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Summary

  1. Motherwell's first match since departure of Stuart McCall
  2. Kenny Black in charge of home team
  3. Iain Vigurs scores only goal at Fir Park

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    I'll sign off now. Congratulations to Motherwell on a long overdue victory. I'm sure the players will want to dedicate that one to former manager Stuart McCall.

    Dundee United look certain to be knocked off top spot over the weekend, with so many teams within striking distance.

    Make sure you join us for all of the action on Saturday and Sunday.

  2. Post update

    United will, of course, argue that the game would take on a different complexion if they had opened the scoring during that spell of first-half dominance. But that's the kind of thing that makes football the maddening compulsion that keeps us all coming back for more.

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    There were two bad offside calls from assistant referee Kylie McMullan. One for each side so I guess it worked out. Lionel Ainsworth had the ball in the net and Aidan Connolly would surely have tucked his chance away had play not been halted. At least that's what the Dundee United teenager will say...

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    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara

    "It's frustrating. First half, we were a real threat going forward and on another night we'd have had the game wrapped up by half-time.

    "I'm disappointed with some of things that went against us, the offsides and challenges."

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    Motherwell caretaker manager Kenny Black

    "For sheer guts and endeavour I think we deserved the three points. We probably rode our luck at times but it was a marvellous performance. The players have laid down a marker now, that's the first clean sheet for a while.

    "I'll enjoy the win and keep doing the job I've been asked to do until told differently."

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    BBC Sportsound pundit Allan Preston

    "Keith Lasley grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. He really took control for Motherwell in the second half."

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    Will Kenny Black fancy the Motherwell job now? The caretaker boss has got a 100% record and clearly got a reaction from his team at the interval.

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    Motherwell took a bit of battering in the first half but United could not stick away any of the chances they created in the opening 45 minutes. The home side were a different animal after the break, far more aggressive in midfield and closing down their opponents all over the park.

  9. FULL-TIME

    Motherwell 1-0 Dundee United

    Motherwell celebrate Iain Vigurs' goal

    Motherwell move on to double figures with just their third win of the season. It takes them above St Mirren into 10th spot with 10 points.

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    A huge cheer for Fraser Kerr as the Motherwell defender gallops forward to eat up some valuable time. The ball breaks for Henrik Ojamaa, who snakes into the penalty box and his low shot is kept out by the leg of Radoslaw Cierzniak.

  11. YELLOW CARD

    We'll get three extra minutes as Paul Paton picks up a caution for kicking the ball away in frustration.

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    Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong gets to the byline and clips an inviting cross back for Conor Townsend but the full-back sends another great headed chance over the top.

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    Motherwell goalscorer Iain Vigurs connects with a dropping ball on the edge of the penalty area but his volley skids wide of the the target.

  14. Post update

    A nervous moment for the home fans as Chris Erskine gets to the byline to knock in a cross. Dan Twardzik gets a hand to it but appears to mis-time his jump and the ball floats towards his own goal but the keeper is a picture of calm as he retrieves it at the second time of asking.

  15. Post update

    Motherwell are sitting deeper and deeper now as Dundee United increase the tempo in search of a leveller. The visitors are leaving gaps at the back, which is dangerous with Henrik Ojamaa so fired up and full of running.

  16. Post update

    Dan Twardzik flops gratefully on a deflected strike from John Rankin after a frenzied spell of Dundee United pressure. The best chance fell to Chris Erskine but he could only get the slightest touch on Gary Mackay-Steven's low centre, with bodies flying all over the place in the home penalty area!

  17. SUBSTITUTION

    With 15 minutes remaining, Josh Law comes on for Mothewell winger Lionel Ainsworth.

    United make their final change as Jon Souttar is replaced by fellow centre-back Callum Morris.

  18. CLOSE!

    Conor Townsend pops up at the other end of the park and he really should level the game as he meets Nadir Ciftci's delivery at the back post. A collective sigh of relief from the home fans as the full-back's header flashes over...

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    Henrik Ojamaa speeds forward again and his raking cross-field pass has Lionel Ainsworth haring after it but Conor Townsend gets in an important sliding tackle to poke the ball narrowly wide of his own goal from the edge of the penalty box.

  20. CLOSE!

    Motherwell forward Henrik Ojamaa is a man transformed as he cuts in from the left and absolutely melts a shot in the direction of the far top corner. It misses but not by much...

  21. Post update

    Motherwell are showing far more aggression in this second half as defender Simon Ramsden blooters the ball into a different postal code. That mighty hoof cleared the stand and may have amateur astronomers across Lanarkshire blinking down their telescopes.

  22. YELLOW CARD

    Classic handbags as Jaroslaw Fojut and Henrik Ojamaa indulge in some foolish pushing and shoving and both end up in referee Steven McLean's wee black book.

  23. Post update

    Nadir Ciftci is involved straight away but his first shot on goal is not a thing of beauty and he inspects the turf for a divot as the ball is retrieved from the stand.

