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League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Firhill. Att. 3,748
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gary Fraser (75) Farid El Alagui (29)

Team Managers
Alan Archibald Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Paul Gallacher
Jordan McMillan
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
Gary Fraser
Lee Mair
Conrad Balatoni
Christie Elliott
Prince Buaben
Lyle Taylor
Kallum Higginbotham
Stuart Bannigan
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Curtis Good .3
Andrew Robertson .26
John Souttar .20
Mark Wilson .16
Stuart Armstrong .10
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Nadir Çiftçi .21
Farid El Alagui .29

Scott Fox
Stephen O'Donnell
Aaron Muirhead
James Craigen
Kris Doolan
Steven Lawless
George Moncur
Marc McCallum .25
Seán Dillon .2
Keith Watson .12
Ryan Gauld .19
Morgaro Gomis .27
Ryan Dow .18
Brian Graham .9

Stephen O'Donnell for Jordan McMillan (58)
Kris Doolan for Kallum Higginbotham (60)
James Craigen for Prince Buaben (83)
Brian Graham for Farid El Alagui (66)
Ryan Gauld for Nadir Çiftçi (66)
Ryan Dow for Stuart Armstrong (79)

Prince Buaben (18)
Stuart Bannigan (30)
Lyle Taylor (90)
Mark Wilson (61)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

Following the end of the transfer window, Partick Thistle loan signing ex-United Cup winner Price Buaben went straight into the Thistle team. Likewise, United loan signing Curtis Good took his place in the middle of the United defence.

After a quiet start by both teams, a great strike from Fraser was well saved by Cierzniak after ten minutes. A minute later Ciftci broke, holding off Fraser to shoot from 25 yards, but Gallacher saved comfortably. On 17 minutes, Price Buaben was booked for catching Ciftci as he broke into the heart of the Thistle defence. From the resultant free-kick Ciftci drove a powerful shot which deflected just over the bar. Shortly after, United had a claim for a penalty as Armstrong was sandwiched in the box, but referee Collum waved play on. As the game continued to swing from end to end, a fantastic right foot curling shot from Robertson was touched round the post by Gallacher. Then, on 28 minutes, United took the lead. A brilliant run by Andy Robertson took him past three Thistle players before he unselfishly squared to Farid El Alagui to score his first goal for the Tangerines and put United 1-0 up to the delight of the United support. On 39 minutes Thistle should have equalised following a great run by Balatoni. He played in Taylor who shot wide with only Cierzniac to beat. Thistle continued to press until half time with Buaben central to much of their play, but United held firm to finish the half 1-0 in front.

Partick Thistle started the second half as they finished the first, putting United under pressure from the start with two corners in the first two minutes. The United defence held strong with some excellent defensive blocks. United began to defend deep in their own half, as Thistle pressed for an equaliser but without creating many clear cut opportunities. On 69 minutes, a viscous drive from Mackay-Steven was touched round post by Gallacher. But from the corner, Thistle broke quickly with Elliot stopped in his tracks by a great Paton tackle. As Thistle continued to press, Armstrong appeared to pull a muscle as he intercepted a long through ball and was substituted nine minutes later. On 74 minutes Buaben won a corner for Thistle. United appeared to have cleared the danger, but following an Armstrong slip, the ball fell to Gary Fraser who had plenty of time to pick his spot and send a drive into the bottom corner to make the score 1-1. Thistle could now sense an opportunity to snatch their first home league win of the season, with United under intense pressure. Yet it was United who had the greater chances in the final moments. Ryan Gauld made a couple of great runs into the box but with no takers from his crosses; then Brian Graham beat the Thistle offside trap and Paul Gallacher in goal as he clipped the crossbar with glancing header. Then, deep into injury time, United almost stole all three points. John Souttar made a terrific run into the heart of the Thistle defence before being pulled back by Taylor 30 yards out. From the free-kick, John Rankin blasted a powerful drive inches wide of the post.

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

Squad Statistics (as at February 1st, 2014)

2013-14 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 28 - 74 -
Curtis Good20 1 - 1 -
Andrew Robertson19 285285
John Souttar17 201291
Mark Wilson29 13 - 15111
Stuart Armstrong21 26710912
Gary Mackay-Steven23 2579019
Paul Paton26 281281
John Rankin30 2611148
Nadir Çiftçi21 248248
Farid El Alagui28 3131
Ryan Gauld (sub)18 246367
Ryan Dow (sub)22 131413
Brian Graham (sub)26 234234

League Table (as at February 1st, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.