Rangers 2
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


2 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
Ibrox. Att. 49,918
3:00 PM Kick-off

John Fleck (pen) (77)
Kyle Lafferty (90)

Team Managers
Walter Smith Craig Levein

Starting Eleven
Allan McGregor
Kirk Broadfoot
Madjid Bougherra
David Weir
Steven Whittaker
Steve Davis
Pedro Mendes
Barry Ferguson
John Fleck
Nacho Novo
Kris Boyd
Lukasz Załuska .1
Garry Kenneth .18
Danny Grainger .3
Mihael Kovačević .19
Darren Dods .5
David Robertson .12
Prince Buaben .25
Craig Conway .15
Morgaro Gomis .16
Fran Sandaza .11
Warren Feeney .7

Neil Alexander
Sasa Papac
Lee McCulloch
Steven Naismith
Kenny Miller
Kyle Lafferty
Aaron Niguez
Michael McGovern .13
Paul Dixon .23
Seán Dillon .2
Danny Swanson .14
Jon Daly .9
Andis Shala .20
David Goodwillie .26

Kenny Miller for Nacho Novo (43)
Kyle Lafferty for Kris Boyd (74)
Danny Swanson for Craig Conway (57)
David Goodwillie for Fran Sandaza (70)
Jon Daly for David Robertson (80)

John Fleck (79) Danny Grainger (54)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Iain Brines (Referee)

Match Report

A second half equaliser from Lee Wilkie was enough to earn United a point in a scrappy encounter at Tannadice. Former United man Eric Odhhiambo had the Caley Jags ahead at the break in a game that also saw the visitors reduced to ten men when Russell Duncan brought down Danny Swanson in a goal scoring position.

After the disappointment of the Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Hamilton, Craig Levein made three changes for the visit of Inverness. New man Paul Caddis and Paul Dixon replaced Sean Dillon and Danny Grainger in defence and there was a starting place for Fran Sandaza who came in for Warren Feeney.

United started the game much the brighter of the two sides and they were unlucky not to be ahead in the opening minutes when Esson made a fine save from Prince Buaben. Following a spell of sustained United pressure, they fell behind on the 16 minute mark when Odhiambo stole in behind the United defence and headed home a Doug Imrie cross. United’s reply was instant and they should have been level when Daly headed a Conway cross into the path of Wilkie but the ball was cleared for a corner. Just after the half hour mark there was a huge shout for a penalty when Djebi-Zadi pulled back Sandaza but referee Craig Thomson controversially waved play on. Towards the end of the half Caley had a fine chance to double their lead but Zaluska did well to thwart Imrie.

In the early stages of the second period it was the visitors who looked the more likely to add to their advantage and on two occasions Doug Imrie had shots that just missed the target. With 20 minutes of the match remaining, the game burst in to life again. Swanson won the ball on the half way line and homed in on goal. As he made his way past the final defender into a goal scoring position Russell Duncan upended the United man and the Caley defender was shown a straight red card. From then on it was all United and finally, with 10 minutes left, United drew level when Shala flicked on a cross and Lee Wilkie managed to bundle the ball home. United threw all they could at the ten men and Danny Swanson was unlucky with several balls into the penalty area. In the end the visitors held on and they were the happier of the two teams when the referee blew the final whistle.

Squad Statistics (as at January 31st, 2009)

2008-09 All Time
Lukasz Załuska (GK)26 29 - 48 -
Garry Kenneth21 17 - 814
Darren Dods33 173575
Mihael Kovačević20 10 - 15 -
Danny Grainger22 8 - 24 -
Prince Buaben20 102405
David Robertson22 1317913
Craig Conway23 273805
Morgaro Gomis23 29 - 852
Warren Feeney28 155155
Fran Sandaza24 226226
Danny Swanson (sub)22 21 - 352
David Goodwillie (sub)19 103394
Jon Daly (sub)26 2094211

League Table (as at January 31st, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.