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Dundee 1-3 Motherwell: Neil McCann's men remain pointless as Well claim first win

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Highlights: Dundee 1-3 Motherwell

Neil McCann admits pressure is building on him after Motherwell inflicted Dundee's fourth straight defeat.

The Dens Park manager's side remain pointless at the foot of the Premiership thanks to a 3-1 defeat at Dens Park.

"Of course there is pressure and I'll take that," McCann told BBC Scotland.

"We have added people who are going to help us. The good thing is we are going to have a bit of time to work as a group in the international break."

Danny Johnson and Gael Bigirimana put the visitors into a deserved two-goal lead before Benjamin Kallman gave Dundee hope with 19 minutes to play.

But Alan Campbell's first goal of the campaign brought Motherwell their maiden three points in the Premiership.

"We make it really difficult for ourselves in our league matches when we go a goal down, added McCann.

"No I don't think there is a belief issue. There's maybe a lack of confidence."

Motherwell win stodgy battle

This started off as a stodgy battle but eventually turned into a game full of goals and excitement.

Motherwell looked determined to start the match the way they had finished against Rangers the week before. Andy Rose's fierce early header was well saved by Jack Hamilton but it was an indication of the visitors' intent.

They continued to turn the screw and when Josh Meekings was caught in possession, Curtis Main should have punished but his low shot flew past the post.

The home side were riding their luck but the battle started to turn their way at the end of the first half when the early belief that had deserted them, crept back in. But Dundee just can't score goals at the moment and spells of domination came to nothing.

But as well as struggling for goals, they've also had their problems trying to keep them out and when the goal came, once again, it was avoidable. The back line simply failed to clear a fairly benign cross ball from substitute Elliot Fear and Johnson tapped in almost sheepishly from close range.

Bigirimana's low, dipping free-kick for Motherwell's second also looked preventable.

Kallman pulled one back with a header from a well worked corner with just under 20 minutes to go and some excitement was injected into the contest as Dundee's belief returned.

The visitors then looked on the ropes as McCann's men fought desperately for a leveller, but Campbell's late goal knocked the stuffing out of them completely.

'Pressure building on McCann' - analysis

McCann will need no reminders of his side's poor start to the season. The former player and pundit has also been around the game long enough to know the equation for managers under pressure. Make no mistake, all the elements are now in place and he is under pressure.

Motherwell were too strong and clinical but Dundee were mostly to blame for the goals they conceded. The manager has been tirelessly talking about how that must change but how long before the board make a change of their own?

The backing they gave their manager in the transfer window suggests they have faith but the boos at the end is evidence of fans getting restless and when that happens, results need to follow or else. There's a fragility in Dundee's play that needs to change - if it doesn't, there will be a change in the dugout. That's just football.

'We played some super football' - reaction

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "Our budget dictates we stay in the division and it's our first aim. We have aims in our dressing room and I have total faith in the boys.

"We played some super football, which we won't get credit for. They talk about our fighting qualities, but we showed that we can play football as well."

Dundee Well stats

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Hamilton
  • 27Curran
  • 24MeekingsSubstituted forInnissat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Kusunga
  • 2Kerr
  • 22MadiangaSubstituted forNgwatalaat 64'minutes
  • 18McGowan
  • 28Spence
  • 14NabiSubstituted forMillerat 58'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 20Miller
  • 19Kallman

Substitutes

  • 9Moussa
  • 10Ngwatala
  • 11Mendy
  • 12Parish
  • 15Inniss
  • 17Miller
  • 23Boyle

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 5Aldred
  • 4McHugh
  • 6Hartley
  • 7CaddenSubstituted forFrearat 53'minutes
  • 17BigirimanaBooked at 10mins
  • 8Campbell
  • 15Rose
  • 2Tait
  • 9MainSubstituted forBowmanat 83'minutes
  • 24JohnsonSubstituted forSammonat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor-Sinclair
  • 11Frear
  • 12Bowman
  • 19Sammon
  • 20Gillespie
  • 23Gorrin
  • 28Turnbull
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
5,137

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home4
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 1, Motherwell 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Motherwell 3.

Booking

Ryan Inniss (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Inniss (Dundee).

Conor Sammon (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jesse Curran (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Motherwell).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Motherwell 3. Allan Campbell (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Ryan Bowman replaces Curtis Main.

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Sammon (Motherwell).

Attempt saved. Paul McGowan (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Jesse Curran (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Tom Aldred (Motherwell).

(Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Motherwell 2. Benjamin Kallman (Dundee) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Calvin Miller with a cross.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Richard Tait.

Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

Ryan Inniss (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Conor Sammon replaces Danny Johnson because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 0, Motherwell 2. Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Calvin Miller (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calvin Miller (Dundee).

Danny Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Elton Ngwatala replaces Karl Madianga.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Calvin Miller replaces Adil Nabi.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 0, Motherwell 1. Danny Johnson (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Danny Johnson (Motherwell) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Elliott Frear replaces Chris Cadden.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dundee 0, Motherwell 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dundee 0, Motherwell 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Ryan Inniss replaces Josh Meekings because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts4400102812
2Kilmarnock42114137
3Livingston42115417
4St Johnstone42114407
5Celtic32014226
6Hibernian41216425
7Rangers31206425
8Aberdeen412134-15
9Motherwell411268-24
10Hamilton410337-43
11St Mirren410339-63
12Dundee400427-50
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