Motherwell 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premiership)


Motherwell 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premiership)
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
Fir Park (Behind closed doors)
6:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Devante Cole (23)
Chris Long (28)
Ryan Edwards (80)

Team Managers
Graham Alexander Micky Mellon

Starting Eleven
13. Liam Kelly
3. Jake Carroll
4. Ricki Lamie
16. Bevis Mugabi
33. Stephen O'Donnell
6. Allan Campbell
8. Robbie Crawford
15. Barry Maguire
9. Chris Long
32. Tony Watt
44. Devante Cole
Benji Siegrist .1
Ryan Edwards .12
Liam Smith .2
Adrián Sporle .3
Jamie Robson .17
Jeando Fuchs .66
Ian Harkes .23
Calum Butcher .18
Nicky Clark .10
Lawrence Shankland .24
Marc McNulty .9

Bench
23. Peter Morrison
5. Nathan McGinley
11. Jake Hastie
19. Liam Polworth
27. Max Johnston
29. Harry Smith
37. Sam Foley
39. Jordan Roberts
40. Tyler Magloire
Deniz Mehmet .19
Mark Reynolds .6
Luke Bolton .20
Dillon Powers .4
Florent Hoti .14
Chris Mochrie .26
Lewis Neilson .30
Peter Pawlett .8
Louis Appéré .27

Substitutions
Harry Smith for Chris Long (73)
Nathan McGinley for Tony Watt (81)
Sam Foley for Nathan McGinley (89)
Peter Pawlett for Nicky Clark (46)

Cautions
None. Ian Harkes (35)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Don Robertson (Referee)



Photography by DUFC Official

Match Report


Micky Mellon made three changes to the side who were defeated by Hibernian on Saturday, as Connolly, Reynolds and Bolton dropped out for the incoming Spörle, Edwards and Harkes. United travelled to Lanarkshire knowing victory would put some daylight between
themselves and the Steelmen, with just three points separating the sides. United were also yet to taste defeat against Motherwell this campaign, a victory at Fir Park in August and a Boxing Day draw the previous outcomes.

United started promisingly, with Clark finding McNulty with a through pass from deep. McNulty attempted to tee up Smith however Mugabe was present to intervene. The first chance of the game fell to the hosts, with a Maguire free-kick headed goalward by Bevis Mugabe only for Siegrist to pull off a phenomenal save high in the top right corner.
It was Motherwell however who would strike first in this encounter, a set piece again proving to be United’s Achilles heel. A twenty-third minute corner was headed at the front post by Tony Watt and deflected by a combination of Shankland and Clark into the path of Devante Cole who flicked past Siegrist from three yards. Soon after, the Steelmen would double their advantage. Slack build-up play from Liam Smith and Ian Harkes was capitalised on by Allan Campbell who pickpocketed the latter. The ball was played into the path of Christopher Long twenty yards from goal, who struck a dipping effort low to Siegrist’s left corner.

Mellon turned to Peter Pawlett at half-time in search of the spark that would ignite United’s second period fightback. United started the second half as the dominant side. Five minutes after the restart, a series of penalty claims were waived away by referee Don Robertson. A theatrical McNulty fell to the floor claiming a push by Campbell, instantly followed by a more tangible call for a spot kick as Pawlett was felled under the challenge of Devante Cole. Just two minutes later, some neat link-up play between McNulty and Smith led to the former entering the box and being challenged firmly, leading to United’s third penalty claim in quick succession – Robertson again not interested. The Fir Park side would respond to United’s increasing pressure with a low Watt drive being saved comfortably by Siegrist down to his left-hand side following the Motherwell frontman being played in behind by Devante Cole. Shankland was the next United man to attempt to reduce the deficit, with the striker dragging his effort from the top of the box past Kelly’s right post as the visitors continued to pressure the Steelmen for a route back into the game. United’s efforts would finally be rewarded with just ten minutes remaining. A long distance Butcher drive was tipped round the post brilliantly by the Motherwell stopper. From the resulting corner, Ryan Edwards stooped to head Spörle’s delivery into the net via a deflection from Cole, to give Mellon’s side a deserved lifeline. United turned up the heat on the hosts once again as they went in search of an equaliser. The best chance to take a point back to Tannadice fell to Adrian Spörle who latched on to a Shankland flick on. The Argentinian thumped his half-volley goalward only for Kelly to be equal to the shot, with the ball landing at the feet of the ex-Rangers keeper.

The final whistle sounded after five minutes of injury time to continue United’s 2021 woes, with a 6 pointer in just 3 day’s time against Ross County next up for Mellon’s men.

Match report written by Yannis Marr



Squad Statistics (as at February 3rd, 2021)


2020-21 All Time
Age
Benji Siegrist (GK)29 25 - 96 -
Ryan Edwards27 192192
Liam Smith24 211551
Jamie Robson23 28 - 1532
Adrián Sporle25 171334
Ian Harkes25 282795
Jeando Fuchs23 10 - 10 -
Calum Butcher29 231976
Lawrence Shankland25 2245532
Nicky Clark29 28108632
Marc McNulty28 161161
Peter Pawlett (sub)30 231604


League Table (as at February 3rd, 2021)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 27 24 3 0 60 75
2. Celtic 25 15 7 3 35 52
3. Hibernian 27 13 7 7 11 46
4. Aberdeen 26 12 8 6 5 44
5. Livingston 26 11 6 9 5 39
6. St Johnstone 27 6 9 12 -11 27
7. St Mirren 24 8 5 11 -4 29
8. Dundee Utd 27 6 10 11 -17 28
9. Motherwell 25 6 7 12 -14 25
10. Kilmarnock 26 7 3 16 -11 24
11. Ross County 27 6 5 16 -30 23
12. Hamilton 25 5 4 16 -29 19

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

League results since United's last match
2nd February 2021
Aberdeen0-2Livingston
Kilmarnock0-4Celtic
St Mirren1-2Hibernian
3rd February 2021
Hamilton1-2Ross County
Motherwell2-1Dundee Utd
Rangers1-0St Johnstone