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League (Premier League)


Motherwell 

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Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 10th, 2012
Fir Park
Attendance: 4,318
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Michael Higdon (45) Nicky Riley (28)

Team Managers
Stuart McCall Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Darren Randolph
3. Steven Hammell
15. Simon Ramsden
30. Adam Cummins
4. Nicky Law
6. Tom Hateley
7. Chris Humphrey
14. Keith Lasley
8. Henrik Ojamaa
9. Michael Higdon
11. Jamie Murphy
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Kyle Benedictus .17
Matt Lockwood .3
Declan Gallagher .18
Jim McAlister .20
Kevin McBride .8
Nicky Riley .7
Iain Davidson .6
Colin Nish .24
Steven Milne .15

Bench
12. Lee Hollis
19. Fraser Kerr
26. Zaine Francis-Angol
18. Stuart Carswell
27. Steven Hetherington
17. Omar Daley
16. Bob McHugh
Alex Baird .36
Lewis Toshney .25
Neil McGregor .5
Ryan Conroy .11
Graham Webster .16
John Baird .10
Martin Boyle .23

Substitutions
Zaine Francis-Angol for Stevie Hammell (57)
Omar Daley for Chris Humphrey (80)
Bob McHugh for Jamie Murphy (80)
Ryan Conroy for Nicky Riley (71)
John Baird for Steven Milne (85)

Cautions
None. Matt Lockwood (68)
Gary Irvine (89)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)
Alan Mulvanny & Alastair Mather (Assistants)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee followed up their first home win last week with a solid performance and a well deserved point at Fir Park today. Motherwell might have had more of the play, but their sloppiness and a fine Dundee defensive performance meant the home side created few chances. Dundee were more careful in possession and always looked capable of scoring on the break.

As the players took the applause of the travelling support at the end the tannoy blared out "Things can only get better". After the last two performances the supporters definitely feel things are already getting better!

Barry Smith made no changes after last week's win against Hearts, the first time this season that Dundee have fielded an unchanged line-up.

The first 20 minutes were fairly equal with Dundee having the first chance when Riley fed the ball through for Milne, who couldn't get enough power into his shot to trouble Randolph. Well responded with a quick Ojamaa break, which gave Higdon the chance to set up Law to power the ball at Douglas, who tipped over.

Murphy then flashed a 20 yard shot narrowly wide, and a Higdon header from a corner looped over Douglas and was hacked clear by Irvine.

The Dee took the lead, slightly against the run of play, on 28 minutes after Iain Davidson led a break out of defence. His pass allowed McAlister to race down the left, move infield and feed Riley on the right. The winger cut in and set up Davidson, whose shot from 20 yards was blocked just inside the area. RILEY raced onto the loose ball, surged past the last defenders and whipped a left foot shot across Randolph and inside the far post.

A neat move by the Dark Blues ended with Milne shooting wide as Dundee play grew increasingly fluent and confident. Aside from a half chance when Murphy stabbed a Hateley cross well wide Motherwell were struggling to threaten Douglas's goal.

The Well fans were becoming frustrated at their side's increasingly ragged play as the first half wore on, and they were relieved to see them equalise in stoppage time. Dundee only half cleared a high ball. Ojamaa shot from 18 yards and Douglas could only parry the ball into the path of HIGDON, who tapped the ball into the empty net, the last kick of the first half.

It was a bad blow for the Dee to lose a goal so very, very late in the half, but the players didn't let it affect them. The second half was played mainly in the Dundee half, but the Dark Blues always kept their shape, and always made Well work hard for even a glimpse of Rab Douglas's goal.

Dundee might have had less of the ball but used it better when they had it. In central midfield McBride and Davidson had sensible, unfussy games, winning the ball and moving it on to the strikers and wide players. Jim McAlister always looked capable of creating danger on the left against Tom Hateley, who was sometimes too keen to get forward from right back. On the other side Nicky Riley was a live wire, always threatening, but sometimes wasteful with his final ball.

Motherwell repeatedly wasted possession with sloppy passes, poor decisions and careless balls in the last third of the pitch. When they did get the ball into the box Gallagher and Benedictus dealt effectively with the threat posed by Higdon and Ojama. This was another excellent performance by the young centre backs, whose combined age is only a year more than that of Rab Douglas, the father figure of the Dee defence!

Steven Milne might have grabbed a winner 15 minutes from the end. His overhead kick deflected off Hateley's head and Randolph pulled off a good save to stop the ball looping into the net. Michael Higdon did force the ball into the net late on when Ojama's 20 yard shot ricocheted into his path, but the flag was already up for offside.

As the match drifted into injury time Motherwell threw themselves forward frantically in search of a winner. The Dee defence held firm and the match ended with Dundee on the attack, trying to grab the extra points.

It was disappointing to lose a goal so late in the first half, but this was exactly the sort of performance the fans needed to see on the road after the relief of that first home win last season. Dundee were hard working, composed and competitive. Add in some good football on the break, especially in the first half, and it's safe to say that the players and supporters will be quietly pleased with this performance as they travel back up the road.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at November 10th, 2012)


2012-13 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)40 15 - 286 -
Declan Gallagher21 5 - 5 -
Matt Lockwood36 1318910
Kyle Benedictus20 12 - 62 -
Gary Irvine27 15 - 942
Nicky Riley26 817410
Kevin McBride31 6 - 17 -
Jim McAlister27 14 - 14 -
Iain Davidson28 14 - 14 -
Colin Nish31 102102
Steven Milne32 8116242
Ryan Conroy (sub)25 1525714
John Baird (sub)27 14 - 14 -






League Table (as at November 10th, 2012)


No league table has been added for this season.