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Only a late Paul Hegarty header salvaged a point against a lively Motherwell side and our poor home record continued. Our early pressure failed to pay dividends and there was a warning of things to come when a Kirk header was saved by Billy Thomson. Then it was our turn to threaten when a Charlie Adam attempt was headed off the line by Russell, but two minutes from half time there was a real let off for us when Boyd's shot crashed off the underside of the bar for Billy Thomson to collect. Motherwell's appeals for a goal, which television later showed to have every justification, were turned down.Three minutes after the turn round, Mixu Paatelainen took advantage of a short pass back, but his shot was cleared off the line. Kevin Gallacher's introduction from the bench brought almost immediate dividends, but Maxwell turned Kevin's shot, his first touch, round the post. This precipitated some furious action around Maxwell with Mixu Paatelainen hitting the bar. With a header and follow-up efforts from Kevin Gallacher and Paul Hegarty ended with Maxwell tipping the ball over. But Motherwell with Steve Kirk again the main threat went close when the midfielder's overhead kick scraped the bar. Fifteen minutes from the end, Russell checked a run before flighting a cross to Steve Kirk, who headed in at the far post. Four minutes from time Harry Curran was body-checked on the left and Billy McKinlay's free-kick was met by Paul Hegarty, whose looping header went in at the far post to ensure that our thirteen year unbeaten record remained intact, but only just.