Dundee Utd 2
Motherwell 0
League (SPL)


Dundee Utd
2 - 0
Motherwell 

League (SPL)
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2001
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,311
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Craig Easton (55)
Jim Hamilton (62)
None.

Team Managers
Alex Smith
Billy Davies

Starting Eleven
13. Paul Gallacher
21. David Partridge
23. Jim Lauchlan
14. Hasney Aljofree
42. Jamie McCunnie
5. Jason De Vos
16. Danny Griffin
29. Charlie Miller
7. Craig Easton
17. Jim Hamilton
10. Derek Lilley
Andy Goram
Martyn Corrigan
Greg Strong
Steve McMillan
Steven Hammell
Kevin Twaddle
Ged Brannan
Scott Leitch
Derek Townsley
Lee McCulloch
John Spencer

Bench
22. Pat Onstad
32. David McCracken
26. Hugh Davidson
19. Steven Thompson
44. David Winters
Martin Wood
Derek Adams
Stuart Elliott
Keith Lasley
Don Goodman

Substitutions
Steven Thompson for Derek Lilley (84)
Derek Adams for Scott Leitch (63)
Stuart Elliott for Kevin Twaddle (67)
Don Goodman for Lee McCulloch (75)

Cautions
Jim Lauchlan (45)
Derek Lilley (53)
Greg Strong (52)
Derek Townsley (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Eric Martindale (Referee)
Alan Cunningham & Derek Lowe (Assistants)



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Match Report


With last week's disappointment at Easter Road still on the player's minds, United were certainly fired up it was for this encounter. This was the first win since 25 November, and if ever we needed one it was today. For the first time this season goalkeeper Alan Combe missed a game, this being due to a suspension having been redcarded at the end of the game against Hibs. 17-year-old Jamie McCunnie was making his Tannadice debut before the home fans. Alex Smith has said on numerous occasions that he will not hesitate in giving young players a start in first team football.

The young McCunnie played like a veteran with numerous supporters commenting on how he looked like a young Maurice Malpas. From the ref's first blow of the whistle the United players who were obviously aggrieved at how they had lost a valuable point last week, came out with ali guns blazing and showed some fine inspired attacking play.

However, and rather surprisingly, it took fifty-five tinutes on the clock before they scored the first goal. Craig Easton headed home an inch perfect cross fired in from Derek Liltey. Eight minutes later Jim Hamilton secured all three points when he got on the end of another Lilley cross and headed the ball into the back of Goram's net. United almost went three up when Jim Hamilton again got his head to a Chariie Miller cross only to see it crash against the post. Motherwell did have their own chances in front of goal with a 25-yard shot from Ged Brannan just narrowly missing Gallacher's post. But with strong linking up from United's defence, Motherwelt never looked like troubling de Vos and company. After this fine gutsy display, United can look forward to the winter shutdown. The fans know that with a few more inspired performances like this, we could avoid the drop. However, one could not help thinking that the break had come at the wrong time. Just as United start to win!



Squad Statistics (as at January 2nd, 2001)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Paul Gallacher (GK)21 1 - 2 -
Hasney Aljofree22 262262
Danny Griffin23 4 - 4 -
Jim Lauchlan23 10 - 10 -
Jamie McCunnie17 2 - 2 -
David Partridge22 18 - 56 -
Jason De Vos27 24 - 952
Charlie Miller24 111111
Craig Easton21 2231348
Jim Hamilton24 91255
Derek Lilley26 4141
Steven Thompson (sub)22 22 - 889


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at January 2nd, 2001)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 24 20 3 1 45 63
2. Hibernian 25 16 6 3 29 54
3. Rangers 23 16 3 4 26 51
4. Kilmarnock 24 12 3 9 -2 39
5. Hearts 25 9 6 10 0 33
6. Dundee 23 8 6 9 6 30
7. Dunfermline 24 8 6 10 -8 30
8. St Johnstone 25 7 9 9 -10 30
9. Motherwell 24 8 4 12 -8 28
10. Aberdeen 23 4 9 10 -15 21
11. St Mirren 24 3 3 18 -33 12
12. Dundee Utd 24 2 4 18 -30 10

* - Table split into two divisions of six.