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Motherwell 1-3 Dundee

By Rob MacleanBBC Scotland at Fir Park

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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 1, Dundee 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Dundee 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Kerr (Motherwell).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

    Gary Irvine (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Martin Boyle replaces Gary Harkins.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by David Clarkson (Dundee).

  16. Substitution

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jim McAlister.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by David Clarkson (Dundee).