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Michael Higdon finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 2-4 Motherwell.Assist on the goal came from Nicky Law.
Joe Cardle grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 2-3 Motherwell.Ryan Thomson provided the assist for the goal.
Effort from the edge of the area by Joe Cardle goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Hardie by Michael Higdon. David Graham takes the free kick.
Jason Thomson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Stevie Hammell is ruled offside. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Cardle sends in a cross, save made by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, clearance by Andy Kirk.
David Graham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Andy Kirk by Tim Clancy results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Martin Hardie from the free kick.
Joe Cardle fires in a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 1-3 Motherwell.Assist by David Graham.
Andy Kirk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Clancy. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Stephen Craigan concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cardle. Stephen Craigan is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Joe Cardle, Chris Humphrey delivers the ball, clearance by Stevie Hammell.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joe Cardle, Header from close range by Andy Kirk misses to the right of the target.
Paul Willis replaces Paul Burns. Ryan Thomson comes on in place of Gary Mason.
Corner taken by Tom Hateley.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Andy Dowie results in a free kick. Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Chris Humphrey from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 0-3 Motherwell.The assist for the goal came from Jamie Murphy.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle from the right by-line to the near post, Alex Keddie produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
David Graham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Barrowman.
Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Gary Mason results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
Tom Hateley produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle from the left by-line, Foul by Andy Kirk on Darren Randolph, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Martin Hardie fouled by Steve Jennings, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Thomson takes the direct free kick.
Jamie Murphy is caught offside. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Alex Keddie results in a free kick. Alex Keddie receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
Jamie Murphy finds the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 0-2 Motherwell.
Unfair challenge on Steve Jennings by Paul Burns results in a free kick. Paul Burns booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
Nicky Law fouled by Andrew Barrowman, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Michael Higdon challenges Alex Keddie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
Effort from a long way out by Martin Hardie goes wide right of the target.
Martin Hardie challenges Nicky Law unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Alex Keddie. Martin Hardie takes the direct free kick.
Michael Higdon finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 0-1 Motherwell.Keith Lasley provided the assist for the goal.
Gary Mason concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Steve Jennings.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Hardie on Nicky Law. Direct free kick taken by Steve Jennings.
Paul Burns is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Gary Mason makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell by Andy Kirk. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Andrew Barrowman. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
Higdon at the double for Well
Michael Higdon netted a double as Motherwell returned to the top of the table after their dominant 4-2 win ended Dunfermline's unbeaten start to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The visitors completely outplayed Dunfermline during a first half in which Higdon and Jamie Murphy, via a deflection, both netted.
Chris Humphrey added a third before the Pars finally made a game of it in the final quarter after substitute David Graham's shot deflected in off team-mate Joe Cardle.
Cardle gave the hosts the unlikely prospect of salvaging a point as he netted a deflected goal on the break in the final stages but Higdon grabbed his second within a minute.
Tim Clancy made an assured debut at centre-back after completing his move from Kilmarnock and replacing Shaun Hutchinson, who had a hamstring injury.
Motherwell again bounced back from last weekend's 3-0 defeat by Rangers, which was followed by a 4-0 cup win at Clyde, and they deserved their win thanks to a confident display of passing in midfield with Nicky Law at the hub of their moves.
Dunfermline had restored Gary Mason, Cardle, Martin Hardie and Andy Kirk to their starting line-up following their Scottish Communities League Cup defeat by East Fife, but they were up against it from the start as Motherwell kept possession for long spells in their half.
They were rewarded in the 11th minute when Higdon finished off a probing move. A short free-kick 35 yards out was rolled to Steve Jennings, who found Higdon and the former St Mirren striker played a tight one-two with Keith Lasley before curling the ball into the bottom corner from 18 yards.
Higdon, who opened his Motherwell account at Broadwood in midweek, was soon close to reaching Humphrey's excellent cross but Paul Gallacher grabbed the ball off his head.
Motherwell continued to dominate and Tom Hateley hit the post with a 30-yard free-kick, the ball then bouncing off Gallacher's hand and away. Murphy claimed he was pushed in the box by Jason Thomson as he chased the rebound but referee Euan Norris waved away the appeal.
Murphy was soon celebrating, though, as Motherwell went two ahead in the 25th minute. The forward broke away from Mason and his 20-yard drive deflected off Alex Keddie and beat Gallacher inside his near post.
Visiting goalkeeper Darren Randolph was a virtual spectator throughout the first half as Dunfermline struggled to get hold of the ball or move up the park.
Keddie prevented the game going completely beyond the Pars before half-time when he blocked Higdon's volley from close range after Law and Stevie Hammell overloaded down the left.
Dunfermline made an initial attempt to push more men forward after the break but Motherwell quickly picked them off on the break.
Murphy threatened with a run and cross and Keddie cleared off the line from Law after Jennings had played him clear round the outside.
But there were enough Dunfermline players back when Humphrey netted the third in the 55th minute.
There appeared little danger as the winger attacked the home defence from the right wing but they sat off and he cut in to fire a powerful left-foot shot in off the far post from 14 yards.
Home manager Jim McIntyre brought on all his substitutes before the 61st minute with David Graham, Ryan Thomson and Paul Willis charged with changing the course of the game.
But it was a slice of luck that got them back in it in the 69th minute. Graham let fly from 30 yards and the ball hit off Cardle's back and beat Randolph.
Randolph made his first save of the game when he held Andy Kirk's header following a cross from Jason Thomson, who soon blazed over from 20 yards after another decent attack from the hosts.
Motherwell looked to have killed the game off but they were caught on the break in the 88th minute after Lasley lost the ball inside the Pars half.
The visiting defence was exposed and Cardle ran to the edge of the box before unleashing a low drive that took a major deflection off Stephen Craigan and beat Randolph.
However, Motherwell quickly extended their lead to a more accurate portrayal of the game as Higdon netted his third in two games in the last minute.
Motherwell played the ball from the back and Humphrey found Law inside the box with the English midfielder sending in a low cross that Higdon stabbed home from close range.
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