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    Dundee win in pictures

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    Robinson: We were well organised

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    Dundee 0 – 1 Motherwell

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    Rose: We work hard for each other

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    Build-up: Dundee

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    Robinson: Focused on our football

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    Finnie in charge of Dee clash

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    A thank you from the Chairman

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    TV: Highlights from Hampden

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    Dundee win in pictures

    Images from tonight’s win over Dundee at Dens Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Robinson: We were well organised

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson admitted his side looked a little jaded but hailed a hugely important win against Dundee.

    The Northern Irishman has now led his side to 13 wins in 17 games this term following a semi-final league cup victory over Rangers.

    But there were no signs of a cup hangover in terms of results – with the Steelmen now on a four game winning streak domestically.

    “We started really brightly for the first 20-minutes and I thought we dominated possession, we could have been two up and Tanner takes his goal great.

    “Dundee came in to the game and I thought we looked a little bit jaded. The boys that came in did ok but I think you could tell they haven’t played regular football.”

    He added: “But we hung in, we were organised and we’ll play better than that I assure you but to get the three points is massive for us.”

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    Dundee 0 – 1 Motherwell

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    Lewis Irons at Dens Park

    Motherwell moved up to third in the Ladbrokes Premiership with a clinical 1-0 win over Dundee.

    An early goal from Craig Tanner was enough at Den’s Park as the Steelmen made it four wins on the bounce whilst recording their eighth clean sheet of the season in the process.

    Stephen Robinson rang the changes following his sides efforts at Hampden on Sunday, giving Chris Cadden, Allan Campbell, Andy Rose and Louis Moult well earned rests, whilst giving Elliott Frear, Gaël Bigirimana, Craig Tanner and Alex Fisher well-earned starts.

    And the fresh faces made an immediate impact, with Tanner firing the Fir Parkers ahead inside the first five minutes.

    A clipped ball towards the ‘Well front men was nodded down neatly by Bowman in to the path of Tanner, who’s clever touch kept away the surrounding Dee defence and afforded the Englishman the time to finish high past the helpless Scott Bain.

    Motherwell’s number 27 nearly had his second of the game just five minutes later when a clever, low corner found the peeling run of the goalscorer, who struck it low and hard on target, only for Bain to palm away from danger.

    Fisher and Frear looked lively all evening and the latter sent in a terrific cross in the 16th minute which fizzed across the six-yard box, whilst the former struck a terrific low effort on target from the edge of the box which Bain did well to keep out.

    Shortly after the half hour mark, the hosts were handed a golden opportunity to grab an equaliser despite barely laying a glove on the Steelmen for the opening 30 minutes.

    A clear tackle from Carl McHugh trundled all the way back towards Trevor Carson who had time to think before picking the ball up, which referee Stephen Finnie deemed to be a pass back – resulting in an indirect freekick for Neil McCann’s side.

    Kevin Holt laid it off for Roarie Deacon but the Dee man fluffed his chance and dragged his effort well wide of the mark.

    The home side had the ball in the back of the net in the 41st minute but it was disallowed due to Sofien Moussa’s clear push on Peter Hartley as the striker nodded the ball home.

    Dundee started to drag themselves back in to the fixture but half time arrived at a good time for the ‘Well, who had started to let their hold on the match slip following a superb start.

    Chris Cadden was introduced to the action early in the second half before goal scorer Tanner made way on the hour mark to be replaced by Louis Moult.

    Just seconds after the change, the Fir Parkers were inches from doubling their lead when Frear’s delightful cross curled between Bain and his backtracking defence and just narrowly ahead of the onrushing Tait, who was the only one who read the cross but couldn’t quite prod it home.

    Nine minutes from time, Bigirimana should have made it two and with it, all but confirmed the three points when he linked up brilliantly with Moult.

    The Burundian played it in to the substitute, who flicked a neat back-heel in to the midfielders run, but his touch took the last Dee man out of the game to leave him with just Bain to beat, but his finish was straight at the stopper.

