Dundee 0
Motherwell 1
League (Premiership)

0 - 1

League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,003
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Craig Tanner (33)

Team Managers
Neil McCann
Stephen Robinson

Starting Eleven
12. Elliot Parish
4. Steven Caulker
2. Cammy Kerr
5. Genséric Kusunga
24. Josh Meekings
21. Roarie Deacon
8. Glen Kamara
18. Paul McGowan
14. Mark O'Hara
9. Sofien Moussa
17. Simon Murray
Trevor Carson .1
Richard Tait .2
Carl McHugh .8
Charles Dunne .18
Tom Aldred .19
Cédric Kipré .21
Chris Cadden .7
Allan Campbell .22
Curtis Main .9
Nadir Çiftçi .23
Craig Tanner .27

67. Jérémy Malherbe
15. Jon Aurtenetxe
6. Darren O'Dea
27. Jesse Curran
28. Lewis Spence
20. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
7. A-Jay Leitch-Smith
Russell Griffiths .13
Andy Rose .15
Barry Maguire .34
Gaël Bigirimana .5
Elliott Frear .11
Ryan Bowman .12
George Newell .24

A-Jay Leitch-Smith for Sofien Moussa (57)
Jon Aurtenetxe for Cammy Kerr (68)
Faissal El Bakhtaoui for Paul McGowan (87)
Ryan Bowman for Nadir Çiftçi (53)
Andy Rose for Craig Tanner (64)
George Newell for Curtis Main (82)

Paul McGowan (75)
Nadir Ciftci (51)
Craig Tanner (62)
Carl McHugh (75)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)

Match Report

Craig Tanner’s first half goal consigned Dundee to defeat against Motherwell. The winger converted Curtis Main’s cross just after the half hour mark, and despite creating countless chances, the Dee couldn’t force a way back into the game.

Neil McCann made one change to the side that beat Partick the previous week. Genseric Kusunga replaced Jon Aurtenetxe in a reshuffled defensive set up for the Dark Blues that saw Cammy Kerr deployed at left back.

Dundee started brightly, but a series of Roarie Deacon set pieces all failed to trouble the Motherwell defence.

Clear cut chances were at a premium as both sides tried to craft an opening. Curtis Main looped a header across the face of goal after 26 minutes, but Elliott Parish managed to grab the bouncing ball.

Sofien Moussa was inches away from opening the scoring when he flicked a Deacon corner towards goal, but the ball flashed past the post.

Less than a minute later, Craig Tanner opened the scoring. The winger has netted in every meeting of the sides this season, and kept his run going with a simple tap in from Main’s cut back.

Dundee looked for a route back into the game, and nearly had it when Moussa steered a loose ball into Paul McGowan, but he saw his low shot easily saved by Carson.

The first chance of the second half went Dundee’s way. Glen Kamara’s cross was knocked down by Steven Caulker, but Genseric Kusunga sliced the ball over from 10 yards.

Josh Meekings went close with a downwards header from a Deacon free kick not long after. Glen Kamara picked out Deacon with a cut back, and his shot deflected into Caulker’s path, but he could only shoot wide just after the hour mark.

Simon Murray showed good feet to get to the by line, but Carson blocked his shot from a tight angle. Moments later Deacon smashed a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal, but neither Murray or substitute A-Jay Leitch-Smith could turn the ball in.

Dundee continued to press for an equaliser, but a lack of quality in the final third was costing them dearly. Paul McGowan and Carl McHugh both saw yellow after an altercation in the middle of the park.

The Dee felt they should have had a penalty in injury time when Kipre appeared to handle a Leitch-Smith cross, but the referee was unmoved, and Motherwell held on to secure the points.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at February 24th, 2018)

2017-18 All Time
Elliot Parish (GK)27 19 - 19 -
Steven Caulker26 3131
Cammy Kerr22 34 - 911
Genséric Kusunga29 3 - 3 -
Josh Meekings25 18 - 18 -
Roarie Deacon26 281281
Glen Kamara22 37 - 37 -
Paul McGowan30 3421428
Mark O'Hara22 3166311
Sofien Moussa30 26102610
Simon Murray25 4242
Jon Aurtenetxe (sub)26 16 - 16 -
Faissal El Bakhtaoui (sub)25 325638
A-Jay Leitch-Smith (sub)27 256256

League Table (as at February 24th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It was a huge win for us last Saturday, considering we were coming off a very poor result in midweek.

I felt the first half was reflective of how we felt after Tuesday night, we looked a little safe. We sat too deep and our midfield was close to our defence, but we adjusted that in the second half. I felt we were the better side and deserved the three points.

I'm pleased because we didn't panic, continued to play and scored two very important goals. I'm delighted for Simon Murray, you could see what it meant to him to score for the club he grew up supporting. It's important for a striker to get off the mark for a new club, and now that he has I'm sure he will score many more for us.

We weren't just content in going for the point, which pleased me. It's was a great feeling in the dressing room after the match.

It will be a difficult match today but we are determined to put in a good performance and take three points.