Higdon the late hero for Saints

Michael Higdon came off the bench to fire a late winner as St Mirren won 1-0 at Motherwell to move eight points ahead of Hamilton in the SPL.

Last Updated: 23/02/11 at 22:34

Higdon: Secured points for Saints

Higdon: Secured points for Saints

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Higdon made an immediate impact in the 81st minute, but Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph was left cursing the state of the Fir Park pitch after the striker's shot bounced off a divot and over his hand.

Motherwell missed some late chances to equalise but lacked the spark of recent performances, with Saints goalkeeper Paul Gallacher rarely troubled.

Motherwell, who had Chris Humphrey back in the team for Ross Forbes, missed the chance to move into fourth place after failing to follow up consecutive wins over Aberdeen and Hamilton.

Higdon had made way for David van Zanten after picking up a knock in a late defeat against Hibernian that exasperated manager Danny Lennon, but his players responded to his claims that they "choked" when presented with an opportunity to ease the pressure.

Motherwell had made the early running without carving out a chance and they survived a penalty claim in the 13th minute when Paul McGowan went down under Keith Lasley's rather clumsy attentions.

McGowan angrily chased referee Steve Conroy but none of his team-mates appeared to share his sense of injustice.

McGowan soon had a sight of goal with Motherwell defender Shaun Hutchinson grounded by Hugh Murray's unpunished late tackle but Randolph got down well to save the forward's near-post effort.

Lasley had a stronger claim for a foul in the area when his path was blocked by Marc McAusland after running onto John Sutton's dummy. The offence looked like obstruction but neither an indirect free-kick or penalty was forthcoming.

St Mirren finished the half in the ascendancy, showing more energy than their hosts, with Randolph holding Hutchinson's headed deflection off Murray's shot.

Randolph held two close-range headers from Craig Dargo either side of half-time and the striker soon volleyed into the side netting from just inside the box.

Lasley pulled up injured and was replaced by Stevie Hammell in the 53rd minute with Gavin Gunning moving to right-back and Tom Hateley moving into midfield.

Hateley immediately forced Paul Gallacher into his first save when the St Mirren goalkeeper parried an inswinging free-kick, and the same player then saw his powerful strike inadvertently blocked by Gunning after Sutton had held the ball up inside the box.

Jeffers also claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty when he tangled with McAusland as he tried to reach a loose ball as Motherwell pushed their visitors back.

Esteban Casagolda replaced Jeffers and Higdon came on for Dargo and the Saints substitute netted in his first real involvement.

The former Falkirk striker chested the ball down 40 yards out and brushed off Hutchinson before firing a powerful shot that took a huge kick off the uneven turf and bounced over the outstretched hand of Randolph.

Motherwell had chances to equalise but Sutton sliced well wide from 16 yards after John Potter's poor clearance.

Casagolda headed Gunning's cross over and Sutton then saw his shot brilliantly blocked by the impressive Darren McGregor.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 24 May 2015
12:30
Aberdeen 0-1 St J'stone  
Celtic 5-0 Inverness Report
Dundee U 3-0 Dundee  
Saturday, 23 May 2015
15:00
Hamilton 1-0 St Mirren Report
Kilmarnock 1-2 Ross Co Report
Motherwell 0-0 Partick Report
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen Report
Inverness 3-0 Dundee U Report
Partick 1-4 Kilmarnock  
Ross Co 2-1 Hamilton  

Footer 365

D-day for FIFA as Sepp Blatter opens 65th congress

Sepp Blatter has formally opened FIFA's congress on a day his critics hope could signal a new start for football.

FA chairman Greg Dyke calls for possible Russia 2018 boycott

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants UEFA nations to consider pulling out of the World Cup finals in Russia in three years' time.

Sepp Blatter vs Prince Ali: FIFA election explained

Will Sepp Blatter see off Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein? We explain how Friday's presidential vote works...

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company