Dundee Utd 0
Partick Th 1
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
0 - 1
Partick Th 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, December 12th, 2015
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,256
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Kris Doolan (51)

Team Managers
Mixu Paatelainen
Alan Archibald

Starting Eleven
21. Michal Szromnik
19. Gavin Gunning
4. John Souttar
17. Mark Durnan
3. Paul Dixon
12. Ryan McGowan
5. Callum Morris
20. Blair Spittal
55. Guy Demel
7. Billy Mckay
54. Florent Sinama Pongolle
Tomáš Černý
Mustapha Dumbuya
Liam Lindsay
Danny Seaborne
Callum Booth
Abdul Osman
Stuart Bannigan
Sean Welsh
David Amoo
Steven Lawless
Kris Doolan

51. Luis Zwick
24. Euan Spark
2. Seán Dillon
8. John Rankin
16. Charlie Telfer
11. Chris Erskine
22. Scott Fraser
Ryan Scully
Mathias Pogba
Ryan Edwards
David Wilson

Charlie Telfer for Florent Sinama Pongolle (11)
John Rankin for Guy Demel (57)
Chris Erskine for Charlie Telfer (67)
David Wilson for Steven Lawless (84)
Frédéric Frans for David Amoo (90)

Gavin Gunning (83)
Sean Welsh (67)
Callum Booth (87)
Stuart Bannigan (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

It was a fairly low-key start to proceedings, both sides in the early stages struggling to zip the ball about with any real intensity, in doing so, failing to create any real clear-cut opportunities at goal. The first real opportunity at goal for either side didn’t come until around the 25th minute mark, Blair Spittal pealing off the Thistle defence before blasting high a volley from an awkward position. Other than Spittal’s solo effort, chances were few and far between, however, both Gavin Gunning and Charlie Telfer should have perhaps done better from their respective free-kick efforts.

Coming out after the interval United started the brighter of the two sides, Paul Dixon’s thunderous left footed strike from 25 yards forcing Thistle keeper Cerny into a terrific diving save, but the United left wing-back could only fire an effort high into the Eddie Thompson Stand when the rebound fell to him. Despite Thistle rarely threatening what looked to be a fairly solid United defence, it was the visitors who took the lead with their first effort on target, Kris Doolan brilliantly twisting inside the box before coolly slotting his strike into the back of the net. Just minutes after the Jags’ opener they were the woodwork away from doubling their lead, this time Stevie Lawless jinking past the United defence before scuffing an effort off John Souttar, away from Szromnik and off the outside of the post. Thereafter however, United really began piling on the pressure, Blair Spittal’s deflected strike from outside the box deceiving Cerny but just evading an empty Thistle goal. On the 60 minute mark, United were handed the perfect opportunity to draw level when Liam Lindsay gave the ball away to Charlie Telfer on the edge of the box. Substitute Telfer then slipped in Rankin, however, the midfielder’s low shot flew despairingly wide of the post. With the clock running down and Thistle looking likely to come away with the three points, United had a huge penalty shout turned down by referee Steven MacLean when Callum Morris’s volley, without doubt, had slapped the wrist of the fortunate Liam Lindsay. Although United really piled bodies forward in the final few minutes, Thistle remained defensively strong and held on for some very valuable three points.

Formation: 3-4-2-1
Captain: Ryan McGowan
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Guy Demel

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

Squad Statistics (as at December 12th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Michal Szromnik (GK)22 7 - 11 -
Callum Morris25 61363
Gavin Gunning24 4 - 10310
Mark Durnan23 19 - 19 -
Ryan McGowan26 20 - 371
John Souttar19 17 - 692
Paul Dixon29 11 - 1745
Guy Demel34 1 - 1 -
Blair Spittal19 193485
Florent Sinama Pongolle31 2 - 2 -
Billy Mckay27 147147
Chris Erskine (sub)28 815810
Charlie Telfer (sub)20 8 - 334
John Rankin (sub)32 17 - 18311

League Table (as at December 12th, 2015)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 16 12 3 1 +29 39
2. Aberdeen 18 12 2 4 +10 38
3. Hearts 17 9 4 4 +11 31
4. St Johnstone 17 9 3 5 +9 30
5. Ross County 18 7 3 8 +2 24
6. Hamilton 17 6 4 7 -3 22
7. Inverness CT 17 5 5 7 -4 20
8. Partick Th 17 5 5 7 -5 20
9. Dundee 18 4 8 6 -7 20
10. Motherwell 17 5 3 9 -8 18
11. Kilmarnock 18 4 5 9 -13 17
12. DUNDEE UTD 18 2 3 13 -21 6

League results since United's last match
12th December 2015
Dundee Utd0-1Partick Th
Hamilton1-3Ross County
Inverness CT2-1Kilmarnock

Manager's Programme Notes

Welcome to Tannadice for today's fixture versus Partick Thistle. With each week, the players are getting more familiar with what I am trying to bring to the team. The players coming back from injury are getting fitter and our new signings are also getting close to full fitness. The performance levels in the last three games have been pleasing. Offensively we are creating numerous chances and we are definitely getting better but I know results are the most important thing now. Performances recently much improved to the first few when I came in and that is down to the players understanding what we have to do. You must be respectful of the opposition in football and today's visitors come here after last weeks postponement unbeaten in three games. Last time out, they put five goals past Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Of course, Robbie Muirhead will not be available for Partick but they have some excellent players. Last week at Kilmarnock, we started the game poorly and I do not think we played well defensively but the players showed resilience to get back into things and we again created plenty chances. The defence knows they have to do better and I sense a determination and desire to right these wrongs. Today the players must show that. The game must have been entertaining for neutrals despite the conditions but I was disappointed not to take three points but one point is better than nothing. The attitude, application and hunger on the field and in training here is excellent, always excellent. We must start today's game well, similar to the Ross County game where we took the game to the opposition from the first whistle and continue to create the chances and make sure we take the opportunities when they arise. I must mention the 419 fans who attended last week at Rugby Park in terrible conditions for travel. Unbelievable support once again and every game home and away the fans have been magnificent and we ail get a lift from this. The boys really appreciate it and it is so important you continue to back us loudly. Enjoy today's game.