The first decent chance of the game arrived at the feet of Jon Obika, however, the Englishman could not angle his flick on target inside the opening minute of the game.
Motherwell would have an excellent chance of their own shortly after with Chris Long completing some excellent work down the right-flank for the Steelmen, but Callum Lang could not get enough on the ball to open the scoresheet.
It would be St Mirren who would open the scoring in the 13th minute with Obika running onto a through-ball. The striker made Jordan Archer make a decent save, however, the rebound made its way out to Jamie McGrath who simply had to slot into an empty net to put the Buddies 1-0 up.
Despite playing some very attractive football, Stephen Robinson’s side could not break through a tight Buddies midfield. The trio of made up of McGrath, Ethan Erhahon and Jake Doyle-Hayes were solid and kept the Motherwell duo of Allan Campbell and Mark O’Hara quiet for large parts of the first half.
Tony Watt would go closest for the Well in the first 45 with a rifling a shot at Jak Alnwick from a tight angle but the home side headed down the tunnel at half-time a goal down.
70 minutes in and Robinson looked to his bench, with centre-back Bevis Mugabi making way for attacking midfielder Liam Polworth after a second half of few chances. A change of shape may have been the best option as Motherwell struggled to get a hold of the midfield all afternoon.
Polworth would immediately have a chance at finding the leveler but couldn’t direct his header on target with the whole net to aim for. The Fir Park outfit weren’t taking their chances when it counted.
The afternoon got significantly worse for Motherwell with 15 minutes left on the clock. Mark O’Hara fell to the turf and looked to be in a significant amount of pain. He was able to walk off the park, but he was substituted for Rickie Lamie.
Despite creating clear-cut chances over the course of 90 minutes, the Steelmen could not find that elusive goal. St Mirren meanwhile leapfrogged both Hamilton and Ross County to sit 10th and place above the relegation play-off spot on a fine afternoon for Jim Goodwin’s team. Here are three things we learned.
The Buddies run goes on
Despite coming away from Fir Park with a win, St Mirren will know that they need to keep up their good run of form as they approach the second half of the season.
Goodwin’s men have managed to pull themselves out the relegation zone but the second half of the season will be one he hopes can be kinder off the park, on top of continued success on it. The Saints players have proved that they are capable of performing when it matters.
Hitting similar heights
Barring a sudden collapse from either Hibs or Aberdeen, hitting third or fourth seems a hard ask for Robison’s side now. The Fir Park team sit 10 seven points off a top four spot.
That’s a big gap to claw back and with wins a hard thing to come by in North Lanarkshire, Motherwell could well be out of the picture by the time January comes around.
Battle at the bottom
With only five points separating the bottom six teams, the race to avoid the drop is tighter than ever. If St Mirren continue to improve as the season goes on, then they could drag any one of the bottom six into a relegation dog fight by pulling themselves out it.
A good run of form could haul teams away from the bottom, but at the same time, if results don’t appear, then it could be lights out for at least one of the bottom six.
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