Dundee United enjoyed another solid display and three points in the cinch Premiership following a 2-1 win over Motherwell, Charlie Mulgrew netting a winner 13 minutes from time to maintain their 3rd placed position.
The match was delayed by 15 minutes due to a crash on the A90 just outside Dundee, this showed no repercussions on the park with a host of attacking flair from both sides.
Motherwell enjoyed a bright opening with Sean Goss forcing Benjamin Siegrist into a fine stop low to his right after a cross from the right by Tony Watt. Kevin Van Veen also had a 25-yard free-kick scrape past the post.
Dundee United came into the match to emphasise a pulsating start to proceedings, a Scott McMann cross narrowly evading Nicky Clark as United started to get a foothold into the game.
Tam Courts’ side got the opener on 35 minutes, a vicious ball from the right by Mulgrew found the gaping Ryan Edwards at the back post who guided home with precision past the stranded Motherwell back-line.
Motherwell tried hard to respond straight away courtesy of Juhani Ojala having the ball in the net but the defender was deemed to have fouled in the process.
The visitors were the brighter side after the restart, Van Veen forced Benjamin Siegrist into a save with a venomous strike from a tight angle before Liam Grimshaw’s effort outside the area narrowly sailed over the bar.
Graham Alexander’s side levelled with 20 minutes left after the goalkeeper fouled Tony Watt with the Well striker after attempting to fist the ball before catching Watt in the process, the Well striker dusted himself off before converting with ease from 12 yards.
It was Dundee United looking to retrieve their lead and they did on 77 minutes, a free-kick by Dylan Levitt found its way across the face of goal finding Mulgrew who netted an acrobatic left-footed strike beyond the reach of Kelly in the Motherwell goal.
With United holding on for a third win in a row, here are three things we learned from the game.
Once again, another good showing from Dundee United who showed solidarity and character in their display, beating a Motherwell side who have faded away of late but are competitive, another good three points for Tam Courts but attention will immediately turn to Livingston away on Wednesday evening.
Influential Charlie Mulgrew
Charlie rolled back the years for United being a part of everything positive about this win, the defender provided the assist for Edwards which broke the deadlock before an excellent finish to wrap the game up and seal all three points. Van Veen was also handled well by the partnership of Mulgrew and Edwards.
Third straight defeat for Motherwell
There’s a worry crept into Motherwell now both on and off the park, they had an intent going forward but failed to make any impact in front of goal, it’s a hole they need to get out of soon to replicate the impressive start which earned plaudits.
Dundee United: Siegrist, Freeman, Mulgrew, Edwards, McMann, Levitt, Harkes, Fuchs, Pawlett, Niskanen, Clark.
Substitutes: Newman, Glass, Chalmers, Biamou, Appere, Hoti, K. Smith
Motherwell: Kelly, O’Donnell, Mugabi, Ojala, McGinley, Slattery, Grimshaw, Goss, Woolery, Van Veen, Watt.
Substitutes: Fox, Carroll, Maguire, O’Hara, Solholm, Roberts, Shields.
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