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League (Premiership)

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Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Caledonian Stadium. Att. 2,980
12:45 PM Kick-off

Billy Mckay (5) Keith Watson (9)

Team Managers
John Hughes Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Dean Brill
David Raven
Gary Warren
Josh Meekings
Carl Tremarco
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Danny Williams
Liam Polworth
Billy Mckay
Nick Ross
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Gavin Gunning .5
Andrew Robertson .26
John Souttar .20
Keith Watson .12
Stuart Armstrong .10
Chris Erskine .17
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Brian Graham .9

Ryan Esson
Daniel Devine
Joe Gorman
Ben Greenhalgh
Conor Pepper
Ryan Christie
Adam Evans
Marc McCallum .25
Seán Dillon .2
Ryan Gauld .19
Calum Butcher .4
Morgaro Gomis .27
Ryan Dow .18
Farid El Alagui .29

Ryan Christie for Nick Ross (81)
Ben Greenhalgh for Danny Williams (88)
Farid El Alagui for Brian Graham (52)
Ryan Gauld for Stuart Armstrong (84)

Billy McKay (87) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Jackie McNamara resisted the temptation to give a starting slot to loan signing Farid El Alagui but did make three changes with Watson, Erskine and Graham replacing Wilson, Gauld and Ciftci. John Hughes made two changes, with Raven and Polworth coming into the side.

With just 5 minutes played, it was Inverness that capitalised on their first attack of the match. A deep corner was headed back goal-ward by Warren and Caley top scorer, Billy McKay, found space to swivel and slide the ball past the advancing Cierzniak. Just a few minutes later Brill was helpless to prevent a United equaliser. A corner from Mackay-Steven was met perfectly by Keith Watson who bulleted his header high into the corner of the net for his second goal at the Caledonian Stadium this season. Midway through the first half, United almost completed the turn-around. Rankin picked up a loose ball on the edge of the Inverness penalty area, but his fierce drive was blocked. The ball fell kindly for Graham but under pressure, his rushed effort bounced back off the post. United were in command of possession in the first half, but Inverness always looked dangerous. In the 39th minute one such counter almost led to a second goal. Doran galloped down the right side before floating a deep cross that McKay met with a powerful header. Cierzniak was forced to make a fantastic save, diving to his top right to turn the ball over.

No sooner had the second half started, United were dealt a cruel blow. Brian Graham looked to fall awkwardly under no pressure and had to be taken off on a stretcher. Graham's misfortune provided the opportunity for El Alagui to come on and make his debut for the club. It was Caley who were first to threaten when Warren crashed a thunderous header just inches wide of the post. Minutes later Inverness almost gifted United the lead but Brill recovered from his own mistake to make a goal line clearance. The game then swung back up the other end and there was controversy when a surging Shinnie run and subsequent Souttar challenge resulted in an Inverness penalty. It looked to be a soft award but justice was done when Cierzniak dived to save the resultant spot kick from Ross. United looked to get a lift from the penalty save and were next to come close. A good run and pass by Mackay-Steven gave Erskine an opportunity for a first time strike from the edge of the penalty area. However, for the second time in this match the post came to the rescue for Caley. The tangerines' had their own penalty claim in the 75th minute. Mackay-Steven burst clear on goal and just as he was about strike, he looked to be pulled back by the chasing defender. The referee opted to award a corner, much to the frustration of the United players. Both sides pushed hard to find the winner, but neither could find the spark of quality required to clinch the game.

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

Squad Statistics (as at January 12th, 2014)

2013-14 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 26 - 72 -
Gavin Gunning22 17 - 836
Andrew Robertson19 265265
John Souttar17 191281
Keith Watson24 14412110
Stuart Armstrong21 24710712
Chris Erskine26 8181
Gary Mackay-Steven23 2378819
Paul Paton26 261261
John Rankin30 2411128
Brian Graham26 224224
Ryan Gauld (sub)18 236357
Farid El Alagui (sub)28 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at January 12th, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.