Scottish Premiership: Henri Anier brace as Motherwell beat St Mirren 3-0
Stuart McCall recorded his first home win over St Mirren, Henri Anier claiming a brace in Motherwell's 3-0 victory.
Last Updated: 22/12/13 10:56am
Stuart McCall recorded his first home win over St Mirren in his three-year tenure at Fir Park, Henri Anier claiming a brace in Motherwell's comprehensive 3-0 Premiership victory.
Motherwell went straight onto the offensive as Anier planted his header wide from Lionel Ainsworth's cross in the opening minutes.
Simon Ramsden was the next to threaten, his looping header tipped away by Marian Kello.
The St Mirren keeper was earning his match fee, blocking Ainsworth's shot after the Motherwell winger had been picked out by Keith Lasley.
But Kello could do little as Anier (31) claimed his sixth goal of the season, showing neat footwork before firing in from six yards.
Ainsworth (42) doubled the lead when he was set up by John Sutton and finished sweetly with his right foot from 12 yards.
St Mirren had not lost in their last four visits to Lanarkshire but they could have fallen further behind when Sutton saw his effort blocked after Kello had palmed the ball to his feet.
Stephen McManus came close for 'Well before Anier made it 3-0 on 64 minutes with another quality finish after being teed up by a superb assist from Iain Vigurs.
Motherwell continued to press for more goals - Craig Moore was inches away with a header - but a deep Paul McGowan cross that caused a brief panic for Dan Twardzik was the closest Saints were to come to a consolation.