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MOTHERWELL V DUNDEE MATCH THREAD
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Dundee travel to Lanarkshire next Saturday to take on Motherwell at Fir Park and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info
FIXTURE: Motherwell v Dundee
COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership
DATE: Saturday 27th August 2016
KICK-OFF: 3.00pm
VENUE: Fir Park

Opposition Info
FORMED: 1886
STADIUM: Fir Park
CAPACITY: 13,667
PITCH SIZE: 104m x 67m
MANAGER: Mark McGhee
CHAIRMAN: James McMahon
NICKNAME: The Steelmen
MASCOTS: Claret & Amber
CLUB COLOURS: Claret and Amber
HONOURS: Scottish League Division One (1st tier) champions: 1931/32
Scottish Cup winners: 1952, 1991
League Cup winners: 1950/51
Scottish League Division Two (2nd tier) champions: 1953/54,
1968/69
Scottish League First Division (2nd tier) champions: 1981/82,
1984/85
Summer Cup: 1943/44, 1964/65
RECORD WIN: 12-1 v Dundee United, Scottish League B Division 1954
CLUB WEBSITE: http://www.motherwellfc.co.uk

Getting to the Ground
By Car
If you are using a Sat-Nav system – Postcode: ML1 2QN
Fir Park is easily accessible by road, situated less than two miles from the M74 motorway. Exit at Junction 6, following signs for Motherwell, and turn right at the first set of traffic lights on to the B754 (Airbles Road).Go through two roundabouts before turning right at the third on to Adele Street, then left on to Gavin Street. Fir Park will be clearly visible ahead.
Fans travelling from the East or North via Newhouse (M8 or A73) should follow the A723 through Motherwell and Carfin, turning left at the roundabout on to the A721 (Menteith Road).
Continue ahead on to Brandon Street and then Windmill Hill Street, turning right at the roundabout on to Manse Road, before taking the first left on to Knowetop Street. Fir Park will be clearly visible ahead.

Parking
There are 20 spaces available in the Fir Park School car park and 20 spaces available in the Knowetop car park, both adjacent to the stadium, available to purchase online at £6 per space.
If you are not using the official club car park, street parking is available on numerous streets around the stadium. Fans can also make use of nearby car parks within the Civic Centre/Motherwell Concert Hall, behind the Health Centre on Parkhead Street and the smaller MacDonald Street car park.

By Train
Motherwell station has direct connections with all major cities including Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, as well as local links throughout Lanarkshire to the likes of Coatbridge, Hamilton, Bellshill, Cumbernauld and Wishaw.
An interchange can be found immediately outside the station, where your journey to Fir Park can be completed with a taxi or bus.
Alternatively you can walk to Fir Park, as the station is just 10 to 15 minutes away from the ground. Upon exiting the station, head straight along Muir Street and follow the pedestrian precinct to its end. Keep walking straight ahead, through the underpass and take a left up the stairs on to Brandon Street, leading to Windmillhill Street.
Continue along Windmillhill Street until you come to the Civic Centre, opposite Motherwell police station. At the traffic lights, cross the road and on to Manse Road and take the first left on to Knowetop Street. Fir Park will be clearly visible, just 100 yards ahead.

Airbles station is also within walking distance of the ground. Upon exiting the station, turn right on to Airbles Road and walk up the street to the car showroom. Turn right on to Adele Street and then left on to Gavin Street. Fir Park will be clearly visible, just 100 yards ahead.

Head to Head v Motherwell
LEAGUE: Won 88, Drawn 40, Lost 66
SCOTTISH CUP: Won 5, Drawn 4, Lost 4
LEAGUE CUP: Won 11, Drawn 1, Lost 9
TOTALS: Won 104, Drawn 42, Lost 79

Last Five Dundee v Motherwell Matches
30/1/2016 | Home | Premiership | Drew 2-2 | 4,960 | McGowan, Hemmings (pen)
12/12/2015 | Away | Premiership | Lost 3-1 | 3,512 | Harkins
3/10/2015 | Home | Premiership | Won 2-1 | 5,152 | Loy, Holt
21/2/2015 | Away | Premiership | Won 1-0 | 4,282 | McGinn
10/1/2015 | Home | Premiership | Won 4-1 | 5,105 | Harris, Stewart, Irvine, O’Brien (o.g.)

Last Meeting
A late Kane Hemmings’ penalty salvaged a point for Dundee in a 2-2 draw with Motherwell in the snow at Dens last January.

Chris Cadden gave Motherwell the lead after four minutes when he was on hand to finish Marvin Johnson’s cross but Paul McGowan’s first goal of the season cancelled it out two minutes later..

Stephen Pearson again nudged the visitors ahead with a brilliant solo effort before half-time but Hemmings’ spot kick with two minutes of normal time remaining rescued Paul Hartley’s side.

Cadden scored a terrific first-ever goal for Motherwell when the unmarked teenager controlled Johnson’s cross on his chest before guiding the ball into the top corner of the net.

