St Johnstone v Motherwell is a game no fan will want to rewatch in a hurry, but it could be an important result in the grand scheme of things.

Stephen Robinson’s side won 1-0 at McDiarmid Park, with a Devante Cole tap-in all that was required to separate the sides.

Cole netted for the Steelmen. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was a game void of any sort of attacking quality for the most part, but that mattered nout to the end result.

St Johnstone result showed Motherwell can not play well and still win

The game was a midfield slog, with St Johnstone and Motherwell both looking pretty toothless in attack. Mark Gillespie was called into action a few times in the first half and Cole put his hat in the ring for miss of the season prior to his goal.


Nobody could’ve complained if this game ended in a draw. The Well have Gillespie to thank for that, who denied Scott Tanser from a free kick and then the penalty spot.

Gillespie was brilliant against St Johnstone. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Sherwin Seedorf, Jermaine Hylton, James Scott and Christian Ilic all had quiet games, whilst Cole was pretty quiet prior to his goal. Similarly, the Well backline marshalled Stevie May, Michael O’Halloran, Matty Kennedy and Drey Wright superbly.

St Johnstone look short on confidence, but Perth isn’t a happy hunting ground for Motherwell, it was always going to be tough. They’ve won just twice on their last 12 visits.

Motherwell didn’t even get out of second gear and still managed to collect three points. It’s a testament to Robinson and the confidence within this Well side that they can still grind out results on an off day.

Robinson’s men can grind out results. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

That being said, there’s plenty to smile about if you’re a Well fan. They’re third in the league, have a solid backline who’ve kept seven clean sheets so far this season and an exciting frontline, who on their day, will hurt teams.

It was an eye bleeding affair against St Johnstone, but the points are all that matters. Motherwell know how to win ugly and that’ll help them on their quest to secure a top six position.

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