Scottish Premiership
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By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland
Dundee's Rory Loy wheels away after scoring
Dundee's Rory Loy opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season

Dundee survived a late scare to record a narrow victory over Motherwell at Dens Park.

The home side opened a 2-0 lead through Rory Loy and Kevin Holt, both goals coming after the break, and looked good for the three points.

But Stephen Pearson pulled a goal back for Motherwell to set Dundee nerves jangling.

Paul Hartley's men did not buckle, though, and move five points clear of their opponents.

Interim Motherwell manager Stephen Craigan could not inspire his charges to a second successive victory and the club's attentions will now focus more sharply on finding a permanent replacement for Ian Baraclough.

Loy's breakthrough goal brightened a hitherto drab afternoon of football in its creation and execution.

Riccardo Calder carved out the opportunity from the Dundee left and, when his cross found its way to the edge of the six-yard box, Loy's acrobatic backheel beat Connor Ripley.

There had been little to choose between the teams before that, but Dundee gave themselves further breathing space when Holt fired in a second.

Motherwell manager Stephen Craigan
Stephen Craigan suffered defeat in his second game as Motherwell's caretaker-manager

The full-back curled a low free-kick past the wall from 20 yards and beyond the outstretched glove of Ripley.

Motherwell's lack of punch up front has been their Achilles heel all season, but Pearson gave them something to fight for when his cross from the left found its way past players from both sides and eventually into the net.

Unfortunately for the visitors, they could not fashion another decent opportunity.

By contrast, Dundee - after an uninspiring first hour - came to life after going in front.

It followed a first period virtually devoid of action of any note, with Gary Harkins' injury-time free kick, which was turned round the post by Ripley, the only troublesome moment for either keeper.

The opening stages were marred further by game-ending injuries to important figures on both sides.

Greg Stewart was forced off following a clumsy challenge by Louis Moult and Dundee missed his creativity, compounded by the loss of Kevin Thomson in the middle of the park.

Lionel Ainsworth, who had shown moments of promise, was also forced off after twisting awkwardly.

Motherwell now face games against Aberdeen and Celtic and will hope to have a new man in charge to guide them through those tests.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4KonradBooked at 36mins
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 3Holt
  • 17Ross
  • 10ThomsonSubstituted forCurranat 42'minutes
  • 20Calder
  • 7StewartSubstituted forHarkinsat 28'minutes
  • 15Hemmings
  • 9LoySubstituted forHealeyat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 6Meggatt
  • 23Healey
  • 25Dryden
  • 27Curran
  • 29Harkins
  • 46Gourlay

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 16KennedyBooked at 54mins
  • 6McManus
  • 15Chalmers
  • 7AinsworthSubstituted forJohnsonat 29'minutes
  • 14LasleySubstituted forRobinsonat 71'minutes
  • 8Pearson
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 77McDonaldSubstituted forFletcherat 71'minutes
  • 20MoultBooked at 23mins

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 9Fletcher
  • 11Johnson
  • 13Samson
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Clarkson
  • 25Taylor
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
5,152

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 2, Motherwell 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 2, Motherwell 1.

  3. Post update

    Rhys Healey (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Johnson (Motherwell).

  5. Post update

    Jesse Curran (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee 2, Motherwell 1. Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Riccardo Calder (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Johnson (Motherwell).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kane Hemmings (Dundee).

  12. Post update

    Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jesse Curran (Dundee).

  16. Post update

    Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Dundee) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Kevin Holt (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Rhys Healey replaces Rory Loy.

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