Dundee Utd 2-2 Motherwell

Motherwell's Lionel Ainsworth came off the bench to hit a brilliant 30-yard equaliser against Dundee United in an exciting second-half at Tannadice.

Henri Anier's clinical finish gave the visitors a deserved half-time lead.

But a resurgent United scored twice in three minutes as Nadir Ciftci levelled and Robertson scored his first United goal from distance.

Keith Lasley's free-kick hit the post before Ainsworth's beauty ensured 'Well went four Premiership games unbeaten.

For a long period it looked like it would be four wins in a row that Stuart McCall's men would be celebrating - something they have not managed since 2007.

Andrew Robertson's first Dundee United goal had put them in front after 57 minutes

But the Tangerines got their act together after a terrible opening 45-minute showing and move up to sixth in the league.

They were only denied their first home win against Motherwell since 2011 by a piece of long-distance brilliance by the on-loan Rotherham winger Ainsworth which found the top right corner.

Incredibly, the 25-year-old is the only player other than Estonian international Anier or John Sutton to have scored for the North Lanarkshire side this season, who remain fourth in the Premiership.

Michael Higdon and Henrik Ojamaa's excellent contribution to Motherwell's second-place finish in the league last year is becoming a distant memory now that Sutton and Anier have struck up such a productive partnership of seven goals between them.

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Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara

Anier's neat chest control and well-struck half-volley into Radoslaw Cierzniak's bottom-left corner left the big Polish goalkeeper with no chance on the half-hour.

It lit up what had previously been a disjointed match and only came about because of some fantastic left-wing-play by Motherwell's Zaine Francis-Angol.

The Antigua and Barbuda international retained his place in the team at the expense of James McFadden after some impressive recent displays.

He shrugged off the attentions of Keith Watson and John Rankin to burst to the byline and cut-back for Anier to apply the lethal finish.

McCall would later regret that earlier assaults on the United goalmouth, through Stephen McManus's diving header and Anier's lash from the edge of the box, had yielded nothing.

The hosts initially showed very little of the attacking threat they seemed to have in abundance at Ross County last weekend, but going behind did give Dundee United a jolt.

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Interview - Motherwell boss Stuart McCall

Turkish forward Ciftci, again starting in place of the benched David Goodwillie, benefitted from some slack Motherwell defending to fire a low left-foot shot past goalkeeper Lee Hollis, who perhaps could have done better in dealing with it.

More alarming was the manner in which the visiting midfielders stood off and watched Robertson run unchallenged from his own half before the 19-year-old drove the ball past a helpless Hollis from 20 yards.

It was a strike that looked to have given United their second victory on the trot and was only marginally less impressive than Ainsworth's.

The Englishman's equaliser, with 15 minutes remaining, followed Lasley's near-perfect free-kick from 25 yards which had thumped Cierzniak's right-hand upright with him beaten.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 02 Dillon
  • 12 Watson
  • 20 Souttar
  • 26 Robertson
  • 06 Paton Booked
  • 08 Rankin
  • 10 Armstrong
  • 18 Dow (Goodwillie - 81' )
  • 19 Gauld (Graham - 81' )
  • 21 Ciftci Booked (Oyenuga - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 25 McCallum
  • 04 Butcher
  • 16 Wilson
  • 40 Petrie
  • 07 Goodwillie
  • 09 Graham
  • 28 Oyenuga

Motherwell

  • 01 Hollis
  • 03 Hammell Booked
  • 04 Ramsden
  • 05 Hutchinson
  • 06 McManus Booked
  • 11 Vigurs (Ainsworth - 63' )
  • 14 Lasley Booked
  • 18 Carswell
  • 09 Sutton
  • 17 Francis-Angol
  • 24 Anier (McFadden - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Nielsen
  • 15 Cummins
  • 20 Kerr
  • 07 McFadden
  • 08 Lawson
  • 25 Ainsworth
  • 16 McHugh
Ref: Clancy
Att: 5,808

Match Stats

Shots

12 12

On target

4 3

Corners

8 4

Fouls

14 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:50

Centre by Stuart Armstrong.

90:00 +2:42

Free kick taken by John Rankin.

90:00 +2:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Steven Hammell.

