Dundee Utd 1
Rangers 1
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (SPL)
Saturday, January 1st, 2005
Tannadice Park. Att. 10,461
3:00 PM Kick-off

David McCracken (11)
Hamed Namouchi (90)

Team Managers
Ian McCall
Alex McLeish

Starting Eleven
1. Tony Bullock
5. Alan Archibald
3. David McCracken
2. Mark Wilson
23. Paul Ritchie
11. Barry Robson
4. Derek McInnes
8. Grant Brebner
7. Mark Kerr
16. James Grady
10. Jim McIntyre
Stefan Klos
Alan Hutton
Zurab Khizanishvili
Marvin Andrews
Gregory Vignal
Fernando Ricksen
Bob Malcolm
Alex Rae
Shota Arveladze
Steven Thompson
Dusan Prso

24. Paul Jarvie
25. Chris Innes
39. Garry Kenneth
34. Ross Gardiner
14. Billy Dodds
9. Collin Samuel
20. Jason Scotland
Graeme Smith
Dragan Mladenovic
Hamed Namouchi
Stephen Hughes
Brian McLean
Maurice Ross
Steven Smith

None. Hamed Namouchi for Shota Arveladze (65)

Paul Ritchie (33)
Derek McInnes (52)
Jim McIntyre (59)
James Grady (64)
Steven Thompson (33)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)
Andrew Seymour & Alan Cunningham (Assistants)
Ian Frickleton (Fourth Official)

Match Report

United were cruelly denied all three points in last minute at Tannadice this afternoon, as Hamed Namouchi bundled home a from a corner after the home side had led for most of an entertaining game. Despite the blustery conditions the terrors played some delightful football, particularly in the first half, and were left gutted at the final outcome of the match.

With Jason Scotland left out of the side after due to the effects of a recent flu bug James Grady was given the nod to partner Jim McIntyre up front. Also left out of the starting eleven was Chris Innes who was replaced by David McCracken. Paul Ritchie retained his place despite also being laid low all week with a virus. The visitors made two changes, with Alex Rae starting in place of Dragon Mladenovic and Steven Thompson replacing the suspended Nacho Novo.

First Half

Despite an early chance for the Ibrox men through Shota Arveladze it was United who made the brighter start, and a good spell of pressure was compounded in 11 minutes when McCracken headed the hosts into a deserved lead. Derek McInnes played an early ball back into the danger area after a corner had been cleared, and the tall centre half placed a fine header into the left corner beyond the grasp of Stefan Klos. The Tangerines then proceeded to dominate the larger part of the half and could have gone further ahead on 28 minutes but for an offside flag. McIntyre played in Barry Robson before netting from close range after the winger had sent in an angled shot, only for the linesman’s flag to halt celebrations. Rangers almost levelled the scores on the stroke of half time after Alex Rae found space in the box when Alan Archibald slipped, however Tony Bullock pulled off a fine stop to deny the midfielder.

United showed up well again early on, and first Derek McInnes fired in a good long range drive before Grant Brebner passed up an opportunity to double the advantage in 50 minutes. McInnes hooked the ball back into the area after Robson’s cross evaded everyone, and McIntyre shot towards goal only for Klos to deflect the ball away from goal. Brebner met the ball three yards out but didn’t have enough time to connect properly and sent the ball spinning wide. The visitors started to peg United further back from this point on, but the defence coped with everything that was being thrown their way and refused to allow the Rangers attack any clear cut chances. United still threatened to kill the game off on the break, most notably through Archibald and Robson however a major blow was to arrive right at the death. First Prso brought out a fine stop from Bullock then from the resulting corner substitute Namouchi deflected the ball home from close range via his shoulder, with no more than a minute remaining. There was little time to conjure up a winning goal and United were forced to settle for a point, which still lifted them from the foot of the table.

Squad Statistics (as at January 1st, 2005)

2004-05 All Time
Tony Bullock (GK)32 11 - 17 -
Alan Archibald27 242654
David McCracken23 2221215
Mark Wilson20 234908
Paul Ritchie29 11 - 11 -
Barry Robson26 243536
Derek McInnes33 21 - 582
Grant Brebner27 201201
Mark Kerr22 151502
James Grady33 192192
Jim McIntyre32 23911635

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at January 1st, 2005)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 21 15 5 1 +33 50
2. Celtic 20 16 2 2 +29 50
3. Hibernian 20 11 3 6 +7 36
4. Aberdeen 20 10 5 5 +4 35
5. Motherwell 20 9 2 9 +1 29
6. Hearts 19 7 6 6 +3 27
7. Kilmarnock 20 7 2 11 -9 23
8. Dunfermline 21 5 5 11 -10 20
9. Inverness CT 20 4 7 9 -9 19
10. DUNDEE UTD 21 3 7 11 -14 16
11. Livingston 19 4 4 11 -14 16
12. Dundee 21 4 4 13 -21 16

League results since United's last match
1st January 2005
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