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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Jones by David Goodwillie. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Keith Watson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 4-0 Motherwell.The assist for the goal came from Paul Dixon.
Inswinging corner taken by Paul Dixon.
David Goodwillie takes a shot. Fantastic save by Darren Randolph.
Paul Dixon fouled by Francis Jeffers, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Conway, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the right by-line, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
Francis Jeffers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Severin. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
Francis Jeffers is given a yellow card.
Jon Daly goes off and Andis Shala comes on.
Tom Hateley fouled by Jon Daly, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Gary Smith challenges Scott Severin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Murphy on Keith Watson. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
The offside flag is raised against David Goodwillie. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from left by-line taken by Tom Hateley.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with David Robertson coming on for Johnny Russell. Prince Buaben joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Robertson.
Maurice Ross leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen Craigan.
Craig Conway delivers the ball, Header from close in by Jon Daly bounces off the post.
Effort on goal by Jon Daly from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Murphy on Scott Severin. Direct free kick taken by Scott Severin.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, Gary Smith has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stewart Carswell on Johnny Russell. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Conway from right channel, Gavin Gunning manages to make a clearance.
Gary Smith comes on in place of Ross Forbes. Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line to the near post, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Jon Daly grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 3-0 Motherwell.Assist on the goal came from Paul Dixon.
Ross Forbes concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgaro Gomis. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.
Jon Daly is ruled offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Ross Forbes from the right by-line, save by Dusan Pernis.
Jon Daly fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-0 Motherwell.Assist by Craig Conway.
Shot from just outside the box by Craig Conway goes over the target.
David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Carswell. Steve Jennings takes the free kick.
Jon Daly finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Dundee Utd 1-0 Motherwell.Unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis by Ross Forbes results in a free kick. Assist on the goal came from Paul Dixon.
Ross Forbes goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Hateley, save by Dusan Pernis.
Shot from just outside the area by Craig Conway goes over the bar.
Morgaro Gomis takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Garry Kenneth. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Francis Jeffers on Paul Dixon. Free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the right by-line, clearance made by Maurice Ross.
Foul by Gavin Gunning on Morgaro Gomis, free kick awarded. Craig Conway takes the direct free kick.
Keith Watson takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Craig Conway fouled by Stewart Carswell, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Conway delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Ross Forbes.
Johnny Russell takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Shot from just outside the box by Johnny Russell goes over the bar.
Foul by Scott Severin on Steve Jennings, free kick awarded. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Forbes by Garry Kenneth. Ross Forbes takes the free kick.
Houston in dark over Motherwell team
Dundee United boss Peter Houston admits he will find it impossible to second guess Motherwell's team this weekend.
With the Scottish Cup final fast approaching, Well manager Stuart McCall may be tempted to tinker with his squad to ensure he gets his team to Hampden in one piece.
Houston knows all about the dilemmas he will be facing after being in a similar position 12 months ago.
But with United still in with an outside chance of catching Hearts in third place, their season is far from winding down and victory is crucial.
Houston said: "I don't know what Stuart will do with his team selection this weekend because he'll have the final in his mind.
"I know from last season what I did because you want to make sure you get there with all your best players fit.
"Motherwell can't go any higher in the league so the temptation might be to leave a few out. But I can't speak for Stuart, we'll just have to wait and see what he does.
"They have been doing very well, they are a team of solid professionals with some very talented players.
"They have beat us a few times this season and we got the better of them at Tannadice the last time.
"We are still in with a shout of third place if Hearts slip up so we won't be taking our foot off the gas.
"The boys know that we have to win all three games to give ourselves a chance so that's what we'll be trying to do."
United defender Paul Dixon does not expect the Steelmen to hit a lull before Hampden and in fact thinks the opposite could be true as they fight for final places.
He said: "Motherwell are in the position we were a year ago.
"They are just a couple of weeks away from possibly the biggest game of their lives and about the only thing you can be certain of is that every one of them who plays on Saturday will have the Scottish Cup final on their minds.
"If you went through their team, what each of them will be thinking about it is difficult to say.
"Some of them are going to know they will be in the team for the final and that might make them take this easy.
"Others will see it as maybe their last chance to show they should be in the final team, so they will be right up for it.
"You might even have others playing, but knowing that's just because boys are being rested and they have no chance of being involved at Hampden."
United are still engaged in a battle with Hearts for third, but need the Jambos to lose their final matches.
