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Higdon brace sinks Dundee
Published : 15 Sep 2012 17:48:33
A Michael Higdon double helped Motherwell come from behind to defeat Dundee 2-1 and remain top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Colin Nish had opened his Dundee account with a fine header after 20 minutes, but Higdon equalised from close range after 74 minutes before heading home the winner 10 minutes later to deny the Dens Park side a first home win of the season.
The result preserves The Steelmen's unbeaten start to the season but was harsh on a Dundee side that had defended bravely for the majority of the match.
The visitors made a positive start and created the first real chance after eight minutes when Higdon nodded the ball into the path of his captain Keith Lasley but Dundee right-back Gary Irvine made a brave block.
Dundee went even closer five minutes later when Darren Randolph, who made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland against Oman in midweek, pulled off a stunning save to deny a goal-bound Lewis Toshney shot.
However, the hosts did break the deadlock after 20 minutes when John Baird's cross found Nish and the striker gave Randolph no chance with an excellent header into the corner of the net.
Dundee had a half-hearted appeal for a penalty waved away when Nish fell under pressure from Adam Cummins in the box, before Jim McAlister's well-struck volley was kept out by Randolph.
Robert Douglas was called into action for the first time four minutes before the break when he comfortably gathered Higdon's low drive before clawing away Tom Hateley's powerful free-kick but the former Scotland goalkeeper was beaten on the stroke of half-time when Higdon rifled a shot goalwards, only for the striker's effort to bounce back off the post.
Nish, who had required a lengthy period of treatment after taking a blow to the face early in the second half, almost doubled the lead for Dundee when he linked up with Baird after 66 minutes but dragged his shot just wide.
And they were to rue that miss after 74 minutes when Henrik Ojamaa, who had replaced the tiring Murphy, crossed for Higdon, who bundled the ball over the line from close range.