Dundee Utd 1
Hamilton 1
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (SPL)
Saturday, October 17th, 2009
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,944
3:00 PM Kick-off

Garry Kenneth (90)
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (65)

Team Managers
Craig Levein
Billy Reid

Starting Eleven
1. Nicky Weaver
5. Darren Dods
2. Seán Dillon
18. Garry Kenneth
3. Andy Webster
17. Mark Fotheringham
16. Morgaro Gomis
12. David Robertson
7. Jennison Myrie-Williams
6. Craig Conway
21. Damián Casalinuovo
Tomáš Cerný
Trent McClenahan
Richard Hastings
Martin Canning
Mark McLaughlin
David Elebert
James Wesolowski
James McArthur
Simon Mensing
Mickaël Antoine-Curier
Marco Paixão

13. Steve Banks
19. Mihael Kovačević
24. Greg Cameron
22. Kevin Smith
20. Andis Shala
38. Dale Hilson
25. David Goodwillie
Sean Murdoch
Marvin Andrews
Grant Evans
Kyle Wilkie
Guillaume Beuzelin

David Goodwillie for David Robertson (54)
Dale Hilson for Craig Conway (78)
Andis Shala for Jennison Myrie-Williams (84)
Flávio Paixão for Mickaël Antoine-Curier (84)

Mark Fotheringham (56)
Morgaro Gomis (63)
Mark McLaughlin (19)
James Wesolowski (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Iain Brines (Referee)

Match Report

For the visit of Hamilton Accies to Tannadice, United were without Scott Robertson and Paul Dixon through injury and Prince Buaben and Danny Swanson through suspension, meaning starts for David Robertson, Jennison Myrie-Williams and short-term signing Mark Fotheringham, while Kenneth was deployed at left-back with Sean Dillon at right back. Myrie-Williams and Craig Conway would provide the support for loan striker Damien Casalinuovo in a 4-5-1 formation.

The home started the game brightly with Fotheringham and Morgaro Gomis looking lively in the middle of the park, and it was the latter who almost gave the home side the lead midway through the first half. The Senegal international collected the ball some 30 yards out and unleashed a powerful drive towards goal, only for Tomas Cerny to parry the ball away. From the resulting corner, Darren Dods saw his goal-bound header cleared off the line. United had another chance moments later, when Jennison Myrie-Williams picked up the ball on the right wing, cut inside his man, and curled the ball just past the top corner. Hamilton, however, looked dangerous from set pieces and it was from a corner that they almost took an unlikely lead. The ball was whipped in by Marco Paixao, but Nicky Weaver pulled of a brilliant diving save to beat the ball out. The Accies gradually came into the game, but never looked like scoring, until the stroke of half-time when former United loanee James Wesolowski cut the ball back to Paixao, only for the Portuguese winger to balloon the ball over the bar.

In the second half, neither side created much in way of clear-cut chances, but Billy Reid’s side almost took the lead when Paixao’s audacious 35-yard free-kick dipped onto the crossbar after Weaver had strayed too far off his line. The visitors did go in front in the 65th minute when the ball was played through to Mickaël Antoine-Curier who looked to be offside, but there was no flag and the on-loan Dundee striker slotted the ball past Weaver to a chorus of boos. The goal sparked Craig Levein’s men into action and they pressed for the equaliser. In the closing stages, the Terrors were denied twice in quick succession when Casalinuovo headed off the post and Dods crashed the rebound on to the bar. Fotheringham also went close with a 20-yard drive that went inches wide in stoppage-time. But United’s persistence paid off when Casalinuovo crossed and Garry Kenneth towered above the Hamilton defence to head home at the far post – to the delight of the home support.

