Partick Th 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premiership)

Partick Th 

0 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Firhill. Att. 7,822
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Alan Archibald Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Scott Fox
Stephen O'Donnell
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
Sean Welsh
Aaron Muirhead
Conrad Balatoni
Gary Fraser
Stuart Bannigan
Kris Doohlan
Steven Lawless
James Craigen
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Keith Watson .12
Seán Dillon .2
Andrew Robertson .26
Ryan Gauld .19
Calum Butcher .4
Paul Paton .6
Stuart Armstrong .10
David Goodwillie .7
Nadir Çiftçi .21
Ryan Dow .18

Paul Gallacher
Isaac Osbourne
Ross Forbes
Mark Kerr
Henoc Mukendi
Christie Elliot
John Baird
Marc McCallum .25
John Souttar .20
John Rankin .8
Michael Gardyne .15
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Chris Erskine .17
Brian Graham .9

John Baird for Kris Doohlan (72) Gary Mackay-Steven for Nadir Çiftçi (46)
Chris Erskine for Ryan Gauld (63)
Brian Graham for Ryan Dow (72)

James Craigen (30)
Gary Fraser (71)
Sean Welsh (90)
Calum Butcher (70)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)

Match Report

United's opening match of the season took place at Firhill against newly-promoted Partick Thistle, picking up a point in their first ever game under the new SPFL Premiership. There were competitive debuts for six of Jackie McNamara's new signings, as well as a return to league action in a United shirt for David Goodwillie. The kick off time of 7.45pm on a Friday night did not deter a travelling support of almost 3,000 as the Arabs in attendance turned out to back their team.

In the first half, chances fell to both sides; Ryan Gauld coming close in the opening stages following an angled ball from Nadir Ciftci, the diminutive midfielder forcing Scott Fox to save. Partick hit back moments after with a series of corners, but all were handled by the United defence. Goodwillie and Paton both ensured Fox had a busy evening by forcing the Thistle stopper into action, and the former nearly found the net shortly after when Andrew Robertson played the ball into space only for Goodwillie to shoot wide. In goal for United, Radoslaw Cierzniak did well to react to a deflected cross from James Craigen as the first half drew to a close.

The manager introduces further attacking options during the second has, as Gary Mackay-Steven was joined by Brian Graham and former Partick man Chris Erskine in coming off the bench. Shots-wise, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair was unlucky for Partick in shooting over the bar, while Ryan Dow's chip over Fox suffered the same fate. It seemed to be all about the substitutes as Erskine forced a save from Fox, while John Baird, the former Dundee man, tested Cierzniak with a header. A penalty shout for Partick was waved away following a Calum Butcher tackle shortly after. The game was closed out with four minutes of injury time, as Baird once again narrowly missed out on a chance for the winner. Stuart Bannigan too, offered up a strike which Cierzniak had to save, but all told, the game ended 0-0.

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Squad Statistics (as at August 2nd, 2013)

2013-14 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 1 - 47 -
Keith Watson23 1 - 1086
Andrew Robertson19 1 - 1 -
Seán Dillon30 1 - 2353
Ryan Gauld17 1 - 131
Stuart Armstrong21 1 - 845
Calum Butcher22 1 - 1 -
Paul Paton26 1 - 1 -
Nadir Çiftçi21 1 - 1 -
David Goodwillie24 1 - 13740
Ryan Dow22 1 - 292
Gary Mackay-Steven (sub)22 1 - 6612
Chris Erskine (sub)26 1 - 1 -
Brian Graham (sub)25 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at August 2nd, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.