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Motherwell 1-0 Dundee: Super strike from Turnbull earns first home win

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Highlights: Motherwell 1-0 Dundee

David Turnbull crashed in a wonderful strike to give Motherwell their first Premiership home win of the season.

The teenager, who scored his first senior goal in the midweek victory at St Mirren, broke the deadlock on 69 minutes with a screamer from 25 yards.

The Fir Park side were the dominant force for most of the game, with Ryan Bowman inches away with a header.

Dundee hit the frame of the goal early on but have now lost 11 of their 12 league games.

'Moment of brilliance decides tight game'

With neither side in good form coming into the match, a scrappy, tight game was perhaps to be expected.

So it transpired. After some early promise when Gael Bigirimana tested Jack Hamilton from distance and Dundee defender Darren O'Dea crashed a header off the bar, the game's quality dipped.

Endeavour was never lacking, but composure and precision in the final thirds often were.

But as the game threatened to peter out into a drab, goalless draw, young Turnbull produced the first moment of genuine brilliance to light it up.

Opting to shoot from distance might have looked like another example of poor decision-making in front of goal. But the midfielder caught it beautifully and it streaked past the diving Hamilton in the blink of an eye.

Dundee struggled to create anything subsequently to trouble home goalkeeper Trevor Carson as Jim McIntyre's wait for a win goes on.

The Dundee manager has lost all four games since taking over from Neil McCann without scoring a goal.

'Motherwell grind out important win' - analysis

This display marked a big improvement for Dundee but when things are going against you, it can be difficult to get out of the rut.

If O'Dea's header had been an inch or two lower, this game could have ended differently.

As it was, despite defending stoutly - after conceding 12 goals in their previous three matches - they were beaten by a worldie and still languish at the bottom.

Motherwell ground this one out to record a second successive win and move eight points clear of their opponents.

It wasn't pretty but if Stephen Robinson's remit is - as he said yesterday - to remain in the league, this was an important step towards that.

'We should have won by more' - reaction

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "It was a terrific strike. When David hits the ball, he hits it properly, so we were screaming out for him to shoot. He's a young man with a massive future, a lot of potential.

"I thought it was a thoroughly deserved victory. We dominated the game. We created three or four really good chances and we should have won by more."

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre: "That's more like how I want us to play. I thought we got into some great positions and the final ball was wasteful.

"In terms of application and organisation, it was far, far better and it took a wonder-strike to beat us. Credit to the team, they kept going and put Motherwell under a lot of pressure at the end."

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 5Aldred
  • 4McHugh
  • 6Hartley
  • 7Cadden
  • 14Grimshaw
  • 17BigirimanaSubstituted forSammonat 90+2'minutes
  • 28TurnbullSubstituted forCampbellat 79'minutes
  • 2TaitBooked at 60mins
  • 9MainSubstituted forJohnsonat 65'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12BowmanBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

  • 8Campbell
  • 11Frear
  • 19Sammon
  • 20Gillespie
  • 21Mbulu
  • 24Johnson
  • 30Maguire

Dundee

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2KerrBooked at 28mins
  • 23BoyleSubstituted forat 90+4'minutes
  • 6O'DeaSubstituted forInnissat 59'minutes
  • 5Kusunga
  • 17Miller
  • 27CurranSubstituted forWoodsat 73'minutes
  • 28Spence
  • 8Kamara
  • 20Miller
  • 9MoussaSubstituted forMcGowanat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Woods
  • 7Deacon
  • 11Mendy
  • 12Parish
  • 15Inniss
  • 18McGowan
  • 47Lambert
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,129

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away2
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, Dundee 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Dundee 0.

Booking

Danny Johnson (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Johnson (Motherwell).

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Ryan Bowman.

Andrew Boyle went off injured after Dundee had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Andrew Boyle (Dundee) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Conor Sammon replaces Gael Bigirimana.

Foul by Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell).

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

Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

Kenny Miller (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Chris Cadden (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Tom Aldred (Motherwell).

Ryan Inniss (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Andrew Boyle.

Delay in match Carl McHugh (Motherwell) because of an injury.

Lewis Spence (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Allan Campbell replaces David Turnbull.

Attempt blocked. Calvin Miller (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

David Turnbull (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Spence (Dundee).

Danny Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Inniss (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Martin Woods replaces Jesse Curran.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Paul McGowan replaces Sofien Moussa.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jesse Curran.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 1, Dundee 0. David Turnbull (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Danny Johnson.

Peter Hartley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sofien Moussa (Dundee).

Foul by Danny Johnson (Motherwell).

Ryan Inniss (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ryan Bowman (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Danny Johnson replaces Curtis Main.

Foul by David Turnbull (Motherwell).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts128221912726
2Celtic118122762125
3Rangers1163225101521
4Kilmarnock116321710721
5St Johnstone126241218-620
6Hibernian1153321111018
7Livingston11533127518
8Aberdeen10433139415
9Motherwell113261115-411
10Hamilton12318924-1510
11St Mirren121110525-204
12Dundee121011529-243
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