Kilmarnock 2
Dundee Utd 3
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Dundee Utd

League (SPL)
Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Rugby Park. Att. 4,112
3:00 PM Kick-off

Manuel Pascali (18)
Manuel Pascali (90)
Johnny Russell (43)
Johnny Russell (63)
Johnny Russell (88)

Team Managers
Kenny Shiels Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
James Fowler
Ryan O'Leary
Rory McKeown
Ross Barbour
Mahamadou Sissoko
Danny Racchi
James Dayton
Manuel Pascali
Cillian Sheridan
Paul Heffernan
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Barry Douglas .3
Gavin Gunning .5
Keith Watson .12
Seán Dillon .2
John Rankin .8
Willo Flood .6
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Mark Millar .14
Jon Daly .9
Johnny Russell .7

Kyle Letheren
Jeroen Tesselaar
Garry Hay
Mark O'Hara
Jude Winchester
Francisco Borja P
Steve Banks .13
John Souttar .44
Paddy Barrett .29
Rudi Skácel .51
Michael Gardyne .15
Darren Petrie .40
Ryan Dow .18

Francisco Borja Pérez for Danny Racchi (69)
Rory McKenzie for Cillian Sheridan (70)
Jude Winchester for Ross Barbour (77)
Rudi Skácel for Gary Mackay-Steven (87)
Michael Gardyne for Johnny Russell (90)

Ross Barbour (77) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Johnny Russell was the hat-trick hero as United returned to winning ways to boost top six aspirations. The single goal victory in no way adequately reflected United's superiority and only the two conceded goals, and in particular the manner of them, both from corners, took the gloss of a great team display.

With 15 minutes gone, GMS showed how delighted he was to be back in action and provided a champagne moment with a sublime piece of skill with both his head and foot to leave two defenders in his wake before being fouled! So it was all the more frustrating that United went behind three minutes later and not for the first time the source was a set piece. From their first corner taken by Dayton, the United defence failed to clear their lines. And after a Danny Racchi effort was blocked, Manuel Pascali rammed home the rebound from inside the six-yard box. Two minutes from the interval, United deservedly levelled. Watson's deep cross on the run was cleared by Ryan O'Leary under pressure from Daly, but only to Johnny Russell who rammed the ball first time low into the net from 12 yards.

On the hour mark, Rado was tested for the first time when Rory McKeown worked his way into the box and the United keeper did well to beat away his sweetly struck shot. Three minutes later, we did get a goal and it was United who got it. Again it came from a Watson cross from the right and again it was Johnny Russell who scored directing a downward header past an exposed Cammy Bell.
With four minutes left, GMS was replaced by Rudi Skacel and within a minute, it was game set and match when Johnny Russell ran on to a long ball from Douglas out of defence to confidently steer the ball into the far corner to complete his hat-trick. Spoiling an otherwise near perfect afternoon, United conceded a last gasp goal from another corner with Pascali bundling the ball over the line at the front post.

Squad Statistics (as at January 19th, 2013)

2012-13 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)29 27 - 27 -
Barry Douglas23 181604
Gavin Gunning21 273626
Keith Watson23 233936
Seán Dillon29 20 - 2173
Gary Mackay-Steven22 113478
Mark Millar24 10 - 10 -
John Rankin29 271726
Willo Flood27 2721344
Jon Daly30 261118569
Johnny Russell22 271411039
Rudi Skácel (sub)33 151151
Michael Gardyne (sub)26 211211

League Table (as at January 19th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.