Dundee Utd 1
Motherwell 3
League (SPL)


Dundee Utd
1 - 3
Motherwell 

League (SPL)
Friday, April 19th, 2013
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,634
7:30 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Jon Daly (69)
Michael Higdon (2)
Henrik Ojamaa (8)
Michael Higdon (55)

Team Managers
Jackie McNamara
Stuart McCall

Starting Eleven
1. Radoslaw Cierzniak
3. Barry Douglas
44. John Souttar
4. Brian McLean
2. Seán Dillon
8. John Rankin
6. Willo Flood
16. Stuart Armstrong
38. Ryan Gauld
11. Gary Mackay-Steven
9. Jon Daly
Darren Randolph
Stevie Hammell
Nicky Law
Shaun Hutchinson
Tom Hateley
Chris Humphrey
Henrik Ojamaa
Michael Higdon
Keith Lasley
Simon Ramsden
James McFadden

Bench
31. Phil Anderson
33. Luke Johnston
17. Marcus Törnstrand
10. Richie Ryan
15. Michael Gardyne
19. Rory Boulding
18. Ryan Dow
Lee Hollis
Kallum Higginbotham
Bob McHugh
Stuart Carswell
Fraser Kerr
Zaine Francis-Angol
Adam Cummins

Substitutions
Ryan Dow for John Rankin (70)
Michael Gardyne for Ryan Gauld (82)
Rory Boulding for Gary Mackay-Steven (87)
Stuart Carswell for James McFadden (84)
Fraser Kerr for Chris Humphrey (87)

Cautions
Brian McLean (85)
Simon Ramsden (75)
Stevie Hammell (83)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)


Match Report


Jackie McNamara made two changes to the starting line-up which had come so close to securing a Scottish Cup Final place - losing their semi-final 4-3 after extra time to Celtic. Brian McLean and Stuart Armstrong both started for United, replacing Keith Watson and Mark Millar.

The visitors raced into a two-goal lead within 8 minutes to put a severe dent in United’s plans. In just the second minute Michael Higdon unleashed a fierce strike from long range which crashed into the net off the junction of post and bar with Cierzniak left helpless. Then after eight minutes Henrik Ojamaa sprinted behind the defence and poked the ball into the net from 8 yards out. The Tangerines did regroup and went on to make several chances of their own. Gary Mackay-Steven gave Tom Hateley a torrid time down the left flank and he forced Darren Randolph into one of a trio of first half saves close to half time. Previously Jon Daly and Ryan Gauld had also tested the Motherwell man, and a strong penalty claim following a challenge on Mackay-Steven was waved away as half time arrived without the goal that the hosts’ play probably deserved.

Armstrong showed some early intent after the break as he moved in from the left and curled a left foot shot towards the far post but Randolph carefully watched the ball drift wide. Ojamaa then took a McFadden throw before sending in a half volley which only just cleared the bar before Michael Higdon all but sealed the points for the visitors. Taking the ball under control just inside the box he turned Sean Dillon before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner beyond Cierzniak. United kept trying to get back into the game and came close again when a well struck Willo Flood free kick came off the outside of Randolph’s right hand post. Finally after 68 minutes the hosts made their mark as they reduced the deficit to two goals. Mackay-Steven cleverly fed the ball to Jon Daly who prodded the ball through the legs of Randolph to bring fresh hope for the Tangerines. A fiercely struck shot from Armstrong then stung the palms of Randolph as suddenly the outcome of the match looked in doubt. With 10 minutes remaining Mackay-Steven looked to have provided real hope but his low drive at goal was expertly turned around the post by Randolph. This proved to be their last chance as the visitors saw out the remainder of the game without much in the way of incident.



Squad Statistics (as at April 19th, 2013)


2012-13 All Time
Age
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)29 42 - 42 -
Seán Dillon29 35 - 2323
John Souttar16 5 - 5 -
Barry Douglas23 321744
Brian McLean28 301301
John Rankin29 402857
Ryan Gauld17 7181
Stuart Armstrong21 393795
Gary Mackay-Steven22 2566111
Willo Flood28 4131485
Jon Daly30 401519973
Michael Gardyne (sub)27 343343
Rory Boulding (sub)24 5151
Ryan Dow (sub)21 12 - 261






League Table (as at April 19th, 2013)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Last Sunday's semi-final against Celtic produced very mixed emotions for me. Whilst obviously hugely disappointed at losing,I couldn't have been prouder of the players.To a man,they were exceptional.They gave every last drop, caused Celtic a lot of problems and certainly didn't deserve to lose after putting so much in. Balancing the loss were the many plus points to be taken from the game. The players' mental strength was excellent and afterwards I stressed to them that they had proved they can handle these occasions. Irrespective of whether they're 16, 17 or 30, it's not beyond them and I know we can progress from there. We looked a real threat going forward, which was one of the many positives we could draw from the game. I was tired and a bit drained after watching, so goodness knows how they must have felt, but they can all reflect on their performances with the utmost pride. So, too, could our fans because your efforts were appreciated as much as that of the players. You gave the team tremendous support and that really helped spur us on. Throughout the whole 120 minutes, you backed us to the hilt and the only pity is that we couldn't reward it with a return to Hampden for next month's final!

However, that's history now and we still have plenty to play for in the five remaining league games. We couldn't have wished for a better finish to the last game before the split, against Aberdeen.From the reaction both on the park and in the stands -not to mention the dugout! - you could see how much it meant to everyone connected with the club. Certainly, it was a very contrasting emotion to the feeling of despair after St Johnstone's late equaliser the previous Monday, but it more than made up for that. Rory Boulding's last-gasp goal was of vital importance, not least for the financial implications to the club of finishing in the top six. But it isn't just the boost if gives to the budget that's important; for the remainder of the campaign now the door to Europe is ajar! Tonight we welcome Motherwell to Tannadice and their manager Stuart McCall has done a fantastic job again to keep them where they are, pushing Celtic at the top, They've proved very hard to beat and have had a tremendous season. But we have beaten them twice at Fir Park already and I thought the win there in February was our most consistent 90 minutes since I became manager. That said, it will take a repeat performance if we are to get the better of them again tonight and keep ourselves in the hunt to secure a Europa League slot.