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Fir Park (ATT 3,700) 30th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

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Scottish Premiership: Brian Graham scores on debut as St Johnstone beat Motherwell

Last Updated: 01/09/14 11:24am

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Brian Graham: Celebrates late St Johnstone winner

Brian Graham: Celebrates late St Johnstone winner

On-loan Dundee United striker Brian Graham capped a debut to remember with a late winner for St Johnstone in a 1-0 win over Motherwell at Fir Park.

The visitors dominated early possession and almost took the lead through Chris Millar but his long-range effort was saved well by Dan Twardzik.

And despite Josh Law drawing a save from Alan Mannus, St Johnstone continued to press with Millar, Gary McDonald and Scott Brown all going close.

Paul Lawson almost scored for Motherwell just before the break and the home side created an early opportunity after the interval but John Sutton was denied by Mannus.

Sutton then had a gilt-edged opportunity to break the deadlock but Mannus was equal to the task as he saved the Motherwell forward’s point-blank header.

St Johnstone were inches away from taking the lead in the 69th minute but Michael O’Halloran saw his long-range effort from an acute angle strike the post.

Graham replaced Steven Maclean 15 minutes from time and on 86 minutes he made the decisive contribution of the game.

McDonald swung a corner into the penalty area and Graham leapt above everybody else to power his header into the bottom right corner of the net.

Lee Erwin fashioned a couple of chances late on for Motherwell but St Johnstone held on for a win which sends them up to fourth in the Scottish Premiership.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 22 51
2 Aberdeen 23 48
3 Inverness CT 23 47
4 Dundee United 23 45
5 Hamilton Academical 24 39
6 St Johnstone 23 33
7 Dundee 24 32
8 Kilmarnock 23 28
9 Partick Thistle 22 25
10 Motherwell 23 17
11 St Mirren 24 15
12 Ross County 22 11