GOALS from James Scott, a 25-yard cracker, and Christopher Long, an angled blast that left the keeper helpless, gave Motherwell a 2-0 win over St Mirren and moved them to within two points of second-placed Rangers before their game against Hamilton Accies this afternoon.
The hosts were denied several times by heroic Saints No.1 Vaclav Hladky and the Paisley outfit remain 11th in the table.
STEPHEN ROBINSON, the overjoyed Well boss, singled out Liam Polworth for special praise and, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “His display is one of the best performances I’ve seen at Fir Park for a long time – technically on the ball, but what people miss is his work-rate, as well.
GREAT SCOTT…Motherwell scorer James Scott celebrates his spectacular opener against Saints.
“Perhaps when I speak to Steve Clarke again, I’ll start pushing him, as well! He’s been excellent.
“I was really happy with the first-half. That was as good as we’ve played this season. We should have been out of sight.
“Second-half, it was just scrappy. There was a 20-minute spell where we needed a wee bit more game management.”
JIM GOODWIN, the defeated Paisley gaffer, added: “Things are still very tight in the table. We’re three points off seventh.
“We’re not detached or anything, the fact of the matter is we need to find a goal from somewhere.
“There’s no point in talking about bad luck, we’ve got to do something ourselves. Somebody has got to come up with something special for us to get a goal, but I’m confident it will turn.”
The Lanarkshire side’s victory over St Mirren was the fifth in six games, with the only blip coming after letting a comfortable 1-0 lead over Ross County slip away.
TOMMY WRIGHT watched in anguish as St Johnstone had a penalty-kick saved for the second successive week as they drew 2-2 with Ross County in Dingwall.
The McDiarmid Park side dominated their Highland opponents, but still could not claim their first league win of the campaign.
Stevie May fluffed his spot-kick attempt before scoring to level after Joe Chalmers had given County the lead. Matty Kennedy fired Saints ahead, but Blair Spittal’s free-kick ensured a point.
Last week, Scott Tanser’s missed penalty proved costly as rock-bottom Saints crashed 1-0 to 10-man Motherwell.
Perth boss Wright told BBC Sport: “The performance was excellent except for the result. We totally dominated the game, we should have got all three points.
“It’s still worrying that we’ve conceded two goals.”
County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell added: “With the decisions that went against us,we’re quite positive with the point.
“It keeps our unbeaten run going and keeps the feelgood factor about the place.
“The penalty, it’s not a penalty.”