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Summary

  1. Johnson & Moult cancel out Anier opener
  2. Well leapfrog Dundee into top six
  3. United stay eight points adrift at bottom
  4. Championship: Rangers 3-1 Greenock Morton
  5. Miller scores twice for Rangers

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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So there you go, we leave you with some positive notes from Mixu Paatelainen. Thanks for your company this evening. Join us again tomorrow for four more Premiership games, plus more games in the Championship, League One and League Two.

Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen

On BBC Radio Scotland

"I thought the first half performance before the goal was good and we were on the front foot.

"A great strike from Henri Anier and we were looking comfortable.

"Our softness at defending a set piece came to the surface again and we paid the price.

"In my opinion, Ryan Dow goes for the ball, he wins the ball and it is a clean challenge and I don't think it was a free kick.

"We still have plenty of opportunities to close that gap and that remains our aim."

Paatelainen patter

If you are waiting for Mixu Paatelainen's comments, the Dundee United manager is obviously giving his players a tough talking to in the dressing room after that defeat.

Moult mettle

FT: Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

Louis Moult celebrates Motherwell's winning goal
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Louis Moult scored Motherwell's winning goal against Dundee United at Fir Park

Not so Well

FT: Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee pointed out that it was a victory that came at a cost because Stephen Pearson appears to have damaged ribs, fellow midfielder Keith Lasley is "in some discomfort" with a leg injury, while Josh Law, who deputised at right-back, also picked up a knock.

FT: Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

That victory for Motherwell - their third in succession - was a double over the city of Dundee.

It not only takes Mark McGhee's side into fifth place in the Premiership but they leapfrog Dundee, although the Dens Park outfit have two games in hand in which to make up the two-point gap.

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee

On BBC Radio Scotland pundit

"After the first half, we were very fortunate to go in level. 

"We were poor and didn't work as hard as we have been in recent weeks and not as hard as we did in the second half.

"Fortunately, we got an equaliser and it gave us a chance to put a few things right at half time and I think we thoroughly deserved it in the end."

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

A game of two halves. After United scored the opener, they looked very strong. Then a header by Marvin Johnson, who was the best player on the park, and you have to give credit to Motherwell - in the second half they were first to everything and were deserved victors

Stuart McCallFormer Motherwell manager on BBC Radio Scotland

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

Despite taking the lead when they were on top, United stay eight points adrift of Kilmarnock at the foot of the Premiership after a disappointing second half at Fir Park.

Rangers 3-1 Greenock Morton

Rangers recover from going one goal behind as two goals from Kenny Miller help them to a victory over Greenock Morton that takes the Ibrox side 15 points ahead of Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Championship.

Well on their way to the title and automatic promotion.

FULL-TIME

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

FULL-TIME

Rangers 3-1 Greenock Morton

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

United are huffing and puffing without creating anything and Motherwell counter-attack and Marvin Johnson's side foot effort is deflected wide of the far post.

YELLOW CARD

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

United midfielder Paul Paton is lucky to get away with a yellow card with deliberate kick on Morgaro Gomis.

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

Josh Law, who has taken a knock, is withdrawn and is replaced with Kireran Kennedy, who takes his place at right-back for Motherwell.

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

It is a deserved lead for Motherwell. United started well, but a couple of changes by Mark McGhee and Motherwell have been on the front foot

Derek FergusonBBC Radio Scotland pundit

Rangers 3-1 Greenock Morton

Barrie McKay and Lee Wallace celebrate for Rangers
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Lee Wallace (right) scored Rangers' third goal against Morton at Ibrox

PENALTY APPEAL

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

United have a big shout for a penalty waved away by referee Crawford Allan as Henri Anier's powerful drive hits an arm as his effort is charged down by two Well defenders.

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

United boss Mixu Paatelainen hauls off the ineffectual Northern Ireland striker, Billy Mckay, with Edward Ofere. Ryan Dow is also replaced with Scott Fraser.

YELLOW CARD

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

Callum Morris is next to go into the book for hauling down Chris Cadden. The United side are taking turns to assault the Well midfielder.

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

Paul Dixon is booked for a foul on Motherwell's Chris Cadden. Not looking good for a United side who are beginning to lose their discipline.

YELLOW CARD

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United

United have gone to pieces and could have gone further behind as Chris Cadden breaks clear but fires straight at goalkeeper Michal Szromnik.

GOAL

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee United (Louis Molt)

United switch off as Marvin Johnson gets in behind Gavin Gunning and cuts a low ball across the face of the penalty box, where Louis Moult is unmarked and able to slot home from close range.

Motherwell 1-1 Dundee United

United are beginning to struggle and have not been seen much as an attacking force in this half.

Motherwell 1-1 Dundee United

Mark Durnan was getting stripped to replace Callum Morris, but the big defender makes a recovery to stay on the pitch after treatment. However, Keith Lasley is not so lucky and Dom Thomas is the captain's replacement in midfield. 

Motherwell 1-1 Dundee United

United defender Callum Morris slides in with a thumping challenge on Keith Lasley inside the United penalty box and both players are left injured by a coming together that leaves your eyes watering.

GOAL

Rangers 3-1 Greenock Morton (Lee Wallace)

Rangers are well on their way to extending their lead in the Championship table as captain Lee Wallace curls in their third of the night.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Motherwell 1-1 Dundee United

A poor pass in midfield by Gavin Gunning allows Motherwell to break clear and Marvin Johnson is close to his second goal of the night as his curling drive takes a deflection before skimming the top of the crossbar.

YELLOW CARD

Motherwell 1-1 Dundee United

Motherwell's Keith Lasley is booked as he hauls down Ryan Dow as the United forward races towards the penalty box. Blair Spittal's free kick is disappointing as it hits the defensive wall.

Motherwell 1-1 Dundee United

Michal Szromnik is determined not to hold the ball and this time pushes away a low cross from Marvin Johnson before the ball is cleared.

Motherwell 1-1 Dundee United

Motherwell started the first half slowly. Not the case in the second half

Derek FergusonBBC Radio Scotland pundit

GOAL

Rangers 2-1 Greenock Morton (Kenny Miller)

Kenny Miller starts the second half the way he finished the first with a goal as Championship leaders turn the game round either side of the break.

KICK-OFF

Motherwell get the second half under way at Fir Park. Can the home side build on their reprieve just before the break, or can United recover?

HT: Rangers 1-1 Greenock Morton

Rangers striker Kenny Miller celebrates his goal
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Kenny Miller equalised for Rangers against Morton at Ibrox

HT: Rangers 1-1 Greenock Morton

HT: Motherwell 1-1 Dundee United

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson is agreeing with me that United will feel aggrieved about the concession of that free-kick that led to the Well equaliser. It looked like a fair challenge on Morgaro Gomis.

HT: Motherwell 1-1 Dundee United

GOAL

Motherwell 1-1 Dundee United (Marvin Johnson)

Just like it looks like United were going into the dressing room with a deserved half-time lead, Marvin Johnson loops a header over goalkeeper Michal Szromnik from Josh Law's floated free-kick.

GOAL

Rangers 1-1 Greenock Morton (Kenny Miller)

Rangers 0-1 Greenock Morton

Denny Johnstone scores for Morton
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Denny Johnstone fired Morton into the lead at Ibrox