Great play by Greg Stewart released McGowan in the inside right channel and he controlled the pass before hooking the ball home.
Both strikes came in the first seven minutes and the only surprise was that it took until midway through the half for another to arrive in an open and entertaining match.

Keith Lasley forced Scott Bain into a fine save to keep out the Motherwell captain’s 35-yard free kick while at the other end Stewart and Gary Harkins tormented the visitors defence.

It was Pearson who put the Steelmen back in front with another excellent goal in 23 minutes as the veteran midfielder burst through the Dundee defence before angling in his seventh goal of the campaign.

Both Conor Ripley and Bain continued to make crucial saves as the sides created plenty of chances despite the fierce wind and snow flurries that contributed to the pitch cutting up badly.

Dundee did dominate possession in the second half but Motherwell defended doggedly to limit their clear cut chances while trying to hit on the counterattack.
Harkins went close to snatching an equaliser with a couple of typical flashes of skill, chipping over from right of the goal then volleying wide from the other side.

The visitors did have the ball in the net on a quick break out but Louis Moult drifted offside before netting Pearson’s through ball.

But it was Cadden’s challenge on Kevin Holt that led to Hemmings netting his 16th of the season from the spot – no more than Dundee deserved for their second-half supremacy – with substitute Arturo, making his Dundee debut, almost snatching a winner at the death.

Dundee: Bain, McGinn, O’Dea, Konrad, Holt, Ross (Wighton 80’), McGowan, Stewart, Harkins, Loy (Arturo 70’), Hemmings

Goals: McGowan 6’, Hemmings 88’ (pen)
Motherwell: Ripley, Law, Hall, McManus, Hammell, Cadden, Lasley, Pearson, Johnson, Moult, McDonald (Fletcher 72’)

Goals: Cadden 4’, Pearson 23’

Booked – Law 78’, Cadden 87’

Motherwell’s Season So Far
Motherwell opened their season with a 2-0 home defeat to Rangers in a Betfred Cup sectional tie but they qualified from their group as one of the best runners-up after wins against Annan Athletic (3-1), East Stirlingshire (3-0) and Stranraer (3-0).

Having drawn Rangers in the group stage despite being seeded, The Steelmen were then perhaps unlucky to then be paired with Celtic as an unseeded side in the first knock out round of the League Cup and they were soundly beaten 5-0 at Celtic Park to exit the competition.

Before that Motherwell opened their Ladbrokes Premiership campaign with a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and the victory was more comprehensive than the score line suggests.

‘Well kicked off the new SPFL season with four new players; Richard Tait, Ben Heneghan, Craig Clay and Carl McHugh in their line up but it was old boy Lionel Ainsworth who scored a sublime chip to open the scoring in 38 minutes before Martin Johnson headed home within seconds of the restart.

The Steelmen survived a late Killie comeback to take all three points to Lanarkshire but in their first home game the following week lost 2-1 to St Johnstone at Fir Park.

Their third league match produced a third straight 2-1 result but it went in favour of Rangers at Ibrox. Scott McDonald had given ‘Well a lead early in the first half before Forrester equalised just after the hour and they were denied a fair share of the spoils when Kenny Miller scored a last gasp, injury time winner.

Top Scorers
DUNDEE: Stewart 6; Hemmings, Loy 3; McGowan, O’Hara 2
MOTHERWELL: Johnson 4, Cadden, McDonald 3, Moult 2

Ticketing Information
This match is pay at the gate and Dundee fans will be located in the South Stand.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £23
Concessions: £16
Juvenile: £12

Please note that Concessions are listed as 60 and over, 16-18 year olds and full time students with a valid matriculation card. Juveniles are listed as 15 & under.

Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 07745 494631/ 07711 992161 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk

Match Officials
Referee – Andrew Dallas
AR1 – Alasdair Ross
AR2 – Stephen Mitchell
Fourth Official – Nick Walsh

Matchday Programme
Motherwell’s matchday programme is produced by our programme partners Curtis Sport. It is a 52 page, full colour edition and priced £3 it will be available in and around Fir Park on matchday.

Alternatively the programme will be available to order on the Curtis Sport website http://www.curtis-sport.com on which you can also order Dundee home programmes and back catalogue issues.

How To Watch
The match will NOT be shown live from the stadium on Saturday.

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to subscribers of DEETV on Saturday evening while a shorter highlights package will be available to view on Sunday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV from Thursday.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.

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Stalemate with Steelmen
Dundee travelled to Lanarkshire to face Motherwell on matchday 4 of the Ladbrokes Premiership looking to secure their second away win of the season having won in Dingwall on the opening day.

Dundee made three changes from the side which drew with Hamilton at Dens nine days ago with Loy, Etxabeguren and the injured James Vincent dropping out to be replaced by Duffy, McGowan and Kevin Gomis who was coming in for his debut.

Dundee kicked the match off but it was Motherwell who were on the front foot and Darren O’Dea had to slide in to block a Craig Clay shot from the edge of the box before Nick Ross headed back to the yellow clad Bain in the Dundee goal.

A great run by Clay through the middle of the park set up Marvin Johnson who cut in from the right but his shot didn’t bother Scott Bain and sailed high into the Dundee support in the South Stand behind the goal.

