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Motherwell 2-2 Dundee United

By Thomas McGuigan

Chris Porter celebrates opening the scoring for Motherwell
Chris Porter gave Motherwell the lead against the run of play

Lee Wilkie's 86th-minute header secured a draw for Dundee United as Motherwell closed in on third place in the SPL and a Uefa Cup spot for next season.

Chris Porter headed the opener after 16 minutes from David Clarkson's flick on.

The visitors got a deserved equaliser when Stephen Craigan headed past his own goalkeeper, Graeme Smith.

Porter headed his and Well's second five minutes after the break. But United equalised again when Wilkie seized on poor defending to score.

Motherwell pair David Clarkson and Bob Malcolm had returned from suspension, with Brian McLean and Marc Fitzpatrick dropping to the bench.

Victory for the hosts would move them four points clear of United in third place, with two games in hand.

United striker Jon Daly made his first start since November as he replaced Mark de Vries.

Danny Grainger came in at left-back for the injured Christian Kalvenes.

Willo Flood almost broke the deadlock in the third minute when his rasping 20-yard drive was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Smith.

The midfielder was proving a thorn in Motherwell's side and again went close five minutes later when his shot was blocked on the edge of the box.

Flood blazed over in the 16th minute and Motherwell made United pay for their profligacy when they took the lead moments later.

Stephen Hughes' cross was flicked on by Clarkson and Porter headed home from close range, with United claiming in vain for offside.

Motherwell went close to doubling their lead 10 minutes before half-time when Bob Malcolm's free-kick slid just wide of Smith's right-hand post.

United got a deserved equaliser when Gomis' deep cross was headed back across goal by Noel Hunt and Craigan's attempted headed clearance looped into his own net.

Porter put Motherwell back in front five minutes after the break when he rose unchallenged to head home Ross McCormack's free-kick.

The home side were warming to the task and began to dominate the midfield.


Both sides had half-chances to score, before Wilkie got United's second equaliser when he headed home with four minutes remaining.

Daly put Malcolm under pressure from Grainger's long throw and Wilkie reached the second ball to head home with the Well defence all-at-sea.

Keith Lasley then blazed over the bar deep into injury-time as Motherwell sought the winner.

Motherwell: Graeme Smith, Quinn, Craigan, Reynolds, Hammell, Clarkson, Hughes (Fitzpatrick 46), Malcolm, Lappin (Brian McLean 88), Porter, McCormack (Lasley 84). Subs Not Used: Daniels, McGarry, Darren Smith, Murphy.

Booked: Quinn, Porter.

Goals: Porter 17, 50.

Dundee Utd: Zaluska, Dillon, Wilkie, Dods, Grainger, Robertson (O'Brien 63), Gomis, Flood, Kerr (Conway 77), Daly (De Vries 86), Hunt. Subs Not Used: McLean, Kenneth, Kovacevic, McCord.

Booked: Dillon, Wilkie, Kerr.

Goals: Craigan 45 og, Wilkie 86.

Att: 5,027

Ref: K Clark

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Motherwell's David Clarkson 9.00 (on 90 minutes).

Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

see also
McGhee dismayed by Well defending
26 Apr 08 |  Motherwell
Levein not giving up Uefa chase
26 Apr 08 |  Dundee Utd

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