Dundee Utd 1
Motherwell 0
League (SPL)


Dundee Utd
1 - 0
Motherwell 

League (SPL)
Saturday, April 28th, 2001
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,928
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Jamie Buchan (36)
None.

Team Managers
Alex Smith
Billy Davies

Starting Eleven
13. Paul Gallacher
42. Jamie McCunnie
16. Danny Griffin
23. Jim Lauchlan
21. David Partridge
4. David Hannah
29. Charlie Miller
24. Jamie Buchan
7. Craig Easton
17. Jim Hamilton
10. Derek Lilley
Jon Connolly
Ange Oueifio
Benito Kemble
James Okoli
Steven Hammell
Said Chiba
Paul Harvey
Keith Lasley
Stephen Pearson
Martin Wood
Kevin Twaddle

Bench
1. Alan Combe
5. Jason De Vos
8. Tassos Venetis
19. Steven Thompson
44. David Winters
Stevie Woods
Stuart Elliott
Martyn Corrigan
James McFadden
Derek Adams

Substitutions
Steven Thompson for Jim Hamilton (69)
Tassos Venetis for Charlie Miller (78)
David Winters for Derek Lilley (89)
Martyn Corrigan for Martin Wood (59)
Derek Adams for Said Chiba (63)
Stuart Elliott for Stephen Pearson (81)

Cautions
Charlie Miller (56)
Ange Oueifio (57)
Keith Lasley (61)

Red Cards
None. James Okoli (56)
Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
Martin Doran & Andrew Seymour (Assistants)


Match Report


United entertained Motherwell, determined to bounce back from Monday nights disappointing injury time defeat at St Mirren. With just four games remaining it is vital to pick up as many points as possible to maintain the slender lead held over their rivals. Alex Smith was boosted by the return of his two suspended stars from the previous match, Charlie Miller and Jamie McCunnie. The players themselves were on a high following midweek International debuts, McCunnie for the U21 side and Miller after making his full debut in Poland for his country. The United boss made two changes with captain Jason de Vos being given a break on the subs bench following his long travelling exertions for Canada during the week. Also dropping to the bench was striker Steven Thompson, despite his fine goal against St Mirren.

With Motherwell fielding a young side. there were several unfamiliar names in their line-up, but there was no way they could be underestimated. They certainly started confidently, forcing three corners in quick succession although United were able to clear the danger without too much trouble through Buchan. In the 7th minute Lllley almost made it a great start for the home side when he just failed to connect with a fine Miller cross. Just four minutes later, Hamilton was fouled on the edge of the box and the home support were full of anticipation as dead-ball expert Danny Griffin (captain for the day) stepped up, but he curled his right toot shot well over the bar. The visitors went close In the 14th minute when Chlba found Twaddle with a through pass and the tail striker chipped Gallacher, but the ball went wide of goal....much to Unlted's relief. For the remainder of the half the tangerines were in almost total control, going close on several occasions. In the 31st minute Buchan just failed to control in the box after a very neat move between Miller and Easton. However, Buchan was to more than make up for that five minutes later when he scored a truly magnificent goal, to put his side into a vital lead. Jamie Buchan collected a loose ball in the centre circle and raced at the Motherwell defence, skipping between two players before unleashing an unstoppable shot past debut keeper Connelly from fully 35 yards. It was Jamle's first goal for United and what a way to celebrate it. United had a great chance to go 2-0 only five minutes before half time when Hamilton dummied a McCunnie through ball into the path of Lllley who shot straight at the keeper when he perhaps should have done better.

The second half was very much a case of the same with United carrying the threat and going close through Hamilton in 49 minutes with a long range chip which just cleared the crossbar. The main talking point came in the 57th minute when Motherwell's Nigerian defender Okoll was sent off for what appeared to be throwing a punch at Miller, who was booked for his part in the scuffle. There was a scare for the home side in the 69th minute when Twaddle fired just wide from the right side of the penalty area after a fine move from Motherwell. In an attempt to seal the match Smith made three substitutions in the last fifteen minutes with Venetls, Thompson and young Winters replacing Miller, Hamilton and Lilley. Motherwell played well In the last quarter of the match, despite being down to ten men and this ensured a nervy ending to what was a vital match for United. They held on to collect three deserved points and maintain their lead at the bottom of the SPL. For goalscorer Jamie Buchan, his superb match-wiiining strike capped what was a Man of the Match performance in his more favoured midfield position.



Squad Statistics (as at April 28th, 2001)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Paul Gallacher (GK)21 16 - 17 -
David Partridge22 22 - 60 -
Danny Griffin23 191191
Jim Lauchlan24 253253
Jamie McCunnie18 16 - 16 -
Craig Easton22 37514910
Jamie Buchan24 381381
David Hannah27 25315824
Charlie Miller25 255255
Jim Hamilton25 222386
Derek Lilley27 195195
Tassos Venetis (sub)21 14 - 33 -
Steven Thompson (sub)22 35310112
David Winters (sub)18 3 - 3 -


Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)






League Table (as at April 28th, 2001)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 34 29 4 1 58 91
2. Rangers 34 23 4 7 32 73
3. Hibernian 34 17 11 6 27 62
4. Kilmarnock 35 14 9 12 -5 51
5. Hearts 35 13 9 13 7 48
6. Dundee 34 11 8 15 3 41
7. Aberdeen 35 10 12 13 -7 42
8. Dunfermline 35 11 8 16 -18 41
9. Motherwell 35 11 6 18 -13 39
10. St Johnstone 35 9 11 15 -15 38
11. Dundee Utd 35 6 8 21 -28 26
12. St Mirren 35 7 4 24 -41 25

* - Table split into two divisions of six.