    Moult went close with a freekick in the final few minutes, but a slight deflection off the top of the wall took it away from goal and kept the deficit to one with just stoppage time remaining.

    The Steelmen saw the game out well, keeping the ball and keeping the hosts pegged back in their own half, with one tame Marcus Haber header the only real threat on Carson’s goal in the final stages of the match as some crucial clearing headers from Tait, Kipré, Dunne, McHugh and Frear quelled any long hopeful long balls from the home side.

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     Alastair Reilly at Dens Park

    FT: Dundee 0 – 1 Motherwell.

    The Steelmen leave Dens park with their first three points since 2013. COYW!!!!!!

    FULL TIME!!!

    90′ | 0-1
    There will be three minutes added on

    86′ | 0-1
    Decent chance there for Haber but again it’s a routine stop for Carson from the header

    83′ | 0-1
    Chance here as Cadden wins a free-kick 25 yards out…Moult’s shot is deflected over the bar.

    81′ | 0-1
    What a chance for Bigirimana as he gets on the end of Moult’s backheel but Bain makes a sensational save to deny him!

    70′ | 0-1
    Cadden booked for kicking the ball away as Dundee had a free-kick

    Motherwell also make a change, Grimshaw on for Hartley

    65′ | 0-1
    Dundee make their final change, Moussa off for Leitch-Smith

    60′ | 0-1
    Great ball across the face of goal from Frear which is read by Tait but he is inches away from making contact

    59′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, Tanner off for Moult

    56′ | 0-1

    And a Dundee change, Deacon off for McGowan.

    53′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, Bowman makes way for Cadden

    52′ | 0-1
    Great wing play by Frear cutting in off the left but he can’t quite find a man with his cut-back.

    Kamara gets the second 45 underway. COYW!!

    HT: Dundee 0 – 1 Motherwell

    The Steelmen with a goal advantage going into the break.

    45′ | 0-1
    There will be two minutes added on.

    43′ | 0-1
    Great chance for Moussa to level but he fires harmlessly at Carson from 12 yards.

    41′ | 0-1
    Dundee have the ball in the net but it’s disallowed. Not entirely sure why….

    39′ | 0-1
    Close. Corner is sent looping into the air at the front post then headed over the bar by Hartley.

    35′ | 0-1
    Deacon fires the free-kick well wide of the post.

    33′ | 0-1
    Indirect free-kick to Dundee inside the box. McHugh hits the ball but was never an intentional pass back which Carson picked up

    31′ | 0-1
    Dundee sub, O’Dea off for Waddell

    30′ | 0-1
    O’Dea booked for a clear shoulder charge on Tanner as he broke away.

    27′ | 0-1
    Deacon booked for a high tackle on Tanner inside the Motherwell half.

    24′ | 0-1
    ‘Well have a free-kick wide on the left which Tait whips in but Bain punches to safety.

    18′ | 0-1
    Nice turn and low shot from distance by Fisher is well saved by Bain, low to his right. Great effort.

    16′ | 0-1
    Close! Frear fizzes a ball across goal and somehow the Dundee defence manage to clear!

    10′ | 0-1
    ‘Well work a short corner which gives Tanner some space inside the box but his shot is palmed away by Bain.

    5′ | 0-1
    Ball is clipped into Fisher, which was nodded on to the path of TANNER who poked the ball past Bain!!

    GGOOOAAALLLL!!!

    Tanner gets the action underway. COYW!!

    Out come both sides, it’s a cold one up here in Dundee. Usual colours for each team.

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    Rose: We work hard for each other

    Andy Rose hailed the team spirit of the Motherwell squad ahead of their second match in four days.

    The midfielder looked ahead to tonight’s clash with Dundee and reflected on a hard-fought semi-final victory over Rangers on Sunday.

    And the Australian admitted he hopes good things will continue to follow the hard work put in by all of the players and staff at Fir Park.

