Motherwell centre-back Sondre Solholm Johansen can't see why a penalty was given against him in a Premiership draw with St Mirren - and the decision to have Eamonn Brophy's spot-kick taken again left him startled.

The Norwegian defender made his first start since an injury on his Fir Park debut against Aberdeen last month. Motherwell were two goals ahead in the Saints match through Tony Watt.

But Eamonn Brophy's second half double ensured St Mirren earned a point out of the encounter which finished 2-2.

Solholm gave away the penalty but it wasn't a spot-kick according to 'Well boss Graham Alexander.

Brophy tumbled after a battle with the Norwegian, and missed his initial penalty, but scored on the second attempt after Motherwell goalkeeper Liam Kelly was deemed to have come off his line.

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"I just don't understand why he made those decisions," laughed Johansen. "Why did he give them a penalty? I am fuming inside but that doesn't do any good.

"We should have had three points and it was never a penalty. When Liam saved it, that was unbelievable how the assistant referee could call him off the line.

"I've seen it and I don't agree. It's tough. It's one of the weirdest decisions I have ever seen. The second one was the most obvious one. It's just weird. I have never seen that.

"It's unbelievable. We always want to win and we should have done. We'll learn from it."

Brophy tumbled in the box.
Brophy tumbled in the box.

The Motherwell defender's injury was potentially serious - an Achilles rupture. Thankfully for the 26-year-old, it wasn't a major tear, but he did play with the injury through his 'Well debut.

"I've been out for five weeks," Solholm explained. "My calf's were cramping up in the second half! It wasn't them that was the problem, it was my Achilles.

"I had a small rupture in there. It happened in the first half of the Aberdeen game and I played on with it. I couldn't walk for three days afterwards.

"It wasn't a full rupture which was a relief. It's still sore now, but I have full power. So I am almost fully recovered. I feel like my fitness is coming but I am probably a couple of weeks away from being in proper shape."

Motherwell now move on to Sunday's Premiership game with Rangers at Fir Park.

"The first half was messy, but they didn't create too many chances," added Solholm on the draw with St Mirren. "We got off to a solid start in the second half and you could see the power of momentum.

"It's irritating that he decided to give that penalty as we were able to ride out the storm. I felt we could have controlled the game at 2-1. I just feel terrible."

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