Dundee Utd 0
Watford 1

Dundee Utd
0 - 1

Saturday, July 25th, 2015
Tannadice Park. Att. 4,526
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Troy Deeney (53)

Team Managers
Jackie McNamara
Quique Flores

Starting Eleven
Luis Zwick
Mark Durnan
Seán Dillon
Paul Dixon
Coll Donaldson
Scott Fraser
Aidan Connolly
Paul Paton
Darko Bodul
Robbie Muirhead
Simon Murray
Heurelho Gomes
Allan Nyom
Craig Cathcart
Sebastian Prodl
Jose Holebas
Valon Behrami
Jose Manuel Jurado
Eitenne Capoue
Ikechi Anya
Troy Deeney
Odion Ighalo

Michal Szromnik
Marc McCallum
John Souttar
Chris Erskine
Charlie Telfer
John Rankin
Blair Spittal
Mario Bilate
Geidrius Arlavskis
Gabrielle Angella
Juan Carlos Paredes
Daniel Pudil
Essaid Belkalem
Tommie Hoban
Almen Abdi
Ben Watson
Sean Murray
Matej Vydra

John Souttar for Paul Paton (59)
John Rankin for Scott Fraser (59)
Chris Erskine for Aidan Connolly (59)
Blair Spittal for Robbie Muirhead (59)
Charlie Telfer for Darko Bodul (59)
Mario Bilate for Simon Murray (59)
Geidrius Arlavskis for Heurelho Gomes (46)
Juan Carlos Paredes for Jose Holebas (46)
Daniel Pudil for Allan Nyom (46)
Almen Abdi for Ikechi Anya (46)
Ben Watson for Valon Behrami (46)
Matej Vydra for Odion Ighalo (46)
Tommie Hoban for Troy Deeney (66)
Sean Murray for Eitenne Capoue (80)
Essaid Belkalem for Craig Cathcart (87)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Graham (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

The early stages of the match had a familiar pre season friendly feel, both teams looking relatively comfortable in terms of possession yet lacking the intensity to create reasonable opportunities at goal. It wasn’t until just before the 20th minute mark for the first real chance to open the scoring, Scotland international broke swiftly on the right flank before delivering a well placed cross into the path of Jose Manuel Jurado, who could only steer his effort wide just wide of the post.The long awaited first attempt seemed to give the visitors a lift and it wasn’t long until the pacey Anya was again causing the United defence problems, this time delivering a decisive pass into the feet of Ighalo whose shot was terrifically saved by Luis Zwick. From the resulting Watford corner Zwick was again called into action, this time having to produce a terrific reaction save to deny a close range Troy Deeney header. The impressive Ighalo, on the stroke of half time again went close after sending a dangerous 25 yard shot high and wide of the crossbar.

Only ten minutes after the break, the Hornets took a deserved lead when Jurado whipped a defence splitting cross onto the head of Deeney, who guided a header past Zwick and into the back of the United net. Following a handful of changes from both sides United looked improved with the fresh legs and on 62 minutes created a nicely worked attack. Neat play on the left from Blair Spittal saw the ball eventually worked into John Souttar, who fired a shot just wide of the post from the edge of the box. Just a few minutes later United were again causing problems, this time winning a freekick deep inside the Watford half, Charlie Telfer dipping the set-piece and forcing Arlavskis into a fine save. United’s confidence was without a doubt boosted and they were beginning to find ways to cut through the Watford midfield at ease. This time, Chris Erskine fired a powerful strike into the bottom corner but the Watford keeper was somehow able to divert the shot wide of the post. Watford still posed a threat too, and showed this when the ever dangerous Jurado jinked away from two United midfielders before trying his luck from long range, forcing Zwick into a decent save. In the final minute of added time United were inches away from a deserved equaliser when substitute Blair Spittal drove a low strike that whizzed narrowly wide of the far post.

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

Squad Statistics (as at July 25th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time

League Table (as at July 25th, 2015)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2. Celtic 0 0 0 0 0 0
3. Hearts 0 0 0 0 0 0
4. Motherwell 0 0 0 0 0 0
5. Ross County 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. St Johnstone 0 0 0 0 0 0
7. Dundee 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Inverness CT 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Kilmarnock 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Partick Th 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Dundee Utd 0 0 0 0 0 -3

* - Table split into two divisions of six.

League results since United's last match

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon Arabs, thank you for attending today as we welcome Barcaly's Premier League newcomers Watford to Tannadice Park. I am delighted we are bringing a Barclay's Premier League team to Tannadice and we are up against a top quality team today. They have a model of discovering young talent in place and have reached their goal of promotion - a fabulous achievement, Our players will enjoy testing themselves against Watford today. The Ladbrokes Premiership campaign is fast approaching and this is the final of five very tough fixtures - all designed to ensure that we are ready for the season ahead. The last few weeks things have really intensified on and off fieid as well. The pre-season training camp in the Netherlands helped shape my squad for the season in so many ways, It made it clear to me where small tweaks still had to be made and where we could improve - and we have done so. The importance of pre season for me is ensuring the squad is fine tuned for the season ahead. The time that matters for me is when the competitive action begins and whilst I want the team to perform well in every game and win whenever we can, I know what we all desire is success next Sunday, against Aberdeen, and beyond.

The young players in our squad have all grown in many ways over the summer and you will see a difference in the likes of Spittal, Telfer, Connolly, Souttar and Fraser amongst others going into this season. The players who have joined improve the squad greatly and we have added pace and guile to the squad over the summer, This was one of my main aims moving into the season and I think we have a lot of pace both moving forward and in defence now, The forward area of the team has seen considerable upheaval with players leaving, players returning from injury and new ones coming in. Off the field, we have continued to work quietly out of the media spotlight to improve the squad and the
backing of the board has proven important again. I am looking forward to this season with great enthusiasm and I hope you are, too.Your backing has been phenomenal throughout my time at the Club and season ticket sales are again showing that support. It is something we do not take for granted and it is appreciated by everyone at the Club -most importantly the players who wear the tangerine Jersey each week. Please enjoy the game today and let us look forward to a successful season ahead. Thanks for your continued support.