Rangers 2
Dundee Utd 3
League (SPL)


2 - 3

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
Ibrox. Att. 46,697
3:00 PM Kick-off

Nikica Jelavic (19)
Steven Naismith (52)
David Robertson (45)
Johnny Russell (77)
David Goodwillie (89)

Team Managers
Walter Smith Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Allan McGregor
David Weir
Sasa Papac
Ricky Foster
Steven Whittaker
Gregg Wylde
Maurice Edu
Steven Davis
Steven Naismith
El-Hadji Diouf
Nikica Jelavic
Dušan Perniš .1
Barry Douglas .17
Keith Watson .23
Paul Dixon .3
Seán Dillon .2
Danny Swanson .14
David Robertson .12
Morgaro Gomis .16
Scott Robertson .8
David Goodwillie .25
Johnny Russell .27

Neil Alexander
Jamie Ness
John Fleck
Salim Kerkar
Kyle Hutton
Steve Banks .13
Mihael Kovačević .19
Scott Severin .4
Craig Conway .6
Prince Buaben .15
Stuart Armstrong .43
Andis Shala .20

None. Scott Severin for Barry Douglas (73)
Craig Conway for Scott Robertson (73)
Prince Buaben for Danny Swanson (81)

Steven Naismith (28) Paul Dixon (70)
Danny Swanson (79)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)

Match Report

Peter Houston’s men lined up against Rangers looking to record their first win at Ibrox since 2005. Into the starting line-up came Barry Douglas, Danny Swanson and Johnny Russell; the men dropping out were Jon Daly, Craig Conway and Prince Buaben.

The opening 15 minutes saw United making good use of the ball on the counter attack working the space well to create openings with a couple of shots from distance not troubling Rangers ‘keeper Allan MacGregor. Then Johnny Russell almost created a chance for himself running at David Weir inside the Rangers box only to lose his footing just when it looked as though he was ready to pull the trigger. In the 17th minute Rangers atttacked down United’s left side with Jelavic running at the United defence and, as he approached the left edge of United’s box, Douglas appeared to have won the ball with a great challenge and no foul was given. However, after a short delay, the far side Assistant Andy Tait indicated to Referee Steve Conroy that Douglas did indeed commit a foul and from the resultant free kick Diouf floated a ball into the near post for Nikica Jelavić to head past Dusan Pernis. Rangers broke down United’s left through Foster and he clipped the ball into the United box but Dixon cleared the cross with a diving header that fell to David Robertson free on the 18 yard line who in turn set Johnny Russell free down our left side, Johnny was then cruelly brought down by Naismith just as it looked as though Johnny would set-up a United attack Ref Conroy had no choice but to show the Ibrox winger the yellow card. In the 31st minute United were almost in after good pressing by David Robertson in the midfield to win the ball to set up an attack for United down the right. Good work between Danny Swanson and David Goodwillie almost created a chance for Scott Robertson only for Referee Conroy to blow for a foul. Soon afterwards, United once again worked a good, patient opening down the left to create a chance for Danny Swanson but he pulled his shot wide of the Rangers left hand post. On the stroke of half time, Dusan’s drop kick was controlled excellently on the chest by David Goodwillie on the right side and he slipped the ball inside to Danny Swanson who drove at the Rangers defence skipping past a couple of desperate lunges by the Ibrox men to the slide an inch pefect ball into the path of the supporting David Robertson who slotted the ball expertly past MacGregor in the Rangers goal to tie the match going into the break.

There were no changes by either side at the start of the second half. United started the second interval the brighter side and weren’t afraid to take the game to Rangers in a composed manner, always looking to play the ball on the carpet and taking their time. In the 52nd minute Rangers won a corner on the left and, although the initial ball in was partially headed clear, it fell invitingly to Steven Naismith inside 12 yards from goal and he hit a first-time shot that flew past Dusan Pernis and into the back of the net. In the 56th minute Danny Swanson latched onto a great through ball from David Robertson on the right side. He showed great strength to break into the Rangers box and from a tight angle drove a shot that rolled along the line and past MacGregor’s right hand upright. There was controversy in the 58th minute as Jelavic tried to break free of Paul Dixon only for the United man to win the ball with an excellent challenge at the edge of the United box. The Ibrox hoards were up in arms about the challenge, but TV pictures proved the officials got the decision correct indicating the United man won the ball cleanly and no free kick was awarded. On the 69th minute Dixon lunged into a challenge on El Hadji Diouf as the Rangers man attacked United’s left back to earn the United man a booking; fortunately Rangers didn’t make the most of the set piece opportunity. In the 73rd minute Peter Houston made a double change with Scott Severin on for Douglas and Craig Conway on for Scott Robertson. In the 75th minute Paul Dixon fired a free-kick into the Rangers box and they cleared for United to win their first corner of the match. Unfortunately Craig Conway’s excellent delivery from the left counted for nothing as the referee blew for a foul on MacGregor. In the 77th minute Paul Dixon ran on to a Danny Swanson knock-back on the left to produce an exquisite cross tens yards inside the Rangers half that fizzed into the box and was met on the penalty spot by Johnny Russell who bulleted a fantastic header to leave MacGregor helpless as the ball almost burst the net as it lodged in the postage stamp. In the 81st minute Peter Houston played his final card by taking off Danny Swanson who had just been booked following a challenge on Rangers’ Stephen Whittaker. Rangers almost stole a winner in the 88th minute as a cross from the left was deflected in and as it fell to Jelavic 6 yards out he could only head straight at Pernis. In the 89th minute, Rangers won a corner on the right and they almost scored as a header cannoned off the United bar. Much to United’s delight Craig Conway showed great strength to win the ball as it broke at the edge of our box and played it left to Morgaro Gomis deep inside the United half who then played a tremendous ball through to David Goodwillie finding himself in splendid isolation inside the Rangers half. Craig Conway was running alongside in support but David kept the head to drive into the box and calmly slot past Allan MacGregor to make it 3-2 to United and six wins out of six for Peter Houston’s men and much to the delight of the travelling Arabs in the far corner of Ibrox.

Squad Statistics (as at April 2nd, 2011)

2010-11 All Time
Dušan Perniš (GK)26 38 - 63 -
Barry Douglas21 262262
Keith Watson21 33 - 46 -
Paul Dixon24 331962
Seán Dillon27 3811593
Danny Swanson24 1921069
David Robertson24 30313819
Morgaro Gomis25 3511737
Scott Robertson25 36 - 785
David Goodwillie22 381612536
Johnny Russell20 266328
Scott Severin (sub)32 8 - 8 -
Craig Conway (sub)25 22215915
Prince Buaben (sub)22 37313511

League Table (as at April 2nd, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.