Motherwell went into the game with key players such as Bevis Mugabi, Stephen O’Donnell, captain Declan Gallagher, Alan Campbell, Sherwin Seedorf and Mark O’Hara all missing from the team sheet due to injuries, non-covid illnesses and match suspensions. Overall Motherwell have a full starting 11 worth of players injured from their roster which led to major gaps in their defence and midfield. Tony Watt wore the captain’s band for the steelmen for the first time. St Johnstone on the other-hand are coming into the game hoping to get a win before their League Cup final match next weekend as they had only won two games, drawn one and lost one in their recent games prior to today’s match.
Despite having the first attempt at goal via Barry Maguire’s cross landing at St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark, Motherwell had very little impact in the first half.
St Johnstone dominated possession and the scoring attempts in the first half and could’ve been 4-0 up by half time. Their closest calls came in the 19th,28th minute and 31st minute.
The goals for St Johnstone came in the 18th minute by Guy Melamed’s strike from just outside the box and then in the 44th minute by Jason Kerr who fired the ball into the back of net after two back-to-back shots at goal were made seconds after another.
Two minutes into the second half and David Wotherspoon’s shot was inches from hitting the net as it curved past the top corner.
A penalty in the 49th minute to St Johnstone taken by Guy Melamed made St Johnstone go 3-0.
60 minutes had been played before Motherwell made their first substitutions. Chris Long, Jake Carroll and Barry Maguire were replaced by Jake Hastie, Nathan McGinley and Harry Roberts. St Johnstone followed suit as David Wotherspoon was replaced by Craig Bryson.
66 minutes in seen a poor attempt at goal for Motherwell from Devante Cole.
The 73rd minute seen Jamie McCart almost make the score line 4-0 but the ball was just off target and bounced off the cross bar.
Overall St Johnstone were the most dominant side at Fir Park this evening holding the majority of possession and having over 20 attempts at goal and will be going into their League Cup final match next weekend feeling confident. Motherwell have now conceded seven goals in two games as Graham Alexander is left to pick up the pieces of a bleak Motherwell squad.