Motherwell 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)


Motherwell 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, November 4th, 2000
Fir Park. Att. 6,864
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Ged Brannan (pen.) (44)
Stuart Elliott (50)
Beto Naveda (55)

Team Managers
Billy Davies Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Stevie Woods
Martyn Corrigan
Benito Kemble
Greg Strong
Steven Hammell
Derek Adams
Ged Brannan
Steve McMillan
Stuart Elliott
Lee McCulloch
John Spencer
Alan Combe .1
Jason De Vos .5
Jim Lauchlan .23
John McQuillan .2
David Partridge .21
Hasney Aljofree .14
Charlie Miller .29
Craig Easton .7
Jamie Buchan .24
Mvondo Atangana .15
Beto Naveda .9

Bench
Jon Connolly
Scott Leitch
Derek Townsley
Don Goodman
Stevie Nicholas
Pat Onstad .22
Stéphane Léoni .12
David Hannah .4
Sean O'Connor .31
Steven Thompson .19

Substitutions
Derek Townsley for Derek Adams (51)
Scott Leitch for Steven Hammell (58)
Don Goodman for Lee McCulloch (76)
David Hannah for Mvondo Atangana (46)
Steven Thompson for Beto Naveda (69)
Sean O'Connor for Charlie Miller (81)

Cautions
Ged Brannan (25)
Steve McMillan (26)
John McQuillan (20)
Charlie Miller (26)

Red Cards
None. Jim Lauchlan (31)

Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)



Match Report


United gave debuts to Alberto Naveda and Charlie Miller, both of whom were signed the previous day by Alex Smith. David Hannah returned from injury and earned a place on the bench.

United kicked off attacking the goal where the United fans were seated. McMillan broke forward in six minutes for the home side, played a 1-2 with Elliot on the left before crossing for McCulloch’s head. A great clearing header from Buchan prevented a certain opening goal. In the 27th minute, both Miller and McMillan are cautioned after 14 or so players got involved in an incident in the centre circle. Lauchlan was then given a straight red card after the referee spotted a Motherwell player on the ground holding his face. Motherwell took the lead in 44 minutes when Ged Brannan converted their spot-kick award after de Vos was adjudged to have fouled McCulloch in the area. United responded immediately by forcing a corner but when the ball was flighted into the box de Vos was penalized for fouling Kemble.

United went straight into the attack in the second half. Buchan controlled McQuillan’s right wing cross but he fired well over from 18 yards. Poor defending by the entire United defence allowed Stuart Elliott to score in 51 minutes. United grabbed a lifeline in 56 minutes when the impressive Beto Naveda scored from a rebound from the ‘keeper after Miller’s initial effort. In 58 minutes Leitch replaced Hammell for ‘Well. United came back very strongly with Hannah adding strength in the middle of the park. In 78 minutes United claimed for a penalty when Miller was manhandled inside the area but the referee was having none of it. The match ended with Motherwell fans whistling for full time, and indication that United were a threat to the very end.



Squad Statistics (as at November 4th, 2000)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Alan Combe (GK)26 17 - 70 -
Jim Lauchlan23 3 - 3 -
Hasney Aljofree22 161161
John McQuillan30 12 - 24 -
Jason De Vos26 16 - 872
David Partridge21 10 - 48 -
Charlie Miller24 1 - 1 -
Jamie Buchan23 16 - 16 -
Craig Easton21 1411266
Beto Naveda28 1111
Mvondo Atangana21 10 - 10 -
David Hannah (sub)27 12114522
Steven Thompson (sub)22 16 - 829
Sean O'Connor (sub)19 1 - 2 -






League Table (as at November 4th, 2000)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 13 11 2 0 19 35
2. Hibernian 13 10 2 1 20 32
3. Kilmarnock 13 8 2 3 7 26
4. Rangers 13 8 1 4 10 25
5. Hearts 14 5 4 5 2 19
6. Dundee 13 4 4 5 2 16
7. St Johnstone 14 4 5 5 -6 17
8. Dunfermline 14 4 4 6 -6 16
9. Motherwell 14 4 3 7 -4 15
10. Aberdeen 13 2 6 5 -7 12
11. St Mirren 14 3 1 10 -15 10
12. Dundee Utd 14 0 2 12 -22 2

* - Table split into two divisions of six.