Squad Statistics (as at October 17th, 2009)

2009-10 All Time
Nicky Weaver (GK)30 8 - 8 -
Garry Kenneth22 31966
Darren Dods34 9 - 725
Andy Webster27 9292
Seán Dillon26 9 - 892
David Robertson23 4 - 9315
Craig Conway24 8 - 1037
Morgaro Gomis24 7 - 1062
Jennison Myrie-Williams21 6 - 6 -
Mark Fotheringham25 2 - 2 -
Damián Casalinuovo22 5151
David Goodwillie (sub)20 935610
Andis Shala (sub)20 61151
Dale Hilson (sub)16 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at October 17th, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After a month on the road, it is good to be back at Tannadice and welcoming Hamilton Accies this afternoon. After a slow start to the season, they are settling in and Billy Reid has made some good signings after a big turnover in personnel since last season. One of course is James Wesolowski, whom of course was on loan to us from Leicester in the second half of last season. Most recently they also added Guillaume Beuzelin who was latterly with Coventry City. And from our experiences against them last term, we know they will fight tooth and nail to make things difficult for us again. Our last home game against Motherwell proved to be very disappointing. It wasn't a game where we were at our best, but certainly felt that we deserved to take at least a point out of the game. Indeed, had things gone our way maybe even more. But it wasn't to be with Motherwell winning thanks to the only goal of- the game which came from the spot. The good thing was that we recovered from that setback really quickly, winning away to Ross County, the then leaders of the First Division to book a place in the last eight of the Co-operative Cup. I'm just grateful we didn't slip up because there are plenty of cases where teams go out to tower division opponents. You just have to look at what happened to Hamilton at Ross County in the previous round and Aberdeen away to Dundee on the same night we won at Dingwall. A big plus for me was the fact we managed to bring in a few lads. Stevie Banks got a run in the goat, Jennison MyrieWilliams made his first competitive start, although he tired towards the end, Lee Wilkie came through it okay. It was also pleasing to see the likes of Mihael Kovacevic and Craig Conway get 90 minutes under their belts. Making so many changes was a little bit of a risk, but, for the sake of the squad, it's important people get games, particularly given the situation we face this afternoon due to injuries and suspension.

It was particularly pleasing that we then went on to beat StJohnstone at Perth. It is always difficult winning games away from home in the SPL, especially against sides that have just been promoted as we found to our cost last season against Hamilton. Both Andy Webster and Damian Casalinuovo were on target in our 3-2 win with what were their first goals for the club which was good to see. Damians returned to Tannadice after a spell out on loan with Raith Rovers where he did well, so I was pleased that he continued from where he left off with Raith in what was his first competitive start for us. He can be a handful for defences so its great to have another option up front. Having done so well at Perth, the opening forty five minutes against Easter Road came a reality check. Poor wasn't the word for our first-half performance and for only the second time in three years at the club, I raised my voice at half time. I just couldn't believe how bad we were. Okay. Hibs played well, but there are two parts to a game—attacking and defending—and we got zero of those right. But having been so second rate before the break. I was pleased with the attitude right from the kick-off for the second half and in the end just about deserved our point thanks to another Webby goal. We concentrated better and were on the front foot from the off, and even if we'd lost the match I'd have been proud of the way we played the second Since then of course, we have had a fortnight s break and that has brought long term casualties Jon Daly, Keith Watson and Kevin Smith closer to being available. However, on the down side Paul Dixon and Scott Robertson face lengthy lay-offs. Paul will be out for at Least four weeks and whilst we are stilt waiting to see the extent of Scott's groin injury. he'll almost certainly miss the rest of this month at least. Fortunately, Mark Fotheringham has agreed a deal to play for us for next to nothing and having another quality player in midfield is handy, especially as we are today without Prince Buaben and Danny Swanson through suspension in addition to Scott Robertson's absence. Looking to the future, notwithstanding their defeat by Falkirk last week, the Youth team have had a good start to the season and were very impressive when I watched them put Stirling Albion to the sword to reach the third round of the Youth Cup. In previous seasons. I have had a number of the more experienced Under-19's out on loan at this stage of the season, but that has not been the case this term and I am quite happy with the strength and the quality of the side as proven by their progress so far. But returning to immediate future and today s game with Hamilton, it is vital that we build on taking four points from the two recent away games by taking three points from a home match.