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Dundee 1-3 Motherwell: Neil McCann's men remain pointless as Well claim first win

Paul McGowan and Carl McHugh
Dundee remain bottom of the table with no points

Neil McCann admits pressure is building on him after Motherwell inflicted Dundee's fourth straight defeat.

The Dens Park manager's side remain pointless at the foot of the Premiership thanks to a 3-1 defeat at Dens Park.

"Of course there is pressure and I'll take that," McCann told BBC Scotland.

"We have added people who are going to help us. The good thing is we are going to have a bit of time to work as a group in the international break."

Danny Johnson and Gael Bigirimana put the visitors into a deserved two-goal lead before Benjamin Kallman gave Dundee hope with 19 minutes to play.

But Alan Campbell's first goal of the campaign brought Motherwell their maiden three points in the Premiership.

"We make it really difficult for ourselves in our league matches when we go a goal down, added McCann.

"No I don't think there is a belief issue. There's maybe a lack of confidence."

'Motherwell win stodgy battle' - report

This started off as a stodgy battle but eventually turned into a game full of goals and excitement.

Motherwell looked determined to start the match the way they had finished against Rangers the week before. Andy Rose's fierce early header was well saved by Jack Hamilton but it was an indication of the visitors' intent.

They continued to turn the screw and when Josh Meekings was caught in possession, Curtis Main should have punished but his low shot flew past the post.

The home side were riding their luck but the battle started to turn their way at the end of the first half when the early belief that had deserted them, crept back in. But Dundee just can't score goals at the moment and spells of domination came to nothing.

But as well as struggling for goals, they've also had their problems trying to keep them out and when the goal came, once again, it was avoidable. The back line simply failed to clear a fairly benign cross ball from substitute Elliot Fear and Johnson tapped in almost sheepishly from close range.

Bigirimana's low, dipping free-kick for Motherwell's second also looked preventable.

Kallman pulled one back with a header from a well worked corner with just under 20 minutes to go and some excitement was injected into the contest as Dundee's belief returned.

The visitors then looked on the ropes as McCann's men fought desperately for a leveller, but Campbell's late goal knocked the stuffing out of them completely.

'Pressure building on McCann' - analysis

McCann will need no reminders of his side's poor start to the season. The former player and pundit has also been around the game long enough to know the equation for managers under pressure. Make no mistake, all the elements are now in place and he is under pressure.

Motherwell were too strong and clinical but Dundee were mostly to blame for the goals they conceded. The manager has been tirelessly talking about how that must change but how long before the board make a change of their own?

The backing they gave their manager in the transfer window suggests they have faith but the boos at the end is evidence of fans getting restless and when that happens, results need to follow or else. There's a fragility in Dundee's play that needs to change - if it doesn't, there will be a change in the dugout. That's just football.

'We played some super football' - reaction

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "Our budget dictates we stay in the division and it's our first aim. We have aims in our dressing room and I have total faith in the boys.

"We played some super football, which we won't get credit for.

"They talk about our fighting qualities, but we showed that we can play football as well."

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