Scottish Premiership
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Dundee 2-1 Motherwell

Dundee's Rory Loy wheels away after scoring
Dundee's Rory Loy opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season

Dundee survived a late scare to record a narrow victory over Motherwell at Dens Park.

The home side opened a 2-0 lead through Rory Loy and Kevin Holt, both goals coming after the break, and looked good for the three points.

But Stephen Pearson pulled a goal back for Motherwell to set Dundee nerves jangling.

Paul Hartley's men did not buckle, though, and move five points clear of their opponents.

Interim Motherwell manager Stephen Craigan could not inspire his charges to a second successive victory and the club's attentions will now focus more sharply on finding a permanent replacement for Ian Baraclough.

Loy's breakthrough goal brightened a hitherto drab afternoon of football in its creation and execution.

Riccardo Calder carved out the opportunity from the Dundee left and, when his cross found its way to the edge of the six-yard box, Loy's acrobatic backheel beat Connor Ripley.

There had been little to choose between the teams before that, but Dundee gave themselves further breathing space when Holt fired in a second.

Motherwell manager Stephen Craigan
Stephen Craigan suffered defeat in his second game as Motherwell's caretaker-manager

The full-back curled a low free-kick past the wall from 20 yards and beyond the outstretched glove of Ripley.

Motherwell's lack of punch up front has been their Achilles heel all season, but Pearson gave them something to fight for when his cross from the left found its way past players from both sides and eventually into the net.

Unfortunately for the visitors, they could not fashion another decent opportunity.

By contrast, Dundee - after an uninspiring first hour - came to life after going in front.

It followed a first period virtually devoid of action of any note, with Gary Harkins' injury-time free kick, which was turned round the post by Ripley, the only troublesome moment for either keeper.

The opening stages were marred further by game-ending injuries to important figures on both sides.

Greg Stewart was forced off following a clumsy challenge by Louis Moult and Dundee missed his creativity, compounded by the loss of Kevin Thomson in the middle of the park.

Lionel Ainsworth, who had shown moments of promise, was also forced off after twisting awkwardly.

Motherwell now face games against Aberdeen and Celtic and will hope to have a new man in charge to guide them through those tests.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4KonradBooked at 36mins
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 3Holt
  • 17Ross
  • 10ThomsonSubstituted forCurranat 42'minutes
  • 20Calder
  • 7StewartSubstituted forHarkinsat 28'minutes
  • 15Hemmings
  • 9LoySubstituted forHealeyat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 6Meggatt
  • 23Healey
  • 25Dryden
  • 27Curran
  • 29Harkins
  • 46Gourlay

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 16KennedyBooked at 54mins
  • 6McManus
  • 15Chalmers
  • 7AinsworthSubstituted forJohnsonat 29'minutes
  • 14LasleySubstituted forRobinsonat 71'minutes
  • 8Pearson
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 77McDonaldSubstituted forFletcherat 71'minutes
  • 20MoultBooked at 23mins

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 9Fletcher
  • 11Johnson
  • 13Samson
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Clarkson
  • 25Taylor
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
5,152

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 2, Motherwell 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 2, Motherwell 1.

Rhys Healey (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Motherwell).

Jesse Curran (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 2, Motherwell 1. Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Riccardo Calder (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Motherwell).

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Dundee).

Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Jesse Curran (Dundee).

Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Dundee) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Kevin Holt (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Rhys Healey replaces Rory Loy.

Nick Ross (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Nick Ross (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Chalmers (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Theo Robinson replaces Keith Lasley.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Wes Fletcher replaces Scott McDonald.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 2, Motherwell 0. Kevin Holt (Dundee) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Rory Loy (Dundee) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia.

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Motherwell 0. Rory Loy (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riccardo Calder.

Paul McGinn (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Motherwell).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stephen Pearson.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

Booking

Kieran Kennedy (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rory Loy (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Kennedy (Motherwell).

Nick Ross (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen108021710724
2Celtic96212381520
3Hearts105231714317
4Hamilton95131310316
5Ross County104331612415
6Dundee104331618-215
7St Johnstone104242117414
8Inverness CT103431112-113
9Motherwell10316813-510
10Kilmarnock102351020-109
11Partick Thistle10136613-76
12Dundee Utd10127920-115
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