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Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Caledonian Stadium. Att. 3,428
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ryan Christie (7) Farid El Alagui (71)

Team Managers
John Hughes Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Dean Brill
Graeme Shinnie
Danny Devine
Carl Tremarco
Danny Williams
Marley Watkins
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Aaron Doran
Ryan Christie
Billy Mckay
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Keith Watson .12
Gavin Gunning .5
Seán Dillon .2
Andrew Robertson .26
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Ryan Gauld .19
Nadir Çiftçi .21
Ryan Dow .18

Ryan Esson
Nick Ross
Liam Polworth
Jason Brown
Alasdair Sutherland
Marc McCallum .25
Mark Wilson .16
John Souttar .20
Morgaro Gomis .27
Aidan Connolly .39
Farid El Alagui .29
Brian Graham .9

Liam Polworth for Marley Watkins (82)
Nick Ross for Ryan Christie (90)
Brian Graham for Gary Mackay-Steven (46)
Farid El Alagui for Ryan Gauld (67)
Aidan Connolly for Ryan Dow (78)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Colvin (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

United boss Jackie McNamara was forced into just one change ahead of this Highland encounter with Inverness. Man of the match from last week, Stuart Armstrong, dropped out from the squad due to concerns over a hamstring niggle. Ryan Gauld was his replacement in the front four.

United looked comfortable in the opening minutes, camped inside the Inverness half. However, with their first attacking move of the match Caley were to capitalise. A deep cross from Shinnie found Ryan Christie in space at the back post. The youngster was able to pick his spot with a header back across Cierzniak and into the bottom corner of the net. Caley were looking dangerous on the counter attack and Gunning was forced into a last gasp tackle to prevent the runaway McKay from pulling the trigger as he entered the six yard box. It was a full twenty minutes before United created an opening and it was Nadir Ciftci who got the chance. The striker ran onto a long through ball but struck his shot straight at 'keeper Brill. United only had to wait a further thirty seconds for their next opportunity. Much like the first, Dow found himself one-on-one with Brill but was unable to squeeze the ball beyond him.

United made one change at half-time with Brian Graham replacing Gary Mackay-Steven. Graham took the central striker role and Ciftci dropped back into the supporting three. The substitute himself had a great chance to get United level eight minutes into the second half but failed to beat Brill with the goal gaping. A second substitution was made by United in the sixty fifth minute and it turned out to be an inspired one. El Alagui replaced Gauld and was to draw his side level within minutes of taking the field. A game of head tennis in the Caley box ended with the ball at the feet of Jimmy Coyle who buried a scissor kick into the top corner of the net. United were by far the better team in the second half. They dominated the proceedings having moved to a more robust and direct style of play but were unable to get the crucial winning goal before referee Colvin called time.

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

Squad Statistics (as at May 3rd, 2014)

2013-14 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)31 43 - 89 -
Keith Watson24 27413410
Gavin Gunning23 3049610
Seán Dillon30 24 - 2583
Andrew Robertson20 425425
Gary Mackay-Steven23 391010422
Paul Paton27 432432
Ryan Gauld18 368489
John Rankin30 4121299
Ryan Dow22 284566
Nadir Çiftçi22 38173817
Aidan Connolly (sub)18 2 - 2 -
Farid El Alagui (sub)28 133133
Brian Graham (sub)26 347347

League Table (as at May 3rd, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.