Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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Dundee 0-2 Motherwell

Motherwell progressed to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals by knocking out Premiership rivals Dundee.

Craig Tanner's shot squirmed past goalkeeper Elliot Parish to give the visitors the lead.

Dundee's Kevin Holt was credited with Well's second after he and Curtis Main chased a long ball that the defender headed into the net.

Sofien Moussa was Dundee's main threat, off target twice in the first half and forcing a save in the second.

League Cup finalists Motherwell will find out who their last-eight opponents are when the draw is made on Sunday evening.

Stephen Robinson's side had the ball in the net in the opening minutes but Tom Aldred's volley was ruled offside.

Moussa threatened twice in quick succession for the hosts - a header and a shot - but neither troubled goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

Curtis Main celebrates
Main (right) celebrated Motherwell's second but the goal eventually went down as a Holt own goal

A goal looked on the cards when Nadir Ciftci found himself unmarked to head at Parish's goal but the on-loan Celtic forward contrived to glance the ball just past.

The Steelmen were ahead by half-time, though, as the ball bounced up invitingly for Tanner outside the box and the shot seemed to deceive Parish as it came off the keeper and into the net.

Dundee debutant Genseric Kusunga and fellow defender Darren O'Dea threatened before the interval but neither could find the target.

Well had some defending to do at the start of the second period as Dundee tried to force an equaliser.

Moussa worked the space to get away a shot that Carson saved and within seconds Motherwell were further in front.

Main and Holt challenged for Carl McHugh's pass and Holt nodded the ball past Parish, who was well off his line.

A-Jay Leitch-Smith came close with a late shot for Dundee, whose focus will be on league business for the rest of the season.

Post-match reaction

Dundee manager Neil McCann: "You don't deserve anything if you don't work the goalkeeper. I counted seven chances, but we didn't work the goalkeeper once, which was absolutely criminal.

"I'm really disappointed, I felt Motherwell huffed and puffed. The two goals that we gave them today were a joke. How can you expect to go through in the Scottish Cup when you give teams such easy chances to score?

"We take them out on the training field and they score, but when the big lights are on, there's pressure there, that's when you're looking for cool heads.

"As a football manager I want to try and win things and I think we've gone out on a whimper."

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "We don't mind a battle, but we also showed a lot of good composure on the ball.

"Nadir Ciftci is not associated with being a big strong boy who puts himself about but he did today. When we got the second goal we controlled the game, we managed it really well.

"We had a poor run in December, we had a lot of injuries. We've got them boys back now and we've added to the squad.

"I think ourselves and Dundee are the youngest squads in the league. The boys are still learning their trade."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 12Parish
  • 5Kusunga
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 6O'Dea
  • 2Kerr
  • 18McGowanBooked at 32minsSubstituted forLambertat 80'minutes
  • 8Kamara
  • 14O'Hara
  • 3HoltSubstituted forDeaconat 66'minutes
  • 9Moussa
  • 7Leitch-Smith

Substitutes

  • 20El Bakhtaoui
  • 21Deacon
  • 27Curran
  • 28Spence
  • 34Waddell
  • 47Lambert
  • 67Malherbe

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 21Kipre
  • 19Aldred
  • 18Dunne
  • 7Cadden
  • 8McHughBooked at 28minsSubstituted forTurnbullat 90+1'minutes
  • 2Tait
  • 27TannerSubstituted forBigirimanaat 70'minutes
  • 15Rose
  • 23CiftciBooked at 31minsSubstituted forPetraviciusat 82'minutes
  • 9Main

Substitutes

  • 3Hendrie
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 11Frear
  • 13Griffiths
  • 20Petravicius
  • 31Turnbull
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
4,663

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 0, Motherwell 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Motherwell 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Roarie Deacon (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. David Turnbull replaces Carl McHugh.

  7. Post update

    Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Dundee) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  10. Post update

    Roarie Deacon (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sofien Moussa (Dundee) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

  14. Post update

    Roarie Deacon (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Deimantas Petravicius replaces Nadir Ciftci.

  17. Post update

    Roarie Deacon (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

  20. Post update

    Chris Cadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.