Hard work rewarded

Michael Higdon scored two goals at Dens Park
Michael Higdon scored two goals at Dens Park
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MOTHERWELL remain top of the SPL after they came from behind to win at Dens Park on Saturday.

Michael Higdon took his tally to six goals for the season with two second half strikes to cancel out Colin Nish’s opener for Dundee.

’Well boss Stuart McCall had virtually a full squad to choose from after the international break with Steven Saunders the only notable absentee and Darren Randolph, Zaine Francis-Angol and Henrik Ojamaa all coming through representing their countries unscathed.

With Celtic losing in the early kick-off to St Johnstone the away side knew three points would put same daylight between themselves and the current champions and started off in determined fashion.

However, the bravery of Gary Irvine and Jim McAlister to block powerful shots by Keith Lasley and Stevie Hammell respectively meant Rab Douglas remained untroubled.

’Well started to get sloppy in possession allowing the home side to take control of the game and only a brilliant save down low by Randolph as Lewis Toshney slightly scuffed a shot eight yards out retained parity.

However, on 20 minutes Dundee did take the lead as John Baird found NISH unmarked at the back post and he bulleted a header past Randolph.

Higdon scored a hat-trick in his last outing against Inverness and came within inches of grabbing an equaliser right on half time and he controlled Fraser Kerr’s long throw but his shot on the turn came back off the inside of the post.

Presumably they Fir Parkers were given a stern talking to at the break as they came out for the second half with renewed vigour.

Nicky Law’s teasing ball across the face of goal just begged to be put in, but Chris Humphrey could get there quickly enough.

At the other end Nish was within inches on making it 2-0 before McCall decided to turn the game on it’s head with the introduction of Ojamaa in place of Jamie Murphy.

On 74 minutes Ojamaa, sporting a pair of fetching bright pink boots, broke down the right and his low cross was bundled in at the second attempt by HIGDON, who saw his first effort saved by Douglas.

Five minutes from time HIGDON sealed the points as he was first to the front post to head in Tom Hateley’s corner and keep his side a point above second placed Hibernian.

The result also leaves ’Well and Ross County, who drew 0-0 on the opening day, as the only unbeaten sides left in the SPL this season.

Dundee: Douglas, Irvine, Lockwood, McGregor, Davidson, Baird (Stewart 79), Conroy, McAlister, Nish, Toshney, Kerr (Boyle 90). Subs not used: Baird, Milne, Benedictus, Easton, Riley.

Motherwell: Randolph, Hammell, Law, Hutchinson, Hateley, Humphrey, Higdon, Murphy (Ojamaa 66), Lasley, Kerr, Cummins (Daley 73). Subs not used: Hollis, Ramsden, McHugh, Carswell, Francis-Angol.

Referee: Kevin Clancy.

Attendance: 5,176.