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Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Rugby Park. Att. 2,828
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kris Boyd (4) Billy Mckay (pen.) (24)

Team Managers
Gary Locke Mixu Paatelainen

Starting Eleven
Jamie MacDonald
Steven Smith
Jamie Hamill
Stuart Findlay
Mark Connolly
Kris Boyd
Mark O'Hara
Craig Slater
Tope Obadeyi
Conrad Balatoni
Josh Magennis
Michal Szromnik .21
Mark Durnan .17
John Souttar .4
Gavin Gunning .19
Ryan McGowan .12
Seán Dillon .2
Paul Dixon .3
Blair Spittal .20
John Rankin .8
Billy Mckay .7
Florent Sinama Pongolle .54

Mark Ridgers
Ross Barbour
Scott Robinson
Lee Ashcroft
Dale Carrick
Kevin McHattie
Greg Kiltie
Luis Zwick .51
Euan Spark .24
Coll Donaldson .28
Aidan Connolly .18
Guy Demel .55
Chris Erskine .11
Scott Fraser .22

Kevin McHattie for Steven Smith (59)
Greg Kiltie for Tope Obadeyi (64)
Dale Carrick for Kris Boyd (88)
Aidan Connolly for Florent Sinama Pongolle (77)
Chris Erskine for Blair Spittal (81)

Craig Slater (22)
Jamie Hamill (71)
John Souttar (34)

Red Cards
Stuart Findlay (23) None.

Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

It was the hosts who got off to the perfect start when four minutes in Kris Boyd latched onto a pinpoint Josh Magennis cross and guided it into the back of the net. Just eight minutes later Kilmarnock were inches away from doubling their lead, a defensive mix-up seeing the ball fall invitingly for Tope Obadeyi at the back post, however, the attacker was unable to gather any real connection from his shot and Michal Szromnik pounced to clear the ball to safety. Goalscorer Boyd, who has proved a thorn in the United’s defence throughout the striker’s career, almost added another, but the striker could only scuff an effort wide of the target after Magennis had once again set him up. Just five minutes before the half hour mark however, United were back on level terms, Billy Mckay coolly sending Jamie MacDonald the wrong way from the penalty spot after Stuart Findlay was shown a straight red for a late challenge on Ryan McGowan after a goal-mouth scramble inside the box. United thereafter did manage to get a real foothold of the game, and Billy Mckay could have put Paatelainen’s side in the lead had his one-on-one effort with Jamie MacDonald not been saved from close range.

In complete contrast to the beginning of the first-half, United started the second the stronger of the two sides and should have been awarded a penalty just five minutes after the interval. Blair Spittal, whilst in a dangerous position inside the box, was shaping to shoot before having his shirt pulled back by a very fortunate Kilmarnock defender. Right on the hour mark, United created yet another massive opportunity to take the lead when Blair Spittal, yet again, took up a dangerous position inside the box, before firing a tame effort into the palms of the impressive MacDonald. Terrific play from United almost saw Paul Dixon convert from inside the box, John Souttar sucking in three defenders before slipping the ball through to Dixon in a tight angle whose ferocious effort was driven just wide of the target. With 15 minutes remaining however, it was Killie’s turn to try and take the lead. This time, Craig Slater looped a fantastic effort from the edge of the box over Szromnik and off the frame of the goal.

Manager's Comment:
"We had clear cut chances like last week so that's a positive. That means that our passing is at a standard that allows us to get those goal-scoring opportunities. We just simply need to take them. We're getting there, we're working hard and our general play is not too bad. The goal we conceded was so, so sloppy and so stupid. It was a fantastic ball into the box but we should defence that situation better.”

Fan's Comment:
"Hard to know whether or not this was a good point. It is if you consider how hard it has been to collect points recently but not if we want to cut the gap on the teams above.”

Formation: 3-5-1-1
Captain: Seán Dillon
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Blair Spittal

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

Written by Joe James

Squad Statistics (as at December 5th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Michal Szromnik (GK)22 6 - 10 -
Ryan McGowan26 19 - 361
Paul Dixon29 10 - 1735
John Souttar19 16 - 682
Mark Durnan23 18 - 18 -
Gavin Gunning24 3 - 10210
Seán Dillon32 1413086
Blair Spittal19 183475
John Rankin32 16 - 18211
Florent Sinama Pongolle31 1 - 1 -
Billy Mckay27 137137
Chris Erskine (sub)28 715710
Aidan Connolly (sub)20 11 - 352

League Table (as at December 5th, 2015)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 16 12 3 1 +29 39
2. Aberdeen 17 11 2 4 +9 35
3. Hearts 16 9 4 3 +12 31
4. St Johnstone 17 9 3 5 +9 30
5. Hamilton 16 6 4 6 -1 22
6. Ross County 17 6 3 8 0 21
7. Dundee 17 4 8 5 -5 20
8. Inverness CT 16 4 5 7 -5 17
9. Partick Th 16 4 5 7 -6 17
10. Kilmarnock 17 4 5 8 -12 17
11. Motherwell 16 4 3 9 -10 15
12. DUNDEE UTD 17 2 3 12 -20 6

League results since United's last match
29th November 2015
Inverness CT1-3Celtic
5th December 2015
Kilmarnock1-1Dundee Utd
Ross County2-3St Johnstone