie, a theatrical dive to say the very least.
Simeon Jackson did well to turn and strike at Trevor Carson late on but it didn’t really trouble the Northern Irishman with the Buddies understandably frustrated with their evening’s work. Ryan Flynn later being sent off for a terrible tackle on Richard Tait, no intent to win the ball at all highlighting St Mirren’s performance and season so far.
The fixtures don’t appear to be doing the Buddies any favours to hand Kearney his first victory, Rangers next to come to town on Saturday. As for Motherwell, a little bit of pressure eased somewhat and they’ll fancy their chances at home to Dundee on the same day.