Motherwell 2-1 Partick: Craigan off to winning start

By Derek Clark at Fir Park

Stephen Craigan may not be one of the 57 applicants for the vacant manager’s job at Fir Park, but he done his chances of being appointed permanent boss no harm with a battling victory.

The Steelmen opened the scoring on 22 minutes but it was harsh on Thistle.  Lionel Ainsworth fired a shot towards the far corner but Frederic Frans stuck out a leg and diverted the ball into his own net.

The home side doubled their advantage in the 69th minute and again Ainsworth played a key role.  His cross was met by the head of Scott McDonald and although Tomas Cerny did well to save, the Aussie striker netted the rebound.

Thistle, to their credit, never gave up and scored their first goal in five matches on 78 minutes.  A corner from the left was headed into the net from substitute David Amoo.

Alan Archibald’s men laid siege on the Well goal but just couldn’t find that elusive equaliser.  They could consider themselves unlucky not to get at least point having struck the woodwork twice through Steven Lawless and Kevin Nisbet.

The Jags have now gone six games without a win, their worst record since 2003.  After the match the Jags gaffer said:

“If we defend like that we’re not going to win a game, we were strong defensively last season, we don’t want that to creep in.”

Meanwhile, Craigan remained tight-lipped when asked if he fancied taking the Motherwell manager’s job full-time:

“Its something I’ll have to sit down and look at. I love working with the under-20s and my work at BT is terrific so there would be a lot for me to give up and a big decision for the club to make if they think a young inexperienced manager is the way forward.”

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