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Mark Wilson (58)
Billy Dodds for Stuart Duff (46)
Collin Samuel for James Grady (46)
Aaron Conway for Jason Scotland (64)
Stephen O'Donnell for Mark Kerr (74)
Evans for Wellens (46)
Doughty for Flynn (66)
Burns for Bullock (74)
Whittaker for Parker (85)
T Brown (Referee)
United’s pre season build-up continued at a resplendent looking Tannadice Park. United took to the field wearing the new all white away kit for the first time and the visitors from the popular seaside resort sported tangerine tops and black shorts. With injuries causing concern for Manager Ian McCall, United’s line-up has seen a few makeshift positional changes. United started in a 4-4-2 formation with Tony Bullock in goal. The back four consisted of Archibald and Wilson flanking the central defensive duo of Duff and Innes. The midfield consisted of Robson, Kerr, McInnes and Scotland and up front the duo of Grady and McIntyre were paired together.
Both teams started the game in lively fashion without creating any clear cut chances but ex St Johnstone man Keigan Parker was proving a handful for the United defence in the early stages. In the tenth minute the visitors took the lead. United struggled to clear after a Blackpool free kick and after good work from Bullock on the left, Parker was left with an open goal to put Blackpool one up. The loss of the goal stirred United into action and in the 14th minute Scotland went close with United’s first effort following Grady’s knock down from an Innes pass. In the 31st minute Scotland went down with what looked a serious injury but thankfully for United he returned to the fray a few moments after that. Five minutes later good play by Kerr set Scotland free on the right but to the United fans’ dismay there were no takers from the resulting cut back. Seven minutes from half time, United created their best opportunity of the first half. Excellent play on the left involving Grady and Robson saw Grady’s cross glanced just wide by the in-rushing McIntyre.
The half time interval brought the introduction of Dodds and Samuel for Grady and Duff. United’s formation was changed to accommodate the personal changes and the team lined-up in a 3-5-2 formation. The defence lined up with Wilson, Innes and Archibald across the back. The midfield consisted of Robson, Kerr, McInnes, Dodds and Samuel. Scotland was paired with McIntyre up front. Within three minutes of the restart the formation changes almost resulted in a United goal. A great run down the right wing by Samuel that saw him glide past two defenders ended with a good cross that McIntyre knocked down for Scotland. Disappointingly the striker’s effort was deflected off McIntyre and rolled into Jones’s arms. As the second half progressed United, were pushing get the equaliser. With Dodds showing a willingness to create and Robson starting to run at the Blackpool defenders, the United fans had more to be happy about. In the 55th minute good play by Samuel on the right set up a corner, however, Robson’s corner was over hit and although Dodds knocked it back across the goalmouth there were no takers. Greater joy was to be had three minutes later. Robson’s surge at the Blackpool defence resulted in a free kick 20 yards out to the left edge of the box. The expectant United support was overjoyed as Wilson’s curling effort landed in the bottom left hand corner of the seasiders’ net. Within 2 minutes joy was to turn to dismay as Blackpool once again took the lead. The entertaining Bullock again had the United defence in a muddle with his mesmerising dribbling and from the melee that followed his cut back, Murphy dispatched the ball into the net. Manager Ian McCall looked far from happy with the team’s defending. Blackpool’s desire to hold on to their lead almost came back to haunt them in the closing minutes. First a rocket unleashed from 30 yards from McInnes was expertly diverted for a corner despite seemingly being destined for the top corner. From the resulting corner O’Donnell’s knock down was swivelled on by Dodds but sadly Jones somehow kept out his drive from 5 yards. Right at the end, Dodds had another chance to rescue the score line for United but his header from 10 yards went harmlessly over the bar. From the resulting goal kick Tom Brown’s whistle heralded the end of proceedings.
* - Table split into two divisions of six.