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    • TheDarkBlues
      By TheDarkBlues
      The Dark Blues are at home for our next Ladbrokes Premiership game against 7th place Motherwell.
      The Dee came back from 1 - 0 down to Partick Thistle in our last match to earn a valuable 3 points which pushed us up the table to 8th place and put us 5 points in front of that 11th place play off spot.
      Our last game again Motherwell was in the Scottish cup earlier this month, in which we lost 2 - 0 at home in a very poor game. This was a game that we had edged in possession and shots on goal, but as the say, it's the goals which count.
      Motherwell's tanner opened the score when his shot squirmed past Parish in the 30th minute. The second half saw the Dee go further behind and the chance of Scottish Cup glory fade once again after Holt was credited with giving away an own goal, Holt nodded the ball past Parish who was well off his line.
      A win against Motherwell this week would go a long way to keeping us away from the bottom two spots. We have four tough games before the split, three of which are against Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen and If I am being honest I fail to see where we will pick up points against them.
    • UWTB1893
      By UWTB1893
      With one defeat in the last six for Motherwell and sitting nicely in the top 6, it was time to catch up with the guys at MFC Podcast to ask them a few questions.

      Since our last match, it’s been two wins, three draws and three defeats for Motherwell and you now sit in the top 6. Compared to your previous form before facing us last time around, you must be happy with the way the club have played, specially since coming back from the winter break?

      Very happy, the week in which we played Celtic three times on the bounce totally changed our season for the worst, the run following these games was awful, although there were a number of tough games among those. Since we’ve returned from the break we seem to have rediscovered the intensity and fighting spirit that we showed in the first four months of the season.

      For any Dundee fans that haven’t followed your transfers in the January window, can you talk us through the players that have been brought in?

      It was another pretty busy transfer window, the massive question was going to be how we replaced Louis Moult –an incredibly big job given his contribution to Motherwell in the last few years. Initially Curtis Main arrived on a free from Portsmouth, many fans had a look at his Wikipedia page and instantly wrote him off as a player who wouldn’t provide the goals, but his goal against St Johnstone brought him to four goals in five games for the club, he’s shown many attributes that have had the majority of us believing that he can go someway to filling the void left by Louis.

      Ciftci’s contribution has been mainly positive too, his touch is fantastic and he’s a very strong link-up player. I was really pleased to see him get off the mark against Thistle last week and hope he can adhere himself to Dundee fans even more this weekend by sticking a few in the net. We were also able to secure the signing of Peter Hartley on a permanent deal (you maybe saw the video?) and Stephen Hendrie has arrived on loan from Southend, I think it was a positive window for the club.

      In our last tie, I felt Dundee done enough for the win but it would end all square. What were your thoughts on our previous encounter?

      I would agree with you, I think we left that game very satisfied with a point, which is in part credit to Dundee for how they played and also a little down to how poor our display was.

      I was listening to your podcast today and quite enjoyed the discussion surrounding Colt teams entering Division 2. Could you give you thoughts to our readers about this?

      Prior to recording the podcast I was dead against the idea and I still am, but for different reasons now. These plans appear to have been rushed through to ensure Celtic and Rangers get their wishes. It is wrong on so many levels – I’d encourage anyone with an interest in the situation to check out our recent podcast (head about 30 minutes in if you’d prefer to avoid the MFC chat) and listen to the debate on the issue.

      You’ve come into this Cup tie on the back of a fine win over struggling St Johnstone whilst we got absolutely spanked at the weekend by bottom side Ross County. Will any of this matter with it being the cup or can you see a tightly thought contest? Also what's your prediction for this tie?

      I’ve not really considered Dundee’s result last week and don’t really think it’ll have any bearing on Saturday. Both encounters this season have been tight affairs and I don’t see this one being any different. The St Johnstone game showed when we get the ball down and try play football we can be very effective, I wouldn’t be surprised if we meet again in a replay at Fir Park, but hope we can sneak it – I’ll go for Dundee 1-2 Motherwell (Ciftci & Main)
    • TheDarkBlues
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    • UWTB1893
      By UWTB1893
      Motherwell continued their fine run of form as Craig Tanner's early goal gave them a 1-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership, and moved them up to third place in the table.
    • UWTB1893
      By UWTB1893
      That means it was time to catch up with the lads from MFC Podcast to hear their views about Motherwell's current form and the loss of Louis Moult.
      Last time around, Motherwell came out on top at Dens, were in the League Cup Final and sat nicely in third place of the Premiership. Since then, your form has been night and day compared to the start of the season, only picking up four points from nine matches. What’s happened?
      I think the final has played on our minds a little, but the biggest factor has been injuries - we've lost five of our best players and that's had a direct effect on results. 
      Are you worried that after being comfortable in the top half in the early part of the season, the teams at the bottom seem to be closing the gap?
      Of course, when you are on a bad run you can't help but fear the worst, but I really believe we have a good squad and an excellent manager - we'll be fine, I hope... 
      Louis Moult is also set to leave in the January window. You’re due to get a good transfer fee for someone who’s contract is due to expire in the summer. Are you happy with this bit of business despite home being your main striker?
      I'm not answering this, still in mourning. Seriously though, Louis has been unreal for the football club. We can't grudge him the chance to test himself further and I think we're all delighted he won't be playing against us.
      Have you got a ready-made replacement lined up or has there been any whispers about his possible replacement?
      Stephen Robinson will certainly be on the case, no whispers as yet, but we'll keep you in the loop!
      There has been a few reports linking Motherwell with spending some of the money from the Moult sale on our inform midfielder Mark O’Hara. He has been offered a new deal with the club with many expecting him to sign it. Is this the type of player you would like to see in your side though?
      He looks like an excellent player, I think it's exactly the type of player we should be looking at - it'll be interesting to see how it goes.
      You’ve just played four consecutive games away from home, all ending in defeat. Will getting back playing in front of your home support give the team a much needed boost?
      I really hope so, it's been a disappointing run, but I've not really lost the belief we are a good side. The game against Dundee will be tricky, especially with the boost you guys got last weekend.
      We come to Fir Park with hardly the best away record but our results have picked up. Also, Saturday’s performance and win over Partick has morale riding high. How do you see this match panning out?
      It's gong to be tight I reckon, hopefully we end up on the winning side, but you guys have a nice Christmas!

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