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Motherwell 1-1 Dundee

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Highlights: Motherwell 1-1 Dundee

Dundee hit the woodwork three times as they drew away to Motherwell.

The visitors wore black armbands in tribute to manager Neil McCann's father who passed away hours before the game.

Sofien Moussa headed off the bar before Paul McGowan hit a stunning opener from outside the box, then hit the woodwork a minute later.

Craig Tanner equalised for Motherwell from the penalty spot, but Josh Meekings twice went close to a winning goal with late headers.

Motherwell had dropped to eighth in the table prior to kick off because Kilmarnock's victory over Rangers saw the Ayrshire side leapfrog them.

Fresh from scoring twice last weekend against Partick Thistle, Moussa showed he was keen to add to his tally with two early headers; one hitting the crossbar.

Both sets of players deserve credit for the way they handled the difficult windy conditions showing a determination to get the ball on the ground and play.

Tanner had the home side's first effort, but his left-foot strike was straight at Dundee goalkeeper Elliott Parish.

It was the Dens Park side that were posing the biggest threat. A-jay Leitch-Smith had a shot well blocked by the sliding challenge of Gael Bigirimana to turn it behind, then Meekings headed over.

A sweeping move by the home side saw Peter Hartley, Bigirimana and Carl McHugh all involved before Tanner released Chris Cadden at the right edge of the box, but his driven cross swirled just wide of the back post.

Motherwell's Craig Tanner celebrates after making it 1-1
Motherwell's Craig Tanner celebrates after making it 1-1

Dundee made the breakthrough with a terrific 25-yard strike from McGowan which flew past Carson.

McGowan came close to doubling Dundee's lead a few minutes later from a similar position, but this time he produced a chipped effort which struck the junction of post and bar.

Motherwell's Liam Grimshaw effort was parried by Parish before George Newell's head flick was saved.

Stephen Robinson introduced Elliott Frear, then saw the Motherwell winger tweak his hamstring within minutes.

Andy Rose can feel aggrieved as he was booked for diving by referee Don Robertson when it looked as though he had been fouled just outside the penalty box.

However, Tanner equalised from the penalty spot after Mark O'Hara fouled Cedric Kipre as he tried to clear a bouncing ball.

The former Reading player came close again with a 25-yard free-kick which Parish managed to catch at the second attempt.

Dundee were still creating chances though and after Cammy Kerr fired a shot wide, Meekings got his head on a Scott Allan free kick but his effort came back off the 'keeper's right hand post.

Allan then sent a header just wide from a Kerr cross from the right before Carson produced a tremendous save to deny Meekings' header earning the visitors a winner.

Motherwell are now seven games without a win while Dundee are now unbeaten on their last four visits to Fir Park.

Post-match reaction

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Dundee better 'by a distance' - Neil McCann

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "You bring Elliott Frear on to change the game, we thought we needed a bit more impetus in the final third. Then after two minutes he tweaks his hamstring again so we had to take him off to protect him.

"He hobbled about for 10 minutes but credit to the boys that were on the pitch the desire they showed to stay in the game and get a result out of it.

"We scored when we had 10 men on the pitch as well so it's a really good point considering the things that went against us today.

"I thought we started a little bit scrappy and nervous then after 15 minutes we started dominating the game but we did lack an invention in that final third."

Dundee manager Neil McCann: "I'm disappointed not to win the game I thought we were by a distance the better side and you could see that Stevie (Robinson) made some subs, obviously some of those boys are coming back from injury and maybe just weren't up to tempo, but we moved it well and we asked questions of Motherwell.

"I think we were forceful in or play going forward and I do believe we deserved more from the game.

"But I'm not going to be too hard on them because coming from last Tuesday at Hearts I questioned their application, but I think in the last two games anyone who's watched us would sit back and say 'Dundee are a good side, but they're prepared too work for each other as well' and that's what I've been searching for.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 21Kipre
  • 6Hartley
  • 18Dunne
  • 7CaddenSubstituted forRoseat 54'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 4GrimshawSubstituted forNewellat 51'minutes
  • 8McHugh
  • 5BigirimanaBooked at 55mins
  • 2Tait
  • 27TannerSubstituted forat 81'minutes
  • 12BowmanSubstituted forFrearat 52'minutesSubstituted forat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hammell
  • 11Frear
  • 15Rose
  • 19Xenodochof
  • 20Petravicius
  • 22Campbell
  • 24Newell

Dundee

  • 12Parish
  • 2KerrBooked at 88mins
  • 22Hendry
  • 24Meekings
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 14O'Hara
  • 8Kamara
  • 18McGowan
  • 20El BakhtaouiSubstituted forAllanat 66'minutes
  • 7Leitch-Smith
  • 9MoussaBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 3Holt
  • 6O'Dea
  • 10Allan
  • 27Curran
  • 29Haber
  • 34Waddell
  • 38Ferie
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,173

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, Dundee 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Dundee 1.

Attempt saved. Josh Meekings (Dundee) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Sofien Moussa (Dundee).

Charles Dunne (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cammy Kerr (Dundee).

Charles Dunne (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Elliott Frear went off injured after Motherwell had used all subs.

Attempt missed. Scott Allan (Dundee) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Scott Allan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Tait (Motherwell).

Craig Tanner went off injured after Motherwell had used all subs.

Attempt saved. Scott Allan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Josh Meekings (Dundee) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box.

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Rose (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Cammy Kerr (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Dundee).

George Newell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charles Dunne (Motherwell).

Mark O'Hara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Carl McHugh (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Scott Allan replaces Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

Foul by Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dundee).

Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Craig Tanner (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jack Hendry (Dundee).

Craig Tanner (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 1, Dundee 1. Craig Tanner (Motherwell) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Motherwell. Cedric Kipre draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Mark O'Hara (Dundee) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul McGowan.

Attempt blocked. Craig Tanner (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic20145146153147
2Aberdeen2012353224839
3Rangers20113639251436
4Hibernian209653026433
5Hearts207762119228
6Kilmarnock206772427-325
7St Johnstone197482027-725
8Motherwell197392527-224
9Hamilton2055102733-620
10Dundee2054112130-919
11Partick Thistle2045111736-1917
12Ross County2044122033-1316
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