Dundee 4-1 Motherwell: Harris delights Dundee boss Hartley

Alex Harris scores for Dundee against Motherwell
Harris netted his first goal for Dundee in the 4-1 defeat of Motherwell

Dundee manager Paul Hartley praised the contribution of Alex Harris after the on-loan Hibernian player opened the scoring in the 4-1 win over Motherwell.

It was Dundee's first win since November.

"Young Alex has gone through a difficult 18 months in terms of injury then maybe lack of confidence," Hartley told BBC Radio Scotland.

"The last two games he's been absolutely terrific. We see this move as a good fit for him. We just told him to go and play.

"I'm pleased with the players. We've come a long way in a short space of time. Our main aim is to keep the club in the Premiership and obviously build for years to come.

"The start of the game is terrific, we get a couple of early goals.

"We kept playing, we kept passing. I was just delighted for the players. They've gone through a difficult spell. They've had a lot of criticism but they've never let their heads go down.

"We've had a decent start to the season, we've got a good cushion over the bottom two teams and long may it continue."

Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough said: "You can't give a team a two-start lead, especially when you're away from home. You're chasing two goals after eight minutes and it's poor, it's just not acceptable and then you've got a mountain to climb with 10 men after an act of petulance. You can't raise your hand to anyone.

"Everyone knows the job that they should be doing at times and not seeing it through is a problem.

"It's very frustrating because I know there's players in there that can do better and I'm demanding that, I think they've got to be a bit more demanding of each other at times.

"There's got to be one or two for sure, but it starts in the building. People have got to understand they're playing for livelihoods and if it's not at this football club, it's at another football club.

"You've got to showcase yourself, you're in the shop window whether it's for a new manager coming in to maybe offer you a new contract or for another manager and, at the moment, people aren't doing enough."

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