Motherwell 1 - 1 Dundee

Match info: Scottish Premier at Fir Park Stadium

Date: 10/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: J Beaton Att: 4,318

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Motherwell

Michael Higdon 45+1

1
vs
1

Dundee

Nicky Riley 28

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: November 10 2012, 19:32 GMT

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall was frustrated after his side's run without a home win continued with a 1-1 draw against Dundee.

Stuart McCall was frustrated by his side's draw
Stuart McCall was frustrated by his side's draw

McCall's side had lost their three previous Clydesdale Bank Premier League games at Fir Park and they fell behind after 28 minutes when Nicky Riley scored against the run of play.

Days after missing a number of chances and being beaten by a late goal by Dundee United strike from Johnny Russell, Motherwell looked stunned but Michael Higdon finally made their first-half pressure count in injury-time when he followed up Henrik Ojamaa's saved shot.

However, Motherwell could not really build on their equaliser, although Higdon had a goal disallowed three minutes from time.

McCall said: "We just can't buy a win at home at the moment. I don't think we played as well today as we have done in recent home games and yet we get a point for it.

"We just need to score the first goal at home. We had a lot of possession and opportunities where we probably should go ahead, and they score on the break.

"You could feel a little bit of anxiety maybe. If we had come in (behind) at half-time it would have been tough so to get the goal was good.

"The second half we huffed and puffed and I think you have got to credit Dundee. They had something to hold on to and they certainly held on to it."

Higdon was flagged offside as he volleyed home from close range after Keith Lasley's shot had spun up in the air off a Dundee defender.

"He is level, he's off," McCall said.

"That's just the way things are going. I'm not making excuses. We could have probably won 2-1, a scrappy game, and come in and we would have been pleased just to get a victory at home.

"I thought in the last 20 minutes, with the exertions of Wednesday night, we looked a little bit leggy. But it's another day slipped by without a home victory.

"Frustrating is the word. We did okay but okay wasn't enough to win us the game."

Bottom side Dundee have now doubled their points tally in the space of two games as they built on last weekend's 1-0 victory over Hearts, and they moved four points behind St Mirren.

Dundee had previously been written off in some quarters but manager Barry Smith is not overly bothered by the league table.

"We'll concentrate on ourselves," Smith said.

"We are only worried about picking up points and improving performances, and breeding confidence and getting closer to the next team, whoever that may be.

"There is a long way in this league to go and things will change weekly. We just have to concentrate on what we're doing."

Meanwhile, McCall played down an injury to left-back Stevie Hammell, who was replaced by Zaine Francis-Angol in the 56th minute.

"He has been carrying an ankle knock," McCall said.

"It's nothing sinister, he just hasn't had the chance to rest it from Wednesday."


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