By Euan Wood
Motherwell head into the international break with back-to-back wins after Tony Watt’s header sealed a closely-fought 1-0 Scottish Premiership victory over Dundee.
Watt scored midway through the first half and Graham Alexander’s side held firm to secure their maiden home win of the league season. Jake Carroll saw red late on but the visitors were unable to bring themselves level. Alexander’s team move into fourth while Dundee fall to ninth.
Dundee started the brighter of the pair, with manager James McPake seeking a repeat of their Premier Sports Cup round of 16 victory over the hosts earlier this month. Max Anderson had an early opportunity after Luke McCowan beat Bevis Mugabi with a clever nutmeg before setting up his teammate, but Anderson’s low driven effort was cleared.
Despite an abundance of away chances – Paul McMullan cracking the underside of the Motherwell crossbar – it was the hosts who would open the scoring. Carroll’s free-kick was superbly met by Watt, who guided his header into the bottom corner. Again, Dundee dominated possession and chances after this.
Cammy Kerr’s floated cross found Jordan McGhee completely unmarked in the box, but the defender sent his headed effort well over the bar as Dundee toiled in search of an equaliser. The hosts rode the storm and got their second win on the spin after victory over Livingston last weekend. Here are three things we learned.
Watt continues to shine
Watt has been an integral part of Motherwell’s strike force so far this season. He has chipped in with three goals in all competitions this season and has added a side to his game he himself has admitted has been lacking. With Kevin Van Veen slowly returning from injury, Motherwell are starting to develop a prolific attack this season.
McPake will be frustrated that his side were unable to earn at least a point from the game. Both sides struggled to break each other down in what was a second evenly-matched encounter between the sides this season. Livingston come next for Dundee as David Martindale’s side chase their first three points this season.
Carroll sees Red
In the closing stages of the game, Carroll was sent off for a late challenge on Jason Cummings. Carroll appeared to have caught Cummings high on the ankle but debate has swirled over whether this was the case. It’s a blow for Motherwell, with the left-back’s crosses proving dangerous as of late.
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