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Dundee Utd


League (Premiership)
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Celtic Park. Att. 35,768
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Charlie Mulgrew (90) Stuart Armstrong (38)

Team Managers
Neil Lennon Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Fraser Forster
Darnell Fisher
Emilio Izaguirre
Charlie Mulgrew
Efe Ambrose
Virgil van Dijk
Scott Brown
Joe Ledley
Amido Baldé
James Forrest
Anthony Stokes
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Gavin Gunning .5
Andrew Robertson .26
John Souttar .20
Mark Wilson .16
Stuart Armstrong .10
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
John Rankin .8
Morgaro Gomis .27
Nadir Çiftçi .21
Brian Graham .9

Bench
Łukasz Załuska
Nir Biton
Derk Boerrigter
Tom Rogić
Teemu Pukki
Mikael Lustig
Biram Kayal
Marc McCallum .25
Seán Dillon .2
Calum Butcher .4
Paul Paton .6
Ryan Gauld .19
Ryan Dow .18
David Goodwillie .7

Substitutions
Mikael Lustig for Darnell Fisher (46)
Teemu Pukki for Amido Baldé (60)
Derk Boerrigter for Joe Ledley (71)
Paul Paton for Morgaro Gomis (63)
David Goodwillie for Brian Graham (79)
Ryan Dow for Gary Mackay-Steven (86)

Cautions
None. Morgaro Gomis (6)
Stuart Armstrong (83)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)




Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report


Following midweek exertions, Jackie McNamara opted to shuffle his pack, with Mark Wilson, John Souttar, Morgaro Gomis and Brian Graham all coming into the side in the place of Keith Watson, Sean Dillon, Paul Paton and Ryan Gauld.

It was an energetic start for both sides, with chances at both ends. First Stokes chipped over from the edge of the box following uncertainty from the United defence, then Fraser Forster did well to block a Gary Mackay-Steven close-range effort after he was brilliantly played in at the back post following a superb lofted through ball by Stuart Armstrong. At the other end, Stokes headed over after Mulgrew flighted in a dangerous free kick following a Morgaro Gomis foul which resulted in him picking up a booking on his first start since returning to the club. United hit back right away with the best effort of the opening quarter of an hour, when Mark Wilson – on his first match at Celtic Park since leaving the Glasgow club last year, played in a brilliant cross which Graham met well with a powerful header, only to be denied by a fine save from Forster. Celtic were next to threaten as Darnell Fisher flighted in a fine cross from the right which Amido Balde headed just over. Emilio Izaguirre then lofted in an almost identical cross from the other side, which Brown headed straight at Radoslaw Cierzniak. With just seven minutes to go until half time, United stormed into the lead with a truly wonderful goal. Nadir Ciftci chipped a fantastic ball into the box and Stuart Armstrong sprinted onto it then showed great skill to take the ball down, dribble round Forster then – still from a tight angle – lift the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net.

In the opening quarter of an hour of the second half, United managed to largely weather the storm. Despite a series of corners and free-kicks in dangerous areas, the home side were struggling to break down the well organised and resilient United rearguard. And the Tangerines very nearly stormed into a sensational 2-0 lead when Wilson set up Ciftci down the right flank, who fired in a perfect cross for Graham in the box, only for the former Raith striker to mis-hit his effort right in front of goal. As the game entered the final quarter of an hour, United were holding out resolutely and still looking menacing on the counter-attack, while Celtic became more and more direct as they attempted to find the leveller. With less than 10 minutes to go, Cierzniak made an outstanding stop from close range to tip a Lustig effort over the bar. Celtic were now really pressing but United seemed to always be able to find a man to block as they threw players forward. However, deep into injury time, when Celtic had seemingly run out of ideas, they launched a hopeful ball into the United area which Charlie Mulgrew met with a glancing header that left Cierzniak with no chance to deny United a glorious victory.

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page



Squad Statistics (as at November 2nd, 2013)


2013-14 All Time
Age
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 15 - 61 -
Mark Wilson29 4 - 14211
Andrew Robertson19 151151
Gavin Gunning22 8 - 746
John Souttar17 8 - 17 -
Morgaro Gomis28 3 - 1837
Stuart Armstrong21 134969
John Rankin30 14 - 1027
Gary Mackay-Steven23 1227714
Brian Graham25 11 - 11 -
Nadir Çiftçi21 147147
Paul Paton (sub)26 15 - 15 -
David Goodwillie (sub)24 13414944
Ryan Dow (sub)22 111393






League Table (as at November 2nd, 2013)


No league table has been added for this season.