Dixon added: "We know third place is Hearts' to throw away, but while we can still do it our focus is on winning all of our remaining games.
"If we can do that then we'll give ourselves a chance if things happen elsewhere."
Motherwell manager McCall says he has begun to look towards the Scottish Cup final and will make changes for his side's 50th game of the season.
He said: "I will rest two or three players. A lot of them have played 45 to 50 games and I think against Rangers last week a lot of them did look leg weary in the second half.
"We'll look to freshen things up so when it comes to the final we're refreshed, raring to go, with everyone fit and ready to play.
"My main focus is winning the Scottish Cup final and between now and then we'll be looking to do everything to do that."
McCall is well aware Dundee United will be out to make amends for recent results between the two sides.
In six previous meetings this season Motherwell have won four times, including a replay success at Fir Park in March which ended United's defence of the Scottish Cup.
McCall added: "They will be looking at revenge.
"It's a tough place to go - I found that out in my second league game when we were beaten 2-0 (in January).
"We managed to put in a terrific performance in the cup and get 2-2 and get them back here.
"But it's a really difficult game."
Daly at the treble
Jon Daly struck a hat-trick in little over 13 minutes as Dundee United kept alive their hopes of pipping Hearts to third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 4-0 win over Motherwell.
Daly headed home in the 36th minute and soon fired home to give United a well-deserved and comfortable half-time lead against an under-strength Well side.
The Irishman took advantage of more slack defending to put the game out of the reach four minutes into the second half and substitute Andis Shala claimed a late fourth.
The victory put United five points behind Hearts with both sides now facing the Old Firm before meeting at Tannadice on the final day.
Peter Houston's men, who will be looking to repeat last month's Ibrox win on Tuesday, also closed their goal-difference deficit to six after being earlier boosted by Hearts' 4-0 defeat by Rangers.
Motherwell had beaten United four times already this season but manager Stuart McCall rested Stevie Hammell, Keith Lasley and John Sutton with the Scottish Cup final against Celtic in mind and captain Stephen Craigan started on the bench.
Tom Hateley, Shaun Hutchinson, Ross Forbes and Stuart Carswell were drafted in while Chris Humphrey returned from a dead leg, but Well have now conceded 12 goals in three games since reaching the final.
Motherwell started with five in midfield and struggled to support Francis Jeffers in the first half. United had the edge from the start and Johnny Russell came close to a glorious goal in the 16th minute when he met Daly's cross on the volley from 18 yards out, but the shot whistled a yard over the top corner.
Darren Randolph was comfortably behind headers from Keith Watson and Daly before Gavin Gunning got back to block well from David Goodwillie after the Motherwell defence had been caught square.
Randolph then parried Morgaro Gomis' curling effort after good work from Russell and United winger Craig Conway shot over after being afforded yards of space on the right.
Motherwell appeared to have weathered the storm but Randolph soon made a rare error.
Dixon was given the chance to flight the ball in after Forbes had been booked for a foul on Gomis in midfield and Daly aimed a header which was far from emphatic but squeezed in between Randolph and his post.
Daly grabbed his second in the 43rd minute. Garry Kenneth's measured pass found the Irishman in space just inside the box and he turned away from Hutchinson before firing into the bottom corner.
Centre-backs Hutchinson and Gunning were then involved in a heated discussion over how Daly was afforded such room, but Gunning was unquestionably to blame when Daly completed his hat-trick. The on-loan Blackburn defender misjudged Dixon's cross and saw it float over his head straight to Daly, who chested down and fired into the corner from 12 yards.
Motherwell soon brought on striker Gary Smith for midfielder Forbes and both he and Carswell threatened from Hateley corners without forcing Dusan Pernis into action.
But Daly was still getting chances. The former Stockport striker was too high with a chip from 25 yards after Hutchinson had misjudged a long ball, and then headed against the outside of the post from a tight angle following Conway's deep cross.
Pernis made his first save in the 61st minute, holding Humphrey's low drive at the second attempt. Motherwell brought on Craigan for Maurice Ross and they improved considerably in possession, with Jeffers curling just wide from the edge of the box.
But United regained control and Randolph tipped over Goodwillie's header before being beaten again in the 88th minute.
Watson scuffed a shot towards goal following Dixon's corner and the ball rolled into the corner as sub Andis Shala claimed the final touch from close range, although it was not clear whether he made contact.
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