ST Mirren suffered a sixth defeat on the spin and are now three points adrift of Dundee after losing to Motherwell. 

Jake Hastie put Well ahead before Paul McGinn made it 1-1, but Allan Campbell’s header gave the Lanarkshire side all three points. 

Oran Kearney’s side came into the game on a run of five successive league defeats after losing 4-0 to Rangers on Saturday. 

The Buddies haven’t won in the Premiership since the reverse fixture at Fir Park on December 22. 

Meanwhile, Stephen Robinson's men came arrived at The Simple Digital Arena having won their last four league games in a row including Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Livingston, with a double from Hastie and another strike from Curtis Main.

There were full debuts for striker Duckens Nazon and left back Mateo Muzek for the home side.

And the visitors would take the lead on nine minutes as 19-year-old Hastie followed up his weekend double with an excellent strike into the top corner. 

Then two huge chances for Saints, who replaced Jack Baird with Kyle McAllister, on the chase for an equaliser. 

Anders Dreyer’s initial effort was saved for a corner. And after the corner he showed good footwork to pull the ball back for an unmarked McAllister but the sub blasted over from inside the box.

Brad Lyons had an effort straight down the throat of Mark Gillespie and it would stay 1-0 to Motherwell at half time.

Main was booked for a foul on Mihai Popescu on 55 minutes and only he will know how he didn’t make it 2-0 after Hastie broke a minute later.

Main would have the next opportunity too, flashing a strong shot wide with 25 minutes remaining.

Saints would get back on level terms with 18 minutes to go. Dreyer’s corner was cleared but his second ball was headed in by Paul McGinn. 

The parity was short lived as Allan Campbell headed Elliot Frear’s cross in for 2-1 to the Steelmen three minutes later and it proved to be the winner.

A deflated Oran Kearney said: “We worked extremely hard and played particularly well for big parts of the game to try and get back into it and make sure the second goal was ours. 

“We put so much effort into that and my biggest disappointment is the lack of reaction after the goal which was the hard part because it lifted everyone. 

“Our goal took a bit of steam out of us more than anything which was a strange feeling. We were tentative during that four minute spell and it’s hurt us big time. 

“We hung in there and stayed in the game and limited them to few chances and when Paul got the goal the rest of it should have been to make sure we didn’t get carried away but we stepped back off it.”