Dundee Utd 0
Motherwell 3
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
0 - 3

League (Premiership)
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,251
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Stephen McManus (45)
Scott McDonald (72)
Scott McDonald (80)

Team Managers
Mixu Paatelainen
Mark McGhee

Starting Eleven
1. Eiji Kawashima
2. Seán Dillon
3. Paul Dixon
28. Coll Donaldson
19. Gavin Gunning
55. Guy Demel
6. Paul Paton
8. John Rankin
20. Blair Spittal
7. Billy Mckay
15. Simon Murray
Connor Ripley
Louis Laing
Ben Hall
Stephen McManus
Chris Cadden
Keith Lasley
James McFadden
Morgaro Gomis
Marvin Johnson
Scott McDonald
Louis Moult

51. Luis Zwick
12. Kyle Knoyle
17. Mark Durnan
22. Scott Fraser
9. Edward Ofere
25. Riku Riski
54. Florent Sinama Pongolle
Craig Samson
Stevie Hammell
Lionel Ainsworth
Wes Fletcher
Josh Law
Jack Leitch
Dominic Thomas

Edward Ofere for Billy Mckay (57)
Scott Fraser for Paul Dixon (57)
Riku Riski for Guy Demel (81)
Josh Law for James McFadden (65)
Stevie Hammell for Marvin Johnson (89)
Wes Fletcher for Scott McDonald (89)

Guy Demel (64)
Seán Dillon (84)
Scott McDonald (77)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Greg Aitken (Referee)

Match Report

Mixu Paatelainen made just the one change to the side that started the goalless draw at Hamilton on Saturday. Ryan Dow dropped out completely with Paul Dixon returning to the starting eleven. New signing Edward Ofere was listed amongst the substitutes as was the returning Riku Riski. Former United man Morgaro Gomis started for Motherwell as did the experienced James McFadden.

In the opening minute Rankin took advantage of a mistake by Laing but his effort at goal went well wide of target. Five minutes later the visitors had a chance but the ball was cleared from the feet of Moult. Lasley then fed Johnson who cut inside and curled a shot past the far post. Mackay and Murray then combined but the ball just failed to reach Rankin. With a quarter of an hour on the clock United went close when Spittal’s cross was chested down by Demel and then his overhead kick was deflected wide. