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Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Rugby Park. Att. 3,542
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kris Boyd (89) Keith Watson (60)
Stuart Armstrong (75)
Ryan Gauld (77)
David Goodwillie (90)

Team Managers
Allan Johnston Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Craig Samson
Sean Clohessy
Jeroen Tesselaar
Lee Ashcroft
Jackson Irvine
Reuben Gabriel
Manuel Pascali
Craig Slater
Kris Boyd
Rory McKenzie
Chris Johnston
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
John Souttar .20
Gavin Gunning .5
Keith Watson .12
Andrew Robertson .26
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Stuart Armstrong .10
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Ryan Gauld .19
Brian Graham .9

Antonio Reguero
Rory McKeown
Barry Nicholson
Sammy Clingan
Rabiu Ibrahim
Jude Winchester
Robbie Muirhead
Marc McCallum .25
Seán Dillon .2
Chris Erskine .17
Morgaro Gomis .27
Ryan Dow .18
David Goodwillie .7
Nadir Çiftçi .21

Barry Nicholson for Chris Johnston (81)
Rory McKeown for Rory McKenzie (83)
Nadir Çiftçi for Brian Graham (73)
Morgaro Gomis for Ryan Gauld (77)
David Goodwillie for Gary Mackay-Steven (78)

Manuel Pascali (12)
Gabriel Reuben (18)
Jackson Irvine (35)
Sean Clohessy (39)

Red Cards
Gabriel Reuben (23) None.

Match Officials

Euan Norris (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Jackie McNamara made two changes from the side that defeated Hearts. Gav Gunning returned after injury to replace Sean Dillon also assuming his role as skipper, whilst Keith Watson took over at right-back from Mark Wilson.

There were two changes in the Killie line-up from the side that won away for the first time this season at Ross County. One was enforced with Michael Gardyne’s loan deal precluding him playing against United. He was replaced by Manuel Pascali with Rory McKenzie coming in for Rory McKeown. In a howling gale and driving rain, United got proceedings under way kicking towards the Arabs huddled together at the back of the Chadwick Road Stand. After 12 minutes Manuel Pascali was booked for a blatant body check to halt a typically mazy Gauld run 25 yards from goal. However, the home side’s wall did its job, blocking Gunning’s free-kick. On 17 minutes, Rueben Gabriel became the second Killie player to be yellow carded after bringing down Stuart Armstrong. And that was to have dire consequences for the Killie midfielder as six minutes later he held back Armstrong and his cynical challenge earned him a second caution and dismissal. Ten minutes from half-time, Jackson Irvine became the third home player to go in the referee’s book, chopping down Gauld on the edge of then box. The youngster picked himself up and curled the free-kick and former United keeper Craig Samson was at full stretch to finger-tip his effort round the post.

Killie opened the second half on the front foot. Almost immediately, Robertson blocked a Chlossey shot and shortly afterwards, Cierzniak had to drop on low to hold off a Boyd effort from the edge of the box. And in the 50th minute, Lee Ashcroft headed just over. United’s first attack was on the counter after 54 minutes when Gauld slipped the ball through to Mackay-Steven on the right, but his low cross was cut out by Samson. United were getting into their stride and they got their noses in front on the hour mark with a well-made goal. And Graham was the instigator with some great chest control before slipping the ball to Armstrong. He surged to the bye-line before cutting the ball back and the on-rushing Keith Watson hammered the ball into the roof of the net from close in. But Killie almost hit back immediately and Cierzniak had to react quickly to hold on to Craig Slater’s shot on the turn. Though numerically, disadvantaged, Killie refused to lie down, indeed they didn’t look like a side with ten men as they battled for every ball. However they were finally overrun in a two minute spell with a quarter of an hour to go. Both Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Gauld scored to put United 3-0 up. Kris Boyd pulled one back for Killie with a minute left but there was still time for David Goodwillie to seal another impressive victory for United.

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

Squad Statistics (as at December 14th, 2013)

2013-14 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 20 - 66 -
Andrew Robertson19 205205
John Souttar17 13 - 22 -
Keith Watson24 1231199
Gavin Gunning22 12 - 786
Gary Mackay-Steven23 1768218
Ryan Gauld17 186307
Paul Paton26 201201
Stuart Armstrong21 18710112
John Rankin30 1911078
Brian Graham26 163163
Morgaro Gomis (sub)28 8 - 1887
Nadir Çiftçi (sub)21 187187
David Goodwillie (sub)24 18515445

League Table (as at December 14th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.