’Well do for Dee

PLAYERRATINGS Dark Blues rue missed chances in Fir Park loss

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - By GEORGE cRaN

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.

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