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Motherwell 1-5 Dundee

Dundee did a first-half demolition job on a dreadful Motherwell outfit as the home side's miserable recent run continued in the Premiership.

An early Zak Jules own goal got Dee started but Louis Moult soon levelled.

The Well defence then went missing, with a Marcus Haber double and goals from Mark O'Hara and Craig Wighton making it 5-1 at half time.

The home side went close through Craig Clay and Chris Cadden but were unable to reduce the deficit.

In their three previous games, Well lost 3-0 to Hearts, 7-2 at Aberdeen and 2-0 at Celtic, while Dundee's victory was their second in succession following the 2-1 triumph over Rangers.

Centre back Zak Jules got things off to the worst possible start for Well with a own goal
Centre back Zak Jules got things off to the worst possible start for Well with a own goal

The result was the biggest away win of the season in the Premiership and means Dundee remain in sixth spot, with Well now just two points clear of second-bottom Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Frown Jules

On-loan Reading defender Jules was in for the injured Stephen McManus and he made an early impact, although not one he would have wanted. It was a simple high ball into the box but Jules got his footing all wrong and looped a header over the advancing Craig Samson and into the net.

Moult's equaliser came midway through the half as he reacted quickest in the box to shoot low past Scott Bain from close range.

The visitors were moving the ball around efficiently and they were back in front when Haber fired a right-foot shot across Samson into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

Boos for Steelmen

Mark O'Hara made it 3-1 to Dundee in the first half
Mark O'Hara made it 3-1 to Dundee in the first half

Mark O'Hara finished the third after excellent build-up play before former Well favourite Henrik Ojamaa set up Wighton to blast in number four.

Paul McGowan then curled an effort inches wide of Samson's left hand post as confidence flowed through Paul Hartley's Dundee dominant outfit.

With seconds remaining in the first half, a Wighton free-kick from the left found Haber totally unmarked at the back post and he duly nodded in the fifth for Dundee.

As the half time whistle blew the home fans' boos rung out around the stadium.

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'Motherwell too easy to score against'

Away day joy for Dees

Dundee had not recorded an away win since the end of October, but Lanarkshire is clearly lucky for the Dens Park men as that triumph in October came at Hamilton.

Despite the four-goal deficit Motherwell returned for the second half with the same personnel and made a better impression, albeit against a Dundee side who had taken their foot off the gas.

Well's Craig Clay had two good efforts but Bain was up to the task, while Ojamaa had a couple of pot shots at the other end with no joy.

A group of Motherwell fans gathered outside Fir Park after full time to voice their displeasure with manager Mark McGhee
A group of Motherwell fans gathered outside Fir Park after full time to voice their displeasure with manager Mark McGhee

The home fans were furious at the end of the match as Motherwell face up to a relegation battle.

Manager reaction

Dundee boss Paul Hartley: "The first half we won the game with some outstanding play and goals, and carried it on from last week.

"We told them at half time to make sure we don't concede any goals. In the second half we didn't pass it as well and sometimes that happens when you have such a commanding lead, but overall the players were outstanding.

"We worked a little bit in the week about getting balls to the back to (Mark) O'Hara and (Marcus) Haber and that managed to pay off today, but the overall team performance was excellent."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Samson
  • 30McMillan
  • 4HeneghanBooked at 45mins
  • 21Jules
  • 15ChalmersSubstituted forFrearat 62'minutes
  • 12Cadden
  • 8McHugh
  • 20Clay
  • 88Pearson
  • 77McDonaldBooked at 84mins
  • 9MoultBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 11Bowman
  • 13Griffiths
  • 14Lasley
  • 17Frear
  • 18Lucas
  • 25Ferguson
  • 34Hastie

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 30Kerr
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 6O'Dea
  • 3Holt
  • 14O'HaraSubstituted forWilliamsat 63'minutes
  • 4VincentBooked at 74mins
  • 18McGowan
  • 33WightonSubstituted forEl Bakhtaouiat 88'minutes
  • 21Haber
  • 22OjamaaSubstituted forHateleyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hateley
  • 11Williams
  • 17Ross
  • 20El Bakhtaoui
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 48Ferie
  • 55Gomis
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
4,002

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, Dundee 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Dundee 5.

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Williams (Dundee).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia.

Attempt blocked. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Zak Jules.

Foul by Craig Clay (Motherwell).

Cameron Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Faissal El Bakhtaoui replaces Craig Wighton.

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Holt (Dundee).

Booking

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

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Danny Williams (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Tom Hateley replaces Henrik Ojamaa.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Cameron Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia (Dundee).

Foul by Craig Clay (Motherwell).

Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

Attempt saved. Henrik Ojamaa (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

James Vincent (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by James Vincent (Dundee).

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Louis Moult (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zak Jules (Motherwell).

James Vincent (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Craig Clay (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Elliott Frear (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Williams (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Danny Williams replaces Mark O'Hara.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic26251069165376
2Aberdeen26164650232752
3Rangers2612773430443
4Hearts26108846341238
5St Johnstone2610793333037
6Dundee2686123136-530
7Partick Thistle2678112832-429
8Kilmarnock26610102441-1728
9Ross County2659122845-1724
10Motherwell2666143053-2324
11Inverness CT26410123147-1622
12Hamilton26312112539-1421
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