Motherwell lose the lead twice to draw with United

Last updated : 26 April 2008 By Firparkcorner

Motherwell lead for almost half an hour in the first half and then for thirty five minutes in the second before late equalisers caused disappointment in the home stands.

Kick off in the sunshine

Mark McGhee made two changes from the last outing with Malcolm and Clarkson replacing McLean and Fitzpatrick.

We had the unusual sight of Lappin and Malcolm taking the kick off with the strikers taking up positions on the wing but the imitative soon swung to United and Flood tested Smith with a long range effort which was tipped over the bar.

We survived a few scary moments before taking the lead when Porter headed home from a Clarkson assist. The goal restored some composure after the faltering start United had a couple of free kicks on dangerous positions but we coped well with the threat. Porter just failed to get the best of a bounce when he was first to the ball ahead of Zaluska at the edge of the box.

Smith holds this free kick

The queues for half time refreshments were already well established when Hunt's header forced Craigan to attempt a clearance. He was stretched and the ball flew off his head to redirect it high above Smith's outstretched hand and into the net.

Our reply was delayed only be the half time team talk and the lead was restored when McCormack's whipped free kick across the face of goal was nodded home by Porter from a yard.

The second half produced little goal action at either end and it seemed we would see out the remaining minutes. The clock showed 86 minutes when a long diagonal ball forced Hammell into conceding a corner. Craigan got a touch but Wilkie pounced score the fourth headed goal.

Clarkson robbed the United defence in the dying seconds to set up Lasley for a shot which would have won the game but he fired into the side net.

In the post match interview mark McGhee expressed his disappointment and the loss of the second goal in particular but he recognised the draw was probably more valuable to us than United.