Dundee Utd 3
Inverness CT 0
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
3 - 0
Inverness CT 

League (SPL)
Monday, March 5th, 2012
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,994
7:45 PM Kick-off

John Rankin (15)
Scott Robertson (52)
Johnny Russell (78)

Team Managers
Peter Houston
Terry Butcher

Starting Eleven
1. Dušan Perniš
18. Gavin Gunning
26. Robbie Neilson
2. Seán Dillon
3. Paul Dixon
8. Scott Robertson
17. Gary Mackay-Steven
11. John Rankin
6. Willo Flood
15. Johnny Russell
9. Jon Daly
Ryan Esson
Josh Meekings
Kenny Gillet
Ross Tokely
Roman Golobart
Shane Sutherland
Greg Tansey
Nick Ross
Grégory Tadé
Richie Foran
Billy Mckay

13. Steve Banks
5. Garry Kenneth
14. Barry Douglas
16. Stuart Armstrong
7. Richie Ryan
20. Miloš Lačný
22. Ryan Dow
Jonathan Tuffey
Owain Tudur-Jones
Graeme Shinnie
David Proctor
Sam Winnall
Steve Williams
Claude Gnakpa

Stuart Armstrong for Gary Mackay-Steven (77)
Richie Ryan for Johnny Russell (80)
Miloš Lačný for Jon Daly (80)
Claude Gnakpa for Nick Ross (66)
Owain Tudur-Jones for Billy Mckay(76)

Richie Ryan (84)
Roman Golobart (37)
Richie Foran (52)
Greg Tansey (62)
Josh Meekings (82)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)
Gary Cheyne & Alastair Mather (Assistants)
Brian Colvin (Fourth Official)

Match Report

For the visit of Terry Butcher's Inverness Caledonian Thistle side to Tannadice, Peter Houston made one change to his starting line-up with Paul Dixon returning from suspension and taking up his usual position at left-back. Barry Douglas dropped to the bench.

The home side took the lead after 15 minutes thanks to a poor kick from Inverness keeper Ryan Esson. John Rankin easily intercepted ahead of Inverness captain Richie Foran whose appeals for handball fell on deaf ears. Rankin momentarily hesitated, weighing up his options before unleashing an unstoppable left footed strike from 25 yards that sailed over Ryan Esson and into the back of the net. The rest of the first half was quiet if truth be told with Dusan Pernis only having a William McKay shot to save on 19 minutes. United, on the other hand, could have sparked some more life into the game on 42 minutes. An excellent move started with Willo Flood’s short, sharp pass to Johnny Russell whose one-two with Jon Daly put him clean through to the right hand junction of the six-yard box; unfortunately his attempt low and across the face of the Inverness goalkeeper was diverted from its intended target and the score line remained 1-0 at the halfway mark.

In the 51st minute, a Richie Foran foul on Johnny Russell from behind resulted in a free kick which, taken by Flood, found Daly at the back post. His header back across goal met the head of Scott Robertson whose header bounced past Esson to double United’s lead. The game continued with United the more creative of the two sides. In 61 minutes the Terrors were denied what appeared to be a stonewall penalty with Russell’s ball striking the hand of Golobart. On 78 minutes the match was wrapped up for the home side with the best goal of the night. Daly received the ball wide on the right. His ball into Johnny Russell just inside the area presented him with an opportunity to put on a master class in beating defenders. He took the ball forward and expertly weaved past Tokely and Gillet and, just as he had the fans drooling over his skill, he finished in scintillating fashion slipping the ball low past Esson.

Squad Statistics (as at March 5th, 2012)

2011-12 All Time
Dušan Perniš (GK)27 35 - 106 -
Paul Dixon25 3431365
Robbie Neilson31 16 - 16 -
Gavin Gunning21 283283
Seán Dillon28 23 - 1873
Scott Robertson26 3141169
Willo Flood26 30 - 981
John Rankin28 354354
Gary Mackay-Steven21 263263
Jon Daly29 331714953
Johnny Russell21 33127323
Stuart Armstrong (sub)19 232352
Richie Ryan (sub)27 7 - 7 -
Miloš Lačný (sub)23 5151

League Table (as at March 5th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

We ended February with back to back league wins for the first time this season. And they came in very different circumstances. Our 4-0 win over Kilmarnock was probably as well as we have played all season, especially the second half. A lot of people may not agree, but I thought we played equally as well in the first half; the only difference was we didn't get the goals we deserved. We created enough chances, but it all slotted into place in the second half with a magnificent team performance which blew Kilmarnock away irrespective of the penalty and Liam Kelly's sending off as we opened the scoring. The win over Hearts was a very different story. Indeed, I thought Hearts played quite well and in truth we didn't start the game very well at all, but crucially we dug in. I have been saying all season, that if we get the ball in the box we'll get goals and that was once again the case at Tynecastle. And Paul Dixon has done that on so many occasions, so it was great to see Barry Douglas come into the side and step up to the plate and supply the cross from which Jon Daly broke the deadlock. It was his 17th goal of the season, which is a magnificent achievement and it was pleasing to see Barry Douglas come in for the suspended Dicker and do so well after such a lengthy spell on the bench. But the only reason for that has been the tremendous form of Paul Dixon.

Baz has had to be patient, and his performance did his cause no harm, Although we have taken ten out of a possible twelve points from the last four games, we really must keep that run going. Facing Inverness tonight is a very, very difficult fixture. Home or away, we never get it easy against them. They are always well organised, but that comes as no surprise given that they are managed by Terry Butcher and his assistant Maurice Malpas. Two very experienced coaches who were on the staff here at Tannadice. And there is no doubt we'll need to be at our Killie best if we are to continue our run of success into March.