Dundee 0 – 1 Motherwell

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Lewis Irons at Dens Park

Motherwell returned to winning ways with a determined performance away to Dundee in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Craig Tanner’s fourth goal in four games against Neil McCann’s side proved to be the difference as ‘Well clung on to a 1-0 lead for over an hour.

And it was almost a mirror image of the Steelmen’s defeat to Kilmarnock, with Robinson’s men stepping up to deliver on his calls to be clinical in front of goal.

The Northern Irishman made two changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Killie, recalling Cédric Kipré following his suspension and bringing Allan Campbell back in to the midfield in place of Andy Rose.

The home side sent a warning shot wide of the post mid-way through the first half when Sofien Moussa side-footed across goal from a corner, but it flashed narrowly wide.

And almost immediately down the other end, Motherwell punished the hosts emphatically.

A terrific ball over the top from Carl McHugh released Curtis Main in behind the Dee back line, and the striker fizzed the ball across goal for Tanner, who made no mistake from inside the six-yard box.

Two glorious chances in two minutes were squandered by McCann’s men as ‘Well began to be put under serious pressure early in the second half.

First up was Genseric Kusunga in the 51st minute, who blazed the ball high over the bar from eight yards when it broke kindly for the centre-back.

Two minutes later, Josk Meekings was afforded too much space from a corner and sent a downward header wide of the far post as Dundee piled forward in search of an equaliser.

Robinson responded to that pressure with the introduction of Ryan Bowman and Andy Rose in place of Nadir Çiftçi and Craig Tanner, and ‘Well’s determined showing raged on for the 30 minutes remaining.

A vicious Simon Murray effort from a tight angle forced a decent stop from Carson, but the Northern Irishman remained largely untested as the ten Steelmen in front of him stood up to the challenge. As always, the stopper showed his assured composure to collect a number of crosses from the home side.

It was a near complete away performance from Motherwell. Hard-fought, determined and, crucially, clinical.

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