’Well do for Dee
PLAYERRATINGS Dark Blues rue missed chances in Fir Park loss
YET another chance goes begging for Dundee and yet again Motherwell take full advantage by securing a fourth victory of the season over the Dark Blues.
It’s been the story of the campaign for Neil McCann and his team – an inability to take their opportunities at one end and giving the opposition the chance to knock in goals and take points.
And it’s been the story of their season against Motherwell, too – close games that eventually boil down to the Steelmen taking their chances and Dundee fluffing theirs.
You can’t say that the Fir Park side have more quality than the Dark Blues but what they have shown is the ruthlessness that the Dens men just haven’t this campaign.
Motherwell are a side at the moment Dundee would dearly like to emulate – maybe not in playing style but in the way they can get results when they don’t really deserve it. Their multiple trips to Hampden, too, in the cups is something the Dark Blues desperately want for themselves.
First-half in particular, Dundee should have been ahead.
Straight from the first whistle they might have been as Craig Wighton got on the end of a lovely Simon Murray cross only to head wide of the far post.
Motherwell, though, were quick to have a chance of their own and Dundee were lucky to get away with it as Ryan Bowman headed on to the post before putting the close-range rebound straight into the arms of Elliott Parish.
Then Murray has a good look at goal, playing on the right wing, but smashed straight at goalkeeper Trevor Carson, before Caulker’s header was tipped over by the goalie.
The chances were coming and, eventually, the ball ended up in the net.
Caulker – who won countless headers inside t he home box – nodded McGowan’s corner toward goal and Genseric Kusunga bundled in at the far post, taking a sore one in the process.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as Charles Dunne leapt above Kevin Holt at the far post with Bowman knocking in for a carbon copy of Dundee’s opener.
Murray would have another chance, Mark O’Hara had a clear shot at goal from 20 yards but the Dark Blues went in at the break level, despite having plenty of chances to score.
As the players waited for the second half to begin, Kusunga took a seat on the pitch and needed treatment from the physio and ambulance staff with oxygen.
It was a worrying start to the half with the battering the Angolan international took when scoring eventually took it’s toll.
That seemed to take the stuffing out of the Dark Blues at the beginning of the second period as the home side dominated.
And they made that domination pay with Cedric Kipre getting up at the far post to head past Parish.
Slowly Dundee worked their way back into it before opening up a huge chance after 67 minutes with A-Jay Leitch-Smith, an early sub for Sofien Moussa, running clear through on goal only to completely mess up his touch and ruin the chance.
Then with just three minutes to go, Caulker’s header set up O’Hara six yards out but the midfielder fluffed his lines and Dundee were headed for defeat.
How damaging it is we’ll have to wait and see but the only way they’ll keep themselves out of trouble is by putting away some of these chances.