Motherwell 2
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


Motherwell 

2 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, March 5th, 2005
Fir Park. Att. 5,110
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
David Partridge (4)
Scott McDonald (47)
None.

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
Gordon Marshall
Martyn Corrigan
Stephen Craigan
David Partridge
Steven Hammell
Kevin McBride
Scott Leitch
Phil O'Donnell
Jim Paterson
Scott McDonald
Jim Hamilton
Tony Bullock .1
Stuart Duff .12
Alan Archibald .5
Mark Wilson .2
David McCracken .3
Grant Brebner .8
Mark Kerr .7
Barry Robson .11
Stevie Crawford .19
James Grady .16
Jason Scotland .20

Bench
Barry John Corr
Shaun Fagan
Paul Quinn
Richie Foran
David Clarkson
Marc Fitzpatrick
Willie Kinniburgh
Euan McLean .41
Garry Kenneth .39
David Robertson .33
Derek McInnes .4
Greg Cameron .36
Billy Dodds .14
Collin Samuel .9

Substitutions
Richie Foran for Kevin McBride (54)
David Clarkson for Scott McDonald (80)
Marc Fitzpatrick for Phil O'Donnell (90)
Garry Kenneth for David McCracken (11)
Collin Samuel for Jason Scotland (45)
Billy Dodds for James Grady (72)

Cautions
None. Barry Robson (52)
Billy Dodds (88)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
James Bee & Andrew Seymour (Assistants)



Match Report


Centre-half Partridge made his former club suffer after only four minutes when he rose unchallenged to head home a McBride free-kick from barely 6 yards out. This was the fourth goal United had conceded from set-pieces in the space of a week. The early set-back was then followed up on ten minutes with an enforced substitution, McCracken having to leave the field, clutching his arm after an awkward fall. His replacement was young Gary Kenneth, coming on to make his league debut.

Despite these early problems United almost drew level after 13 minutes, when first Marshall blocked a Scotland effort from point blank range and Grady’s follow-up header was cleared off the line by Corrigan. There followed half an hour of pretty uneventful football with ‘Well apparently happy to sit on their lead, and United failing to break them down – then on the verge of half time the game burst to life again. First Bullock had to block well from McDonald and Craigan shot wildly as ‘Well came close to extending the lead. Then Crawford sclaffed a good chance wide and Grady saw an effort loop over Marshall and rebound off the cross-bar as United sought to equalise.

United replaced Scotland with Samuel at half time, but within two minutes of the restart disaster struck and the game looked out of reach. In control of the ball some 40 yards from goal, Alan Archibald appeared simply to slip on the wet turf and Scott McDonald gratefully took possession to run unchallenged on goal, and he slotted home clinically as Bullock advanced. Partridge almost extended the lead further but a superb save from Bullock denied him. Robson should have brought United back into the game on 63 minutes when Crawford found him with time and space 6 yards out – but the winger was left head in hands as his shot failed even to find the target. Dodds replaced Grady but United’s best chance had gone and despite more than their fair share of possession the Tannadice men struggled to put the Motherwell rearguard under any sort of pressure.

The day got worse still for Arabs as news filtered through of Livingston’s win at Dens. The six point gap from one week ago has evaporated – along with any hope that an end of season relegation dog-fight might be avoided.



Squad Statistics (as at March 5th, 2005)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Tony Bullock (GK)33 20 - 26 -
David McCracken23 2921285
Stuart Duff23 202872
Alan Archibald27 354766
Mark Wilson20 34610110
Barry Robson26 335628
Mark Kerr23 262613
Grant Brebner27 291291
James Grady33 275275
Stevie Crawford31 114114
Jason Scotland26 283518
Garry Kenneth (sub)17 2 - 2 -
Collin Samuel (sub)23 18 - 472
Billy Dodds (sub)36 24213141






League Table (as at March 5th, 2005)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 29 22 6 1 47 72
2. Celtic 26 21 2 3 35 65
3. Hibernian 27 14 5 8 10 47
4. Aberdeen 28 13 6 9 4 45
5. Hearts 28 11 9 8 6 42
6. Motherwell 28 11 5 12 0 38
7. Kilmarnock 29 10 2 17 -15 32
8. Inverness CT 27 7 9 11 -5 30
9. Dunfermline 28 6 8 14 -15 26
10. Dundee 28 6 6 16 -26 24
11. Dundee Utd 28 4 10 14 -16 22
12. Livingston 28 6 4 18 -25 22

* - Table split into two divisions of six.