Motherwell 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premiership)


1 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Friday, November 7th, 2014
Fir Park. Att. 3,969
7:45 PM Kick-off

Iain Vigurs (52) None.

Team Managers
Kenny Black Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Dan Twardzik
Craig Reid
Simon Ramsden
Stephen McManus
Mark O'Brien
Fraser Kerr
Lionel Ainsworth
Iain Vigurs
Keith Lasley
Henrik Ojamaa
John Sutton
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Conor Townsend .3
Jarosław Fojut .5
John Souttar .4
Blair Spittal .24
Chris Erskine .17
Stuart Armstrong .10
Paul Paton .6
John Rankin .8
Aidan Connolly .22
Ryan Dow .18

Stuart Carswell
Paul Lawson
Gunnar Nielsen
Bob McHugh
Zaine Francis-Angol
Josh Law
Craig Moore
Michal Szromnik .26
Seán Dillon .2
Callum Morris .14
Charlie Telfer .21
Gary Mackay-Steven .11
Calum Butcher .20
Nadir Çiftçi .7

Josh Law for Lionel Ainsworth (77) Gary Mackay-Steven for Aidan Connolly (59)
Nadir Çiftçi for Blair Spittal (59)
Callum Morris for John Souttar (78)

Mark O'Brien (15)
Stephen McManus (41)
Henrik Ojamaa (63)
Jarosław Fojut (73)
Paul Paton (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

United made a host of changes for this match with Motherwell in a bid to continue a run of four successive victories at Fir Park. There was a minute's silence for Remembrance Day which was observed impeccably by both sets of fans. The game marked the first in charge for Caretaker Motherwell boss Kenny Black.

United looked commanding in the first half of this game. As the half progressed, the skilful forward play of Connolly, Spittal, Erskine and Dow gradually put the visitors deeper into the Motherwell half. Last-ditch Motherwell challenges were required to stop both Dow and Townsend in front of goal then a looping Jaroslaw Fojut header hit the bar. Dan Twardzik then rushed out to force Spittal to poke wide then saved well from Erskine and Connolly. When Connolly finally evaded the Czech, the teenager was wrongly flagged for offside before firing off the post.

Early in the second half, Radoslaw Cierzniak parried a low Reid shot into the path of Lionel Ainsworth, who struck the post. United were behind soon after when Iain Vigurs's low drive evaded the reach of the Polish goalkeeper. United tried hard to get back in the game, but Motherwell were content to sit back and break up play. The Tannadice side did have their chances though. Townsend headed two crosses over the bar. With seconds left, Motherwell's Henrik Ojamaa was denied by Cierzniak.

Manager's Comment:
"It's a bit frustrating. I thought first half we were excellent. If I were to be critical we could probably have been better with our finishing. I can't fault the way we played tonight. We didn't deserve to lose."

Fan's Comment:
"It was really frustrating to watch the opportunity to remain top slip through our fingers again. Although we failed to take our many chances there was plenty of positive play with Connolly and Spittal again showing up well."

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

Squad Statistics (as at November 7th, 2014)

2014-15 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)31 15 - 106 -
Conor Townsend21 9 - 9 -
John Souttar18 2 - 381
Jarosław Fojut27 153153
Aidan Connolly19 4161
John Rankin31 14114510
Chris Erskine27 155246
Stuart Armstrong22 12 - 13816
Blair Spittal18 101101
Paul Paton27 142594
Ryan Dow23 143739
Callum Morris (sub)24 141141
Gary Mackay-Steven (sub)24 14112023
Nadir Çiftçi (sub)22 1445421

League Table (as at November 7th, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.