2 - 2
2 - 2
Scottish Cup (Quarter Final)
David Goodwillie (40)
Jon Daly (73)
John Sutton (1)
John Sutton (72)
Jon Daly for Craig Conway (62)
David Robertson for Danny Swanson (90)
Chris Humphrey for Jamie Murphy (64)
Ross Forbes for Keith Lasley (85)
Danny Swanson (27)
Morgaro Gomis (75)
|Tom Hateley (38)|
Calum Murray (Referee)
United's name was in the hat for the Scottish Cup semifinal draw - but they will have to overcome a replay after being held to a thrilling 2 - 2 draw by Mothenwell at Tannadice. Peter Houston's side showed great character to twice come back from behind to level the tie, but a winner proved elusive. Stuart McCall's team took the lead in the first minute through John Sutton, but David Goodwillie's spectacular overhead kick - a real candidate for goal of the season - saw the sides go into the break level. Motherwell went in front against the run of play through another Sutton strike, but United got back on level terms a minute later thanks to sub Jon Daly. After manager Peter Houston rested several players for Thursday's Scottish Premier League win over Hamilton Accies, they all returned. Craig Conway, Paul Dixon, Prince Buaben and Danny Swanson came in for Timothy van der Meulen, David Robertson, Andis Shala and Johnny Russell.
The Steelmen were in front after just 50 seconds. A corner by Steven Hammell was swung in from the right and met at the far post by former Dundee striker John Sutton whose downward header gave Dusan Pernis no chance. The goal proved to be a kick-up the backside for Houston's players and they went on to take control of the match. Goodwillie was denied an equaliser when a long ball into the box fell to the striker who did brilliantly to work the space for a shot only to be denied by a smart save from 'Well keeper Randolph. Goodie was then denied what looked to a decent shout for a penalty when he was tripped inside the box, but referee Calum Murray waved play-on. But the striker eventually got his chance with five minutes left in the first half and he took it in spectacular style. A Keith Watson cross was expertly converted by David Goodwillie whose overhead kick gave the keeper no chance.
However, Motherwell went in front again in the 72nd minute. A one-two between Hammell and Francis Jeffers allowed Hammell the space to fire the ball across to John Sutton who turned the ball into the net at the near post. But United showed the same spirit that has seen them come back in so many matches this season and scored again just a minute after going behind. A ball into the channel was chased down by Danny Swanson and his cross was met at the far post by an unmarked Jon Daly, who slotted past the keeper to make it 2-2. The home team had another penalty shout turned away by the referee when Swanson's run was checked by 'Well captain Stephen Craigan, but the away side could have won it in injury time through sub Chris Humphrey who volleyed over at the far post.
Man of the Match: With his brilliant goal. Goodwillie was again right in the frame. but Danny Swanson edges him out, always a source of menace, laying on the goal that earned a replay.
|Dušan Perniš (GK)||26||34||-||59||-|
|David Robertson (sub)||24||26||2||134||18|
|Jon Daly (sub)||28||28||8||106||32|
No league table has been added for this season.
This afternoon we welcome Motherwell for a cup tie that brings its own t I difficulties, promising to be all about two teams just going for it. With no pressure of points, I expect both teams to go out and attack, which should make for an entertaining game. Earlier in the season we lost out in the Co-op Cup at the quarter-final stage at Fir Park and we certainly don't want them to do the double. So we will be looking to win the tie and advance to a major semi-final. Having enjoyed our success in this competition last year, the boys are desperate to get back to Hampden again. And with the way things are working out in the league, getting through to the cup final will be our only avenue to Europe. With only the top three guaranteed a European spot and Hearts favourites to finish third and out of the Scottish Cup, only winning the cup or meeting Celtic in the final will see us return to Europe. We had a little faster of it this season, and we'd like to return to that stage. So that makes for two very good reasons why we want to get back to Hampden, because having enjoyed the occasion, it meant that we entered Europe at an advanced stage which was great experience for our young squad.
So there is even greater importance for us to repeat last season's success if we want to get back into Europe again. The good thing is that we are going into this tie in an improving situation injury wise. Jon Daly was back on the bench on Thursday against Hamilton just two weeks after a hernia operation after the consultant told him to bat on. In addition. Michael Kovacevic and Scott Allan are back in the squad after lengthy injuries to enhance our chances of a good finish to the season. However, it is very much in the balance as to whether Carry Kenneth is fit to face Motherwell this afternoon. Motherwell's form may have been up and down of late, but it is a similar story at every club in the SPL. The most difficult thing to do in this league is string results together. You only have to look at Hibs. They were struggling then won five on the trot. Same goes for Aberdeen, but they got a Uft when Craig Brown and Archie Knox came in.
Look at ourselves, won a couple of games then were hit by games being off, and that meant we never got the chance of a run of games. But with more options available to me plus Danny Swanson and Craig Conway, who have missed so much of the season. back and giving us that added spark, we are better prepared for the climax to the season. Hopefully, we are going into this game on the back of three victories or at least five games undefeated and it would be nice to keep that going this afternoon where there is so much at stake.