Motherwell 0 - 1 Dundee United

Match info: Scottish Premiership at Fir Park Stadium

Date: 07/11/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: A Muir Att: 3,941

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Motherwell

0
vs
1

Dundee Utd

Johnny Russell 84

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: November 8 2012, 0:07 GMT

Dundee United manager Peter Houston hailed Johnny Russell after he netted a late winner at Motherwell from the tightest of angles.

Houston: Praise for goalscorer Russell
Houston: Praise for goalscorer Russell

Russell met Keith Watson's deep, long cross near the byline but still managed to loop his header over Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph and into the far top corner in the 84th minute to hand United a 1-0 win.

Houston, whose team prevailed in heavy rain, said: "On a difficult night I thought both teams tried to serve up a lot of football. One wee bit of quality has won us the game.

"It's not the first time Johnny Russell has scored a goal like that, he scored one at McDiarmid Park last season that was the exact same.

"I don't think it was a header across goal, he was trying to score. It deceived the goalkeeper and went over the top of his head but for me that shows great quality.

"It was a good ball in from Keith Watson, perfect delivery and a perfect header.

"Johnny Russell is capable of that, he is very good in the air."

The victory moved United level on points with Motherwell and into seventh place after their fourth consecutive SPL game without defeat.

"That's our sixth clean sheet of the season, credit to the defenders," Houston added.

"Brian McLean had to come in for Barry Douglas, who failed a fitness test. Brian McLean came in and defended well."

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall could not criticise his players after they created several chances with Henrik Ojamaa hitting both the bar and the post.

McCall said: "We'll play a lot worse than that and lose.

"I found it very difficult to say anything negative other than the result.

"It was two good teams out there. How we have failed to score I don't know."

McCall also felt his team might have had a penalty when Watson barged Murphy into the advertising hoardings behind the goal.

"Maybe because Jamie's not on the park but the boy Watson doesn't get any part of the ball whatsoever," McCall said.

"I'm not saying it was a stonewaller but on another night we might have got it."


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