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Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Pittodrie. Att. 12,619
3:00 PM Kick-off

Adam Rooney (39) None.

Team Managers
Derek McInnes Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Scott Brown
Shay Logan
Ash Taylor
Mark Reynolds
Andrew Considine
Willo Flood
Barry Robson
Niall McGinn
Kenny McLean
Adam Rooney
Jonny Hayes
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Paul Dixon .3
Jarosław Fojut .5
Ryan McGowan .16
Callum Morris .14
John Souttar .4
Chris Erskine .17
Charlie Telfer .21
Calum Butcher .20
Mario Bilate .19
Nadir Çiftçi .7

Jamie Langfield
Cammy Smith
Peter Pawlett
David Goodwillie
Ryan Jack
Lawrence Shankland
Donervon Daniels
Michal Szromnik .26
Seán Dillon .2
Scott Smith .23
Blair Spittal .24
Ali Coote .43
Henri Anier .30
Robbie Muirhead .10

Ryan Jack for Niall McGinn (75)
Donervon Daniels for Willo Flood (90)
Robbie Muirhead for Mario Bilate (48)
Ali Coote for Calum Butcher (77)

None. Calum Butcher (38)
Ryan McGowan (58)

Red Cards
Barry Robson (72) None.

Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

With last week’s skipper Paul Paton injured, Calum Butcher replaced him in midfield, while Jarek Fojut returned after injury to captain the side for the first time with Blair Spittal dropping out as did flu-stricken Aidan Connolly for whom Mario Bilate took over. There were two changes in the Dons line-up. Ashton Taylor came in for Donervon Daniels and ex-Tannadice favourite Barry Robson replaced Cammy Smith.

The Dons were first to threaten after five minutes. Adam Rooney laid the ball into Kenny McLean but the former St Mirren midfielder blazed wildly over. The home side enjoyed the bulk of possession without threatening until the 15 minute mark when Kenny McLean threaded a defence-splitting pass into the path of Jonny Hayes who fired in a low drive which Rado Cierzniak stopped with his feet before collecting. Midway through the first half, Kenny McLean had the ball in the net from a corner but again ref Bobby Madden spotted an infringement. Seven minutes from the interval, Calum Butcher brought down Hayes for which the United midfielder was the first to go in the book. Worse followed as Aberdeen scored from the resultant free-kick. Mark Reynolds was on the end of Robson’s delivery to knock it back across goal for Adam Rooney to touch over the line after Rado had blocked the ball.

There was a blow for the Tangerines three minutes after the re-start when Bilate limped off and was replaced by Robbie Muirhead. Aberdeen came closest to scoring on 54 minutes when Willo Flood picked up a stray pass and fired in a shot from 25-yards which Rado as at full stretch to push round the post for a corner. Erskine did fire in a 20-yarder, but it was straight at keeper Scott Brown. There was sensation after 72 minutes when Aberdeen were reduced to ten men with Robson dismissed for hitting Charlie Telfer in the face with a flailing elbow, though it appeared accidental. Immediately, Derek McInnes withdrew McGinn and introduced Ryan Jack to ensure they held on to their narrow advantage. With 13 minutes left, Jackie McNamara brought on Ali Coote for his debut with Calum Butcher making way for the 16-year-old midfielder. Aberdeen almost doubled their lead in the last minute when Hayes broke clear and played Rooney in but Souttar made a vital block at the expense of a corner.

Manager's Comment:
“I don't think they caused us many problems in open play. Disappointed with this but thats the thin lines that have been costly for us. Radio hasn't had much to do, its a disappointing result for us. Erskine was lively but the sending off didn't help us as they sat in and made it hard for us to break them down.”

Fan's Comment:
“Expecting nothing from today and that's how it turned out. Strange to think we are still battling for a European spot as the general feeling with supporters at the moment is that the season can't end quick enough. Pilate injured again! But good to see Ali Coote make his debut. Let's hope he makes the grade.”

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer

Squad Statistics (as at April 18th, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)31 39 - 130 -
Callum Morris25 262262
John Souttar18 101462
Jarosław Fojut27 375375
Paul Dixon28 11 - 1575
Ryan McGowan25 131131
Chris Erskine28 368459
Charlie Telfer19 214214
Calum Butcher24 191281
Nadir Çiftçi23 37147731
Mario Bilate23 162162
Ali Coote (sub)16 1 - 1 -
Robbie Muirhead (sub)19 7 - 7 -

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at April 18th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.