Dundee Lose To Motherwell Ahead Of A Season Defining Week
Despite going ahead against Motherwell on Saturday, Dundee would surrender their lead and eventually lose this match with our defensive fatalities and lack of cutting edge up front coming back to haunt us.
Genseric Kusunga was credited with Dundee’s opening goal but in truth, it was Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre who put the ball into his own net, with his hand of all body parts.
Motherwell equalised from a corner which was poorly defended by the Dee. The set-piece was heading back into the six-yard box and the Dundee defence was caught napping with not one but two Motherwell players finding themselves unmarked with our two centre halves standing idly in front of them.
We would again be caught with our trousers at our ankles with Motherwell’s winner coming from anther set-piece. Neil McCann felt aggravated because it was a very soft decision for the referee to give and just a few seconds before hand, the same player who was ‘fouled’ also handballed it.
Though this is highly frustrating to see these awards given against us, our inability to correctly defend them was criminal. Kipre, who had earlier scored an own-goal, ran in at the back post leaving Kevin Holt marking two men. I also felt that Parish was a little slow to get down but others may beg to differ.
We had chances in this game. Wighton failed to properly connect within the opening seconds and a glorious chance passed us by. It did look like he expected their defender claim the ball, something we all did. Murray had an opportunity but his shot was right at the keeper and when we were a goal behind, O’Hara blazed his shot over from six-yards.
With Sofien Moussa coming off the field in the opening minutes and Kusunga failing to start the second half after being clattered in the lead up to our goal, it was a day to forget that could have easily have been a day we edged closer to safety.
The only silver lining near the end of this match was that Ross County had already been beaten in the early kick-off and that Partick Thistle were losing away to St Johnstone. Despite the defeat, it would look like it would be no harm done but in the last minute, Thistle were awarded and then slotted home a penalty to grab a valuable point.
It sets up a nerve-wracking last week of Premiership football for Dundee. We don’t play until Saturday but the day before sees the bottom two teams, Thistle and County, go head to head. For me, I would love to see a draw between these two teams.
Then, the early kick-off the day after, has Hamilton visiting Dens Park in what will no doubt be a tension filled match, no matter the result of Friday’s game.
It has to be a win for us. It just has to be.
We travel up to Dingwall the Tuesday after this game then follow that up with another home tie against Thistle back at Dens for the last game of the Premiership season. If we have to go into these two games on the back of a defeat to Hamilton then I’ve no idea how my nerves will handle it.
Add into the equation that I will not even be near Dundee for the last game of the season, then I’m not sure how my heart would be able to take having to following Twitter updates and watching Jeff and the team on Sky Sports while sitting in a Newcastle pub instead of my seat in the Bobby Cox Stand.
I can’t even preview the Hamilton match properly! Like I said above, it has to be a win for the Dee but can I give you a prediction? Can I hell!
We have failed to win at home to Hamilton in four attempts so surely it is our time to halt that run?
MON THE DEE!
SPFL PREMIERSHIP ROUND UP
Aberdeen beat Hearts without any problem in the Friday night game to climb up to second place.
Hamilton beat bottom team Ross County for a massive three points while Partick Thistle grabbed a point courtesy of a last-minute penalty against St Johnstone to move to within four points of ourselves and the Accies.
Hibs and Kilmarnock went toe to toe but eventually the Edinburgh team claimed the points with a 5-3 victory. In Sunday’s match, Celtic eventually won the league as they ran riot by knocking five goals without reply passed The Rangers.