90:00 +1:50

Shot by Stuart Armstrong cleared the target.

90:00 +1:20

Andrew Robertson produces a cross.

90:00 +1:07

Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:02

Keith Lasley is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:02 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:57

Unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Keith Lasley results in a free kick.

90:00 +0:13

Free kick taken by Steven Hammell.

90:00 +0:03

Handball by Kudus Oyenuga.

89:15

Clearance by John Souttar.

89:12

Keith Lasley crosses the ball.

88:35

Header by John Sutton misses to the right of the target.

87:37 Substitution

Substitution Nadir Ciftci leaves the field to be replaced by Kudus Oyenuga.

86:18

Centre by Lionel Ainsworth.

85:46

Nadir Ciftci sends in a cross.

85:36

Clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.

85:33

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nadir Ciftci.

84:45

The ball is crossed by Nadir Ciftci.

84:27

Clearance by Stuart Armstrong.

83:53

Corner taken by Lionel Ainsworth.

83:39

Keith Lasley produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

83:16

Paul Paton goes into the book for dissent.

83:16 Booking

Booking

83:02

Stuart Carswell fouled by Paul Paton, the ref awards a free kick.

81:29

The ball is sent over by Stuart Armstrong.

80:55 Substitution

Substitution Brian Graham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Gauld.

80:42 Substitution

Substitution David Goodwillie on for Ryan Dow.

79:47

Ryan Dow takes the free kick.

79:23

Stephen McManus gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nadir Ciftci.

79:09

Shot by James McFadden cleared the target.

78:53

Clearance by Sean Dillon.

78:50

Zaine Francis-Angol delivers the ball.

77:52

Lee Hollis takes the free kick.

77:41 Booking

Booking

77:41

The referee cautions Nadir Ciftci for unsporting behaviour.

77:11

Free kick taken by Zaine Francis-Angol.

77:03

John Sutton fouled by Paul Paton, the ref awards a free kick.

75:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Lionel Ainsworth - Dundee U 2 - 2 Motherwell Lionel Ainsworth scores a right footed goal. Dundee Utd 2-2 Motherwell.

75:04 Substitution

Substitution James McFadden comes on in place of Henri Anier.

74:29

Clearance by Stephen McManus.

74:25

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Dow.

73:14

The ball is delivered by Steven Hammell.

70:22

The ball is sent over by Henri Anier.

69:37

Henri Anier has an effort at goal. Radoslaw Cierzniak safely holds on.

67:44

Shot by Stuart Armstrong.

67:27

A cross is delivered by Nadir Ciftci.

66:18

Free kick taken by John Souttar.

66:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Ryan Gauld.

65:52

Shot on goal comes in from Keith Lasley from the free kick hitting the upright.

65:05

John Sutton fouled by Sean Dillon, the ref awards a free kick.

63:45

Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

63:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nadir Ciftci.

63:37

Nadir Ciftci is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

63:22

Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.

63:18

Stuart Carswell concedes a free kick for a foul on John Rankin.

62:44 Substitution

Substitution Lionel Ainsworth joins the action as a substitute, replacing Iain Vigurs.

62:15

Nadir Ciftci takes a shot and cleared the goal.

60:26

Ryan Gauld has an effort at goal. Lee Hollis makes a block.

60:10

The ball is crossed by Andrew Robertson.

58:56

Free kick crossed by Iain Vigurs.

58:48

Paul Paton concedes a free kick for a foul on Henri Anier.

58:19

Shot by Stuart Armstrong went wide of the right-hand post.

57:50

Free kick taken by Keith Watson.

57:28

John Souttar fouled by Henri Anier, the ref awards a free kick.

56:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Robertson - Dundee U 2 - 1 Motherwell Andrew Robertson scores with their left foot. Dundee Utd 2-1 Motherwell.

53:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Nadir Ciftci - Dundee U 1 - 1 Motherwell Nadir Ciftci grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Dundee Utd 1-1 Motherwell.

51:59

Corner taken by Ryan Dow from the left by-line.

51:01

Nadir Ciftci gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen McManus.

50:28

Free kick taken by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

50:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Zaine Francis-Angol on Keith Watson.

