Dundee 1
Motherwell 2
League (Premier League)

1 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,176
3:00 PM Kick-off

Colin Nish (20)
Michael Higdon (74)
Michael Higdon (85)

Team Managers
Barry Smith
Stuart McCall

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Gary Irvine
3. Matt Lockwood
5. Neil McGregor
25. Lewis Toshney
11. Ryan Conroy
6. Iain Davidson
28. Mark Kerr
20. Jim McAlister
10. John Baird
24. Colin Nish
Darren Randolph .1
Steven Hammell .3
Shaun Hutchinson .5
Fraser Kerr .19
Adam Cummins .30
Nicky Law .4
Tom Hateley .6
Chris Humphrey .7
Keith Lasley .14
Michael Higdon .9
Jamie Murphy .11

36. Alex Baird
17. Kyle Benedictus
26. Brian Easton
7. Nicky Riley
23. Martin Boyle
15. Steven Milne
27. Mark Stewart
Lee Hollis .12
Simon Ramsden .15
Zaine Francis-Angol .26
Stuart Carswell .18
Omar Daley .17
Henrik Ojamaa .8
Bob McHugh .16

Kyle Benedictus for Iain Davidson (74)
Mark Stewart for John Baird (79)
Martin Boyle for Mark Kerr (90)
Henrik Ojamaa for Jamie Murphy (66)
Omar Daley for Adam Cummins (73)

None. Keith Lasley (90)
Nicky Law (91)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)
George Drummond & Billy Baxter (Assistants)
Mat Northcroft (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee went down to their third home defeat of the season today, losing 2-1 to top of the table Motherwell. At the start of last year Motherwell won easily at Dens in the Scottish Cup. Today was very different and the Dundee players will be disappointed that they didn't get at least a point. Colin Nish gave the Dee the lead in the first half, but two late goals from Michael Higdon won the game for Well.

After signing on Thursday Mark Kerr started in central midfield. The experienced newcomer brought strength and experience to the midfield and looks like being a good signing. Brian Easton, the other new signing, was named as a substitute.

Dundee survived a couple of minor early alarms when Irvine and McAlister charged down shots. However, the Dee could have taken the lead on 12 minutes after a corner was half cleared. Jim McAlister turned his man on the edge of the area and passed into the goalmouth. Lewis Toshney stabbed the ball at goal but Darren Randolph saved well.

Dundee's first SPL goal of the season from open play arrived after 20 minutes. Mark Kerr swept a first time pass out to the left wing where Ryan Conroy laid it off for John Baird to cross. Colin NISH pulled away from his marker and guided his header back across Randolph and inside the post.

The rest of the first half was an even, entertaining affair. Dundee were looking mobile and well balanced, with Kerr and Nish prominent and Davidson effective at breaking up Motherwell's moves in midfield. Jamie McAlister came nearest to a second goal for the Dee. Nish dummied a cross allowing McAlister to take the ball on his chest and shoot but Randolph saved.

Motherwell spent the last few minutes of the half pushing hard for an equaliser. Hateley hammered a free kick from wide left at Douglas who was surrounded by Motherwell players and the Dundee keeper did well to punch the ball clear. On the stroke of half time Michael Higdon took the ball from a long throw, turned McGregor and from a tight angle shot past Douglas and against the inside of the post.

Motherwell took the initiative after half time and Dundee struggled to keep possession. Too much of the game was in the Dundee half, but the visitors couldn't turn possession into dangerous chances.

Dundee came within a whisker of extending their lead when Baird held the ball up well from a Lockwood throw and set up Nish to shoot a fraction of an inch past the post.

Iain Davidson pulled up clutching his thigh and was replaced by Kyle Benedictus who went to right back. Gary Irvine switched to right midfield and Jim McAlister moved into the centre.

Motherwell had managed to play the occasional dangerous low ball across goal without getting anyone on the end, but after 74 minutes they got it right and equalised. Henrik Ojamaa had replaced the largely ineffective Murphy and the speedy substitute introduced a new threat. He ran into space on the right and fired a low ball across. HIGDON flicked the ball goalwards from point blank range. Douglas managed to get a hand to it. The ball was probably going in anyway, but the big striker followed up to make sure.

Mark Stewart replaced John Baird for the last 15 minutes as both sides went for a winner.

Dundee had a loud penalty shout when McGregor seemed to be pushed as he went for a corner, but it was Motherwell who got the winner from a good corner on 85 minutes. Hateley's delivery from the right was powerful and accurate. HIGDON timed his run well to get to the ball first and used the pace on the ball to send his header flying into the roof of the net.

Dundee sent on Martin Boyle for the tiring Kerr and threw everything at Well to try and grab an equaliser. There were five minutes of added time, but sadly Dundee couldn't get the goal that would have given them a deserved point.

It is very disappointing to lose again at home, but there were definite signs of improvement today. There was more composure in midfield and that benefitted Dundee at either end of the pitch. Mark Kerr did very well till he tired, not surprisingly after being without a club till Thursday. Iain Davidson had a quietly effective game in the middle of the park till he was injured and the disruption caused by his injury helped well in the latter stages.

Colin Nish showed what an asset he is with his strength, experience and ability to hold the ball and bring others into the game. He fully deserved his goal, a fine centre forward's effort.

If Dundee can get over this dreadful spell with injuries there is cause for optimism. There will be some real competition for places and if the players can keep their heads up, and the crowd stay positive then we can face the rest of the season with confidence. It will be tough, but this squad can do it! Let's back them all the way!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 15th, 2012)

2012-13 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 8 - 279 -
Gary Irvine27 8 - 872
Matt Lockwood35 7 - 839
Neil McGregor27 6 - 371
Lewis Toshney20 3 - 3 -
Ryan Conroy25 815013
Iain Davidson28 7 - 7 -
Mark Kerr30 1 - 1 -
Jim McAlister26 7 - 7 -
John Baird27 8 - 8 -
Colin Nish31 3131
Kyle Benedictus (sub)20 6 - 56 -
Mark Stewart (sub)24 5 - 5 -
Martin Boyle (sub)19 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at September 15th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It feels like an age since our last home game, but we are pleased to be back to business today and are all raring to go.

Our last outing at Dens Park ended in disappointment. I thought we more than matched Ross County for 90 minutes, and although we didn't create many chances, we did well to restrict theirs and perhaps just lacked the run of the green.

We had the perfect response the following weekend, going to one of the toughest grounds in the country and coming away with all three points.

The performance at Tynecastle was nothing short of superb, and despite Hearts throwing everything they had at us, we were able to leave with a clean sheet.

What the players have done is raised the bar for themselves and proven what I and they themselves already knew that they are more than capable of competing at this level. What we now need to do is find consistency.

That will be so important this season.

The international break was bitter sweet for us; you always want to play another game ASAP after a victory, but at the same time we have many players who have benefited from the rest.

We haven't stopped trying to improve the squad either, and that continues to be something that many people at the club are working hard on.

Every game is tough in the SPL, and today is no different. Stuart McCall has done an incredible job at Fir Park, and Motherwell are fancied by many to do very well this season.

We will have to be as resolute as we were during our last outing, as well as learning the lessons from all our games so far. If we continue to work as hard as we have been and trying to do the right things, we'll always give ourselves a chance.

Thanks for your support, I hope you enjoy the game.