Dundee Utd 1
Dundee 1
League (Championship)


Dundee Utd
1 - 1
Dundee 

League (Championship)
Friday, December 27th, 2019
Tannadice Park. Att. 14,007
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Nicky Clark (5)
Graham Dorrans (50)

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson
James McPake

Starting Eleven
1. Benji Siegrist
6. Mark Reynolds
17. Jamie Robson
2. Liam Smith
44. Paul Watson
18. Calum Butcher
23. Ian Harkes
24. Lawrence Shankland
10. Nicky Clark
27. Louis Appéré
7. Paul McMullan
Jack Hamilton .2
Cammy Kerr .3
Jordan McGhee .6
Josh Meekings .23
Paul McGowan .10
Jordan Marshall .23
Graham Dorrans .14
Finlay Robertson .19
Sean Mackie .21
Danny Johnson .18
Kane Hemmings .28

Bench
13. Deniz Mehmet
3. Adrián Sporle
5. Mark Connolly
40. Chris Mochrie
20. Logan Chalmers
25. Adam King
11. Cammy Smith
Callum Ferrie .12
Jordon Forster .5
Josh Todd .7
Shaun Byrne .8
Andrew Nelson .9
Callum Moore .22
Josh Mulligan .26

Substitutions
Adrián Sporle for Nicky Clark (77)
Andrew Nelson for Danny Johnson (62)

Cautions
Calum Butcher (90)
Sean Mackie (20)
Jordan McGhee (31)
Graham Dorrans (68)
Andrew Nelson (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)


Photography by DUFC Official

Match Report


There was just one change in the starting eleven, Louis Appéré coming in for Sam Stanton who dropped out completely. Also out of the squad was the soon-to-depart Troy Brown with Academy Graduates Logan Chalmers and Chris Mochrie promoted to the bench. Dundee fielded the same side that won at Partick the previous Saturday and were looking for a third straight win.

In the highly charged atmosphere generated by the capacity crowd, Dundee kicked off towards the Eddie Thompson stand. After a cagey opening, in the first attack of note in the fifth minute, United took the lead. Ian Harkes gained possession in the centre circle and played the ball out wide to Appéré who slipped the ball into the path of the over-lapping Jamie Robson whose low cross was flicked home by Nicky Clark from six yards. It was the striker’s fifth goal in the last seven games. A clash involving Jamie Robson and Paul McGowan earned both a talking-to by the ref after ten minutes as the tension mounted. Some 16 minutes elapsed before Dundee had their first attempt on goal, a McGowan effort on the turn being blocked for a corner which came to nothing.Three minutes later Sean Mackie was booked for a late aerial challenge after which Ian Harkes required treatment. Midway through the opening period, Dundee came close to levelling. Finlay Robertson’s lofted pass found McGowan in space but Benji Siegrist blocked his shot and collected the rebound as the ball ran loose. United reacted by winning a couple of quickfire corners, though the second one was cleared all too easily. Indeed, it had developed into a scrappy, stop-start affair though, in one of the few attempts on goal, Lawrence Shankland sent a header from a Robson cross high and wide of the target after 35 minutes. Just before the interval, Kane Hemmings required treatment for a head knock as Dundee pushed for an equaliser, but without troubling Siegrist. But it was United who almost grabbed a second in stoppage time, the legs of keeper Jack Hamilton keeping out Harkes’s shot on the turn.

Four minutes into the second half and United were pegged back as they were punished for failing to clear their lines. A McGowan shot deflected off Liam Smith and fell kindly for Graham Dorrans who drilled home from the edge of the box. And five minutes later, there was a let-off for the Tangerines. Mackie’s delicate chip fell perfectly for Danny Johnson, but fortunately, he completely miscued his shot. With the game getting more and more stretched, Dundee made the first substitution with Andy Nelson replacing Johnson just after the hour mark. Shankland headed a far post cross into the side netting after 65 minutes as United looked to regain the lead. Dorrans became the second booking of the evening for a late challenge on Liam Smith midway through the second half. Long range efforts from Clark and Butcher threatened but the first was blocked and the second diverted for a corner as United tried to take a foothold on the game. With 14 minutes left, Adrián Spörle replaced Nicky Clark and shortly afterwards, Nelson was Dundee’s third booked for bundling over Siegrist. Just before the end, Butcher was booked as both side chased a winner in vain.

Match report written by Peter Rundo



Squad Statistics (as at December 27th, 2019)


2019-20 All Time
Age
Benji Siegrist (GK)27 22 - 60 -
Mark Reynolds32 23 - 41 -
Jamie Robson22 20 - 1162
Liam Smith23 23 - 23 -
Paul Watson29 151445
Ian Harkes24 222423
Calum Butcher28 223685
Paul McMullan23 23310619
Nicky Clark28 2075622
Lawrence Shankland24 22212221
Louis Appéré20 244284
Adrián Sporle (sub)24 9191


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at December 27th, 2019)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 3 3 0 0 +8 9
2. Arbroath 3 2 0 1 +3 6
3. Ayr Utd 2 1 0 1 +1 3
4. Dunfermline 2 1 0 1 +1 3
5. Alloa Athletic 2 1 0 1 0 3
6. Morton 3 1 0 2 -1 3
7. Dundee 2 1 0 1 -1 3
8. Partick Th 2 1 0 1 -2 3
9. QOS 3 1 0 2 -3 3
10. Inverness CT 2 0 0 2 -6 0

Manager's Programme Notes


Reflecting on the first half of the season, things couldn't have gone much better, but there is still a long, long way to go. It's nearly been a full twelve months since I first came to wear tangerine. Where we are now compared to then is almost night and day. But as I have said before, we don't have time to look too far back at where we have come from, nor too far ahead to where we want to be. Our focus since pre-season has been to look at the next game in our list of fixtures. We have always said, if we go on the pitch and make sure no team out-runs or out-fights us, then we wjll win more than we lose. On the back of that we have managed nine wins in nine for the second quarter of the season. : While not every performance has been total football, we have found different ways to win and won ugly when it was needed. Teams that do well have always made their home into a fortress and we have managed to make Tannadice a place where teams are not looking forward to coming to play. We have managed to make goals against us hard to come by. While our forwards are getting all the praise for scoring goals, our clean sheets are becoming something we take pride in as a team.

There seems to be a real togetherness at the Club just now. From the backroom staff to the players and the fans, everyone is pulling in the same direction. There is nothing better as players than to share that feeling of winning wjth the fans. Here's hoping 2020 can be a great year for our Club, that we can start it as we have finished this one, together as one, going from strength ' to strength. As always, your support is greatly appreciated by me and the boys, happy New Year and enjoy the game.