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David Goodwillie takes a shot. Corner taken by Paul Dixon. Save made by Darren Randolph.
Jonathan Page is brought on as a substitute for Ross Forbes. Paul Dixon takes the inswinging corner, Close range header by Jon Daly goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken right-footed by Daniel Swanson to the near post, save by Darren Randolph.
Johnny Russell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Daniel Swanson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Corner from left by-line taken by Daniel Swanson.
Shot by Daniel Swanson from 18 yards. Save by Darren Randolph.
Johnny Russell scores a headed goal from close in. Motherwell 2-1 Dundee Utd.Paul Dixon takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, assist by Paul Dixon.
Shot from 20 yards from Daniel Swanson. Save by Darren Randolph.
Shot from 20 yards from David Goodwillie. Darren Randolph makes a save.
The offside flag is raised against Jon Daly. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Daniel Swanson decides to take a short corner.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Jon Daly coming on for Craig Conway. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Murphy on Morgaro Gomis. Direct free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Severin on Ross Forbes. Ross Forbes has an effort direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgaro Gomis on Jamie Murphy. Cross/shot by Tom Hateley, save by Dusan Pernis.
Stephen Craigan fouled by Craig Conway, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Morgaro Gomis results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Hateley. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Short corner worked by Tom Hateley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Sean Dillon. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Hateley, Dusan Pernis gets a block in.
Scott Robertson takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Johnny Russell produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Garry Kenneth coming on for Keith Watson. Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on David Goodwillie. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.
Johnny Russell produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
John Sutton challenges Scott Severin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Craig Conway concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Saunders. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Keith Lasley is adjudged to have handled the ball. Shot comes in from Craig Conway from the free kick.
Chris Humphrey finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 2-0 Dundee Utd.
Keith Watson challenges Ross Forbes unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Hateley, blocked by Keith Watson.
John Sutton fouled by Scott Severin, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Steven Saunders. Craig Conway crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Sean Dillon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Sean Dillon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
Craig Conway is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Robertson on Darren Randolph. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Foul by Morgaro Gomis on Jamie Murphy, free kick awarded. Tom Hateley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Keith Watson.
Goal scored by Jamie Murphy from close in low into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 1-0 Dundee Utd.
Shot by David Goodwillie. Save by Darren Randolph.
The official flags Craig Conway offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgaro Gomis. Scott Severin takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Morgaro Gomis results in a free kick. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Forbes played to the near post, clearance made by Sean Dillon.
John Sutton takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Severin.
The referee blows for offside against John Sutton. Scott Severin takes the free kick.
David Robertson challenges Ross Forbes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keith Lasley takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Saunders by Scott Robertson. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.
Johnny Russell has a drilled shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Hateley on Craig Conway. Craig Conway delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Ross Forbes.
Corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell by Tom Hateley. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by David Goodwillie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, save by Darren Randolph.
Craig Conway is adjudged to have handled the ball. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Randolph plays down Well row
Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph claims the post-match spat between his chairman John Boyle and former manager Craig Brown was blown out of proportion after branding the incident "handbags."
Boyle and Aberdeen boss Brown clashed after Saturday's game between the two clubs, with police confirming afterwards they were looking into the altercation.
The bust-up was reminiscent of the verbal exchange between Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist and Celtic boss Neil Lennon last month.
"I've seen it on TV and it was just handbags," said Randolph. "I don't think anything else would have happened if Craig managed to get back at the chairman.
"I think they exchanged words and that was it. Regarding the whole Old Firm thing being brought up again, it was just another incident that was made out to be bigger than it actually was."
The incident followed a 2-1 win for Motherwell and manager Stuart McCall did not feel it took the shine off the victory.
He said: "For me, it didn't overshadow the game. In fact, I watched the DVD again when I got home. Players are players and staff are staff - we just concentrate on the football.
"We've had a couple of good days training after the Aberdeen game and we are fully focused on the football and that's the only thing that matters as far as I'm concerned."
Motherwell host Dundee United in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Wednesday night, having sent them crashing out of the Scottish Cup last week.
McCall said: "It was interesting afterwards to hear their manager and players saying they never turned up for the cup game.
"So I'm certainly expecting them to turn up this time and I'm sure they will be fired up.
"From our point of view, we have had three consecutive victories at home and they were big victories, beating Celtic, Dundee United and Aberdeen.
"So we will be looking to make it a fourth but we are under no illusions as to how difficult it's going to be."
Victory could be crucial for Motherwell as they bid to secure a top-six place before the league split.
McCall added: "We face two really tough games against Dundee United at home and Hearts away.
"Who knows? We might have enough points now or we might need to win both games so it will be our aim to do that.
