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STAR WARS.

PARTICK THISTLE

STAR MAN

Kallum Higginbotham 7 Brightest attacking spark for Partick Thistle.

Scott Fox 5 Left exposed by defence at each Well goal but still produced several reaction stops.

Stephen O'Donnell 5 Twisted inside-out at Motherwell's second in ropey defensive display.

Conrad Balatoni 5 Vulnerable on deck as 'Well fed passes in behind him.

Gabriel Piccolo 5 Dragged out of position too often in a game to forget.

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair 5 Poor defensive showing as he gifted Well a fourth.

James Craigen 6 Super ball in for goal and always looking to get forward.

Stuart Bannigan 6 Ran the game for Jags early on as he picked his passes with precision before being swamped.

Steven Lawless 6 Clinical opener and threatened with every run.

Christie Elliot 4 Hooked before the half hour mark in tactical switch.

Kris Doolan 6 Great awareness and energy to assist opener.

Subs: Ross Forbes - early introduction and offered threat with distance shooting, 5. John Baird - replaced Lawless and added urgency into attack, 5.

MOTHERWELL

STAR MAN

James McFadden 8 Created first and lobbed in third to silence his critics.

Dan Twardzik 6 Acrobatic brilliance to deny Lawless and Forbes.

Stuart Carswell 5 Played out of position and given a tough time by Higginbotham.

Stephen McManus 6 Struggled with Jags mobility but commanding in air.

Simon Ramsden 5 Survived first half penalty shout and another who struggled with Thistle's runners.

Steven Hammell 6 Linked well on left as he fed Francis-Angol and Vigurs to good effect.

Zaine Francis-Angol7 Terrific solo strike and always a threat.

Keith Lasley 7 Opening goal and usual dynamic showing.

Ian Vigurs 7 Anchored game and hassled Partick out of their stride.

Henri Anier 6 Tireless and always looking to run into the channels.

Lionel Ainsworth 7 Full of industry and slipped in No.4 with a fine finish.

Subs: John Sutton - fired in the fifth and final goal for visitors, 5. Paul Lawson - helped see the game out, 3. Robert McHugh - given last few minutes, 2.

THE GAFFERS

ALAN ARCHIBALD

WILL be alarmed at just how easily defence was breached as mistakes were punished. Familiar failing of not taking their chances once more proved side's downfall. 5

STUART McCALL

FOUR wins out of four is evidence of a side at last getting into its stride. Clinical and slick on break but will know defensively his side weren't at their best. 8

VERDICT

A festive mauling for Thistle who had started like a train but were picked off at will by a resurgent side who had McFadden at the heart of a fine display.

MAN IN BLACK

STEVEN McLEAN ran the game with authority by setting the tone at Firhill with early Ian Vigurs booking. 8

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 30, 2013
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