Preview: Dundee v Motherwell

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Preview: Dundee v Motherwell

Motherwell return to Dens Park for the second time in three weeks in a bid to pick up three important points in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Stephen Robinson’s side head in to the fixture on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Steve Clarke’s Killie, a first defeat at Fir Park since the turn of the year.

It will be the third trip to Dens Park this season, and Robinson will be keen to see his side maintain their strong record against Neil McCann’s side.

The Northern Irishman believes three points against Dundee could put his side back on track to push for the top six, but the manager admits the primary focus is to pick up the points required to remain in the top flight. 

“We need to get back to winning ways,” he said. “We have a great chance on Saturday and if we can pick up the win, it’s game on again to push for the top six.

“First and foremost, we need to make sure we get the points we need to stay in the division though, after that, we can look up the way.

“We played Dundee recently and as Neil said afterwards, there wasn’t a lot in the game. Unlike Saturday against Killie, we took our chances against Dundee and that’s the story of football sometimes.” 

Dundee play some good football, they get the ball down and play and they have some very good individuals who can win games. It’s going to be a tough game.

The manager will be without Peter Hartley through injury, whilst Elliott Frear and Liam Grimshaw will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s game. 

Ryan Bowman, Stephen Hendrie, Deimantas Petravicius and George Newell all featured for Stephen Craigan’s under 20s mid-week, and they too could make the squad. 

For Craig Tanner, the prospect of facing Dundee could not have come around quick enough for the 23-year-old, who has scored in each of the past three clashes with the Dens Park side.

And ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Neil McCann’s side, the 23-year-old is eager to see the Steelmen return to winning ways. 

Speaking to the broadcast press, Tanner reflected on his strong run of form against the Dark Blues, and spoke about the positive attitude around Stephen Robinson’s squad. 

“I’ve got three goals in three games against Dundee which is nice personally,” the Englishman said. “But most important is that we go there and get the three points.

“It may be luck or maybe it’s fallen right for me on the day, but if it doesn’t fall for me on Saturday hopefully it falls for someone else.

“You can see in this division that anyone can beat anyone, so we’ll need to be on our toes and be ready with our game plan to hope that we succeed against them.”

Essential bridge maintenance works are planned for the M90 Friarton Bridge starting in the evening on Friday 23 February for one weekend.

The work will involve replacing some of the bridge components on the northbound carriageway at both the north and south ends of the bridge. The maintenance will help ensure the bridge continues to operate safely for road users.

To enable the works to be completed safely, the northbound carriageway will be closed to all traffic from 8pm on Friday 23 February until around 5 am on Monday 26 February. A contraflow system will instead be in place, with single lane traffic running in both directions on the southbound carriageway.

Supporters are advised to allow for delays and to adjust their travel plans accordingly. 

Dundee v Motherwell

Saturday 24th February 2018
Dens Park

Tickets available on the gate.

Admission prices are as follows:

UNDER 18s £10

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