Falkirk 3
Dundee Utd 0
League (Championship)


Falkirk 

3 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (Championship)
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Falkirk Stadium. Att. 5,028
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
John Baird (5)
Aaron Muirhead (pen.) (53)
James Craigen (60)
None.

Team Managers
Peter Houston Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Danny Rogers
Aaron Muirhead
Paul Watson
Peter Grant
Luke Leahy
Tom Taiwo
Craig Sibbald
James Craigen
Myles Hippolyte
Lee Miller
John Baird
Luis Zwick .21
Frank van der Struijk .20
Paul Dixon .3
Mark Durnan .4
Lewis Toshney .6
Willo Flood .16
Scott Fraser .10
Tony Andreu .19
Alex Nicholls .11
Blair Spittal .7
Thomas Mikkelsen .18

Bench
Robbie Thomson
Lewis Kidd
Luca Gasparotto
Nathan Austin
Bob McHugh
Tony Gallacher
Fraser Aird
Brett Long .31
Jamie Robson .24
Seán Dillon .2
Stewart Murdoch .8
Charlie Telfer .12
Nick van der Velden .23
Simon Murray .9

Substitutions
Nathan Austin for John Baird (40)
Lewis Kidd for Tom Taiwo (82)
Fraser Aird for Lee Miller (85)
Simon Murray for Blair Spittal (53)
Seán Dillon for Lewis Toshney (62)
Stewart Murdoch for Scott Fraser (73)

Cautions
None. Willo Flood (30)
Luis Zwick (53)
Paul Dixon (87)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Euan Anderson (Referee)
Colin McAlpine & Joseph Lawson (Assistants)




Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report


United were dealt a blow prior to kick off when Cammy Bell failed a late fitness test with Luis Zwick coming in to replace him. Willo Flood returned to the line up with Alex Nicholls making his first start for the Club. William Edjenguele missed out through suspension and Simon Murray dropped to the bench.

United got off to the worst possible start when after only four minutes the hosts took the lead. After hesitation at the back Miller crossed from the right and John Baird stole in and headed home off the underside of the bar. Four minutes later the Bairns almost made it two. Craigen’s corner was met by Peter Grant and his powerful header was brilliantly tipped over by Zwick. Shortly after United had their first chance when Dixon crossed to Mikkelsen but his header was well off target. Hippolyte then created a chance for Baird but his long range shot was well held by Zwick. Falkirk again went close when a Craigen free kick was just too high for Miller and then former United man Miller laid the ball into the path of Baird who shot just wide. With 36 minutes on the clock United went very close to drawing level. Van der Struijk won a corner on the right and from Fraser’s corner Mikkelsen headed against the crossbar. United were beginning to look more threatening and a good move down the left saw a Spittal cross fall to Flood who was unlucky to see his shot deflect wide of target.

United started brightly and Nicholls had a great run on the left and fed Andreu who shot well over the top. Things took a real turn for the worse for United after 52 minutes. With only ten men on the park with Spittal off injured Falkirk took advantage in the midfield. Austin broke through on goal and whilst rounding Zwick was taken down for a penalty kick. Referee Euan Anderson opted to give United’s keeper a yellow card. Aaron Muirhead stepped up and slotted home the penalty to double the hosts advantage. Murray then came on for Spittal and almost made an immediate impact when his shot was turned round the post by Rogers. On the hour mark the game was effectively put beyond United. The ball was played in from the left and after a mix up in the defence James Craigen was on hand to slam the ball home. It could have been worse still for United when Grant headed home a free kick but fortunately for the visitors he was in an offside position. With the game virtually over the match petered out with a flurry of substitutions from both sides and very little goalmouth action. With three minutes left Craigen’s free kick was met by Grant but his header was well saved by Zwick. In the dying seconds a cross from Murray found Mikkelsen but he headed over from close range.

Match report written by Gareth Scott



Squad Statistics (as at February 11th, 2017)


2016-17 All Time
Age
Luis Zwick (GK)22 6 - 21 -
Mark Durnan24 263596
Frank van der Struijk31 16 - 16 -
Paul Dixon30 20 - 2155
Lewis Toshney24 241241
Alex Nicholls29 2 - 2 -
Willo Flood31 2721797
Tony Andreu28 22132213
Blair Spittal21 27 - 959
Scott Fraser21 305677
Thomas Mikkelsen27 6262
Stewart Murdoch (sub)26 171171
Seán Dillon (sub)33 15 - 3407
Simon Murray (sub)24 31115618






League Table (as at February 11th, 2017)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 23 14 7 2 +26 49
2. United 24 12 7 5 +10 43
3. Falkirk 24 11 7 6 +12 40
4. Morton 23 11 7 5 +10 40
5. QOS 24 8 7 9 -1 31
6. Dunfermline 23 6 8 9 -5 26
7. Dumbarton 24 6 7 11 -8 25
8. Raith Rovers 23 6 7 10 -9 25
9. Ayr Utd 23 4 9 10 -15 21
10. St Mirren 23 2 8 13 -20 14