Motherwell recorded their sixth straight win at Dens Park with a 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Dundee, thanks to a Chris Long hat-trick.
The Well were looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Hamilton prior to the winter break. They did that through thee Chris Long goals on their trip to Tayside. His first was a deflected free kick whilst the other was brilliant curled effort.
Long’s third was rather fortunate. His shot from range was dropped into the net by Jack Hamilton, who failed to deal with the effort. The win puts Motherwell in the last 16 hat whilst Dundee are left to focus on fighting for play-off promotion spots in the Championship.
Here are three things we learned.
Dens Park spoils go to Well again
Dundee had their moments in this game. They cracked the bar in the second half and had one effort cleared off the line before that. Despite this, the Well were clinical and had that extra slice of luck at times.
It continues their hot Dens streak of late. Before this run of six-straight wins with just one Dundee goal scored in the process, Motherwell hadn’t won at the home of the Dee in four years.
Something’s clicked in recent times though and the Well are reaping the rewards of it this weekend.
Long highlights need for extension
Long’s effort has never been in question at Fir Park, but more has been asked of him in front of goal. Now that he’s starting to deliver, Well fans are fully getting to see what the scouser is made of.
Another three were added in Dundee, albeit in fortunate fashion in places, taking his tally to nine for the season with three assists. They are pretty decent stats considering he hasn’t played 90 minutes every week this season.
His contract is up in the summer though and Stephen Robinson will want him tied down before anyone begins to notice his form.
It’ll not be a great feeling for James McPake to see his side exit the cup at this stage. They had chances to score, especially in the second half, but weren’t able to take any.
Whilst a cup run would have been nice, the bread and butter of league football awaits McPake’s men. Getting into those promotion play-off spots is far more important than a Scottish Cup run this season.
Perhaps there’s now one less distraction in their quest for top flight football.