Dundee Utd 1
Dunfermline 0
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League (SPL)
Sunday, May 6th, 2001
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,679
3:00 PM Kick-off

Steven Thompson (21)

Team Managers
Alex Smith
Jimmy Calderwood

Starting Eleven
13. Paul Gallacher
5. Jason de Vos
16. Danny Griffin
23. Jim Lauchlan
21. David Partridge
42. Jamie McCunnie
4. David Hannah
29. Charlie Miller
7. Craig Easton
19. Steven Thompson
10. Derek Lilley
Marco Ruitenbeek
Justin Skinner
Andy Tod
Youssef Rossi
Jason Dair
Barry Nicholson
Ian Ferguson
Stewart Petrie
Chris McGroarty
Stevie Crawford
Lee Bullen

1. Alan Combe
24. Jamie Buchan
8. Tassos Venetis
17. Jim Hamilton
44. David Winters
Scott Thomson
George Fotheringham
Junior Mendes
Michel Doesburg
Rob Matthaei

Jim Hamilton for Derek Lilley (67)
Jamie Buchan for Jamie McCunnie (77)
David Winters for Steven Thompson (79)
Michel Doesburg for Youssef Rossi (56)
Rob Matthaei for Justin Skinner (58)
Junior Mendes for Lee Bullen (66)

Craig Easton (44)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)
Robert Johnston & Ross McCluskie (Assistants)
Steven Conroy (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Following the results of the previous week when both United and rivals St. Mirren won, this weekend's game took on even greater importance. United went into the game with a point advantage knowing that their fate was very much in their own hands. However, despite having a disappointing league record at Tannadlce, Dunfermline would prove to be very difficult opponents as Jimmy Calderwood has built an excellent side who were very close to earning a top six place in their first season back in the top flight. United Manger Alex Smith made two changes the side that beat Motherwell just eight days earlier. Captain Jason de Vos returned to the heart ot the defence which meant Danny Griffin moving back to midfield and last week's match winner, Jamle Buchan, dropping to the subs bench.There was a change in attack too with Steven Thompson replacing Jim Hamilton, who sat on the bench.

United certainly opened the game in positive fashion with Pars keeper Ruitenbeek having to look lively in just three minutes to stop a header from Thompson after good work on the right by Lllley. In the 7th minute a Miller free kick set up Lilley but he hit his shot straight at the Dutch keeper. It was Dunfermline who created the first clear cut chance in the 17th minute, when new Scotland cap Nicholson crossed from the right for Bullen, but the big striker headed over when well placed. The vital breakthrough came in the 20th minute and it was the home side who got the goal. Left back Partridge embarked on a run from well inside his own half to reach the bye-line before sending over an excellent cross to the front post. It was met gratefully by Steven Thompson who stooped in front of the Pars defence to send a looping header over the keeper into the back of the net for what could be his most Important goal for the club. The goal clearly settled the Tangerines who laid siege to their opposition in search of the second, de Vos and Thompson both having shots cleared off the line. Right on half time, Griffin shaved the post with another of his trademark free kicks which was given on the edge of the penalty area after Rossi had fouled Thompson.

Jimmy Calderwood clearly had words with his team at the interval and during the second period they showed that they weren't at Tannadice to make up the numbers. The first real chance of the half fell again to Thompson when he ran on to a through ball from Miller In the 51st minute. With the keeper to beat, he tried a chip but Ruitenbeck reached high to palm the shot to safety. In the 67th minute there was a scare for the home side when substitute Mendes ran on to a loose pass from McCunnie but fired straight at Gallacher, who did well to block the shot. With so much at stake for United, the players could be forgiven for being tense during the last quarter of the match, especially with Dunfermline going all out attack with four up front. The fact they held on, backed by a noisy home support, says a lot for the nerve of this United side who, despite having lots of experience, is a young side with an average age of under 23. The decision by the club to house the home fans in the West Enclosure again was fully vindicated as the support given to the players from three sides of the ground played a huge part in the gaining of another three vital points. With St. Mirren being held to a draw in Perth, United know that this victory left them within sight of safety..... but not quite there yet.

Squad Statistics (as at May 6th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Paul Gallacher (GK)21 17 - 18 -
David Partridge22 23 - 61 -
Jim Lauchlan24 263263
Danny Griffin23 201201
Jamie McCunnie18 17 - 17 -
Jason de Vos27 39 - 1102
Craig Easton22 38515010
David Hannah27 26315924
Charlie Miller25 265265
Derek Lilley27 205205
Steven Thompson22 36410213
Jamie Buchan (sub)24 391391
David Winters (sub)18 4 - 4 -
Jim Hamilton (sub)25 232396

League Table (as at May 6th, 2001)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 36 31 4 1 64 97
2. Rangers 36 24 4 8 32 76
3. Hibernian 36 18 11 7 26 65
4. Kilmarnock 36 14 9 13 -6 51
5. Hearts 36 13 9 14 4 48
6. Dundee 36 12 8 16 2 44
7. Aberdeen 36 11 12 13 -5 45
8. Dunfermline 36 11 8 17 -19 41
9. St Johnstone 36 9 12 15 -15 39
10. Motherwell 36 11 6 19 -15 39
11. Dundee Utd 36 7 8 21 -27 29
12. St Mirren 36 7 5 24 -41 26

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

League results since United's last match
29th April 2001
5th May 2001
St Johnstone2-2St Mirren
6th May 2001
Dundee Utd1-0Dunfermline