Motherwell’s improvement under new manager Mark McGhee was again illustrated by their fine display in beating Dundee 3-1 on Saturday.
The game marked ’Well’s first victory over the Dark Blues since Dundee were promoted two seasons ago.
Home boss McGhee handed 18-year-old centre back Ben Hall his first team debut and the Northern Irishman produced an accomplished display.
Motherwell went ahead after just five minutes when Aussie striker SCOTT MCDONALD found acres of space in the Dundee box to slot into the bottom right corner after a Stephen Pearson pass.
Home keeper Connor Ripley was then sharply off his line at the other end to intercept after a good run into the box by Paul McGowan.
’Well’s Pearson had a shot saved by Dundee keeper Scott Bain after a slick 26th minute move, before the Dark Blues number one miraculously tipped Louis Moult’s outstanding header from Marvin Johnson’s left wing cross onto the inside of the right post. Bain then turned over McDonald’s effort from the rebound.
But ’Well did double their lead on the half hour when MOULT headed in Josh Law’s corner from the left.
Ripley saved a Kane Hemmings shot and Paul McGinn shot wide for Dundee, before ’Well’s Liam Grimshaw shot over from 20 yards and then made a great run down the right before his weak crossed was gathered by Bain.
Dundee’s Gary Irvine was booked for a 56th minute foul on Stevie Hammell, before Moult headed Law’s corner from the left just over.
Rangers target Greg Stewart shot wide for the visitors on 61 minutes, with Moult chipping onto the roof of the net and Hemmings having a shot saved as play raged from end to end.
McGowan was booked for a foul on Johnson before Dundee pulled a goal back on 67 minutes when sub Gary Harkins shot home a Hemmings cross.
As Dundee pushed for an equaliser, Stewart shot wildly over before heading just wide from point blank range.
’Well responded with a 75th minute Josh Law free-kick which Bain saved to his right. From the resultant corner, Moult just failed to connect with Law’s centre.
Dundee’s Calder shot wide on 76 minutes as the visitors attempted to add to their eight league draws this season.
But ’Well sealed the win in the final minute when sub David Clarkson’s fine run and cross from the right was powered home from close range by PEARSON.
motherwell: Ripley, Hammell, Grimshaw, McManus, Pearson, Johnson (Clarkson 82), Lasley, Law, Moult (Mackin 92), Hall, McDonald (Ainsworth 61).
dundee: Bain, Irvine, McPake, Stewart, Low (Calder 61), Loy (Harkins 57), Thomson, Hemmings, Etxabeguren (Konrad 40), McGowan, McGinn.
Referee: Euan Anderson