Motherwell cemented their second-place spot in the Scottish Premier League with victory against Dundee, for whom relegation looms.

Michael Higdon nodded past goalkeeper Steve Simonsen to give the visitors an early advantage.

Gary Harkins and Jon Baird came close to levelling as the hosts sought to move closer to St Mirren.

But Nicky Law added to Motherwell's lead with a header and then a curling shot to leave Dundee 13 points adrift.

Motherwell midfielder Nicky Law

Law (right) sealed Motherwell's win with a second-half double

John Brown suffers his first league defeat as Dundee boss and the prospect of preventing relegation seems evermore forlorn for the Dens Park outfit, who have six matches left.

Motherwell remain three points ahead of Inverness and trail defending champions Celtic by 12 points ahead of Sunday's meeting between the league leaders and St Mirren in Glasgow.

Higdon headed Motherwell ahead at the far post following a Chris Humphrey cross from the right.

James McFadden tested Simonsen with a low shot and then Henrik Ojamaa connected weakly with a cross from the right to give the Dundee keeper an easy save.

Darren Randolph was also in action at the other end, pulling off a fine save from a Gary Harkins drive before Jon Baird fired just wide from the loose ball which fell to him on the rebound.

Law though grabbed two second half goals to put the game well beyond Dundee.

The midfielder ghosted across the box to head-flick home Keith Lasley's cross from the right and then curled a magnificent shot into the net after a corner fell neatly to him on the edge of the penalty area.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Dundee

  • 45 Simonsen
  • 17 Benedictus
  • 21 Grassi
  • 25 Toshney
  • 26 Easton
  • 06 Davidson Booked
  • 07 Riley Booked
  • 11 Conroy (Finnigan - 67' )
  • 29 Harkins
  • 10 Baird (Cowan - 80' )
  • 20 McAlister

Substitutes

  • 36 Baird
  • 18 Gallagher
  • 08 McBride
  • 28 Kerr
  • 09 Finnigan
  • 15 Milne
  • 46 Cowan

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell
  • 05 Hutchinson Booked
  • 15 Ramsden
  • 04 Law
  • 06 Hateley
  • 07 Humphrey (Higginbotham - 80' )
  • 14 Lasley (Carswell - 87' )
  • 08 Ojamaa
  • 09 Higdon (McHugh - 84' )
  • 20 McFadden

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis
  • 19 Kerr
  • 26 Francis-Angol
  • 30 Cummins
  • 18 Carswell
  • 11 Higginbotham
  • 16 McHugh
Ref: Mclean
Att: 4,838

Match Stats

Shots

4 5

On target

1 5

Corners

6 7

Fouls

6 4

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:11 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +0:48

Kyle Benedictus challenges Henrik Ojamaa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

88:06

Corner taken right-footed by James McAlister, save made by Darren Randolph.

87:19

Corner from right by-line taken by Tom Hateley.

86:41 Substitution

Substitution Stewart Carswell replaces Keith Lasley.

83:22 Substitution

Substitution Robert McHugh on for Michael Higdon.

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Kallum Higginbotham replaces Chris Humphrey.

79:47 Substitution

Substitution Don Cowan replaces John Baird.

78:13

Assist on the goal came from Tom Hateley.

78:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Law - Dundee 0 - 3 Motherwell Nicky Law finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Dundee 0-3 Motherwell.

77:36

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley,

76:23

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Hateley, Iain Davidson makes a clearance.

75:35

Kyle Benedictus sends in a cross.

71:35

Gary Harkins handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

71:14

A cross is delivered by Kyle Benedictus.

68:02

Davide Grassi concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Higdon. Direct free kick taken by Keith Lasley.

66:50 Substitution

Substitution Carl Finnigan on for Ryan Conroy.

63:45

Header on goal by John Baird from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

62:14

The ball is delivered by Keith Lasley,

62:03

Assist on the goal came from Keith Lasley.

62:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Law - Dundee 0 - 2 Motherwell Nicky Law scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Dundee 0-2 Motherwell.

58:17

Free kick taken by Simon Ramsden.

58:17 Booking

Booking Nicky Riley goes into the book.

58:02

Nicky Riley challenges James McFadden unfairly and gives away a free kick.

56:59

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Conroy played to the near post.

56:08

Unfair challenge on Nicky Riley by Stevie Hammell results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

50:32

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Nicky Law takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save.

50:12

Corner taken by Nicky Law, clearance by Davide Grassi.

49:22

Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Law from the left by-line played to the near post.

48:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell by Iain Davidson. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

42:21

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Conroy, clearance by Michael Higdon.

38:31

Davide Grassi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henrik Ojamaa. Nicky Law restarts play with the free kick.

36:40

The ball is sent over by Nicky Riley.

34:06

The ball is sent over by Chris Humphrey.

29:08

Gary Harkins takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save. John Baird produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

26:02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Conroy, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.

22:44

Ryan Conroy produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

22:44 Booking

Booking Shaun Hutchinson is booked.

22:18

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson on Nicky Riley, free kick awarded.

19:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Gary Harkins. Ryan Conroy crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.

18:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Riley on Tom Hateley. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

15:21

James McFadden takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, clearance made by John Baird.

13:28

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James McAlister from the right by-line, Darren Randolph makes a save.

12:45

Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Harkins. Free kick taken by Ryan Conroy.

8:34

The assist for the goal came from Chris Humphrey.

8:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Higdon - Dundee 0 - 1 Motherwell Michael Higdon finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Dundee 0-1 Motherwell.

8:28

Chris Humphrey produces a cross,

4:31

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Conroy.

2:24

The official flags Henrik Ojamaa offside. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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