  24. SUBSTITUTION

    Dundee United send for the big guns, bringing on Gary Mackay-Steven and Nadir Ciftci. It's the young guns making way as Aidan Connolly and Blair Spittal trot off.

  25. DISALLOWED GOAL

    It's another stinker from the assistant referee as Lionel Ainsworth gets a deft touch on a raking pass from Craig Reid to divert it past Radoslaw Cierzniak. It should be 2-0 but the offside flag is fluttering. Ouch!

  26. GOAL

    Motherwell 1-0 Dundee United (Vigurs)

    The home side are in front as captain Keith Lasley drives forward and sets up Iain Vigurs on the left edge of the penalty area. The midfielder drills in a shot and it nicks off the toe of defender Jaroslaw Fojut and creeps past the paw of keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

  27. HITS THE WOODWORK

    So close for Motherwell! A swift breaks allows Craig Reid to bang in a shot from the edge of the penalty box and United keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak spills it into the path of Lionel Ainsworth only for the winger to slam his effort against the junction of post and crossbar!

  28. KICK-OFF

    Motherwell get the action up and running again.

  29. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Pie and Bovril on Twitter: "Dundee Utd's under-20 side doing really well tonight. Look by far more likely to break the deadlock."

  30. Post update

    What about the former Queen's Park connection at Tannadice? Aidan Connolly and Blair Spittal look very handy indeed. Could they follow Andy Robertson's route to riches in the English top flight and full international honours?

  31. Post update

    "This game could be over if United had a clinical finisher," is the opinion of former Tannadice player Allan Preston on Sportsound.

    Nadir Ciftci is on the bench. Could he be the man to make the breakthrough for the visitors?

  32. HALF-TIME

    Motherwell 0-0 Dundee United

    Dundee United are well on top at Fir Park

    Dundee United are well on top at Fir Park. The home defence has been under severe pressure from the visitors' lively forward line and much of that stems from the acres of space afforded to Jackie McNamara's side in the middle of the park.

    However, the score remains 0-0 and Motherwell have a half-time team talk to sort out their troubles.

  33. Post update

    Remarkable! The Motherwell defence is opened up again as Aidan Connolly jinks past advancing goalie Dan Twardzik to slot into an open goal. But hang on; an offside flag goes up and the little midfielder bangs a shot from seven yards against the post. Did he see the assistant referee or hear a whistle?

    Just to add to the drama, TV replays show the offside call was incorrect...

  34. YELLOW CARD

    Stephen McManus is booked for a cynical trip on Aidan Connolly. The former Scotland defender is blowing hard as he chases after these young United whippets...

  35. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Andrew Priestly: "Patrick Kluivert to Motherwell? Well, Edgar Davids did manage Barnet for a spell last year. Stranger things could happen! #bbcscotfootball"

    Neil Halliwell: "Surely Rafa Benitez can sort out all the European issues Motherwell have?! #bbcscotfootball"

  36. GREAT SAVE!

    Some very nifty footwork from Dan Twardzik as he back-pedals furiously to tip away a looping, deflected strike from Aidan Connolly.

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    United keep coming forward and Chris Erskine's fierce drive is pushed away by a diving Dan Twardzik.

  38. Post update

    Aidan Connolly splits the home defence to find his old Queen's Park team-mate Blair Spittal surging into the penalty area. Under pressure from two lunging defenders, he gives it the old toe-bash and the ball skids inches wide of the upright.

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    Aidan Connolly is a real livewire for United, showing two opponents a clean pair of heels to whip in a delicious cross from the left. If Ryan Dow can get a touch, it's 1-0 to the visitors, but the ball is just a whisker above his outstretched leg.

  40. Post update

    Henrik Ojamaa is away again, this time wriggling his way across the penalty box from the right but the Estonian doesn't manage to get a shot away, with John Rankin getting a toe to the ball in a vital clearance. It falls for Iain Vigurs but the home midfielder is leaning back and his rising shot fails to trouble visiting keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

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    Space opens up for Henrik Ojamaa to dart forward and set his sights but the Motherwell forward slices his long-range effort skews way wide of the target.

  42. Post update

    Conor Townsend gets forward again and topples to the turf as Mark O'Brien blocks his route to goal. There are a few cries for a penalty from the band of travelling supporters but the player just picks himself up without any fuss.

  43. Post update

    United continue to ping the ball around at pace and the Motherwell defence is starting to creak. Defender Conor Townsend pops up in the penalty box but doesn't quite catch his shot and it's blocked by an opponent in claret and amber.

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    Blair Spittal cuts in from the left to have a pop and his curling strike from the edge of the area cannons off the chest of Aidan Connolly (in an offside position), forcing a good save from Motherwell custodian Dan Twardzik.

    It's beginning to look like he will be the busier of the two goalkeepers.

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    Chris Erskine sends Ryan Dow scampering forward with a raking pass but the Dundee United forward takes a heavy first touch, allowing Stephen McManus to get back and make a good sliding block on the angle of the six-yard box.

