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Motherwell vs Dundee United. Scottish Premiership.

Fir Park.

Motherwell 0

    Dundee United 1

    • M Reynolds (52nd minute)

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    Match report as Dundee United move third by continuing unbeaten start; Motherwell drop to 10th and still searching for first point

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    Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Dundee United.

    Mark Reynolds returned to haunt Motherwell and earn Micky Mellon his first victory as Dundee United manager.

    The United skipper netted his first goal for his club to seal a 1-0 Scottish Premiership victory at Fir Park.

    The boyhood Motherwell fan, who also previously netted for Aberdeen in his home town, converted a Luke Bolton cross in the 52nd minute and played his part in a solid defensive display from the visitors.

    United were missing main goal threat Lawrence Shankland but they collected their fourth point of the season and left below-par Motherwell with zero.

    The hosts announced before the game that a player was self-isolating despite testing negative for Covid-19 twice after what was believed to be a false positive result.

    Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson made three changes following Monday's defeat by Ross County.

    Left-back Nathan McGinley missed out with a groin injury, Liam Donnelly was in the stand after failing to shrug off a knock and Liam Polworth dropped to the bench. Allan Campbell and Sherwin Seedorf came in, Ricki Lamie switched to left-back and Bevis Mugabi took his place in central defence.

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    Reynolds' goal, seven minutes after half-time, lifted Dundee United up to third in the table
    Image: Reynolds' goal, seven minutes after half-time, lifted Dundee United up to third in the table

    As well as missing Shankland because of a minor leg strain, Mellon dropped Nicky Clark to the bench and brought in Louis Appere up front with Bolton and Logan Chalmers flanking him in a youthful front line. Lewis Neilson also dropped out as United started with a flat back four.

    Motherwell had the bulk of the first-half possession but found chances hard to come by. Seedorf set up two opportunities but Campbell headed wide from 12 yards and Christopher Long took a touch and was robbed.

    Benjamin Siegrist's only first-half test came when he made a good save from David Turnbull's ambitious free-kick.

    United's best first-half openings came on the counter-attack. Ian Harkes saw a shot deflected wide from one break and then set up Bolton for a good chance but the winger hit the side netting.

    Jordan White thought he had scored a late equaliser for Motherwell but his header was chalked off for a push
    Image: Jordan White thought he had scored a late equaliser for Motherwell but his header was chalked off for a push

    The game livened up immediately after the interval. Calum Butcher came close with a glancing header for United and Motherwell substitute Tony Watt - on for the ineffective Jake Hastie - forced a save with a volley from Lamie's cross.

    United made the decisive breakthrough after a half-cleared corner. Bolton curled in a low delivery and Reynolds fired high into the net at the back post.

    Long missed a good chance to level 10 minutes later when he headed over from six yards but United generally kept their hosts at arm's length and substitute Dillon Powers almost doubled their lead when his strike shook the bar.

    Jordan White thought he had levelled with four minutes left when he headed home fellow sub Jermaine Hylton's cross but referee Steven McLean penalised the striker for a push.

    What the managers said...

    Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson: "We had loads of possession and no end product. We looked like we were looking for a perfect goal, but we didn't even make their goalkeeper work.

    "We need to become more streetwise. I hope players aren't reading that they are moving here and there, because if they play like that they'll be moving nowhere."

    Dundee United manager Micky Mellon: "We knew we were going to get asked a lot of questions and I think the players can take a lot of credit for answering those questions. It's a great result for us.

    "Mark Reynolds helps me drive the standard, he's been brilliant since I came in. I was delighted to see him getting his goal today."

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