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Motherwell 0-1 Dundee

By Andy BurkeBBC Scotland at Fir Park

Dundee emerged with three points from a largely forgettable affair at Fir Park as Motherwell sank to the foot of the Scottish Premiership.

The only goal came from a mis-hit Paul McGinn cross, which sailed over goalkeeper George Long into the net.

Well were a blunt force in attack throughout, creating barely a clear chance worthy of the name.

The Steelmen are now without a win in eight matches, while Dundee's top-six challenge remains in rude health.

The home crowd responded to manager Ian Barraclough's pre-match rallying call to get behind the side, but they were dealt a blow 12 minutes in when Dundee took the lead in bizarre fashion.

McGinn advanced down the right flank and looked to deliver into the box, but his cross was horribly miscued, so much so that it dropped over Long and the goal-line.

Dundee players celebrating
McGinn (second from left) is congratulated on his fortuitous goal

If that was fortunate then Paul McGowan was unlucky a few minutes later to see a wonderful 25-yard drive fly just past the top corner.

Motherwell offered very little as an attacking force in the first half, with Craig Moore's wayward effort from the edge of the box one of the few attempts on the Dundee goal.

The Premiership's leading goalscorer Greg Stewart had his first sight of goal after Anthony Straker was dispossessed in a dangerous area, but the forward's shot was comfortably saved by Long.

Stewart tested Long again early in the second period, the keeper getting down to save his volley from 10 yards after a good cross from Jim McAlister.

Motherwell tried to shake things up with the introduction of Dom Thomas and Lionel Ainsworth, but Dundee keeper Scott Bain continued to be a virtual spectator.

McGowan and Alex Harris were lively throughout for the Dark Blues, with the latter working a yard of space in the penalty area only to fire straight at Long.

The home side managed to force a succession of corners but never truly threatened to equalise, and they will need to find more attacking impetus if they are to climb away from the relegation battle.

Line-ups

Motherwell

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Long
  • 5RamsdenBooked at 53mins
  • 45Laing
  • 6McManus
  • 44Straker
  • 47Grant
  • 14Lasley
  • 24JohnsonSubstituted forThomasat 43'minutes
  • 22MooreSubstituted forThomasat 59'minutes
  • 9SuttonSubstituted forAinsworthat 74'minutes
  • 19Erwin

Substitutes

  • 4Carswell
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 12Twardzik
  • 18Law
  • 20Kerr
  • 26Thomas
  • 46Thomas

Dundee

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 5McPake
  • 3Dyer
  • 48McGinn
  • 10Thomson
  • 20McAlister
  • 47Harris
  • 15StewartSubstituted forClarksonat 83'minutes
  • 18McGowanSubstituted forHarkinsat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Letheren
  • 8McBride
  • 16Clarkson
  • 24Black
  • 29Harkins
  • 33Wighton
  • 34Allan
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,282

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home4
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 0, Dundee 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 0, Dundee 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jim McAlister.

  4. Post update

    David Clarkson (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Louis Laing (Motherwell).

  6. Post update

    Thomas Konrad (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jim McAlister.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by James McPake.

  10. Post update

    Foul by David Clarkson (Dundee).

  11. Post update

    Anthony Straker (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by James McPake.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Konrad (Dundee).

  14. Post update

    Lee Erwin (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. David Clarkson replaces Greg Stewart.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Keith Lasley.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Gary Harkins replaces Paul McGowan.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen McGinn (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Alex Harris (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).