49:54

Free kick taken by Steven Hammell.

49:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Iain Vigurs by Nadir Ciftci.

48:48

John Rankin sends in a cross.

48:33

Free kick crossed by Andrew Robertson.

48:30

The assistant referee signals for offside against Henri Anier.

47:29

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Gauld.

47:03

Corner taken by Ryan Gauld.

46:26

Corner taken by Ryan Dow.

46:07

The ball is sent over by Ryan Dow.

45:41

Simon Ramsden crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:26

John Sutton fouled by Sean Dillon, the ref awards a free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:05

Corner taken by Ryan Gauld.

45:00 +0:47

The ball is sent over by Stuart Armstrong.

45:00 +0:26

John Souttar crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:00 +0:08

Steven Hammell receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:08 Booking

Booking

45:00 +0:01

Ryan Dow fouled by Steven Hammell, the ref awards a free kick.

44:13

Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.

43:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Carswell by Stuart Armstrong.

42:50

Stuart Armstrong takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

40:56

Radoslaw Cierzniak restarts play with the free kick.

40:51

The offside flag is raised against Henri Anier.

39:06

Lee Hollis takes the free kick.

38:43

Foul by John Rankin on Keith Lasley, free kick awarded.

38:18

Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.

38:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Henri Anier on Andrew Robertson.

37:35

Shot by Ryan Dow cleared the crossbar.

37:25

A cross is delivered by Andrew Robertson.

36:23

Shot by John Sutton went wide right of the post.

36:08

The ball is swung over by Simon Ramsden.

34:03

Andrew Robertson takes the free kick.

33:57

Keith Lasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Gauld.

33:54

Keith Watson restarts play with the free kick.

33:44

Foul by Iain Vigurs on Ryan Gauld, free kick awarded.

33:04

Andrew Robertson takes the free kick.

32:58

Stuart Carswell challenges John Rankin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

31:00

Shot from the free kick by Ryan Gauld went wide of the right-hand post.

30:21

The referee cautions Stephen McManus for unsporting behaviour.

30:21 Booking

Booking

30:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McManus on Nadir Ciftci.

29:36

Zaine Francis-Angol provided the assist for the goal.

29:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Henri Anier - Dundee U 0 - 1 Motherwell Henri Anier grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Dundee Utd 0-1 Motherwell.

28:41

Free kick taken by Keith Watson.

28:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Souttar by Steven Hammell.

27:44

Ryan Dow restarts play with the free kick.

27:38

Keith Lasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Dow.

27:00

Radoslaw Cierzniak restarts play with the free kick.

26:57

The assistant referee flags for offside against Stuart Carswell.

22:38

Shot by Nadir Ciftci went wide of the right-hand upright.

22:06

Corner from the right by-line taken by Iain Vigurs.

18:46

Lee Hollis takes the free kick.

18:38

Nadir Ciftci concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Carswell.

17:33

Header at goal by Keith Watson to the left of the net.

17:22

Centre by John Rankin.

17:15

Ryan Dow takes the free kick.

17:01

Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Gauld.

16:30

Shot by Henri Anier went wide left of the goal.

13:52

The ball is swung over by Henri Anier.

11:01

Sean Dillon makes a clearance.

10:58

Corner taken by Keith Lasley.

10:24

Corner taken by Ryan Gauld.

8:00

John Sutton has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

7:34

Steven Hammell takes the free kick.

7:30

Stephen McManus fouled by Nadir Ciftci, the ref awards a free kick.

7:05

Header by Stephen McManus misses left.

6:59

Corner from the right by-line taken by Iain Vigurs.

6:17

Free kick taken by Stuart Carswell.

6:03

Simon Ramsden fouled by Nadir Ciftci, the ref awards a free kick.

5:37

Keith Lasley takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.

1:19

Free kick taken by Andrew Robertson.

1:14

Foul by Keith Lasley on John Rankin, free kick awarded.

1:00

Shaun Hutchinson restarts play with the free kick.

0:56

Foul by Stuart Armstrong on Iain Vigurs, free kick awarded.

0:27

Simon Ramsden takes the free kick.

0:22

Paul Paton challenges Iain Vigurs unfairly and gives away a free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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