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McDiarmid Park (ATT 2,449) 27th October 2013 - Kick off 16:05 Ref: Calum Murray

St J'stone St Johnstone vs Motherwell Motherwell

St J'stone 2

S May (49)
N Hasselbaink (64)

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Scottish Premiership: Stevie May and Nigel Hasselbaink score as St Johnstone beat Motherwell 2-0

Last Updated: 27/10/13 7:20pm

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Stevie May: St Johnstone striker celebrates the opening goal in Perth

Stevie May: St Johnstone striker celebrates the opening goal in Perth

A predatory finish from Stevie May - and a howler from Motherwell goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen - set up a 2-0 win for St Johnstone, propelling the Perth side into the top half of the Scottish Premiership.

After an insipid opening period, May was first to a loose ball for the opening goal before Nielsen's inadvertent slip gifted the second to Nigel Hasselbaink.

Motherwell, who knew they could have gone second with a win, made little impression in the opening exchanges but John Sutton did find some space to meet Simon Ramsden's steepling cross, only to plant his header off-target from eight yards.

Under darkening skies both sides struggled to lift the gloom, Hasselbaink foraging with intent down the left and May booming a shot wide from the angle.

The goal the game craved arrived on 49 as May bagged his eighth of the season, reacting quickest to slot in after Nielsen could only palm away Gary McDonald's overhead kick.

Bob McHugh threatened on more than one occasion as Motherwell were stung into belated action before Shaun Hutchinson headed straight at Alan Mannus from five yards.

But any hopes Motherwell may have had of salvaging the game disappeared as Nielsen slid onto Simon Ramsden's backpass but only succeeded in teeing up Hasselbaink who promptly slotted into the unguarded net (64).

Stuart McCall threw on Zaine Francis-Angol and Craig Moore in a bid to save the day but it was the home side who continued to threaten, Hasselbaink miscontrolling with only the keeper to beat.

Moore did draw a decent stop from Mannus but Nielsen was up to his tricks before the end, another weak clearance giving David Wotherspoon a chance for a third, but he could not profit.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 33 88
2 Aberdeen 34 64
3 Motherwell 33 60
4 Dundee United 33 54
5 Inverness CT 34 53
6 St Johnstone 33 48
7 Hibernian 33 34
8 Kilmarnock 33 33
9 Ross County 33 31
10 St Mirren 33 31
11 Partick Thistle 33 30
12 Hearts 33 13

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