Dundee United 1 - 2 Motherwell

Match info: Scottish Premier at Tannadice Park

Date: 27/11/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: B Madden Att: 5,289

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Dundee U

Jon Daly 37



Michael Higdon 7
Chris Humphrey 10

FT (ht: 1-2)

  • Last Updated: November 28 2012, 9:23 GMT

Post-match reaction to Motherwell's 2-1 victory over Dundee United.

Higdon celebrates the opener for Motherwell
Higdon celebrates the opener for Motherwell

Stuart McCall was full of praise for the Motherwell defence after a stubborn second half display earned the Steelmen a 2-1 victory over Dundee United at Tannadice.

Michael Higdon capitalised on hesitancy amongst the home defence to fire the visitors ahead after seven minutes.

A wonderful 20-yard strike from Chris Humphrey doubled the Fir Park side's advantage three minutes later, before Jon Daly netted his fifth goal of the season to reduce the deficit before half-time.

McCall's side survived a barrage of second half pressure to clinch all three-points and gain revenge for their defeat to United earlier in this month.

"I think they'll probably feel a bit hard done to and that they deserved a point, similar to how we felt following the game they won at Fir Park," said McCall.

"We all know Dundee United are capable of fighting back and the goal before half-time gave them a lift.

"The second half we had to show a bit of grit and dig deep, we knew that we would have to defend well to get anything and with a young defence we did fantastically to get the win.

"It was a great bit of vision from Henrik (Ojamaa) to pick out Chris (Humphrey) and he took a good touch before producing a fantastic finish - it was a goal worth of winning any game."

Peter Houston insists his side must stop giving the opposition a head start if they are to climb the table.

United have now conceded the first goal in their last four league encounters.

"It's beyond a joke, that's four of the last five games in a row that we've fallen 2-0 behind and you aren't always going to be able to fightback," said Houston.

"I don't know why we need to wait until we are 2-0 down to start putting tackles in - it's very frustrating.

"We got the goal back before the break and that gave us a lift, I honestly believe we deserved to take something from the game and dominated the second half.

"I can't fault the players effort or commitment, but you can't give teams two goals of a start."

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