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Dundee 0-1 Motherwell: Turnbull penalty leaves Dens Park side in relegation trouble

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Highlights: Dundee 0-1 Motherwell

David Turnbull's spot kick sank lowly Dundee to open up a 14-point gap over the Scottish Premiership strugglers.

Ryan Inniss' rash challenge brought substitute Elliott Frear crashing to the turf in the box for Turnbull to convert on 60 minutes.

Andy Nelson and Rory Deacon both went close for the hosts, who have only claimed one win at home this season.

Dundee remain a point above bottom-side St Mirren, with Motherwell two points off eighth-placed Hibernian.

A late cavalry charge almost offered up a precious point for Jim McIntyre's men. They were well in the match and on another day it could have been different if they demonstrated a more clinical edge.

Instead, they face going bottom of the table if St Mirren beat Hibernian on Sunday, while Motherwell's third Premiership win on the bounce has surely pushed them away from any relegation danger.

Wasteful hosts & tremendous Turnbull

One thing that will frustrate Dundee most is that the Motherwell penalty award came on the counter-attack after the hosts had failed to make the most of a promising forward move.

Spurning opportunities was the story of the first-half for the Dens Park side.

The relatively unknown quantity of Andy Dales, on-loan from Scunthorpe, was brilliant with trickery and pace at times down the left-hand side. He twice cut in only to shoot wide and over, then set up a few more opportunities that his team-mates missed.

Inness will look back and wonder if his challenge on Frear was really necessary, as it looked like the substitute had already screwed his shot wide.

But it gave Turnbull another chance to show the talent he is. The 19-year-old put his penalty away like a seasoned professional, just days after he landed the winner against Hibernian. The skilful and creative midfielder is up to five for the campaign.

Another young starlet, Jake Hastie, nearly added to Motherwell's lead when he showed a tremendous bit of pace, strength and close control down the right before producing a shot that didn't match the quality of the build-up.

Roarie Deacon had two decent chances to level for Dundee, but Mark Gillespie saved the first before Deacon failed to pull the trigger in time for the other.

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Paul McGowan can't hide his frustration at full-time

Top six in sight for Motherwell? - analysis

BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Dens Park

Top priority at Fir Park over the next couple of months needs to be getting David Turnbull's signature on the dotted line of a new contract.

Manager Stephen Robinson has said he's "confident" things are moving that way, and what a boost it would be for the club to know they have such a talent - and a boyhood Motherwell fan - committed to them for the next few years.

In the space of four days, the Steelmen have reduced an eight-point gap between them and Hibernian to just two points, and perhaps the top six should be a realistic target.

If Dundee can convert more of the chances they are creating, staying in the division looks likely. Keep your eye on Dales, who was at the heart of so much that was good about the hosts.

'I'm not too concerned below us. It's been a big week for us' - reaction

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre said: "I was delighted with the level of performance. We had a bit of everything.

"We have to convert those types of performances into three points.

"The most disappointing thing is that we didn't work their goalkeeper enough. In terms of how I want my teams to play with pace, being dynamic and getting at people, there was a lot to like.

"I think in 99% of the other stuff Ryan did very well, but that one decision has ended up costing us."

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson said: "It was a big week for us after a disappointing start in the cup, but we have certainly rectified it with two very good results.

"I haven't really looked above us and I'm not too concerned below us. We have to continue doing what we're doing.

"We are at the start of a process where we are building again. We've lost a lot of players and we are putting young boys into the team, playing a different system, it takes time. We have got our rewards.

"We will keep improving I believe and hopefully picking up results."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 31Dieng
  • 2Kerr
  • 5Kusunga
  • 15Inniss
  • 3Ralph
  • 27CurranSubstituted forDeaconat 9'minutes
  • 4Woods
  • 18McGowan
  • 17Dales
  • 21NelsonSubstituted forMillerat 64'minutes
  • 23CurranSubstituted forKallmanat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6O'Dea
  • 7Deacon
  • 12Parish
  • 19Kallman
  • 20Miller
  • 28Hadenius
  • 29Horsfield

Motherwell

  • 20Gillespie
  • 14GrimshawBooked at 43mins
  • 5Aldred
  • 18Dunne
  • 2Tait
  • 32HastieSubstituted forBigirimanaat 71'minutes
  • 8Campbell
  • 23Gorrin
  • 12AriyibiSubstituted forFrearat 54'minutes
  • 28TurnbullSubstituted forMcHughat 80'minutes
  • 9Main

Substitutes

  • 4McHugh
  • 6Hartley
  • 11Frear
  • 13Ferguson
  • 17Bigirimana
  • 24Johnson
  • 44McCormack
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,887

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, Motherwell 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Motherwell 1.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Mark Gillespie.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Allan Campbell.

Andy Dales (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Attempt blocked. Roarie Deacon (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Carl McHugh replaces David Turnbull.

Attempt blocked. Roarie Deacon (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kenny Miller (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Benjamin Kallman (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Mark Gillespie.

Attempt saved. Roarie Deacon (Dundee) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Benjamin Kallman replaces Craig Curran.

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Richard Tait (Motherwell).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Gael Bigirimana replaces Jake Hastie.

Hand ball by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Roarie Deacon (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Elliott Frear (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Kenny Miller replaces Andrew Nelson.

Attempt saved. Jake Hastie (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 0, Motherwell 1. David Turnbull (Motherwell) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Ryan Inniss (Dundee) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Motherwell. Elliott Frear draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Elliott Frear replaces Gboly Ariyibi.

Attempt missed. Jesse Curran (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

Attempt blocked. Andy Dales (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Nathan Ralph.

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

Foul by David Turnbull (Motherwell).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic22153453143948
2Kilmarnock23136434211345
3Aberdeen23134637241343
4Rangers22126444182642
5Hearts2312382928139
6St Johnstone2211472626037
7Livingston228682620630
8Hibernian227873023729
9Motherwell2383122233-1127
10Hamilton2342171449-3514
11Dundee2334161748-3113
12St Mirren2233161543-2812
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