Dundee Utd 2
Inverness CT 1
League (Championship)


Dundee Utd
2 - 1
Inverness CT 

League (Championship)
Friday, February 21st, 2020
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,583
7:05 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Louis Appéré (12)
Lawrence Shankland (59)
Jordan White (32)

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson
John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Benji Siegrist
Liam Smith
Paul Watson
Jamie Robson
Mark Connolly
Peter Pawlett
Dillon Powers
Calum Butcher
Louis Appéré
Rakish Bingham
Lawrence Shankland
Mark Ridgers .1
Shaun Rooney .2
Carl Tremarco .3
Kevin McHattie .12
Brad McKay .22
James Keatings .7
David Carson .8
Tom Walsh .11
James Vincent .14
Miles Storey .17
Jordan White .9

Bench
Deniz Mehmet
Adrián Sporle
Mark Reynolds
Chris Mochrie
Ian Harkes
Declan Glass
Paul McMullan
Cammy MacKay .21
Lewis Toshney .5
Aaron Doran Cogan .10
Nikolay Todorov .19
Charlie Trafford .24
Cameron Harper .26
Roddy MacGregor .28

Substitutions
Ian Harkes for Dillon Powers (57)
Paul McMullan for Peter Pawlett (58)
Mark Reynolds for Rakish Bingham (88)
Charlie Trafford for David Carson (59)
Aaron Doran Cogan for Miles Storey (66)
Nikolay Todorov for Tom Walsh (86)

Cautions
Paul Watson (54)
David Carson (14)
Kevin McHattie (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)


Photography by DUFC Official

Match Report


Robbie Neilson made one change to the starting line-up at a blustery and rainy Tannadice, bringing on Louis Appéré for Ian Harkes after last week's draw with Alloa.

United had the first chance of the game after some nice build-up play deep in Caley’s half. The ball eventually floated to Butcher in the penalty box who headed it down, but it was awkward for Shankland to get a good hit on and he skied it over the bar. It only took United twelve minutes to get the ball in the back of the net after Bingham,making his home debut, crossed the ball low to Louis Appéré, who drilled the ball, from inside the D, to the right of Caley’s keeper who struggled to get a hand on it. Six minutes later, Keatings attempted to bring the game back to all square, but his effort from 20 yards out went straight over the bar. United were close to doubling their advantage in the 17th minute from a corner, however Connolly headed the ball over the cross bar. It was another corner, this time at the other end of the pitch, that led to Caley’s equaliser. Jordan White headed the ball from the middle of the box direct from Keatings’s hit from the corner flag. United came agonisingly close to ending the first half on top, after Shankland attempted to back heel the ball into the goal, however the Caley keeper was in the right place at the right time and smothered the ball in his hands.

Butcher received United’s first yellow card of the game after a rash tackle on Vincent just outside the box. The free kick came to nothing after a little scramble in the box. Bingham bagged his second assist of the game in the 58th minute, whilst Lawrence Shankland scored his 28th goal of the season, turning past three of Caley’s defence from inside the box. After going ahead for the second time in the game, United continued to play more positively, adding more pace and pressing the ball further up the pitch. Appéré came close to scoring his second goal of the game after being assisted by Shankland, however, a mishit ball struggled to make its way into the goal. Inverness remained persistent as the end of the match approached, with them coming close a couple of times in the dying minutes of the game. Their captain Carl Tremarco had the home fans on the edge of their seats as he fired the ball into the side netting in the 90th minute. But, in the end, the home fans had nothing to worry about as United claimed all three points. United had the edge in a tightly fought contest at a wet and windy evening under the floodlights at Tannadice.

Match report written by Alasdair Marnoch



Squad Statistics (as at February 21st, 2020)


2019-20 All Time
Age
Benji Siegrist (GK)28 30 - 68 -
Liam Smith23 31 - 31 -
Jamie Robson22 27 - 1232
Mark Connolly28 191341
Paul Watson29 201495
Peter Pawlett29 171343
Dillon Powers29 7 - 7 -
Calum Butcher28 283745
Louis Appéré20 306346
Lawrence Shankland24 30283028
Rakish Bingham26 2 - 2 -
Mark Reynolds (sub)32 29 - 47 -
Ian Harkes (sub)24 282483
Paul McMullan (sub)23 26310919


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at February 21st, 2020)


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


The last two games against Arbroath and Alloa and, to be honest, the Morton game before that, have all been similar in that we have faced defences that sat in and made it very difficult to break them down. They set themselves up to try and get points out of the match by killing the game, and it is up to us to figure out ways to overcome that. It is a very, very tight league with a lot of good teams in it, therefore we have no divine right to win these games. We have to earn the right to do that and, though we created opportunities to win both, we lacked the ultimate moment whether that be the final cross or shot. But, as I have already said, we can still take a lot of positives from where we are, but we want to get back to winning ways. Another positive from last week's game was Rakish Bingham's debut. I thought his link-up play and movement was good. When a player comes in mid-season, it takes a little time for the other players and the player himself to understand how the team plays and develop a bit of a relationship, but I thought he showed the qualities that we thought he would bring in.

I certainly expect this evening's game to be much more open given that John Robertson is a very attack-minded coach. He has good attacking players at his disposal who will come and have a go, so it will be a different type of game from our recent matches and, hopefully, a more enjoyable and exciting contest. Certainly, it is a match which we have all been looking forward to, especially being back at Tannadice for another big Friday night game involving the two teams at the top of the table. And it is one from which we can hopefully claim three points.