Motherwell 1-2 St Johnstone: Steven Hammell says hosts ‘want surgical treatment’

Stevie May
Stevie Might pounced within the loss of life embers to win the sport for St Johnstone

Meantime supervisor Steven Hammell says the Motherwell squad “wishes time and a large number of paintings” when they misplaced to a past due St Johnstone objective.

Hammell is without doubt one of the applicants to exchange Graham Alexander, however having received his opening recreation at St Mirren, his crew have been sloppy and useless in Scottish Premiership defeat at house.

St Johnstone deservedly led via Jamie Murphy they usually snatched victory with Stevie Might’s 94th-minute strike after Motherwell levelled 3 mins previous with a Graham Carey personal objective.

“It is tough,” Hammell stated. “I will perhaps discuss to [the club hierarchy] simply now and notice the place we are at.

“It does not alternate the truth that if the membership have observed sufficient, we have had one week and two video games to paintings with a crew that wishes time and a large number of paintings.

“It does want some surgical treatment, irrespective of whether or not I am supervisor. It is transparent what we are missing.”

For essentially the most section, this seemed each inch a scrap between two groups shorn of self belief. Motherwell, stupefied through their determined Eu go out to Sligo Rovers. St Johnstone, toiling to flee the darkish shadows solid through final season and the relegation play-off required to stick within the department.

They have been toothless towards Hibernian in final weekend’s opening defeat and the loss of ruthlessness used to be obvious once more when Theo Bair galloped via on objective however shot tamely at Liam Kelly.

Bair has but to attain since arriving in Perth from Canada in January. He’s an impressive presence, even though, with a neat contact, and confirmed each parts when placing Murphy in for the opener because the veteran winger swept low past Kelly.

Motherwell virtually answered instantly, Connor Shields’ awkward half-volley swerving off a put up. St Johnstone just about doubled their lead sooner than the damage when Andrew Considine seemed set to stab house a Graham Carey free-kick, however Paul McGinn nipped neatly forward of him.

In the second one 1/2 there have been extra last-ditch heroics. Alex Mitchell slid fantastically to prod the ball clear of Joe Efford, racing via on St Johnstone’s objective.

Sondre Solholm did likewise when Murphy squared for Bair, who would have had a golden alternative to kill the sport.

Then, within the loss of life mins, it used to be Considine himself, lurching his large body between Shields and an open objective, sooner than Mitchell just about had his head taken off sending a Sean Goss howitzer in the back of.

It used to be however a prelude to the nerve-shredding finale. Goss bent in a nook, the stooping Solholm were given one thing on it, sooner than the ball bobbled inexorably previous Remi Matthews by way of Carey’s contact.

That appeared like the decisive second. The house beef up for sure concept so. They did not reckon for St Johnstone’s bloody-mindedness.

Callum Davidson’s males received a nook of their very own. Motherwell handled the preliminary supply, however may no longer transparent the second one. Carey, unmarked, caressed a header throughout objective and Might stole in to stab house first-time.

Chaos within the away finish. A mighty win for St Johnstone and Davidson.

Guy of the fit – Jamie Murphy

Jamie Murphy
St Johnstone have lengthy struggled to create, and Murphy seems an excessively at hand ingenious addition. He used to be influential in assault, completed clinically, and just about teed up Bair for a 2nd

Dogged St Johnstone punish wasteful hosts

Motherwell huffed and puffed for lengthy spells. They have been through turns toothless and wasteful. Ultimate balls went off beam, deliveries unfinished, alternatives squandered.

Hammell is a robust contender to land the executive’s task on a full-time foundation, and giving Motherwell again their mojo could be prime on his checklist of priorities.

St Johnstone have by no means lacked doggedness. For 90 mins, they defended stoutly, with Considine and Mitchell specifically compelling. In addition they discovered an extraordinary flourish of attacking incision, and Davidson wishes to peer extra of that more or less panache.

As candy because the victory will style, the St Johnstone boss might be irked on the concession of a 2nd past due set-piece objective in as many weeks.

What they stated

Motherwell intervening time supervisor Steven Hammell: “Disenchanted to come back away with not anything. Once we get into the placement we did, we must by no means be dropping the sport. The objectives we conceded have been prison.”

St Johnstone supervisor Callum Davidson: “First 1/2, we performed in reality smartly, we seemed to get out and play, and we scored a in reality just right objective.

“2d 1/2, we began sloppily, and the sport ebbed and flowed. I am extremely joyful Stevie has come on and were given us the 3 issues.”

What is subsequent?

Motherwell head north on Saturday the place they tackle Aberdeen at Pittodrie (15:00 BST). St Johnstone trip to Ibrox to stand Rangers on the similar time.

Participant of the fit

MitchellAlex Mitchell


  1. Squad quantity2Participant identifyO’Donnell

  2. Squad quantity1Participant identifyKelly

  3. Squad quantity27Participant identifyGoss

  4. Squad quantity16Participant identifyMcGinn

  5. Squad quantity18Participant identifyCornelius

  6. Squad quantity9Participant identifyvan Veen

  7. Squad quantity15Participant identifySolholm Johansen

  8. Squad quantity5Participant identifyMugabi

  9. Squad quantity6Participant identifyMaguire

  10. Squad quantity23Participant identifyMorris

  11. Squad quantity7Participant identifySpittal

  12. Squad quantity29Participant identifyShields

  13. Squad quantity28Participant identifyMahon

  14. Squad quantity26Participant identifyTierney

  15. Squad quantity11Participant identifyEfford

St Johnstone

  1. Squad quantity5Participant identifyMitchell

  2. Squad quantity4Participant identifyConsidine

  3. Squad quantity29Participant identifyMurphy

  4. Squad quantity19Participant identify1st viscount montgomery of alamein

  5. Squad quantity18Participant identifyMacPherson

  6. Squad quantity23Participant identifyCarey

  7. Squad quantity14Participant identifyWright

  8. Squad quantity13Participant identifyMcGowan

  9. Squad quantity7Participant identifyMight

  10. Squad quantity1Participant identifyMatthews

  11. Squad quantity17Participant identifyBair

  12. Squad quantity22Participant identifyHallberg

  13. Squad quantity21Participant identifyCrawford



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Kelly
  • 16McGinnBooked at 87mins
  • 5Mugabi
  • 15Solholm Johansen
  • 2O’Donnell
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forTierneyat 68′mins
  • 6MaguireSubstituted forCorneliusat 45′mins
  • 23MorrisSubstituted forEffordat 45′mins
  • 27Goss
  • 9van Veen
  • 29ShieldsSubstituted forMahonat 86′mins


  • 11Efford
  • 12Fox
  • 14Ojala
  • 18Cornelius
  • 26Tierney
  • 28Mahon
  • 33Wilson
  • 36Speirs
  • 49Ferrie

St Johnstone

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Matthews
  • 13McGowan
  • 5Mitchell
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 45mins
  • 14Wright
  • 22HallbergBooked at 12mins
  • 18MacPherson
  • 191st viscount montgomery of alamein
  • 23Carey
  • 29MurphySubstituted forCrawfordat 79′mins
  • 17BairSubstituted forMightat 69′minsBooked at 90mins


  • 2Brown
  • 6Gordon
  • 7Might
  • 11O’Halloran
  • 12Parish
  • 16Mahon
  • 21Crawford
  • 25Ballantyne
  • 27Kucheriavyi

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