Chris Cadden then fired in a dangerous looking cross into the Dundee six yard box which Cammy Kerr headed behind for a corner before Joe Chalmers hooked the ball over the bar from close range when the ball came back into the Dundee box.

Motherwell continued to press and on the quarter hour Clay moved the ball onto his right foot to shoot from 25 yards but it hit O’Dea in the face and play was stopped for the Dark Blues’ stand-in skipper to receive treatment.

Lionel Ainsworth then won a corner when Cammy Kerr deflected his cross behind when when the ball came into the six yard box the referee blew for a foul to Dundee with Clay jostling with O’Dea, having been warmed second earlier.

On 20 minutes Dundee created their first real chance of the match when El Bakhtaoui found space in the right hand side of Motherwell’s box but his shot was saved by the feet off Samson. The ball rebounded straight back to Dundee’s number 20 who looked a shoe-in to score but McManus dived in to brilliantly block his effort.

Motherwell continued to pepper the Dundee goal with long range shots, the nearest being McDonald’s which just flew over the crossbar on the half hour.

Paul McGowan became the second Dundee player to yellow carded, following O’Hara into the book, when he brought down Ainsworth about 25 yards out but Joe Chalmers bent the free kick over the wall and over the bar.

Motherwell kept the pressure on with a series of corners but ten minutes before the break Dundee showed they could get in behind the Motherwell defence when Ross threaded a neat through ball to Williams on the right but but cut back was cleared out the Motherwell box by Heneghan.

Motherwell continued to look dangerous with Holt blocking a goal bound Ainsworth shot while a Clay cutback took a grateful deflection into Bain’s arms in the six yard box and Gomis had to look lively to slide in and put a Cadden cross behind for a corner.
El Bahktaoui tried his luck from distance just before the break but his shot was blocked by McManus but the teams went into the dressing room still goal less with Motherwell perhaps feeling unfortunate not to be ahead.

Dundee started the second half much more positively with Duffy winning a corner when his shot from the edge of the box was deflected wide within seconds of the restart and they won a further two corners to keep the pressure on.

Michael Duffy then tried his luck from distance again but his shot from the edge of the D whistled past Samson’s right hand post.

Dundee continued to probe with Duffy making some great runs but it was Motherwell with the game’s next chance when Bain had to punch away a McDonald shot from 25 yards and when Ainsworth hit the rebound towards goal it hit a Dundee defender and bounced into the arms of Bain.

Dundee were next to try from distance when first El Bahktaoui fired wide from 18 yards before Mark O’Hara tried his luck from “Bobby Glennie territory” but Samson wasn’t bothered by either effort.

Michael Duffy then hit a rasping shot from 25 yards and while Samson this time looked on ominously, it flew inches past the post.

A neat ball behind the Dundee defence found Ainsworth in space in the Dundee box 20 minutes into the second period but O’Dea gamely slid in to clear the danger from the advancing McDonald.

Duffy was causing the Motherwell defence all sorts of problems with his running and he won a corner when Heneghan had to stop his run into the box. From the corner the ball landed to McGowan inside the D but he fired high into the Dundee fans behind the goal.

El Bahktaoui was next to threaten when he turned on the edge of the box and shot for goal but Samson punched away his effort from under the junction.

The game was now flowing from end to end and Lionel Ainsworth bent an effort from the edge of the box which Bain had to dive to his left to save. Dundee then went up the park and had El Bahktaoui cut into the box and shoot but Samson saved his grounded shot easily.

It was Bain’s turn to save a low effort when Ainsworth was fed into the Dundee box but his angled shot from 12 yards was saved by the Dark Blues’ keeper.

El Bahktaoui and Tait clashed when the Motherwell defender fell over the advertising boards as they chased a long ball into the box and referee Andrew Dallas had to step in to calm them down.

Both sides brought on attacking substitutes as they looked to win the game with Rory Loy coming on for Williams and Motherwell assistant manager James McFadden replacing Ainsworth.

Motherwell threw a few crosses into the box before Lasley tried a shot from the edge of the box but O’Hara through his body on the line to block.

In the end however both sides had to settle for a point as an entertaining game finished goal less and the Dark Blues might be slightly the happier after a much improved second half.

Motherwell: Samson, Tait, Heneghan, McManus, Ainsworth (McFadden 79’), Johnson, Cadden, Lasley, Chalmers, Clay, McDonald
Subs: Brill, Hammell, Lucas, Thomas, Ferguson, MacLean

Booked – Heneghan (foul on O’Hara)

Dundee: Bain, Holt, O’Dea, Duffy, Williams (Loy 65’), O’Hara, Ross, McGowan, El Bakhtaoui, Kerr, Gomis
Subs: Mitchell, Extabeguren, Gadzhalov, Curran, Quigley, Smith

Booked – O’Hara (foul on Johnson), McGowan (foul on Ainsworth)

Referee – Andrew Dallas
Assistant Referees – Alasdair Ross and StephenMitchell

Crowd: 4708 (599 Dundee fans)
 
  




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