Motherwell 1
Dundee 3
League (Premiership)


Motherwell 

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Dundee


League (Premiership)
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Fir Park
Attendance: 4,061
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Henrik Ojamaa (62) David Clarkson (3)
Gary Harkins (30)
Greg Stewart (59)

Team Managers
Stuart McCall Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
12. Dan Twardzik
5. Simon Ramsden
6. Stephen McManus
15. Mark O'Brien
17. Zaine Francis-Angol
11. Iain Vigurs
14. Keith Lasley
21. Jack Leitch
7. Lionel Ainsworth
9. John Sutton
24. Henrik Ojamaa
Scott Bain .12
Paul McGinn .19
Gary Irvine .2
Thomas Konrad .4
Jim McAlister .20
Iain Davidson .6
Paul McGowan .18
Kevin McBride .8
Gary Harkins .29
Greg Stewart .15
David Clarkson .16

Bench
12. Gunnar Nielsen
20. Fraser Kerr
29. Chris Cadden
18. Josh Law
4. Stuart Carswell
26. Dom Thomas
16. Bob McHugh
Matty Allan .34
Cammy Kerr .30
Andrew Black .24
Kevin Thomson .10
Craig Wighton .33
Phillip Roberts .14
Martin Boyle .23

Substitutions
Fraser Kerr for Stephen McManus (46)
Stuart Carswell for Jack Leitch (46)
Josh Law for Zaine Francis-Angol (75)
Cammy Kerr for Paul McGinn (42)
Kevin Thomson for Greg Stewart (68)
Martin Boyle for Gary Harkins (78)

Cautions
Jack Leitch (45) Thomas Konrad (41)
Gary Irvine (82)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Colvin (Referee)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee got back on the rails with an emphatic 3-1 win at Motherwell this afternoon. The Dark Blues were excellent value for their three points and could have won by a bigger margin. David Clarkson and Gary Harkins put the Dee two up before the break. Greg Stewart made it three early in the second half. Henrik Ojamaa pulled a goal back but Well never looked like saving the match and Dundee were convincing winners.

The only change in the team lines was Iain Davidson replacing James McPake, who had a family bereavement. However, the Dee fans were startled to see Scott Bain making his league debut in goal as a last minute replacement for Kyle Letheren, who twisted his knee in the warm up. Young Andy Black made up the numbers on the bench. Simon Ferry was also unavailable, having been diagnosed with bronchitis.

Dundee started aggressively looking for an early goal and were rewarded after just three minutes. Under pressure Well couldn't clear effectively and Harkins nodded the ball back into the box. David CLARKSON was onside and clear. The former Well favourite spun to hook the ball high into the net from 16 yards; a superb finish.

The Dark Blues continued to dominate and came within inches of scoring again after six minutes. CLarkson reached the byline and cut the ball across the goalmouth where the lunging Stewart couldn't quite reach the ball to turn in the second goal.

Jim McAlister was next to have a go, surging into the box and sending a chip over Twardzik but also over the bar.

Dundee were on top, but not having it entirely their own way. Ojamaa made space for a 20 yard shot that Bain dealt with comfortably. Ramsden's shot was cleared off the line by Kevin McBride. However, that was the end of the threat from Motherwell in the first half as the Dark Blues took control.

The home defence was struggling badly against impressive attacking from the Dark Blues. Both Clarkson and Stewart looked dangerous every time they got the ball and Harkins was at his best pulling the strings behind the strikers.

Stewart's close control took him past two defenders on a run into the box, but he pulled his cross behind the supporting players.

It was no surprise when Dundee grabbed their second goal just on the half hour. McGowan played Stewart in on the right. Twardzik saved but was helpless when HARKINS followed up to smash the ball home.

Dundee's defence was disrupted when Paul McGinn took a back knock and had to be replaced by Cammy Kerr. However, it was the home defence that was all at sea and they were lucky to escape a penalty box scramble just after the second goal. Then Clarkson was left totally unmarked at a corner, but Twardzik again saved his defenders' blushes.

The former Dee keeper again rescued his careless defenders on the stroke of half time. Atrocious defending allowed Harkins to pick up a loose ball and run in from the left. Paul McGowan seemed certain to score, but Twardzik pulled off a superb save to prevent a killer third goal.

The crucial third goal wasn't delayed by long, however. Well predictably reorganised their defence at half time, withdrawing McManus and moving Ramsden to centre back with Kerr coming in to play right back. It made little difference and the hungry Dark Blues looked likely to add to their lead.

After 59 minutes Harkins sent Clarkson into space down the left. The cross found Greg STEWART all on his own to crack the third goal home from 10 yards.

Motherwell pulled a quick goal back. Henrik OJAMAA, who was easily Well's best outfield player, reacted quickest to flick the ball off the crossbar and over the line following a corner.

Motherwell huffed and puffed after that, but ran out of ideas long before the end. Kevin Thomson replaced Greg Stewart as Dundee took a firm grip on their lead.

A marvellous Harkins' mazy took him all the way through the defence but Twardzik saved again. A dangerous Thomson free kick was then desperately cleared over his own bar by Fraser Kerr.

The game died as a contest in the last 20 minutes as the Dark Blues closed out the match professionally, to the delight of the noisy travelling support.

After the disappointing run of defeats before the international break it was important to get a win today. What was even more pleasing was the manner in which it was achieved. Motherwell are clearly struggling and out of form, but Dundee made them look poor today and were superior in every area. This was all the more impressive given the injury and illness problems.

Scott Bain had an excellent debut, dealing confidently with those shots that came his way, and looked particularly secure handling crosses. Cammy Kerr had a good match after coming on and Iain Davidson also fitted in well, despite also suffering a family bereavement this week.

If Dundee had lost today it would have been easy to find excuses. As it was they won, and won well. The players deserve huge credit for putting in such a good performance in difficult circumstances.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at October 18th, 2014)


2014-15 All Time
Age
Scott Bain (GK)22 2 - 2 -
Paul McGinn23 131131
Thomas Konrad24 121121
Gary Irvine29 10 - 1672
Jim McAlister28 12 - 9610
Gary Harkins29 12311228
Kevin McBride33 5 - 724
Paul McGowan27 13 - 13 -
Iain Davidson30 3 - 734
David Clarkson29 3333
Greg Stewart24 114114
Cammy Kerr (sub)19 2 - 5 -
Kevin Thomson (sub)29 4 - 4 -
Martin Boyle (sub)21 121555






League Table (as at October 18th, 2014)


No league table has been added for this season.