Fir Park Stadium

Next Game

Motherwell v Dundee U

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 15:00

Scottish Cup Fourth Round

Tannadice Park

Last Game

Dundee U 3 - 1 Kilmarnock

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 15:00

Scots Prem

Gunning stars for United

Gavin Gunning marked his return from injury with two goals as Dundee United eased to a 3-1 SPFL win over Motherwell.

Last Updated: 21/02/14 at 22:43 Post Comment

Gavin Gunning: Scored twice for Dundee United against Motherwell

Gavin Gunning: Scored twice for Dundee United against Motherwell

Ryan Dow opened the scoring at Tannadice, before Gunning - who has been sidelined in recent weeks by a knee injury - netted either side of the interval.

John Sutton pulled a goal back from the penalty spot for the visitors, but United saw the game out to close the gap between themselves and third-place Well to six points.

Jackie McNamara's side fully deserving of a third successive victory, although Motherwell were way below the standards they had set themselves in recent weeks during a run of seven wins in nine games.

From the moment Dow opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, when he collected a misplaced back-pass from Shaun Hutchison and swept a shot past Gunnar Nielsen, United seized a control on the game they refused to relinquish.

However, it was not until three minutes prior to the break that they added to their lead as Gunning stabbed home following a Nadir Ciftci flick-on from Dow's corner.

Motherwell could have no complaints over the scoreline but they were aggrieved at being denied the opportunity to narrow it in the 44th minute when Gunning appeared to go through Iain Vigurs in the box only for referee Bobby Madden to wave away calls for a penalty.

Things were to get worse for the visitors at the start of the second half when they found themselves trailing further as Gunning's 25-yard free-kick, awarded after Vigurs had brought down Ciftci, found the net via a deflection off the wall.

There appeared no way back for Motherwell, but they were given a glimmer of hope when Ciftci was penalised for handball in the box and Sutton converted the resulting penalty.

However, the hosts closed the door on their visitors and played out the rest of the game in relative comfort.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!

gabu
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

C

haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.

jelasfirsttouch
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

Footer 365

La Liga: David Moyes says he wants to 'excite' Real Sociedad fans ahead of Elche clash

David Moyes wants to "excite" Real Sociedad fans in his first home game in charge of the Basque club against Elche.

Europa League: Benjamin Stambouli fires Tottenham to win over Partizan Belgrade

Benjamin Stambouli's strike earned Tottenham a 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade and a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Europa League: Trabzonspor and Fiorentina among teams to reach last 32

Trabzonspor and Fiorentina were among the teams to progress to the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Mail Box

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property