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Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Easter Road. Att. 9,608
7:45 PM Kick-off

Jordan Forster (45) Nadir Çiftçi (42)
Gavin Gunning (56)
Farid El Alagui (83)
Nadir Çiftçi (missed pen.) (20)
Gary Mackay-Steven (missed pen.) (58)

Team Managers
Terry Butcher Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Ben Williams
Ryan McGivern
Paul Hanlon
Michael Nelson
Jordan Forster
Alex Harris
Liam Craig
Lewis Stevenson
Tom Taiwo
Sam Stanton
Danny Haynes
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Andrew Robertson .26
Curtis Good .3
Keith Watson .12
Gavin Gunning .5
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Stuart Armstrong .10
Nadir Çiftçi .21
Ryan Dow .18

Sean Murdoch
Daniel Boateng
Alan Maybury
Paul Cairney
Danny Handling
James Collins
Jason Cummings
Marc McCallum .25
Mark Wilson .16
Seán Dillon .2
Aidan Connolly .39
Morgaro Gomis .27
Brian Graham .9
Farid El Alagui .29

Danny Handling for Liam Craig (61)
Danny Boateng for Paul Hanlon (71)
James Collins for Danny Haynes (80)
Farid El Alagui for Stuart Armstrong (79)
Brian Graham for Nadir Çiftçi (80)
Morgaro Gomis for Gary Mackay-Steven (90)

Ryan McGivern (23)
Tom Taiwo (48)
Paul Hanlon (53)
Liam Craig (57)
Ryan Dow (51)
Gary Mackay-Steven (65)
Curtis Good (83)

Red Cards
Tom Taiwo (72) None.

Match Officials

Euan Norris (Referee)

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Match Report

With over 20 minutes played United had a golden opportunity to take the lead. Ryan Dow took control of the ball on the edge of the area. As he looked to make inroads on the goal he was blocked and tripped to the ground. Referee Euan Norris pointed to the spot much to the consternation of the home side as they believed the foul to have occurred outwith the box. Nadir Ciftci stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was too easy for Ben Williams to smother on the line. Ciftci would make amends for his penalty miss 20 minutes later. A fine Paul Paton ball allowed Ciftci to race for the ball with Paul Hanlon. The power and speed of Ciftci was too much for Hanlon who was left flailing in his wake. Nadir Çiftçi then cut into the box and outfoxed both Michael Nelson and the Hibs keeper to put the Tangerines into the lead. The lead would only last for three minutes. As Hibs pushed for an equaliser they won a corner out on the right hand side. The ball was flighted into the six-yard box and Radoslaw Cierzniak elected to punch the ball to safety. Unfortunately, his clearance came off the head of Jordon Forster and bounced into the back of the net which gave Hibs the equaliser they sought.

United started well in the second half and after ten minutes took a deserved lead. Mackay-Steven aimed his corner to the back post and rising above all around him was Gavin Gunning. His goalward header floated into the back of the Hibs net giving United their second and Gunning his third goal in two games. Three minutes later United had another golden opportunity to find the back of the net. From a United corner Gunning’s attempts to drive the ball towards goal brought a foul that gave the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Mackay-Steven stepped up to take the kick. However, his left foot strike cleared the crossbar and United’s second penalty of the evening would go down also as a miss. After 71 minutes Hibs went down to ten men. Tom Taiwo fouled Paul Paton and was shown his second yellow of the game. The points were wrapped up with eight minutes remaining as United took advantage of their extra man. Mackay-Steven released Robertson down the left and his ball to the front post was met by substitute Farid El Alagui who turned the ball past Williams to make it 3-1 United.

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

Squad Statistics (as at February 28th, 2014)

2013-14 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)30 32 - 78 -
Keith Watson24 18412510
Curtis Good20 5151
Gavin Gunning23 193859
Andrew Robertson19 325325
Gary Mackay-Steven23 2989420
Stuart Armstrong21 30711312
Paul Paton26 321321
John Rankin30 3021189
Ryan Dow22 172454
Nadir Çiftçi22 28102810
Morgaro Gomis (sub)28 14 - 1947
Brian Graham (sub)26 244244
Farid El Alagui (sub)28 7272

League Table (as at February 28th, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.