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Motherwell 1-3 Dundee

Dundee broke their Premiership losing streak with a convincing win over struggling Motherwell.

Confidence has drained out of Stuart McCall's team and goals from David Clarkson and Gary Harkins had them trailing at half time.

Greg Stewart made it three and, although Henrik Ojamaa got a goal back, it had no impact on the outcome.

Dundee keeper Kyle Letheren was injured in the warm-up and 22-year-old Scott Bain was pressed into service.

That early disruption did not to do Paul Hartley's team any harm, however, and it took them only three minutes to make a breakthrough.

And it was a player familiar with the feeling of finding the net at Fir Park who scored a third goal for his new employers.

Clarkson, seven years a Motherwell player, was allowed the sort of room in the penalty box on which he thrives and he lashed a left foot shot high past Dan Twardzik, greeting the goal with a muted celebration.

Clarkson very nearly created a second for Dundee when he cruised past defender Mark O'Brien and squared the ball across goal where Stewart was just a fraction away from applying the finishing touch.

Gary Harkins nets Dundee's second goal of the game in the 3-1 triumph over Motherwell
Gary Harkins nets Dundee's second goal of the game in the 3-1 triumph over Motherwell

A disjointed Motherwell carried no great attacking threat. Two efforts from Ojamaa were comfortably saved by Bain.

The Motherwell defence was anything but comfortable and was breached again when Harkins made it 2-0.

The initial threat came from Stewart, Motherwell missed a couple of chances to get the ball clear and Harkins gleefully snapped up the opportunity to slam home.

Dundee should have been further clear by the break but Clarkson missed a free header and Twardzik saved well from Paul McGowan.

Loud booing accompanied the Motherwell players as they trudged down the tunnel at the interval.

Stephen McManus and Jack Leitch were hooked for the second half and replaced by Fraser Kerr and Stuart Carswell.

Inside an hour Dundee were three goals in front. Again Motherwell were fragile in defence and Clarkson set up the impressive Stewart to score from close in.

The lively Ojamaa was the best thing about Motherwell and he prodded the ball in off the underside of the bar to get the home team on the scoresheet.

They threw everything at Dundee for the last half hour but lacked the quality to create solid chances.

'Well have now lost three league games in a row and are second bottom of the table, just three points ahead of Ross County.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 12Twardzik
  • 5Ramsden
  • 15O'Brien
  • 6McManusSubstituted forKerrat 45'minutes
  • 17Francis-AngolSubstituted forLawat 75'minutes
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 14Lasley
  • 21LeitchBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCarswellat 45'minutes
  • 11Vigurs
  • 9Sutton
  • 24Ojamaa

Substitutes

  • 4Carswell
  • 13Nielsen
  • 16McHugh
  • 18Law
  • 20Kerr
  • 26Thomas
  • 29Cadden

Dundee

  • 1Letheren
  • 19McGinnSubstituted forKerrat 42'minutes
  • 6Davidson
  • 4KonradBooked at 41mins
  • 2IrvineBooked at 82mins
  • 8McBride
  • 18McGowan
  • 20McAlister
  • 29HarkinsSubstituted forBoyleat 78'minutes
  • 16Clarkson
  • 15StewartSubstituted forThomsonat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Thomson
  • 12Bain
  • 14Roberts
  • 23Boyle
  • 30Kerr
  • 33Wighton
  • 34Allan
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
4,061

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away7
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, Dundee 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Dundee 3.

Foul by Fraser Kerr (Motherwell).

Iain Davidson (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Josh Law (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

Attempt saved. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Gary Irvine (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Martin Boyle replaces Gary Harkins.

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Simon Ramsden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Clarkson (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Josh Law replaces Zaine Francis-Angol.

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jim McAlister.

Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Clarkson (Dundee).

Attempt saved. Kevin Thomson (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell).

Kevin Thomson (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Dan Twardzik.

Attempt saved. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Kevin Thomson replaces Greg Stewart.

Attempt saved. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Gunnar Nielsen (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin McBride (Dundee).

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 1, Dundee 3. Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Ainsworth with a cross.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Kyle Letheren.

Attempt saved. Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 0, Dundee 3. Greg Stewart (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Clarkson with a cross.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Gary Harkins.

Foul by Iain Davidson (Dundee).

Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton107211951423
2Dundee Utd107121912722
3Inverness CT10622148620
4Kilmarnock10622148620
5Celtic95222071317
6Aberdeen105141615116
7Dundee103431213-113
8Partick Thistle93151313010
9St Johnstone10307714-79
10St Mirren10217816-87
11Motherwell10217618-127
12Ross County10118726-194
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