Dundee Utd 1
Falkirk 1
League (Championship)


Dundee Utd
1 - 1
Falkirk 

League (Championship)
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,313
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Simon Murray (50)
Luke Leahy (83)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
1. Cammy Bell
4. Mark Durnan
24. Jamie Robson
14. William Edjenguélé
8. Stewart Murdoch
7. Blair Spittal
16. Willo Flood
35. Scott Allardice
19. Tony Andreu
9. Simon Murray
18. Thomas Mikkelsen
Robbie Thomson
Luke Leahy
Aaron Muirhead
Tom Taiwo
Mark Kerr
John Baird
Craig Sibbald
Myles Hippolyte
Peter Grant
Luca Gasparotto
Robert McHugh

Bench
21. Luis Zwick
6. Lewis Toshney
3. Paul Dixon
12. Charlie Telfer
23. Nick van der Velden
17. Wato Kuaté
11. Alex Nicholls
Lewis McMinn
David McCracken
Nathan Austin
Kevin O'Hara
Scott Shepherd
James Craigen
Fraser Aird

Substitutions
Alex Nicholls for Blair Spittal (69)
Charlie Telfer for Scott Allardice (78)
Nathan Austin for Robert McHugh (61)
James Craigen for Myles Hippolyte (61)
Scott Shepherd for John Baird (68)

Cautions
William Edjenguélé (53)
Simon Murray (70)
Scott Allardice (73)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Euan Anderson (Referee)
David Doig & Stuart Hodge (Assistants)


Match Report


Manager Ray McKinnon handed a debut to 19-year-old midfielder Scott Allardice, while Blair Spittal returned to the starting line-up, and Jamie Robson returned at left back. Charlie Telfer and Paul Dixon dropped down to the bench and Ali Coote missed out entirely.

After 10 minutes of both teams feeling their way into the game, United had a glorious opportunity to take the lead when Falkirk skipper Peter Grant inexplicably stumbled on the ball under no pressure in his own box, with Simon Murray racing in on goal and teeing up Thomas Mikkelsen, only for the Dane to react to slowly and allow Aaron Muirhead to get the ball away. United soon had another golden chance from another Falkirk mistake when Luca Gasparatto failed to intercept a long ball forward, allowing Murray to race clear on goal only to knock his effort just wide of the post. Cammy Bell was then tested for the first time when he needed to be alert to parry away a powerful left-footed effort from John Baird after he was neatly set up by Tom Taiwo. Murray cross headed behind Gasparatto. Just after the half hour, Bob McHugh hit a powerful long-range effort which Bell held comfortably. With 10 minutes until half time, United came close again when Blair Spittal played a fantastic ball in from the right only for Tony Andreu to put his free header wide of the post. At the other end, a long range effort was deflected behind and, from the resultant corner, McHugh timed his jump perfectly and got a powerful header in which Bell did well to save low at his left post. Falkirk threatened again from a corner from the right which found Grant in space in the box only for his effort to spin wide of the post. As referee Euan Anderson brought the half to an end United will have felt they should have gone in ahead, having created three glorious chances but failed to take them.

Five minutes into the second half, United finally did take their chance when Mikkelsen played in Simon Murray, who showed some electric pace to get in behind the defence then stayed calm under pressure by coolly slotting home behind Thomson. Only a few minutes later, Murray nearly doubled United’s advantage when he got on the end of a long ball forward and tried an exceptional half volley from the left edge of the box which beat the keeper but smacked off the post. The home side were looking dangerous every time they went forward and were appealing for a penalty when Mikkelsen went down under a challenge from Kerr, only for the referee to wave it away. Murray again threatened as the game entered the final 20 minutes. Tony Andreu chipped forward, and the striker took it down well but Grant managed to get in a vital touch to knock it behind for a corner. Mark Durnan was the hero at the other end as he got a vital challenge in on Craig Sibbald after he was set up by a tremendous cross from the right. United then had a few efforts in quick succession, with William Edjenguele getting a header from an Andreu corner on target only for Thomson to save. Then Murray turned creator by finding Andreu after good footwork and the Frenchman curled in an effort which had to be parried behind from Thomson. Andreu then nearly created something from nothing by turning 25 yards out and trying an audacious effort which beat the keeper but went just wide of the keeper’s right hand post. However, Falkirk found an equaliser from nowhere with seven minutes to go – and could have gone on to win the game. The equaliser came when substitute James Craigen fired in a perfect cross from the right and Luke Leahy found himself in plenty of space to fire a bullet header beyond Bell. Falkirk nearly snatched a winner with in the last minute when Austin was sent through one-on-one with Bell but the keeper did well to get down and snatch the ball away from him. The Bairns threatened again and a Sibbald cross was stabbed off the post from close range by Shepherd, as United nearly lost a game they should have put beyond doubt. However, Arabs will have been encouraged by a much improved performance, where they managed to create a hatful of opportunities, only to be foiled by a combination of bad luck and poor finishing.

Match report written by Michael Blackley



Squad Statistics (as at April 8th, 2017)


2016-17 All Time
Age
Cammy Bell (GK)30 38 - 38 -
Jamie Robson19 211221
Mark Durnan24 345678
Stewart Murdoch26 221221
William Edjenguélé29 322322
Willo Flood31 3621887
Scott Allardice19 1 - 1 -
Blair Spittal21 29 - 979
Tony Andreu28 31173117
Simon Murray25 40146521
Thomas Mikkelsen27 155155
Charlie Telfer (sub)21 312646
Alex Nicholls (sub)29 10 - 10 -






League Table (as at April 8th, 2017)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 32 16 13 3 +26 61
2. Falkirk 32 14 10 8 +16 52
3. Morton 31 13 11 7 +10 50
4. United 31 13 9 9 +6 48
5. QOS 32 11 9 12 -1 42
6. Dunfermline 31 9 12 10 0 39
7. Dumbarton 32 8 11 13 -8 35
8. Raith Rovers 32 8 9 15 -14 33
9. St Mirren 31 7 10 14 -11 31
10. Ayr Utd 32 7 10 15 -24 31