    [pullquote]A big strength of ours is that we know what we are as a team and I think we understand that our strength is the fact that we are such a close unit and a real team, we have great mentality – everybody pushes and works for each other.[/pullquote]

    He said: “A big strength of ours is that we know what we are as a team and I think we understand that our strength is the fact that we are such a close unit and a real team, we have great mentality – everybody pushes and works for each other.

    “It doesn’t matter who scores the goals on any given day, everybody is just as excited for the next person to step up and get the headlines.”

    He added: “Those sorts of little things for us aren’t important we just want to continue to push each other every day, work hard, and hopefully good things follow that.”

     

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    Build-up: Dundee

    Motherwell return to Ladbrokes Premiership action tomorrow night with a trip to Den’s Park on the cards for Robinson’s men.

    And in what is the third consecutive fixture away from Fir Park, the Steelmen will be looking to maintain their fine run of form on the road – having lost just once away from home this season.

    However, the encounter will be a difficult one for the ‘Well, who are set for their second fixture in four days following the semi-final victory over Rangers.

    And with Hibernian awaiting Robinson’s men on Saturday, tomorrow nights clash falls in the middle of a busy run of three games in a week.

    Hosts Dundee are without a win in their last two matches but have not lost at Den’s Park in the league since the opening day defeat to Ross County.

    Neil McCann’s men will prove to be formidable opposition for Motherwell, even in the sort of form the Fir Parkers are in at the moment.

    But with a well-drilled attitude among the squad, Robinson admitted his side will be fully focussed and hungry to notch their 13th domestic win of the season.

    The Northern Irishman admitted his side are “very happy” but also “focussed on playing football”.

    He said: “We’ve beaten the team second in the table, we’ve beaten the side third in the table, so now we deserve the right to play the team top of the table in the final. We’re all very, very happy but also cautious not to get too carried away with things and our focus now very much turns to Dundee.”

    [pullquote]I said to them that they could come back here and have a beer if they wanted to… but they said no. They wanted to show their face, acknowledge the crowd and get home to prepare for Dundee.[/pullquote]

    He added: “The passion on Alan MacDonald’s face, the kit man who has been here a lot longer than me and anybody else, when he came in to that dressing room was priceless, and that’s what I try and focus on.

    “We’ll have bad days, we’ll have bad games and bad periods but when we lose we lose together and everyone sticks together, and when we win we certainly enjoy it.”

    The Fir Park boss hailed the attitude of his players following that League Cup win and ahead of another important Premiership fixture.

    From the Vault: ‘Well 3 – 1 Dundee

    “I said to them that they could come back here and have a beer if they wanted to because I was certainly coming back to have one, but they said no.

    “They wanted to show their face, acknowledge the crowd and get home to prepare for Dundee.”

    He added: “We asked them about suits for the final because you obviously need to prepare that stuff and get things cut, but they don’t want suits – they’ll go in their tracksuits because they want to focus solely on playing football.

    “In our next month there are a lot of big, big games to play and that’s our sole focus and Dundee is very much where we’re heading now.”

    Despite the bumps and bruises of a hard-fought semi-final, Robinson revealed his players are all hungry to play and that his squad is near fully fit, with George Newell, Ellis Plummer and Deimantas Petravičius all nearing returns from injury.

    Dundee V Motherwell
    Wednesday 25th October 2017
    7.45pm
    Dens Park, Dundee
    On sale now from the Fir Park ticket office. Also available on the gate.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS £24
    STUDENTS/OVER 65 £16
    UNDER 18s £10
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161

    If you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t miss the action by tuning in to mixlr.com/motherwellfc for live commentary or follow the match on Twitter @MotherwellFC

    You can see the match highlights on MFC TV’s YouTube channel, as well as full reaction and a match report right here on the official website.

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    Robinson: Focused on our football

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson turned his attentions to Dundee following Sunday’s semi-final win over Rangers.

