Motherwell's pursuit of second-placed Celtic was held up at Fir Park as they were shut out by Dundee United in a frustrating goalless draw at Fir Park.

Stuart McCall's side have been rampant on the road but have failed to hit the heights at home.

Michael Higdon had netted for the league high-flyers, but his strike was disallowed as the ball had crossed the bye-line in the build-up.

United impressed in the first half before a second-half Motherwell rally.

Omar Daley was part of a two-pronged Jamaican wing attack alongside Chris Humphrey and he set up the home side's first opportunity after 10 minutes.

The Caribbean player fed Higdon but Dundee United keeper Dusan Pernis tipped the effort past his right-hand post for a corner.

Dundee United sent a reminder that they were a threat when Gary Mackay-Steven turned on the edge of the box and unleashed a strike straight at goal which Darren Randolph easily dealt with.

The wild, windy conditions were causing problems for both teams but early deliveries from wide were poor in any case from the visitors, especially.

A fast break from Motherwell with Humphrey at the heart of it led to a wild left-foot volley soaring over the bar from Keith Lasley just after the half-hour mark.

The Lanarkshire side then had the ball in the net but referee Iain Brines disallowed Higdon's effort.

Motherwell winger Omar Daley

Motherwell's Omar Daley troubles the Dundee United defence

Humphrey had set up the striker to tap home after playing it off Jon Daly, but it was ruled that the ball had already gone over the bye-line when the former controlled it.

The action switched to the other end before half-time and Randolph made two good saves from John Rankin's left-foot strike and Daly's curling effort.

Well raced out of the blocks in the second half and defender Nicky Law saw his effort blocked in a crowded United penalty box.

Stuart McCall's third-placed side continued to press and Pernis saved well on the line from Shaun Hutchinson's header after Steven Hammell's in-swinging corner.

Peter Houston brought on defender Shaun Dillon for forward Johnny Russell in an attempt to halt the claret and amber tide but Motherwell continued to hold the upper hand.

Daley sped down the left wing and had an ideal chance to square for Higdon after he cut inside on 72 minutes. However, Pernis was down quickly to smother the ball.

Dundee United still fancied their chances of a winner and long-serving Lasley made a superb sliding tackle to dispossess Rankin when the visitors broke forward with purpose.

In a frantic closing period neither side could break the deadlock and the match finished goalless.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell
  • 05 Craigan
  • 15 Hutchinson Booked (Page - 82' )
  • 04 Law
  • 06 Hateley
  • 07 Humphrey (Murphy - 75' )
  • 08 Jennings
  • 14 Lasley (Carswell - 90' )
  • 17 Daley
  • 09 Higdon

Substitutes

  • 31 Bradley
  • 20 Page
  • 24 Hughes
  • 26 Carswell
  • 11 Murphy
  • 18 Forbes
  • 19 Smith

Dundee Utd

  • 01 Pernis
  • 03 Dixon
  • 05 Kenneth
  • 18 Gunning
  • 26 Neilson
  • 06 Flood
  • 08 Robertson
  • 11 Rankin
  • 17 Mackay-Steven (Dalla Valle - 77' )
  • 09 Daly
  • 15 Russell (Dillon - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Banks
  • 02 Dillon
  • 12 Watson
  • 14 Douglas
  • 20 Allan
  • 19 Dalla Valle
  • 22 Dow
Ref: Brines
Att: 4,487

Match Stats

Shots

5 9

On target

4 7

Corners

5 8

Fouls

11 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:14 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:21

The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:22 Substitution

Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Stewart Carswell coming on for Keith Lasley.

89:05

Shot by John Rankin. Darren Randolph makes a save.

88:20

The official flags Jon Daly offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.

86:48

Effort from inside the area by John Rankin misses to the left of the target.

86:06

Foul by Keith Lasley on Gavin Gunning, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.

81:51 Substitution

Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Page coming on for Shaun Hutchinson.

81:09

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Robbie Neilson.

79:43

Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.

77:25

Unfair challenge on Willo Flood by Michael Higdon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.

76:33 Substitution

Substitution Gary Mackay-Steven goes off and Lauri Dalla Valle comes on.

76:05

Willo Flood takes the inswinging corner, Garry Kenneth takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

73:54

Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.

73:54 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Murphy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Humphrey.

73:54

Michael Higdon is ruled offside.

69:11

The offside flag is raised against Michael Higdon. Gavin Gunning takes the indirect free kick.

67:51

Inswinging corner taken by Willo Flood.

67:28

Corner taken by Willo Flood from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.

66:28

Scott Robertson challenges Shaun Hutchinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

63:41

Willo Flood takes the free kick.

63:41 Booking

Booking Shaun Hutchinson shown a yellow card.

63:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Rankin by Steve Jennings.

60:11 Substitution

Substitution Sean Dillon on for Johnny Russell.

58:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Humphrey on Gary Mackay-Steven. Scott Robertson takes the free kick.

53:01

John Rankin takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a comfortable save.

52:09

Steve Jennings concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Mackay-Steven. Indirect free kick taken by Willo Flood.

51:47

Corner taken by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.

50:16

Corner taken by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line, Shaun Hutchinson takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.

48:39

Nicky Law takes a shot. Blocked by Willo Flood.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

43:34

The referee blows for offside against Omar Daley. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.

39:07

Corner taken right-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the right by-line, Garry Kenneth takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

38:20

Jon Daly produces a volleyed shot from 12 yards. Darren Randolph makes a save.

37:09

John Rankin takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

36:56

Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Higdon.

32:36

Gary Mackay-Steven challenges Keith Lasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

31:22

Shot from deep inside the area by Keith Lasley clears the bar.

30:35

Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Steve Jennings.

30:13

Willo Flood takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Higdon.

28:59

Foul by Michael Higdon on Scott Robertson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.

28:20

Unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by John Rankin results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

26:09

Unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Tom Hateley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Willo Flood.

25:24

Gary Mackay-Steven handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Willo Flood takes the free kick.

23:59

Omar Daley challenges Robbie Neilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.

22:06

Stevie Hammell takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Robbie Neilson.

21:03

Foul by John Rankin on Omar Daley, free kick awarded. Nicky Law takes the free kick.

19:41

John Rankin concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lasley. Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.

19:10

Unfair challenge on Jon Daly by Shaun Hutchinson results in a free kick. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.

17:20

Drilled left-footed shot by Gary Mackay-Steven. Save by Darren Randolph.

13:22

Unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Gary Mackay-Steven results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

11:53

Michael Higdon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning. Willo Flood takes the free kick.

11:02

John Rankin is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Shaun Hutchinson restarts play with the free kick.

10:14

Corner taken by Tom Hateley.

9:50

Michael Higdon has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Dusan Pernis makes a save.

9:25

The referee penalises Gary Mackay-Steven for handball. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.

7:17

Shaun Hutchinson challenges Gary Mackay-Steven unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Rankin restarts play with the free kick.

3:44

Johnny Russell crosses the ball, Header by Jon Daly from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

0:44

Corner from right by-line taken by Willo Flood.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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