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Motherwell 2-1 Dundee

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Highlights: Motherwell 2-1 Dundee

Motherwell came from behind to sink Dundee at Fir Park, who remain just six points clear of the foot of the Scottish Premiership.

Cedric Kipre's glancing 52nd-minute header decided an entertaining clash.

The Frenchman had already diverted the ball into his own net under pressure from Genseric Kusunga, opening the scoring for Dundee.

Ryan Bowman levelled just five minutes later, while Dundee's Simon Murray and Mark O'Hara spurned big chances.

Kipre nodded home what proved to be the winning goal, and although the Dees laid siege to the Motherwell box late on, they seldom troubled Trevor Carson in the home net.

Motherwell sit seventh, three points clear of St Johnstone.

Bottom side Ross County's loss to Hamilton Academical earlier on Saturday eased the pressure on Dundee.

Neil McCann in the Dundee dugout
Neil McCann's Dundee have work to do to ensure their top-flight survival

But Neil McCann's men are only four points above Partick Thistle, who occupy the relegation play-off position, with three matches remaining.

The Dees boss was dealt an early blow as top scorer and two-goal Tayside derby hero Sofien Moussa went off injured in the opening minutes to be replaced by A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Both sides looked relaxed and fashioned chances with Craig Wighton flashing a header wide before Murray's drive was beaten away by Carson.

A Caulker header was tipped over by the Motherwell goalkeeper as the visitors tried to take the game to the Scottish Cup finalists.

Bowman headed an effort off the post at the other end before Elliot Parish dealt with the rebound from point-blank range.

Genseric Kusunga scores for Dundee
Cedric Kipre knocks Steven Caulker's header into his own net

But Dundee were banging ever louder on the door and they eventually broke the deadlock as Caulker's header was knocked into the Motherwell net by the hand of Kipre.

The defender was working hard to hold off Kusunga, who suffered rib damage in the scramble to reach the ball - an injury to which he would succumb later.

Motherwell equalised within five minutes and the goal was of similar ilk to the one they had just conceded, this time from a corner of their own.

Charles Dunne won the first header, with Bowman flicking home from inside the six-yard box to notch his ninth of the campaign.

Ryan Bowman scores for Motherwell
Ryan Bowman headed Motherwell level just five minutes after the hosts fell behind

Bowman was injured not long after with 17-year-old striker James Scott, who made his debut in the goalless draw at Ross County last week, replacing him.

The injury toll increased with the players ready to start the second half. Kusunga went to ground and was stretchered off, receiving oxygen as he was replaced by Darren O'Dea.

Dundee's rearranged defence was pounced seven minutes into the second period.

The injured Genseric Kusunga sits on a stretcher
Kusunga received treatment before the second half kicked-off, having sustained a suspected broken wrist

Chris Cadden's cross was powered into the net by Kipre whose first senior goal put the Steelmen in front.

Motherwell had gone six league matches without victory, but they began playing with freedom and kept their visitors at arm's length until a late surge, O'Hara lashing over with the goal gaping.

Dundee threatened too rarely for their manager's liking in the second half and were left to rue missed opportunities in the first as they struggled to find the urgency required to test Carson.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 21Kipre
  • 19Aldred
  • 18Dunne
  • 7Cadden
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 8McHugh
  • 22CampbellSubstituted forBigirimanaat 74'minutes
  • 2Tait
  • 9MainSubstituted forMacLeanat 84'minutes
  • 12BowmanSubstituted forScottat 41'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bigirimana
  • 11Frear
  • 13Griffiths
  • 23Ciftci
  • 26MacLean
  • 34Maguire
  • 38Scott

Dundee

  • 12Parish
  • 2Kerr
  • 5KusungaSubstituted forO'Deaat 45'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 4Caulker
  • 3Holt
  • 14O'Hara
  • 8Kamara
  • 33WightonSubstituted forScottat 79'minutes
  • 18McGowanBooked at 90mins
  • 17Murray
  • 9MoussaSubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6O'Dea
  • 7Leitch-Smith
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 23Wolters
  • 28Spence
  • 35Scott
  • 38Ferie
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
4,064

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home20
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 2, Dundee 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Dundee 1.

Foul by Glen Kamara (Dundee).

Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Paul McGowan (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Mark O'Hara (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Motherwell).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Gael Bigirimana.

Cedwyn Scott (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Ross MacLean replaces Curtis Main.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Richard Tait.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Holt (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Cedwyn Scott replaces Craig Wighton.

Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

Attempt blocked. James Scott (Motherwell) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Gael Bigirimana replaces Allan Campbell.

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

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

Foul by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Carl McHugh (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Darren O'Dea (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

James Scott (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Steven Caulker (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Simon Murray (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Attempt saved. Mark O'Hara (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic34229365234275
2Aberdeen35215954361868
3Rangers34205969393065
4Hibernian351811656391765
5Kilmarnock351510104846255
6Hearts351113113634246
7Motherwell35119153844-642
8St Johnstone35109163450-1639
9Hamilton3596204662-1633
10Dundee3596203456-2233
11Partick Thistle3578202959-3029
12Ross County3569203859-2127
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