"You just don't know with two games left, there are a lot of teams in there. They are huge games for us.
"We look back at a lot of games, as I'm sure most teams do, and know we should have done better and picked up more points which now leaves us in a precarious position in terms of the top six.
"It's good to be in there fighting and we have no doubts it will be a difficult game against Dundee United.
"I watched their game against Rangers and all fairness to Peter Houston and his side, they bounced back magnificently to go to Ibrox and score three goals and win after the disappointment of them being knocked out of the cup.
"It shows they have great character and ability, which we knew already."
Dundee United boss Peter Houston was thrilled by the way his players bounced back in style from their defeat against Motherwell last midweek to beat Rangers but has warned his men they might have to look beyond their normal passing game when they return to Fir Park.
United have not enjoyed the best of times against McCall's side recently and Houston is mindful that the state of the pitch could have a major bearing on the outcome.
Therefore, Houston is considering adopting a 'horses for courses' approach as they attempt to atone for last week's 3-0 Scottish Cup defeat.
He said: "It was great to bounce back after the disappointment of the cup defeat, especially at Ibrox.
"All credit to the lads as they worked really hard and never let their heads go down when we went behind twice.
"But when you score three goals at Rangers, you certainly think you deserve to win.
"However, it is horses for courses in many ways and we have to look at ourselves at Motherwell and say we have not done particularly well this season.
"They have knocked us out of both cups and we have lost a league match there as well.
"We will also have to look at the state of the pitch and decide if it is conducive to our passing game.
"It might mean we have to adopt a different approach but I also think we cannot just knock the ball from back to front all the time.
"We will have to mix it up and ensure that we are on the second balls which was something we did not do last week."
Humphrey comes up trumps
Motherwell inflicted more Fir Park punishment on Dundee United with a 2-1 win to put them on the verge of a top-six place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
Just as they had done in a 3-0 Scottish Cup win over United seven days earlier, Jamie Murphy and Chris Humphrey put Motherwell on their way to victory with first-half strikes.
Johnny Russell headed United back in the game with 11 minutes left but two great late saves from Darren Randolph consigned them to their fourth loss at Fir Park this season - double the number of away defeats they have suffered elsewhere.
The victory moved Motherwell seven points ahead of seventh-placed Inverness, who have two games in hand, to give them the chance to seal a top-half finish on Saturday when they travel to Tynecastle for their last match before the split.
And it helped dispel their tag as an inconsistent side as Stuart McCall enjoyed a third consecutive win for the first time since taking over at the turn of the year.
United had been seeking their seventh successive SPL win and there was nothing to separate the teams in a scrappy opening spell on a poor surface. Russell got the first effort on target after 15 minutes when he turned Stephen Craigan and drove from 25 yards but Randolph comfortably held.
Motherwell were missing the injured Gavin Gunning and Stevie Hammell, who suffered a recurrence of a hamstring strain, and it took them more then 20 minutes to create a chance. Murphy beat Keith Watson before cutting it back to John Sutton, but Scott Severin diverted the shot wide.
Severin, making his first start since a defeat at Fir Park in October, then blocked a powerful Chris Humphrey effort before Randolph held a long-range strike from David Goodwillie.
Murphy soon opened the scoring out of the blue in the 26th minute. The 21-year-old pounced on a loose ball after a Ross Forbes cutback was blocked and burst past two defenders to the byline, where his options appeared to be limited.
But the forward squeezed the ball inside the near post of Dusan Pernis from the tightest of angles to claim his 11th goal of the season.
Recent history repeated itself again in the 41st minute. Humphrey's first touch took him away from Paul Dixon 40 yards out and he ran at the heart of the United defence before evading a challenge and striking a powerful shot that hit Sean Dillon and spun over the head of Pernis.
United came back out fired up and Russell hooked a shot just wide from 16 yards before volleying well off target with Randolph out of his goal after punching clear a long free-kick.
Randolph then made an excellent save when he pushed away Scott Robertson's low drive.
But Motherwell settled down and an uncomfortable looking Pernis palmed away two inswinging free-kicks from Tom Hateley.
United boss Peter Houston made his final switch in the 65th minute when Jon Daly joined earlier substitutes Garry Kenneth and Swanson.
Motherwell were looking comfortable but United got themselves back in the game when Dixon swung in a corner and Russell ran to the near post before glancing a header into the far corner.
United were almost level within 60 seconds when Swanson slipped the ball past Craigan and shot towards the far corner from 16 yards, but Randolph blocked with his legs.
A jaded Motherwell side clung on thanks to a brilliant injury-time save from Randolph, who again blocked with his legs after Swanson had set up Goodwillie 10 yards out.
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