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Scottish Premiership roundup: Motherwell see off St Johnstone

Motherwell keep up the pressure on second-placed Aberdeen with a 2-1 win against St Johnstone in today's Scottish Premiership clash at Fir Park.

Motherwell kept up the pressure on second-placed Aberdeen as the North Lanarkshire outfit recorded a 2-1 win against St Johnstone in today's Scottish Premiership clash at Fir Park.

Lionel Ainsworth's goal gave the Steelmen the lead in the 21st minute, but David Mackay equalised just six minutes later.

Stephen McManus's strike midway through the first half proved decisive for the home side, who now find themselves just a point behind the Dons, who lost 5-2 away at Celtic.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United remain in fifth and fourth place respectively after playing out a 1-1 draw, with St Johnstone failing to keep the pressure on them in the top half of the table following their defeat.

Hibernian and Patrick Thistle, both in the bottom half of the table, cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw, while St Mirren saw off struggling Ross County 1-0.

Results in full: Celtic 5-2 Aberdeen, Hibernian 1-1 Partick Thistle, Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-1 Dundee United, Motherwell 2-1 St Johnstone, St Mirren 1-0 Ross County

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Tim Clancy of Motherwell during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Celtic and Motherwell on September 10, 2011
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Hearts5500112915
2Celtic531152310
3Livingston531164210
4RangersRangers522110558
5Hibernian52219638
6St Johnstone52215508
7Kilmarnock52126427
8Aberdeen513145-16
9Motherwell511369-34
10St Mirren511339-64
11Hamilton AcademicalHamilton510438-53
12Dundee5005211-90

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