Motherwell 3, Dundee 0

Match Date: Saturday, November 13 2004
Competition: Scottish Premier League
Attendance: 4,406.
 
Motherwell Team (4-3-3):

Marshall, Quinn, Partridge, Craigan, Hammell, Fitzpatrick (Fagan 80), Corrigan, O'Donnell (Leitch 75), Paterson, Clarkson, Foran (Wright 89).   
Subs Not Used: Burns, Corr, Cowan, Kinniburgh.

Motherwell scorers: Clarkson (44), Paterson (53, 64).

Booked: Quinn, Clarkson.

STEPOVER DOUBLE ENDS PERFECT WEEK 

Motherwell  3     Dundee  0 

A FINE DOUBLE FROM JIM PATERSON Saw Motherwell round off a solid week with another win, ending the recent bad league run whilst distancing themselves from the foot of the table. Not the most exciting of games, the end result was always the most important factor and three points were duly gained. 

Early doors, it was the visitors who went forward firstly. Caballero trying to find Lovell though Marshall was there to clear. Motherwell instantly replied, Clarkson nodding on a cross from Paterson though the ball fell agonisingly beyond the waiting Foran. Minutes later another Paterson ball again fell inches in the wrong direction as Foran was in the clear. Dundee pushed up and it took a crucial interception from Partridge to deny Lovell going clear wide on the left. McNally then cut inside for the Dens Park men and his shot was well blocked by Hammel at the expense of a corner kick. Richie Foran broke away with the ball and his angled shot was well held by Soutar in goals. A quite ridiculous decision from Referee Richmond then saw him award Dundee a free kick for apparent handball against Jim Paterson, though quite clearly the ball struck him in the ankle. Uncertainty in the Motherwell defence between Marshall and Partridge then saw a corner conceded and again there was slackness when Sutton headed over. Twice in rapid succession David Clarkson was the subject of late tackles, firstly from Hutchison and then Fotheringham, though both were ignored.  Lovell then burst away and it took a great stop from Craigan to deny him room on Marshall. Motherwell responded, and Hammel combined with Foran to set up O'Donnell but his turn and shot went over from around 16 yards. A fine run from Fitzpatrick then took him to the by line though Hutchison snuck in ahead of Clarkson to clear.  

Soutar in the visiting goal then made a superb stop to deny Clarkson who had put a Quinn cross goalwards. Clarkson then appeared to time a great run beyond the Dundee defence only to be denied by a poor offside flay. The visitors had a great chance when a slip from Corrigan allowed Fotheringham to break. Finding Sutton, the angled shot was well parried by the alert Marshall with Quinn clearing up. Motherwell won a foul when Fotheringham took out Foran, but the Fir Parkers lost possession and Dundee broke. Fotheringham found Sutton who slipped the ball in the direction of Lovell but under severe pressure he drove over from 18 yards. Performing well was Marc Fitzpatrick and he was unfortunate to see his header from Quinn's deep cross go over. The visitors then saw a Sutton shot from Caballero's pass deflected behind for a corner, though Hutchison's free header would have caused concern. Moments later Caballero then sent a header wide, but it was Motherwell who made the next chance count.  O'Donnell and Foran combined to force a corner which, when swung in, saw Paterson find Clarkson and his header gave Soutar no chance.  

Half-Time     Motherwell  1     Dundee  0 

Soutar in the visiting goal had to make a great save to deny Richie Foran early in the second half, the striker having raced clear wide on the right from a Paterson pass. Not long afterwards, however, Motherwell did make it two with a goal that Dundee protested bitterly about. Foran had been fouled by a late Hernandez challenge, and from the free kick Foran saw his effort hooked partially clear from on the line. Paterson gathered and shot towards goal and with Smith standing behind the line his attempted clearance counted for nothing, the Linesman declaring the ball had gone over. This didn't go down well with the visitors, and Smith saw yellow for carrying his protest on and on. Motherwell had a shout for handball denied when a Quinn shot looked to have struck Sancho. Dundee did gain a free kick when Corrigan was adjudged to have fouled McNally though the ball was cleared. The Fir Parkers continued to look dangerous on the attack with Foran running onto Quinn's pass and seeing the cross knocked behind. Dundee broke but good work from Quinn forced a shot from Sutton which had the sting taken out as it trundled through to Marshall. That proved more than it's worth shortly afterwards and again Quinn was instrumental in a vital move. The in-rushing Paterson met his long cross from the right flank, and he left Soutar with no chance, firing in a terrific header. After Dundee had made a change, Larsen on for Caballero, Hernandez joined Smith in the book for constant dissent. Paul Quinn burst forward but his ball to Paterson had just too much strength on it and ran beyond the midfielder.  

Quinn was unlucky to be booked when he tangled with Sutton, the latter returning after leaving the field falling awkwardly in the challenge. Fotheringham took the free kick and his curling effort was tipped over by Marshall, who took the corner easily. Marshall then held a dangerous cross from Larsen. Motherwell made a change next, Leitch returning from injury in place of O'Donnell. Another strange Refereeing decision came when Clarkson, who had quite fairly robbed Fotheringham, found the whistle denying him progress. Richie Foran was denied a deserved goal when he rounded Hernandez before seeing Soutar pull of a superb stop, gathering at the second attempt. Despite falling near the box, Fitzpatrick did well to get the ball to Clarkson and Quinn drove his lay-off wide. It was Fitzpatrick's last involvement, replacing him was Fagan. David Clarkson was then booked, very harshly, when Referee Richmond decided that high feet against Hernandez was not an offence and instead Clarkson winning the ball was. A third change for Dundee had Lovell replaced by Reilly. Fouling Clarkson, Hutchison gave away a free kick some 30 yards out. Up stepped Stevie Hammel and his terrific effort cracked off the bar and ran to safety. Near the end Foran left to another huge round of cheers, Kenny Wright taking his place. 

Full Time     Motherwell  3     Dundee  0

Match Report by Ricky Mullen

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