Motherwell 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)


Motherwell 

0 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Fir Park. Att. 3,941
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Johnny Russell (84)

Team Managers
Stuart McCall Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Darren Randolph
Steven Hammell
Simon Ramsden
Adam Cummins
Keith Lasley
Chris Humphrey
Tom Hateley
Nicky Law
Michael Higdon
Jamie Murphy
Henrik Ojamaa
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Seán Dillon .2
Keith Watson .12
Gavin Gunning .5
Brian McLean .4
Richie Ryan .10
Willo Flood .6
Stuart Armstrong .16
John Rankin .8
Johnny Russell .7
Jon Daly .9

Bench
Lee Hollis
Euan Murray
Zaine Sebastien Francis-Angol
Omar Daley
Stewart Carswell
Steven Hetherington
Robert McHugh
Steve Banks .13
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Mark Millar .14
Rudi Skácel .51
Ryan Gauld .38
Michael Gardyne .15
Ryan Dow .18

Substitutions
Robert McHugh for Henrik Ojamaa (79)
Omar Daley for Chris Humphrey (88)
Gary Mackay-Steven for Richie Ryan (71)
Rudi Skácel for John Rankin (79)
Mark Millar for Johnny Russell (86)

Cautions
Adam Cummins (90) Gavin Gunning (61)
John Rankin (73)
Mark Millar (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)



Match Report


United travelled to Fir Park for the re-arranged game following the first attempt to play the game having being thwarted by a power cut. Unbeaten in their last three games after the dramatic draw against Celtic on Sunday, Arabs were hoping that the team could get the win that would take them into the top six – provided it was by a two-goal margin. Unfortunately, Manager Peter Houston was forced into making one change from the side that pulled the irons out of the fire on Sunday. Barry Douglas who’d only made his return after over two months out of the side had picked up an injury and Brian McLean was his direct replacement. Hardly surprisingly after their 3-1 win at Perth at the weekend, the hosts were unchanged as they looked for a win that would take them up to third in the table.

Motherwell certainly made an impressive start; winning possession from United’s kick-off, they set Jamie Murphy free down the left and he cut inside to drill in a low 20-yarder which Rado Ciernziak held at full stretch. Four minutes later, there was a real let off for the Tangerines when Michael Higdon laid the ball back for Murphy whose first time shot was kept out by Rado. United’s first chance came after six minutes and it was a good one. Johnny Russell picked the ball up just inside the Motherwell half and powered his way to the edge of the box before teeing up Stuart Armstrong, but unfortunately the Scotland Under-21 internationalist fired over from just inside the box. Five minutes later, Jon Daly got his head to a Keith Watson cross but couldn’t direct it on target. Play continued to ebb and flow from end to end and Rado finger-tipped over an angled Murphy effort. A surging run then took Keith Watson past three players before he was unceremoniously brought down 25 yards out. From the free kick, Gavin Gunning thundered a shot through the wall which Darren Randolph couldn’t hold. It was too tight an angle for Daly to get in a shot. He pushed the ball into Armstrong’s path, but Randolph blocked his well struck effort. Just after the half hour mark, Sean Dillon blocked a dangerous looking drive from the ever-threatening Murphy. For a spell both sides spoiled good build-up play with poor final passes, until ‘Well skipper Keith Lasley fired wide with eight minutes of the first half left. Two minutes later Henrik Ojamaa cut in from the left and hammered in a shot to which Rado got a feint touch and it crashed against the face of the bar.

The second half got underway in a torrential downpour and that acted as a bit of a damper on proceedings with the first ten minutes passing without any real incident of note. But that all changed when Ojamaa ran on to a through ball and his angled drive from 15 yards came off the base of the far post. Murphy collected the rebound and drove in along the bye-line and went down after Watson’s challenge, but the referee rightly ignored the claims for a penalty which came only from the crowd. Gunning became the first player to be booked for a body check on Murphy on the hour mark. Ojamaa tried from an acute angle two minutes later but was unable to get the better of Rado. Twice Armstrong cut in from the left to fire in shots and if the first one was well wide, his second after 65 minutes went only inches past. Ryan then had a shot deflected for a corner and from it the ball appeared to cross the line before it was cleared – more justification for goal-line technology. But it was the prelude to a good spell for the visitors with Armstrong testing Randolph with a low drive from the edge of the box. With 20 minutes left Houstie introduced Gary Mackay-Steven for Richie Ryan as he looked to press home United’s advantage. A minute later John Rankin was harshly booked. For the first time in quite a long while Motherwell threatened with 15 minutes left, Humphrey cutting the ball back for Higdon, but the striker failed to get enough behind his shot to trouble Rado. However, there was relief for United fans shortly afterwards when Law and Humphrey sliced their way through the United defence and the latter’s cross had no takers flashing wide of the far post. Both teams made changes as they went for broke in the closing stages with Rudi Skacel coming on for Rankin and Motherwell putting on Bob McHugh for Ojamaa. And it was United who were to claim the spoils. Six minutes remained when Watson delivered a deep cross to the back post where it was met by Johnny Russell whose looping header dropped into the far corner. United ran down the clock with Mark Millar replacing Russell but, before the end, Adam Cummins and Mark Millar were booked.



Squad Statistics (as at November 7th, 2012)


2012-13 All Time
Age
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)29 15 - 15 -
Gavin Gunning21 151504
Brian McLean27 10 - 10 -
Seán Dillon29 14 - 2113
Keith Watson22 151854
Richie Ryan27 13 - 28 -
Stuart Armstrong20 14 - 542
John Rankin29 151606
Willo Flood27 1511223
Johnny Russell22 1579832
Jon Daly29 14217360
Mark Millar (sub)24 6 - 6 -
Gary Mackay-Steven (sub)22 71436
Rudi Skácel (sub)33 4 - 4 -






League Table (as at November 7th, 2012)


No league table has been added for this season.