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Scottish Premiership: Motherwell 3-1 Dundee

Louis Moult
Louis Moult headed in Motherwell's second goal minutes after hitting the post

Motherwell won at home for the first time in Mark McGhee's second spell in charge, and their first since the end of September.

Scott McDonald and Louis Moult both found the net in the first half, McDonald sliding the ball past Scott Bain while Moult supplied the decisive header to convert Josh Law's corner.

Substitute Gary Harkins' goal inspired Dundee in their bid to fight back.

But in the end Stephen Pearson's late goal put victory beyond doubt.

Dundee remain without a win since they beat Motherwell at Dens Park at the start of October, and they were behind after only five minutes.

Motherwell's opening goal owed everything to the understanding between Pearson and McDonald. Pearson at the edge of the box timed his through-pass well to allow McDonald to slip by the Dundee defence.

Without breaking stride he slid the ball beyond goalkeeper Bain, leaving the Dundee defence to appeal unsuccessfully for offside.

McDonald turned supplier to set-up Pearson, but his shot was turned away for a corner by Bain. Two minutes later Moult hit the post with a header.

But he only had to wait two more minutes to score, deftly angling his header in at the post from Law's corner.

Dundee had been looking for a fifth straight win against Motherwell but they found the Motherwell back four resolute, with debutant Ben Hall looking composed alongside Stephen McManus.

The visitors introduced Harkins into the action and they were quickly rewarded when he converted Kane Hemmings' low cross; the shot taking a slight deflection to beat goalkeeper Connor Ripley.

The game opened up as Motherwell sought a third goal, while Dundee looked sharper in their search for an equaliser.

Greg Stewart was best placed twice for Dundee, but his normally reliable finishing skills deserted him.

The game was settled as a contest when Pearson scored from close range, scoring from a tight angle in stoppage time.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 32Hall
  • 6McManus
  • 3Hammell
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 14Lasley
  • 8Pearson
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forClarksonat 83'minutes
  • 77McDonaldBooked at 60minsSubstituted forAinsworthat 63'minutes
  • 20MoultSubstituted forMackinat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 13Samson
  • 16Kennedy
  • 19Clarkson
  • 23Thomas
  • 28Watt
  • 29Mackin

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 5McPake
  • 16EtxabegurenSubstituted forKonradat 42'minutes
  • 2IrvineBooked at 57mins
  • 8LowSubstituted forCalderat 64'minutes
  • 10Thomson
  • 7Stewart
  • 18McGowanBooked at 67mins
  • 9LoySubstituted forHarkinsat 58'minutes
  • 15Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 3Holt
  • 4Konrad
  • 12Mitchell
  • 17Ross
  • 20Calder
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 29Harkins
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
3,512

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 3, Dundee 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Dundee 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Dylan Mackin replaces Louis Moult.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 3, Dundee 1. Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Louis Moult.

Attempt saved. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

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

Foul by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

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

Foul by Thomas Konrad (Dundee).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

Ben Hall (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. David Clarkson replaces Marvin Johnson.

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

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Gary Harkins.

Attempt saved. Josh Law (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by James McPake (Dundee).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul McGowan.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 2, Dundee 1. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kane Hemmings.

Booking

Paul McGowan (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Riccardo Calder replaces Nicky Low.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Scott McDonald.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Dundee) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

Attempt blocked. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic16123141122939
2Aberdeen18122428181038
3Hearts1794429181131
4St Johnstone179353526930
5Ross County187382826224
6Hamilton176472225-322
7Inverness CT175571923-420
8Partick Thistle175571823-520
9Dundee184862330-720
10Motherwell175391624-818
11Kilmarnock184591932-1317
12Dundee Utd1823131334-219
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