Motherwell 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)


2 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Fir Park. Att. 3,435
7:45 PM Kick-off

Jamie Murphy (26)
Chris Humphrey (41)
Johnny Russell (79)

Team Managers
Stuart McCall Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Darren Randolph
Steven Saunders
Maurice Ross
Stephen Craigan
Shaun Hutchinson
Tom Hateley
Chris Humphrey
Keith Lasley
Jamie Murphy
John Sutton
Ross Forbes
Dušan Perniš .1
Paul Dixon .3
Scott Severin .4
Seán Dillon .2
Keith Watson .23
Morgaro Gomis .16
David Robertson .12
Scott Robertson .8
Craig Conway .6
David Goodwillie .25
Johnny Russell .27

Lee Hollis
Jonathan Page
Jamie Pollock
Robert McHugh
Steve Jones
Esteban Casagolda
Gary Smith
Steve Banks .13
Garry Kenneth .18
Barry Douglas .17
Danny Swanson .14
Prince Buaben .15
Jon Daly .9
Andis Shala .20

Jonathan Page for Ross Forbes (90) Garry Kenneth for Keith Watson (49)
Danny Swanson for David Robertson (59)
Jon Daly for Craig Conway (65)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stevie O'Reilly (Referee)

Match Report

United slumped to two Fir Park defeats inside a week for a second time this season as they again failed to deal with the threat of a resurgent Motherwell side. Despite going two goals behind before half time, there was no repeat of the annihilation sufiFered last midweek in the Scottish Cup as a spirited second half comeback nearly saw United grab a point. Danny Swanson and Barry Douglas dropped onto the bench, with Scott Severin making his first start since the last league game at Fir Park In October and Craig Conway returning to the starting line-up in a conventional 4-4-2 formation.

Early on, Motherwell looked jittery. Stephen Craigan sliced a dangerous Paul Dixon cross over the bar, before Johnny Russell forced his way beyond the Motherwell defence before driving in a long range effort that Randolph did well to get down to. After 24 minutes, Morgaro Gomis played a good ball into David Goodwillie who, despite being 30 yards out, controlled the ball before firing in an effort that was well held. However, just a minute later, United's promising start was undone as Jamie Murphy took advantage of space inside the box and side-footed in an effort from an acute angle that beat Dusan Pernis. United were now struggling to recapture their form of the opening stages. No surprise therefore that five minutes before the break, Motherwell doubled their advantage. The dangerous Chris Humphrey brilliantly controlled the ball midway into United's half, completely deceiving Dixon, then powered towards goal before shooting from the edge of the box. Pernis appeared to have tipped it over, but the ball dipped just under the crossbar.

With Housties' interval words undoubtedly ringing in the players' ears, United set about trying to turn the game around. Within a few minutes of the restart. United had fashioned three good chances. The arrival of Garry Kenneth in place of Keith Watson saw him partner Severin at centre half, with Sean Dillon moving to right back. Back in his more natural position, Dillo immediately sent over a cross that dipped just over. Scott Robertson then fired in a shot from the edge of the box was well turned away by Randolph. After 12 minutes of the second half, powerful running from Goodwillie saw him drive into the box before falling under a heavy challenge. But referee Stevie O'Reilly waved away United's vocal claims for a penalty. On the hour mark, in a now rare Motherwell second half attack, Tom Hateley battered in a dangerous curling free kick from the right that Pernis did well to parry away. However, a reinvigorated performance in the last 20 minutes nearly earned United a deserved point. First, good footwork from Goodwillie had a decent effort well held. However, United had a lifeline when a fine inswinging comer from Dixon on the right was met by another impressive leap by Johnny Russell, who back-headed the ball home with 11 minutes to go. A minute later Swanson brought out a fine save from Randolph and with four minutes remaining, a well worked move saw Jan Daly flick the ball on to Russell, but he fired into the side netting. And with the two minutes of stoppage time almost up, Swanson somehow worked a way through to find Goodwillie, but Randolph superbly turned away his effort for a corner.

Man of the Match: Scott Robertson. Was central to United's pressing game in the second half and was always looking to drive forward. Alongside Swanson, Russell, Gomis and Goodwillie, he nearly led his team-mates back from the brink.

Squad Statistics (as at April 6th, 2011)

2010-11 All Time
Dušan Perniš (GK)26 39 - 64 -
Scott Severin32 9 - 9 -
Seán Dillon27 3911603
Paul Dixon24 341972
Keith Watson21 34 - 47 -
David Robertson24 31313919
Morgaro Gomis25 3611747
Craig Conway25 23216015
Scott Robertson25 37 - 795
Johnny Russell20 277339
David Goodwillie22 391612636
Garry Kenneth (sub)23 2811567
Danny Swanson (sub)24 2021079
Jon Daly (sub)28 32811032

League Table (as at April 6th, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.