Rangers 3
Dundee Utd 1
League (SPL)


3 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Ibrox. Att. 45,600
3:00 PM Kick-off

Nikica Jelavi? (19)
Nikica Jelavi? (pen.) (63)
Nikica Jelavi? (82)
Jon Daly (73)

Team Managers
Ally McCoist Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Allan McGregor
Dorin Goian
Saša Papac
Lee Wallace
Steven Whittaker
Carlos Bocanegra
Kyle Bartley
Maurice Edu
Steven Davis
Matt McKay
Nikica Jelavi?
Dušan Perniš .1
Garry Kenneth .5
Keith Watson .12
Paul Dixon .3
Gavin Gunning .18
Gary Mackay-Steven .17
Scott Robertson .8
John Rankin .11
Willo Flood .6
Jon Daly .9
Johnny Russell .15

Neil Alexander
Kirk Broadfoot
Juan Manuel Ortiz
Gregg Wylde
Alejandro Bedoya
John Fleck
Kane Hemmings
Steve Banks .13
Barry Douglas .14
Paddy Barrett .42
Stuart Armstrong .16
Scott Allan .20
Lauri Dalla Valle .19
Ryan Dow .22

Gregg Wylde for Lee Wallace (32)
Alejandro Bedoya for Matt McKay (74)
Ryan Dow for Gary Mackay-Steven (77)
Lauri Dalla Valle for Johnny Russell (81)

Saša Papac (65)
Kyle Bartley (90)
Willo Flood (90)

Red Cards
Gregg Wylde (90 None.

Match Officials

Brian Winter (Referee)
James Bee & John McCrossan (Assistants)
Frank McDermott (Fourth Official)

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Match Report

Peter Houston made two changes to his starting line-up from the side that had comfortably defeated Dunfermline 4-1 at East End Park the previous weekend. Garry Kenneth made his return from injury allowing captain Jon Daly to take up his preferred position up front and following his goal against the Pars, Gary Mackay-Steven was promoted to the starting 11. Lauri Dalla Valle and Ryan Dow both dropped to the substitutes bench.

United started this one brightly and fashioned two excellent chances in the opening five minutes. Firstly Paul Dixon put a decent cross into the box that Jon Daly flicked on to Johnny Russell at the back post before the move broke down with a blocked Willo Flood shot. A minute later United should really have been ahead. Hesitation in the Rangers defence allowed Russell time to float the ball towards the unmarked Daly in the centre of the box but he slipped at the vital moment, skying his shot well over the bar. United continued to press and Gary Mackay-Steven was causing all sorts of problems. First, he did well to get to the byline and pull back the ball but there was no one quite there for United. Next, he went on a lung-bursting run from the halfway line, forcing goalkeeper Alan McGregor into a slide tackle outside his area to halt the flying United winger. Four minutes later, an excellent pass and move interlude from Scott Robertson and Keith Watson gave Johnny Russell a chance to shoot from the edge of the area but his effort flew wide. As is so often the case, United were forced to rue those missed opportunities when Rangers took an undeserved lead after 19 minutes, and it came in frustratingly straightforward fashion. A cross from wide on the right by Matt McKay was met in the area by Nikica Jelavic and his header went beyond Dusan Pernis and in at his left hand post. United continued brightly despite the setback and were enjoying some space down the left that was being routinely exploited by Paul Dixon and Gary Mackay-Steven. After 21 minutes, Dixon put yet another dangerous ball into the Rangers box that McGregor was forced to palm away. Rangers were more in the game now and Jelavic nearly grabbed a second after 27 minutes. A low cross from the left by Lee Wallace was met on the half-volley by the Rangers striker but Pernis was alive to the threat and held the ball comfortably. That cross was to be Wallace’s last meaningful contribution to the match as he hobbled off injured to be replaced by Gregg Wylde moments later. Paul Dixon was continuing to show his attacking credentials down the left and yet another run and superb ball in allowed Daly a chance at the back post but he got the ball caught in his feet as he slid in with Papac and goalkeeper McGregor was able to grab the ball just inches out to ensure Rangers made it to halftime with their slender lead intact. United played very well in the first half and took the game to Rangers from the first whistle. Jon Daly slipped at a vital moment when he had a golden chance to put them ahead and then sloppy defending let an uninspiring Rangers take the lead. The visitors were definitely unlucky to be behind in this one.

The second half began in a more subdued manner, the best chance of the opening 15 minutes coming from the unlikely source of Garry Kenneth’s boot. He did well to dispossess Steven Davis before firing a long-range shot that whistled past McGregor’s left-hand post. However, Rangers were to put daylight between the teams after 62 minutes. A misjudged slide tackle by Paul Dixon on Gregg Wylde left referee Brian Winter with no choice but to point to the spot. The United defender pleaded his case that he’d won the ball but it fell on deaf ears. It was left to Nikica Jelavic to take the spot kick and he made no mistake as he calmly stroked the ball past Pernis for his second of the afternoon. Again, United didn’t let their heads drop and Gavin Gunning nearly caught out McGregor with a 40-yard strike but the keeper did well to gather after the ball bounced just in front of him. United did finally get some reward for their efforts after 73 minutes with a goal similar to Rangers’ opener. This time Garry Kenneth supplied the cross from the right and it was Jon Daly who rose highest to head the ball back across the goal and beyond McGregor into the net to give United renewed hope of salvaging something from the match. Those hopes were shattered within 10 minutes though as two-goal Jelavic put pressure on Garry Kenneth from a powerful Steven Whittaker cross which the United defender could only put past Dusan Pernis in the United goal. Jelavic claimed a hat-trick initially but replays showed it was the unfortunate Kenneth who got the decisive touch. As the game wound down, the closing minutes did see some further drama as Gregg Wylde saw red for kicking out at Willo Flood on the far touchline. A flattering scoreline for Rangers in a game that United more than played their fair share of. But for a lack of composure and the occasional loss of concentration, United could easily have taken something from this one.

Squad Statistics (as at November 5th, 2011)

2011-12 All Time
Dušan Perniš (GK)26 18 - 89 -
Paul Dixon24 1811203
Gavin Gunning20 131131
Keith Watson21 141642
Garry Kenneth24 16 - 1787
Gary Mackay-Steven21 9292
Scott Robertson26 14 - 995
Willo Flood26 18 - 861
John Rankin28 18 - 18 -
Johnny Russell21 1635614
Jon Daly28 161013246
Lauri Dalla Valle (sub)20 103103
Ryan Dow (sub)20 81111

League Table (as at November 5th, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.