Dundee 0
Motherwell 4
Scottish Cup (4th Round)

0 - 4

Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Sunday, January 9th, 2011
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,285
1:15 PM Kick-off

None. John Sutton (3)
John Sutton (47)
Steve Jennings (81)
Jamie Murphy (87)

Team Managers
Barry Smith
Stuart McCall

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Gary Irvine
3. Craig McKeown
4. Rhys Weston
5. Matt Lockwood
6. Jonny Stewart
7. Gary Harkins
8. Stephen O'Donnell
9. Craig Forsyth
10. Leigh Griffiths
11. Sean Higgins
Darren Randolph .1
Mark Reynolds .4
Stephen Craigan .5
Stevie Hammell .3
Tom Hateley .6
Keith Lasley .14
Marc Fitzpatrick .17
Steve Jennings .8
Chris Humphrey .7
Jamie Murphy .9
John Sutton .11

12. John Gibson
14. Kyle Benedictus
15. Leighton McIntosh
16. Graham Webster
17. Ross Carnegie
Lee Hollis .12
Shaun Hutchinson .19
Esteban Casagolda .23
Ross Forbes .17
Bob McHugh .16

Kyle Benedictus for Jonny Stewart (63)
Ross Forbes for Keith Lasley (85)
Bob McHugh for Jamie Murphy (89)

Sean Higgins (66)
Gary Harkins (68)
Darren Randolph (67)
Steve Jennings (67)

Red Cards
Leigh Griffiths (88)
Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)
Stephen Mitchell & Euan Norris (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee's unbeaten run under new manager Barry Smith came to an emphatic end in the Scottish Cup at Dens Park in front of the live television cameras. Motherwell fully deserved their 4-0 over a Dundee side who were second best all over the field.

Motherwell's thoroughly professional performance was based on killer goals at the start of each half from John Sutton that knocked the wind from Dundee's sails and allowed the visitors to dictate the game.

Nicky Riley didn't make the starting line up and Jonathan Stewart came in for his first start. Fans were still making their way into the stadium when Motherwell took the lead with the first serious attack of the match.

The highly impressive Jamie Murphy outpaced Craig McKeown to reach Hammell's long ball down the left. Just as the ball was about to run out play he flicked a beautiful ball to the near post where John Sutton neatly shot home from five yards.

The early goal settled any nerves Motherwell might have had and they never looked back. For the next 20 minutes they made all the running as Dundee struggled to cope with their movement and pressing.

Eventually Dundee managed to grind their way back into the game and push Motherwell back. The visitors were always in charge, however, and even when Dundee were attacking the visitors' breaks carried far more danger than Dundee's laboured efforts.

'Well could have had a second on the half hour, when Sutton had a free header from a comer, but Douglas saved comfortably.

The Dark Blues were never allowed the time or space to click into the passing game that has brought them such success in recent months in the First Division. The SPL team were fitter, more alert and had far more quality than the teams Dundee have been dominating in the league. Frustrated at their inability to build passing moves they responded with long balls, to no effect.

Any hopes Dundee had of regrouping and turning the game around were dashed by Motherwell's quick-fire start to the second half. Murphy's simple ball over the top released John Sutton to run clear into the box. He finished confidently, shooting across Douglas after drawing the keeper.

Dundee nearly grabbed an immediate reply when Griffiths' free kick was deflected onto the bar. To be honest, a spot of luck or a mistake looked like Dundee's best hope of a goal. It didn't happen, and the better side went on to win.

The bulk of the second half passed with Dundee trying vainly to put Motherwell under serious pressure and the visitors dealing comfortably with whatever Dundee came up with.

Ironically Dundee's best attack ended with Higgins and Harkins picking up yellow cards. Higgins showed skill and persistence to wriggle his way into the box, but set off a melee when he went in too heavily on Reynolds. Keeper Randolph over reacted and the referee needed help from both his assistants to separate the players. Randolph and Jennings joined the Dundee pair in the referee's book. That was the nearest that Motherwell came to losing their composure and they saw out the game very much on their terms.

Barry Smith's options were severely limited by the lack of experience on the bench. He replaced the ineffectual Stewart with Benedictus as Dundee switched to three at the back with Irvine and Lockwood trying to press forward. It made no difference, and when Motherwell pushed forward in the later stages they had little trouble helping themselves to two more goals to underline their dominance.

A patient build up on the right ended with Hateley firing a simple cross into the goalmouth for Steve Jennings to score with a firm downward header.

Jamie Murphy was the game's outstanding player and he got the goal he deserved when he ran away from Craig McKeown down the left and slipped the ball past Douglas.

Dundee's misery was compounded by an act of reckless stupidity by Leigh Griffiths. He lunged at Steven Hammell with no hope of getting the ball and was rewarded with an inevitable red card.

It was a very disappointing day on the pitch for the Dark Blues. All the plus points were off the field. The supporters were out from the early hours and laboured for hours to clear snow from around the ground to ensure the match could go on. The money from Sky for live TV coverage will be vital to Dundee, and may make all the difference to the club as it fights for survival.

The football, however, was highly forgettable. Unless you support Motherwell of course!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 9th, 2011)

2010-11 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)38 19 - 210 -
Matt Lockwood34 173173
Rhys Weston30 17 - 17 -
Gary Irvine25 19 - 19 -
Craig McKeown25 221551
Stephen O'Donnell27 212212
Craig Forsyth21 201587
Gary Harkins26 2236721
Jonny Stewart - 4 - 4 -
Leigh Griffiths20 22126133
Sean Higgins26 2135310
Kyle Benedictus (sub)19 2 - 25 -

League Table (as at January 9th, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

I welcome Motherwell to Dens today for our fourth home match in the last month. We have taken maximum points from Cowdenbeath, Stirling Albion and Ross County which is very pleasing as has been the performance of the players.

I felt our win over Ross County was well deserved. They came and made a right go of it, and for spells of the game we had a lot of pressure. The back four and the whole team defended well and notched up another clean sheet. I think the quality of the second goal deserved the victory alone. The passing and the movement for the goal is as good as you'll see. Gary Harkins finished off an excellent move and to get him back on the scoresheet will give him a boost. Gary has had to play a different role for the team this season and I have been delighted with his attitude since I came in, as I have been with all the players.

I played Steven Robb in our game against Ross County as Nicky Riley was still struggling from his back injury. Having played with Steven at Dens a few years ago I know what he can do and thought he played well giving us that added bit of experience. He will only be here for another two League games however as the Scottish League have enforced a transfer embargo on the club which means we will be unable to add any new signings to the squad. That is very disappointing as we had been looking for sometime to help the players who are already here and who have played every week since we went into administration, often carrying injuries. The situation has been made worse by the fact we cannot even field someone who is actually our player. John Gibson was on loan to Sligo Rovers when I took over and his deal ended in December. We wanted to list him as a substitute goalkeeper last Sunday but were prevented from doing so because of this embargo. The League's actions have changed all that but it won't lessen our determination to achieve our objective in the week's ahead.

Today's cup-tie gives us a break from the League which I have mixed emotions about, as I would have preferred to have continued the good run we were on in the First Division. Things have been going so well that you want to maintain your momentum whenever possible. On the other hand it gives the players a wee break from the pressures of the League and gives them a chance to pit themselves against a team from a higher division. I was impressed with Motherwell when I watched them last weekend against Hamilton and now that Stuart McCall has had a week to train with the players they will be the better for that.

I have full faith in the players to give Motherwell a game today as the character they have shown is incredible. The support has been a huge factor in those performances and with your backing today hopefully more success will follow.