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Dundee Utd


League (Premiership)
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Pittodrie. Att. 14,627
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Niall McGinn (52) Paul Paton (6)

Team Managers
Derek McInnes Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Jamie Langfield
Joe Shaughnessy
Russell Anderson
Mark Reynolds
Shay Logan
Willo Flood
Cammy Smith
Barry Robson
Ryan Jack
Niall McGinn
Adam Rooney
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
John Souttar .20
Keith Watson .12
Seán Dillon .2
Gavin Gunning .5
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Stuart Armstrong .10
Ryan Dow .18
Brian Graham .9

Bench
Nicky Weaver
Clark Robertson
Alan Tate
Nicky Lowrie
Calvin Zola
Scott Vernon
Declan McManus
Marc McCallum .25
Mark Wilson .16
Morgaro Gomis .27
Scott Smith .37
Aidan Connolly .39
Ryan Gauld .19
Farid El Alagui .29

Substitutions
Declan McManus for Cammy Smith (77) Ryan Gauld for Gary Mackay-Steven (64)
Morgaro Gomis for Stuart Armstrong (75)

Cautions
Russell Anderson (14) Gavin Gunning (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)



Match Report


United boss Jackie McNamara made three changes to the team that defeated Inverness midweek, Keith Watson and Brian Graham replacing the suspended Andrew Robertson and Nadir Ciftci, while Gary Mackay-Steven returned to the starting line-up at Ryan Gauld’s expense. The home side made two changes to the side that drew with Ross County on Tuesday, Joe Shaughnessy and Russell Anderson replacing Alan Tate and Andy Considine.

Aberdeen kicked off towards the Merkland Road end and the Dons created the first opportunity of the game, Niall McGinn cutting in from the left before finding Barry Robson, but the former United man’s shot sailed well over the crossbar. But it was United who opened the scoring moments later. Sean Dillon, deputising at left back, played a long ball over the top that found Brian Graham in space on the right. The striker’s low drive into the Aberdeen penalty area was cleared, but only to Paul Paton on the edge of the box and the midfielder curled a terrific low shot past Jamie Langfield’s left to give the Tangerines an early lead. John Rankin looked to emulate his midfield partner after ten minutes with a fabulous shot from 25 yards out. But with the vociferous United crowd waiting for the top corner of the net to bulge, Langfield stretched to turn past the post. United were enjoying themselves and almost doubled their lead after quarter of an hour. Paton’s free kick into the box was fumbled by the Aberdeen rear guard before the ball fell to Ryan Dow. Dow struck it sweetly from close range but Langfield again showed terrific agility, this time touching the ball over the bar. Aberdeen responded shortly after with their first strike on target. Robson was afforded too much space in the United box after a short corner and Cierzniak had to be alert to parry his fizzing drive clear.

Five minutes after the interval Robson almost levelled the scores with an excellent half volley from 25 yards out before Cierzniak touched wide. But to the home crowd’s delight the Reds made it 1-1 moments later, Robson’s cross from the right headed in from close range by Niall McGinn. McGinn tried his luck again in the 53rd minute, turning on the edge of the box and firing at goal, but Cierzniak held relatively comfortably. In the 64th minute Mackay-Steven hobbled off the pitch, replaced by Ryan Gauld, and Gauld’s arrival appeared to galvanise the Terrors with Graham and Dow linking up just outside the Aberdeen box soon after, but the ball dropped to into Langfield’s arms. The second half was being played just as energetically as the first, but goal-scoring opportunities were at a premium until as late as the 87th minute. As the game was becoming increasingly stretched as fatigue set in, Adam Rooney found room 25 yards from goal and struck a low drive that had Cierzniak troubled but the keeper parried clear. In injury time Niall McGinn sent a set-piece deep into the United box but Cierzniak came out to catch, before referee Calum Murray ended a second half lacking in quality but enthralling nonetheless.

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



Squad Statistics (as at March 29th, 2014)


2013-14 All Time
Age
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 38 - 84 -
John Souttar17 241331
Keith Watson24 22412910
Seán Dillon30 21 - 2553
Gavin Gunning23 2549110
John Rankin30 3621249
Stuart Armstrong21 36911914
Paul Paton26 382382
Gary Mackay-Steven23 3499921
Ryan Dow22 233515
Brian Graham26 306306
Ryan Gauld (sub)18 318439
Morgaro Gomis (sub)28 17 - 1977






League Table (as at March 29th, 2014)


No league table has been added for this season.