Motherwell Move to Fourth in the SPL

Last updated : 08 November 2003 By Firparkcorner

The usual eleven took the field and were supported by Toastie on the bench. (He took advantage of his extended lay off to visit the barber for a fierce haircut!)

A 'Well corner in the first half
The early play followed the same pattern as the previous week at Pittodrie with the hosts having the better possession. Ravanelli produced some good touches and it was clear that he would be central in Dundee's strategy.

It was ten minutes before we were seen in the opposition penalty box with Clarkson forcing his way forward and from that point onward we had the better of the half.

Adams fired a rocket from thirty yards which Speroni failed to hold. From the resulting corner Lasley forced the keeper into another spill.

Pearson had several short runs and looked the part but the main quality on show was the impressive support work, chasing and tackling shown by all the outfield players, an example of teamwork at its best.

Gordon collected this ball
We scored the winner six minutes after the break against the run of play. Clarkson crossed low from the right wing and Craig flicked it to the bottom left corner. A second goal in consecutive games for the number seventeen shirt and a happy striker celebrated with his team mates. He said after the game, “We have a winning mentality now, the work ethic is excellent”

On the hour Lasley tried a long range volley which was high over the top.

Novo had a chance when he had only Marshall to beat but the keeper did enough to hold him up while the defence poured back to fill the goal.

Burns replaced Clarkson with twenty minutes to go. David had again mdke a big contribution to the win and he received a warm cuddle from Terry Butcher as he came to the bench.

Toastie came very close inside the last ten minutes when a pass from Pearson set him up with a chance. His cross/shot beat the goalie and ran just the wrong side of the post.

Dundee huffed and puffed throughout the second half but rarely threatened. Our defence was excellent. Brave but fair tackling and pressing broke up most of the attacks and poor passing by Dundee also contributed to their failure to score.

Afterwards a delighted Motherwell manager said that he felt very happy for Craig as had worked very hard since arriving at the club. “I think I’ll retire now, it can’t get any better”, he joked (at least I hope it was a joke!).

Yet another win on the road - and another clean sheet. It's a good time to be a 'Well fan.