Motherwell cruise past Dundee

Two goals from Nicky Law helped Motherwell to an easy 3-0 win

over doomed Dundee at Dens Park.

Second-placed Well were barely out of cruise control after

Michael Higdon gave them an early lead, and the points proved vital

with their main rivals for that position – Inverness – also

victorious on Saturday.

Motherwell took the lead in the ninth minute with the SPL’s

leading scorer Higdon meeting Chris Humphrey’s cross at the far

post and heading past a stranded Steve Simonsen.

Henrik Ojaama could easily have doubled the lead, but Dundee

were also lively before the break with Gary Harkins forcing a fine

save from Darren Randolph, who also parried a header from Kyle

Benedictus.

The game was always going to rest on who got the vital second

goal, and it was Motherwell who assumed control just after the hour

mark when Law began to stamp his class on the game.

Keith Lasley moved into space down the flank and his cross was

perfect for Law to guide past Simonsen with his head.

John Baird passed up a chance to get one back for Dundee seconds

later but the game was over as a contest with 12 minutes left to

play when Law grabbed his second.

The former Rotherham midfielder curled a lovely shot past

Simonsen from the edge of the box after Tom Hateley played a corner

in his direction.

Motherwell were able to cruise through the remaining minutes and

cut their deficit to Celtic to 12 points, although the reigning

champions are in action on Sunday against St Mirren.

The defeat was John Brown’s first since taking over as manager

at Dens Park and leaves them with a mountain to climb if they are

to make up the 13 point deficit they have on the Buddies with games

running out.