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.