  46. YELLOW CARD

    Mark O'Brien is the first man to be cautioned as the on-loan 'Well defender clatters into Paul Paton in the middle of the park.

  47. Post update

    Iain Vigurs floats a free-kick into the Dundee United penalty box but it's a Dundee United head that gets to it in a congested spot.

  48. Post update

    Aidan Connolly lines up the free-kick from 20 yards only to balloon it high over the crossbar...

  49. Post update

    Aidan Connolly nips in behind the home defence and gets there before Motherwell keeper Dan Twardzik. However, he takes the ball very wide and is on the byline before delivering a cross into the mixer. The ball is cleared as far as Chris Erskine on the edge of the box and he is felled by a slipping Keith Lasley.

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    Motherwell winger Lionel Ainsworth speeds down the right flank to fizz in a low cross and Jon Souttar does well to clear while facing his own goal.

  51. Post update

    The United forwards are buzzing around in enemy territory, popping up here and there, but haven't yet got behind the home side.

  52. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Stuart Spence: "How long before Patrick Kluivert is linked to the Well job? #bbcscotfootball"

    Well, Stuart I think you've just done it...

  53. Post update

    The early signs are that Paul Paton is filling in at right-back for United rather than patrolling the middle with John Rankin.

    And it looks like a back four for Motherwell, with Craig Reid in the left-back area.

  54. KICK-OFF

    Dundee United, wearing black, get the game started.

  55. Post update

    There's a nice "thanks for the memories" banner dedicated to Stuart McCall on display from the home fans. There will be a Remembrance minute's silence then we'll be up and running...

  56. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Chris Martin on Twitter: "Billy Davies would be some coup for 'Well. He's done a great job in Eng. Would do well at 'Well #bbcscotfootball"

  57. Post update

    United beat Motherwell at Tannadice in August thanks to a solitary late goal from Mario Bilate. The Terrors were also unbeaten in this fixture last season, which included a 4-0 win on their only visit to Fir Park.

    You have to go back to April 2011 for Motherwell's last home success against tonight's opponents.

  58. Post update

    Stuart McCall worked wonders on a limited budget at Fir Park, steering the Lanarkshire club to third place then back-to-back runners-up finishes in the top flight over the last three seasons. However, it has all unravelled this term with just two wins from 12.

    The former Everton and Rangers midfielder told BBC Scotland he was worried that he had "lost a bit of that hunger and desire".

  59. Post update

    Apologies to all Hamilton Accies who are choking on their tea after BBC Radio Scotland's Tom English suggests Alex Neil would be a good fit for Motherwell. They wouldn't dare, would they?

  60. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Who would Motherwell fans like to see replace Stuart McCall? Derek Adams has been strongly linked and Winston Bogarde is up for it. Would you take Billy Davies back or will the cash-strapped club promote from within?

    If you're on Twitter, use #bbcscotfootball

  61. Post update

    Billy Davies is an onlooker at Fir Park. Could the former Preston, Derby and Notts Forest boss be interested in a return to Motherwell?

  62. Post update

    PAINT IT BLACK

    Kenny Black

    Of course, Kenny Black, who has been the number two at Motherwell since 2011, does have experience of being the main man in the dugout. The 50-year-old was in charge at Airdrie United for four years.

    The polite way to describe Black's style as a defender with Rangers and Hearts among others is "uncompromising". Will we see some added bite in the home ranks?

    He says he is unsure if he wants to be considered for the post permanently but a good performance tonight may well whet his appetite for more.

    Black certainly has some stiff competition if he does fancy it, with more than 50 applications in already.

  63. Post update

    That looks a bit 3-4-3-ish from Motherwell and Dundee United have gone all continental with a "hidden nine" or could that be interpreted as the dreaded 4-6-0?

    Whatever way the visitors are lining up, manager Jackie McNamara makes six changes from the side that beat St Mirren 3-0 last Saturday. Bold stuff from the leaders.

  64. LINE-UPS AT FIR PARK

    Motherwell: Twardzik, Kerr, O'Brien, McManus, Ramsden, Ainsworth, Reid, Lasley, Vigurs, Ojamaa, Sutton. Subs: Nielsen, Carswell, Lawson, McHugh, Francis-Angol, Law, Moore.

    Dundee United: Cierzniak, Spittal, Souttar, Fojut, Townsend, Paton, Rankin, Armstrong, Connolly, Erskine, Dow. Subs: Szromnik, Dillon, Butcher, Morris, Telfer, Mackay-Steven, Ciftci.

  65. Post update

    In stark contrast, Dundee United are in rude health; peering down at the rest from their lofty position. However, their form away from home has been up and down and Jackie McNamara's men are bidding to avoid a hat-trick of defeats on the road.

  66. Post update

    This is a third Friday fixture in a row for the Steelmen, who will be under the guidance of Kenny Black this evening following Stuart McCall's departure. The hosts are aiming to end a dismal losing sequence of five games in the league.

  67. Post update

    Good evening and welcome to our Friday night slice of Premiership entertainment. Managerless Motherwell welcome league leaders Dundee United to Fir Park.