Dundee Utd 1
Aberdeen 2
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
1 - 2

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,601
3:00 PM Kick-off

John Souttar (51)
Barry Robson (pen.) (64)
Peter Pawlett (90)

Team Managers
Jackie McNamara
Derek McInnes

Starting Eleven
1. Radoslaw Cierzniak
5. Gavin Gunning
26. Andrew Robertson
20. John Souttar
16. Mark Wilson
10. Stuart Armstrong
19. Ryan Gauld
11. Gary Mackay-Steven
6. Paul Paton
8. John Rankin
21. Nadir Çiftçi
Jamie Langfield
Michael Hector
Mark Reynolds
Russell Anderson
Ryan Jack
Willo Flood
Peter Pawlett
Jonny Hayes
Scott Vernon
Niall McGinn
Barry Robson

25. Marc McCallum
2. Seán Dillon
17. Chris Erskine
27. Morgaro Gomis
18. Ryan Dow
7. David Goodwillie
9. Brian Graham
Nicky Weaver
Nicky Low
Josh Magennis
Lawrence Shankland
Cammy Smith
Joe Shaughnessy
Gregg Wylde

Brian Graham for Ryan Gauld (70)
Morgaro Gomis for Paul Paton (70)
Josh Magennis for Scott Vernon (60)
Joe Shaughnessy for Peter Pawlett (90)

Mark Wilson (29)
Paul Paton (57)
Willo Flood (16)
Scott Vernon (40)
Josh Magennis (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

There was a full house at Tannadice for this match between the New Firm who were both on a revival with a great start to the season.

The atmosphere was electric when the game got underway and the opening half was played at a frantic pace. Aberdeen were the most dominant in the first quarter but didn't create any real chances. Heavy rain made underfoot conditions tricky. It was the 30th minute before the first clear-cut chance was created. United defender Souttar tried to take an extra touch 30 yards from goal, Pawlett dispossessed him, powered forward and fired a shot from the edge of penalty area. Cierznak stood up to beat the shot clear for a corner. Souttar was getting in difficulty frequently now and was caught out again 10 minutes later, losing the ball to Scott Vernon on the left side of play, but the striker was pulled up for his challenge to win the ball from goalkeeper Cierznak. Vernon then tumbled outside the box after a great Aberdeen break and another chance was gone. United, though, were coming more and more into the game and won a corner after a fierce Robertson drive was deflected behind.

The home side took the lead five minutes after the restart, John Souttar blasting a loose ball home from four yards from a corner on the left. Just before that, Pawlett had brought a fine save from Cierznak, blasting a ferocious drive at the United goal after a corner had not been dealt with. Aberdeen levelled in 65 minutes from the spot after Robertson was judged to have used an arm to control the ball and Barry Robson blasted home the equaliser. Niall McGinn then brought a spectacular save from Cierznak, who shortly afterwards made another good low stop from Pawlett's shot. It was Peter Pawlett, though, who struck the decisive blow in the last minute. He headed home from close in after Cierznak failed to hold a deflected header into his path.

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

Squad Statistics (as at January 1st, 2014)

2013-14 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 24 - 70 -
Gavin Gunning22 15 - 816
Andrew Robertson19 245245
John Souttar17 171261
Mark Wilson29 11 - 14911
Stuart Armstrong21 22710512
Ryan Gauld18 216337
Gary Mackay-Steven23 2178619
Paul Paton26 241241
John Rankin30 2211108
Nadir Çiftçi21 218218
Morgaro Gomis (sub)28 10 - 1907
Brian Graham (sub)26 203203

League Table (as at January 1st, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Welcome back to Tannadice for the first game of 2014 and obviously I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year. Although we only won by the narrowest of margins against Ross County in our last home game, there were a lot of things that we handled pretty well. It was a game that was a bit frustrating at times but we remained as I had asked of the players patient and in the end we got there. Even if our play wasn't always as free-flowing as I would like I was delighted that we eventually scored the goal that was sufficient to earn the three points. Above all, it was important that we kept our good run at home going. Then on Boxing Day we travelled to St Mirren for what proved to be a very strange game not to mention very frustrating one. It was just one of those days when things went against us, especially some decisions. But even when we found ourselves 2-1 down at the interval I still felt that we were going to win the match and that was the case right up until we lost the third goal a minute after being reduced to ten men following Keith Watson's dismissal. So hopefully we will have learnt from that and as we went into the St Johnstone game I was looking to see how the players responded to that setback.

Given the heavy festive fixture schedule it was always my intention to use the squad to the full. As it transpired John Rankin turned out to be the only unenforced one of the eight changes made. Indeed Ryan Gauld and Gavin Gunning are at the time of writing doubts for today's game and Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven only passed late fitness tests to make the bench at Perth. Unfortunately, as had been the case at Paisley, a sending off changed the game, and immediately losing a goal in the aftermath of Calum Butchers dismissal so early on made it even more of an uphill battle. But to their credit the lads kept plugging away and it was just a pity we couldn't reward the tremendous support we had by taking something from the game. This afternoon Aberdeen are our first foots and with Tannadice a near sell-out it promises to be a cracking start to a new year. Earlier in the season at Pittodrie they edged a very tight game thanks to the only goal. Indeed until last Thursday it was the last league defeat we had suffered and although we did okay in the match it was one in which offensively we weren't quite at our best. Jamie Langfield did make one good save from David Goodwillie but apart from one or two half chances we didn't threaten their goal often enough. So I'll be looking for us to create more opportunities in todays clash and hopefully taking them in what is bound to be another closely contested encounter.