McCall frustrated by poor home return

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Stuart McCall saw his Motherwell team fail to win at Fir Park again
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Stuart McCall saw his Motherwell team fail to win at Fir Park again

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall was frustrated after his side's run without a home win continued with a 1-1 draw against Dundee.

McCall's side had lost their three previous Clydesdale Bank Premier League games at Fir Park and they fell behind after 28 minutes when Nicky Riley scored against the run of play.

Days after missing a number of chances and being beaten by a late goal from Dundee United, Motherwell looked stunned but Michael Higdon finally made their first-half pressure count in injury-time when he followed up Henrik Ojamaa's shot.

However, Motherwell could not really build on their equaliser, although Higdon had a goal disallowed three minutes from time.

McCall said: "We just can't buy a win at home at the moment. I don't think we played as well today as we have done in recent home games and yet we get a point for it.

"We just need to score the first goal at home. We had a lot of possession and opportunities where we probably should go ahead, and they score on the break.

"You could feel a little bit of anxiety maybe. If we had come in (behind) at half-time it would have been tough so to get the goal was good. The second half we huffed and puffed and I think you have got to credit Dundee. They had something to hold on to and they certainly held on to it."

Bottom side Dundee have now doubled their points tally in the space of two games as they built on last weekend's 1-0 victory over Hearts, and they moved four points behind St Mirren. Dundee had previously been written off in some quarters but manager Barry Smith is not overly bothered by the league table.

"We'll concentrate on ourselves," Smith said.

"We are only worried about picking up points and improving performances, and breeding confidence and getting closer to the next team, whoever that may be. There is a long way in this league to go and things will change weekly. We just have to concentrate on what we're doing."

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