Dundee Utd 4
St Johnstone 0
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
4 - 0
St Johnstone 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,992
3:00 PM Kick-off

Keith Watson (4)
David Goodwillie (25)
Gary Mackay-Steven (40)
Stuart Armstrong (53)

Team Managers
Jackie McNamara
Tommy Wright

Starting Eleven
1. Radoslaw Cierzniak
2. Seán Dillon
26. Andrew Robertson
12. Keith Watson
10. Stuart Armstrong
4. Calum Butcher
11. Gary Mackay-Steven
6. Paul Paton
8. John Rankin
18. Ryan Dow
7. David Goodwillie
Steve Banks
David MacKay
Steven Anderson
Frazer Wright
Tom Scobbie
David Wotherspoon
Patrick Cregg
Murray Davidson
Nigel Hasselbaink
Stevie May
Steven MacLean

25. Marc McCallum
20. John Souttar
16. Mark Wilson
17. Chris Erskine
19. Ryan Gauld
9. Brian Graham
21. Nadir Çiftçi
Zander Clark
Gary Miller
Chris Millar
Gary McDonald
Gwion Edwards
Liam Caddis
Rory Fallon

Ryan Gauld for Stuart Armstrong (75)
Nadir Çiftçi for Ryan Dow (75)
Chris Erskine for David Goodwillie (79)
Chris Millar for Partick Cregg (46)
Gary McDonald for Murray Davidson (63)
Gwion Edwards for Nigel Hasselbaink (70)

Ryan Dow (20)
Gary Mackay-Steven (57)
Chris Millar (55)
Frazer Wright (89)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)

Match Report

Jackie McNamara made one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Hibs at Easter Road the previous week with Keith Watson replacing the suspended Gavin Gunning. Mark Wilson took his place on the bench after rejoining the Club earlier in the week.

Dundee United got off to a great start and after four minutes the Terrors took the lead. Ryan Dow broke from midfield with the ball and, 35 yards out, passed to Keith Watson out on the right. The full back cut inside onto his left foot and unleashed a shot which took a slight deflection and curled into the back of the net past a helpless Steve Banks. Ryan Dow then took a free kick and flighted a pin point ball towards Watson. His forward header 17 yards out found David Goodwillie who managed to get in behind the Saints defence. He showed terrific composure to loop a header beyond Banks from around seven yards. United were in total control of proceedings and added a third goal with 40 minutes on the clock. Andrew Robertson was released on the left hand side. The full back covered 25 yards before he released a weighted through pass into the path of Gary Mackay-Steven. Banks hesitated and Gary Mackay-Steven prodded the ball into the back of the net from an acute angle to make it 3-0 to United.

The second half could not have started any better for United. Despite St Johnstone's attempts to trouble the United back line with a Nigel Hasselbaink shot which Radoslaw Cierzniak saved well, a slick counter attack allowed the Tangerines to add yet another goal. Dow again released Mackay-Steven, who broke the offside trap, down the right and slid the ball into the centre of the box. The pass was met by Stuart Armstrong whose right foot shot bounced into the ground and past the Saints goalkeeper to make it 4-0 for United. St Johnstone's best chance of the entire game came shortly following Armstrong's goal. The ball bounced its way through the United box and only six yards out Steven MacLean managed to hook his shot over the bar, much to the agony of his team-mates. Nadir Ҫiftҫi looked lively after his inclusion on 71 minutes. The forward unleashed a fine left foot strike from 35 yards which was well saved by Banks low to his right hand side. United should have made it five through substitute Nadir Ҫiftҫi with three minutes to go. Fellow substitute Ryan Gauld played a magnificent pass with the outside of his right foot just inside United's half. Ҫiftҫi broke clear of the Saints defence but, sadly for United, his shot was blocked by the legs of Banks.

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

Squad Statistics (as at August 24th, 2013)

2013-14 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 4 - 50 -
Seán Dillon30 4 - 2383
Andrew Robertson19 4 - 4 -
Keith Watson23 311107
Stuart Armstrong21 42877
Calum Butcher22 4 - 4 -
Gary Mackay-Steven22 416913
Paul Paton26 4 - 4 -
John Rankin30 3 - 917
Ryan Dow22 4 - 322
David Goodwillie24 4114041
Ryan Gauld (sub)17 3 - 151
Chris Erskine (sub)26 4 - 4 -
Nadir Çiftçi (sub)21 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 24th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Welcome back to Tannadlce again and we are determined to improve on the last home game against Inverness. Everyone was looking forward to it but we turned in a poor performance, and could have no complaints about losing, which was clearly very disappointing. For whatever reason, we seemed very edgy and too were out muscled quite a bit. Thankfully, against Hibs at Easter Road, it was a different story. We played well and should have taken all three points. We did the things that we didn't do the previous week against Inverness, passing the ball well and working hard for each other and most importantly we played well as a team. The only downside was that we didn't win! The game could have been over at half-time given the chances we had and even when we were down to ten men we still had chances to kill them off. And if we didn't take them, the good thing was that we created them. Conversely, Hibs weren't causing us any problems, but Gavin Gunning's sending off totally changed the direction of the match. They got a lift from it and it upset the balance of our team having to put Paul Paton to right-back and Sean Dillon back into the middle. We lost a wee bit of shape so it definitely did have an effect on the game. However,the goal we lost was still disappointing. Scott Robertson has a go and it has bounced back off their players into his path to give him another bite of the cherry. Although we have conceded two goals in the last two games, we have looked more solid defensively. It isn't a case of teams carving us open and so have good base to build on.

Today's visit of St Johnstone is a game very much in the mould of Inverness Caley Thistle one. Like them, Saints also have a very strong nucleus of last season's squad and it's no coincidence that the pair have started the season so well. The players know each other and carried on their good work of last season into the new campaign. They had a great result against Ross County last week so I know we have another tough game on our hands. Therefore, we must match them and at the same time make sure we do things properly and pass the ball with purpose and confidence. And if we do that,there is no reason why we can't collect the three points. Earlier this week I added Mark Wilson to our squad with the experience and ability he brings to the table. The short term deal will give him an opportunity to show there are no fitness concerns and his versatility is another important attribute. He is very comfortable at right back and left-back and also offers me the option of playing him in front of the back four. Not only that but he is the type of player who will help us get control of the ball and settle us down when required hence my delighted at his acquisition.