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Saturday, October 23, 1999 Published at 19:30 GMT


Motherwell win confidence builder



Dundee United 0-2 Motherwell

Motherwell bounced back from their drubbing at Aberdeen to snatch a vital 2-0 win over Dundee United.

New signing Ben Kemble did much to unsettle the home side's defence, although the first half was awash with missed chances by both sides.

The impasse was finally broken when Kevin Twaddle delivered a cross for ex-Chelsea striker John Spencer, who headed in past Bernard Pascual for the visitors' first goal.

Tannadice's Steven Thompson missed a golden opportunity to equalise on the stroke of half time when he headed wide and it was really the story of his afternoon.

The drama came with a penalty decision on 69 minutes when United skipper Jason de Vos handled in the box.

Ex-Aston Villa defender Shaun Teale duffed the shot and keeper Alan Combe collected, only for a re-take to be ordered when David Partridge - who had already been yellow carded - was adjudged to have strayed into the box.

Teale made no mistake with the second attempt, banging it home for a well-deserved away win that will do much to restore Motherwell's dented confidence.

Teams

Dundee Utd: Combe, De Vos, Pascual, Partridge, Davidson, Hannah, Telesnikov, Easton, McCulloch, Dodds, Thompson. Subs: Gallacher, Malpas, Ferraz, Venetis, Bove.

Motherwell: Goram, Doesburg, McMillan, Brannan, Teale, Spencer, Valakari, McCulloch, Nevin, Twaddle, Kemble. Subs: Brown, Goodman, Craigen, Harvey, Miller. Referee: Michael McCurry (Scotland)



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