Dundee 2
Motherwell 1
League (Premiership)

2 - 1

League (Premiership)
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,152
3:00 PM Kick-off

Rory Loy (58)
Kevin Holt (70)
Stephen Pearson (83)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Stephen Craigan

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
3. Kevin Holt
16. Julen Etxabeguren
19. Paul McGinn
4. Thomas Konrad
10. Kevin Thomson
20. Riccardo Calder
17. Nick Ross
9. Rory Loy
7. Greg Stewart
15. Kane Hemmings
Connor Ripley .1
Stephen McManus. 6
Joe Chalmers .15
Kieran Kennedy .16
Josh Law .18
Liam Grimshaw .4
Stephen Pearson .8
Keith Lasley .14
Lionel Ainsworth .7
Louis Moult .20
Scott McDonald .77

46. Kyle Gourlay
2. Gary Irvine
25. Sam Dryden
6. Daryll Meggatt
29. Gary Harkins
27. Jesse Curran
23. Rhys Healey
Craig Samson .13
Louis Laing .5
Jake Taylor .25
Marvin Johnson. 11
David Clarkson .19
Wes Fletcher .9
Theo Robinson .17

Gary Harkins for Greg Stewart (28)
Jesse Curran for Kevin Thomson (42)
Rhys Healey for Rory Loy (76)
Marvin Johnson for Lionel Ainsworth (29)
Theo Robinson for Keith Lasley (71)
Wes Fletcher for Scott McDonald (71)

Thomas Konrad (36)
Louis Moult (23)
Kieran Kennedy (54)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Don Robertson (Referee)
Frank Connor & Gary Hilland (Assistants)
Stephen Finnie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee overcame injury problems to beat Motherwell 2-1 at Dens Park this afternoon. Second half goals from Rory Loy and Kevin Holt put the Dee comfortably in charge, only for Stephen Pearson to pull back a late goal for Well. Dundee held on for a deserved win that was all the more pleasing after losing top scorer Greg Stewart and captain Kevin Thomson to injury in the first half.

Dundee made only one change from last week's draw against Ross County. Thomas Konrad came in for the injured James McPake in central defence. Motherwell also made one change. Josh Law returned at right back, with Liam Grimshaw moving forward to midfield

The Dark Blues started off with plenty of promise, moving well and finding space cleverly. After only a minute Rory Kevin Holt surged down the left and found Rory Loy whose shot deflected wide off a defender. The Motherwell defence looked far from convincing in the early stages. A great, quick passing move between Kane Hemmings and Nick Ross opened up space for Greg Stewart, who made a mess of his shot.

After an uncomfortable opening quarter of an hour Motherwell started to hold the ball better and the game settled into a turgid stalemate. The first half was badly disrupted by repeated, lengthy injury breaks. Sadly for the Dee Greg Stewart was forced out the match midway through the half. He couldn't recover from a bad, late challenge by Lewis Moult and Gary Harkins replaced him. Shortly afterwards Motherwell lost Lionel Ainsworth and Marvin Johnson came on to play on the right of midfield.

Not surprisingly the constant stoppages spoiled the quality of the game. Dundee in particular went through a lengthy flat spell when they offered little threat as they readjusted to Stewart's loss. Worse was to follow when Kevin Thomson required treatment. He tried to play on, but had to leave the game after 42 minutes, allowing Australian teenager Jesse Curran to make his debut in central midfield.

During the five minutes of injury time Well keeper Connor Ripley had to make a routine save to push Harkins' free kick round the post. That brought a disappointing and frustrating first half to a close.

The second half started off in exactly the same scrappy style with neither side able to settle on the ball. Happily for the Dee they soon started to put Well's defence under some sustained pressure. This lifted the crowd and Dundee gradually started to put their game together.

The opening goal arrived after 58 minutes. Harkins' free kick was half cleared as far as Riccardo Calder on the left. He checked back onto his right foot and sent over a neat cross for Rory LOY to score with a smart volley from eight yards.

The goal lifted the Dark Blues further and they looked increasingly dangerous as they hunted the crucial second goal. First they had to survive a scare when Harkins carelessly lost possession, but the half chance vanished when Johnson mishit his shot.

Rory Loy was giving an excellent performance leading the attack and forced a good save from Ripley after Harkins had opened up Well's defence.

The second goal arrived after Calder was fouled just outside the penalty area. Most supporters would have been expecting Harkins to take it, but Kevin HOLT stepped up to score his first goal for the Dee; his low shot flew straight through a gap in the defensive wall and inside Ripley's left hand post.

Dundee were now firmly in charge now and looked likely to add to their lead as they embarked on a series of fluent attacks. Rory Loy received a standing ovation when he was replaced to give Rhys Healey a run for the last quarter of an hour.

The Dark Blues nearly added a messy third when Harkins shot struck Hemmings and bobbled agonisingly wide. After a much improved second half Dundee looked like they would cruise to a comfortable win, but they made life unnecessarily difficuly by conceding a poor, late goal. Stephen PEARSON wasn't picked up when he ran into the penalty area, and his angled drive took a deflection as it flew through a forest of legs and into the net off the far post.

The goal gave an injection of confidence to a Motherwell side who had dropped right out of contention. They were able to put Dundee under a few moments of pressure in the last few minutes, but without creating any further chances. Dundee saw out three minutes of injury time calmly to secure all three points.

After the disappointment and disruption of losing Stewart and Thomson in the first half this was an important win. Understandably the Dark Blues were some way short of their best, but this was a day when they had to dig deep and graft their way to a win. They started to show their true form only once they had built up a winning lead. Up till then it was hard work and determination that put them into that position.

Nineteen year old Jesse Curran stepped up well to the challenge of replacing Thomson and gave exactly the sort of calm, mature performance the Dark Blues needed. The Dark Blues game plan had to go out the window after the first half injuries and the response from the whole team in the second half was excellent. This was a game that could have gone badly wrong for the Dark Blues, so it is particularly pleasing to go into the international break with all three points.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 3rd, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 11 - 37 -
Thomas Konrad25 10 - 472
Paul McGinn24 11 - 502
Julen Etxabeguren24 9 - 9 -
Kevin Holt22 8181
Kevin Thomson29 8 - 34 -
Nick Ross23 11 - 11 -
Riccardo Calder19 4 - 4 -
Kane Hemmings24 114114
Greg Stewart25 1155020
Rory Loy27 6565
Jesse Curran (sub)19 1 - 1 -
Gary Harkins (sub)30 10 - 14129
Rhys Healey (sub)20 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at October 3rd, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to Dens for today's match with Motherwell.

I'd like to welcome both sets of supporters to the game today and also Stephen Craigan and the Motherwell coaching staff.

Last week saw us earn a point in the end after going 3-1 behind to Ross County.

We could have won it in the end. At half time we were looking for a reaction. I actually thought we started the game really well, we were on the front foot, played some good stuff and had opportunities. We wanted that reaction after the match at Celtic.

This game can be ruthless and we went in two behind at the break. In the second half, the players gave it everything and there was some good football. We showed a great reaction and we probably should have won it in the end.

Credit to the players for getting something from the game with the second half performance.

Credit to the players for getting something from the game with the second half performance.

We now look to go into the international break with a win today against Motherwell but it will be another tough game.

They will be looking forward to today under Stephen's guidance and we know we'll need to match them all over the park if we want to get a result.

Enjoy the game.