    The Northern Irishman admitted his side are “very happy” but also “focussed on playing football”.

    And ahead of the club’s second game of three in the space of a week, Robinson looked ahead to his side’s tenth league encounter of the season.

    [pullquote]We’re all very, very happy but also cautious not to get too carried away with things and our focus now very much turns to Dundee.[/pullquote]

    He said: “We’ve beaten the team second in the table, we’ve beaten the side third in the table, so now we deserve the right to play the team top of the table in the final. We’re all very, very happy but also cautious not to get too carried away with things and our focus now very much turns to Dundee.”

    He added: “The passion on Alan MacDonald’s face, the kitman who has been here a lot longer than me and anybody else, when he came in to that dressing room was priceless, and that’s what I try and focus on.

    “We’ll have bad days, we’ll have bad games and bad periods but when we lose we lose together and everyone sticks together, and when we win we certainly enjoy it.”

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    Finnie in charge of Dee clash

    Motherwell return to Premiership action on Wednesday night, with Stephen Finnie in charge for the club’s trip to Dundee.

    It is already the officials third ‘Well match of the new season after he took charge of the dramatic Ross County victory in the Betfred Cup, as well as Berwick Rangers visit to Fir Park in the group stages.

    That 1-0 victory wrapped up a perfect group for Stephen Robinson’s men and the official was again at Fir Park as the fourth official for the league opener against Rangers.

    But most memorably this campaign was the dramatic evening in Dingwall, when Ross MacLean sealed progression to the quarter-final of the league cup.

    The last time he was in the middle for a ‘Well clash with Dundee was the forgettable 5-1 home defeat against Dundee back in February.

    However, the time before that was an important 3-1 victory over Partick Thistle in February 2016, when three points lifted the Steelmen to eighth in the table.

    Louis Moult smashed a brace on that afternoon to take his tally to 16 for the season.

    Marvin Johnson then made it 3-0 on 69 minutes when he cut in from the right hand side and cracked a sweet low drive into the net.

    Callum Booth grabbed a consolation for Partick on 76 minutes when he drilled a low 20-yard effort past Connor Ripley.

    Stephen has taken charge of fourteen Motherwell games over his career, the Steelmen winning nine and losing five; curiously, no draws – although the County cup fixture took extra time to decide a winner.

    In those matches, he has dished out 54 cautions, 22 of which flashed at a player wearing Claret and Amber. Three players have been sent for an early bath, Scott Brown for a second bookable offence in a match at Parkhead in 2010 and Henrik Ojamaa in season 2014/15. Most recently, of course, was Charles Dunne for his last ditch tackle in Dingwall in the Betfred Cup clash.

    Stephen will be assisted by Graeme Leslie and Joseph Lawson. Nick Walsh will be on fourth official duties.

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    A thank you from the Chairman

    Motherwell Football Club would like to acknowledge and thank its fans for their wonderful support in yesterday’s Semi Final.

    Backed by a large, noisy and loyal following from Lanarkshire, the Steelmen roared into the Betfred Cup Final for the first time in twelve years with the talismanic Louis Moult grabbing a brace in a 0-2 win.

    The Fir Parkers will now return to Hampden Park next month to take on Celtic, trying to win the League Cup for the first time in almost three-quarters of a century.

    Chairman Jim McMahon said: “It was such a wonderful occasion to see so many Motherwell fans at Hampden, giving the boys the backing they deserved.

    “We have received tremendous support both at Fir Park and on the road this season, and on behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to thank you for that.

    “We now have a huge Cup final to look forward to and I hope you will all, once again, join us for what will hopefully be another memorable afternoon.”

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    TV: Highlights from Hampden

    Highlights from Hampden where a Louis Moult double secured the Steelmen’s place in the Betfred Cup final.

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    Semi-final win in pictures

    Images from this afternoon’s win over Rangers at Hampden Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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