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Danny Cadamarteri (84)
Mauro Boselli (34)
Mauro Boselli (47)
Victor Moses (82)
Ali Al Habsi
Jon Daly for Darren Dods (55)
Danny Cadamarteri for Damián Casalinuovo (55)
Craig Conway for David Goodwillie (55)
Jennison Myrie-Williams for Scott Robertson (59)
Mike Tumilty (Referee)
Both sides had their chances in the first half and Goodwillie was handed an early opportunity following a Dixon free kick which was cleared to Robertson at the edge of the box and, rather than opting to shoot himself, he slid the ball to the striker in space and his attempt was straight into the hands of Al Habsi in the Wigan goal. Mauro Boselli then almost caught out Pernis at the near post with a snap shot, with the United keeper reacting well to hold. After a spell of Wigan pressure United then fashioned three great openings in the space of minutes. First a great passing move finished with a Dixon cross into the area which was desperately cleared to Buaben at the edge of the box, who evaded a tackle then saw his shot blocked before Dixon then put Casalinuovo clean on goal, only for slight hesitation to result in the shot being blocked by Al Habsi. Then came the best chance of the trio when a dangerous cross from the right was flicked wide by Casalinuovo at the back post with the goal gaping. Just when the Tangerines passing play was starting to see them dominate the visitors then went ahead after 34 minutes. Rodallega slipped the ball inside to Boselli who finished well from ten yards as United were caught cold.
United were caught out again right at the start of the half as Wigan moved 2-0 ahead. A cross from the left was met with a simple header into the back of the net from five yards by Boselli who was given plenty of space. There were no fewer than five personnel changes made by Peter Houston shortly after as United tried to get back into the game and Jon Daly, with his first touch, would have tested the goalkeeper with a bullet header but for the deflection off a defender. Daly rose highest to head the ball towards goal from a Conway corner in the last quarter of the game and somehow Al Habsi parried the ball up into the air then clawed the ball away from Cadamarteri who was waiting virtually on the goal line in anticipation of an easy chance. With eight minutes remaining a quite sublime strike from Victor Moses rounded off the scoring for Wigan. Boselli headed into the path of Moses who unleashed a stunning volley into the net off the underside of the bar from 20 yards. There was at least something to cheer for the United fans two minutes later when sub Danny Cadamarteri scored an equally brilliant goal, turning and sending a dipping half volley over Al Habsi and into the top corner from all of 25 yards. Myrie-Williams almost joined in the feast of spectacular goals right on full time as he unleashed a left foot drive off the underside of the bar with Al Habsi helpless. The ball then fell to Cadamarteri who set up Buaben but at the last minute he was blocked and the chance was gone.
No league table has been added for this season.
Welcome back to Tannadice for the last of our pre-season games ahead of the new season. And I would like to welcome Wigan Athletic for what will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs and thank their manager Roberto Martinez for agreeing to bring his side north. Last season was obviously a hugely memorable one for everyone connected to the club by lifting the Scottish Cup and finishing third in the league. Reward for that was a place in the last qualifying round of the Europa Cup. And irrespective of whom last Friday's draw paired us, we will almost certainly be involved in a glamour tie. That is something I am sure all our fans are looking forward to as much as the players are. It will inevitably be a big ask, but so will equalling last season's achievements, and hence the long gradual build up to the next Saturday's start. That began with Oban Tournament four weeks ago and nice as it was to win the competition, breaking the players back into action was the important thing. Again in Austria we had good competitive action against Unirea Urziceni and Arka Gydni, but the week's training in the excellent facilities that Obertraun offered was of even greater importance.
We only lost narrowly to the Romanian side, and on another day would have beaten the at times over-physical Poles. By the same token that I was not disappointed by those results, neither would I go overboard about the wins over Raith Rovers and Forfar. Although, I have to admit that it was good to see Goodie getting amongst the goals. And although we lost at Hull last Saturday, I was happy with the way we played. We passed Hull to death and dominated a game, which we were very unlucky to lose by the odd goal in three. Especially when you consider the goals we lost, because you couldn't legislate for either. But we went south for a hard game and certainly got it. And that will again be the case this afternoon against Premiership side Wigan. Not only that, but being the first game at home, it will give many of you the first chance of seeing the lads in action. But remember all our preparations have been geared to ensure that we hit the ground running when the SPL starts at St Mirren next week and that concludes this afternoon.