Peter Hartley scored his second aim in three video games as Motherwell swept Partick Thistle apart in a Three-Zero victory at Fir Park.
The on-loan Blackpool defender netted on the rebound within the seventh minute and helped arrange Motherwell’s third for Ryan Bowman with a Cruyff activate the opposition byline.
The centre-back was not alone in displaying confidence among the many hosts and Craig Tanner netted his first Ladbrokes Premiership aim in a one-sided contest with Trevor Carson not having a save to make.
Motherwell buzzed ahead within the opening levels and referee Greg Aitken quickly had a giant determination to make when Tomas Cerny took out Bowman simply exterior the field because the striker reached Louis Moult’s lob ahead and headed the ball on.
Bowman regarded set to succeed in the ball however Aitken dominated there was no apparent goalscoring alternative and the Thistle goalkeeper escaped with a yellow card.
Moult punished Thistle another way with a free-kick that Cerny did effectively to push on to the publish, and the rebound fell kindly for Hartley to bundle over the road.
Bowman was concerned once more moments later as Motherwell regarded sure to go two up following his run and low cross, however Cerny saved Moult’s effort and Chris Cadden’s follow-up was cleared off the road earlier than Carl McHugh shot vast.
Each groups had been taking part in Three-Four-1-2 formations however Cadden and Richard Tait had been providing a lot extra attacking verve out vast than Milan Nitriansky and Paul McGinn for the guests, who had misplaced wing-back Christie Elliott to a damaged ankle the earlier weekend.
Motherwell saved the Jags camped of their half for the overwhelming majority of the opening quarter as they pressed ahead relentlessly and remained comfy after the tempo settled down.
There was one other potential crimson card name when Adam Barton delivered a studs-up, waist-high problem on McHugh however once more Aitken brandished a yellow card.
The guests provided their followers transient hope after the break however Blair Spittal hit a 20-yard free-kick into the wall and any optimism evaporated within the 56th minute. Tait took on Nitriansky and delivered a sq. ball which Tanner drilled beneath Cerny, who couldn’t cease it going over the road.
Visiting boss Alan Archibald instantly made a tactical swap as attacking midfielder Chris Erskine changed centre-back Danny Devine. Conor Sammon and Steven Lawless had been additionally introduced on earlier than the halfway level of the half however the momentum remained with the hosts.
The shortage of perception within the visiting ranks was encapsulated when Barton stopped in his tracks after being nutmegged by Moult, who got here shut a number of instances earlier than making approach for Elliott Frear.
Frear got here shut with an formidable effort earlier than Bowman completed excessive into the web within the 82nd minute after Hartley had saved the ball dwell following a nook together with his penalty-box trickery.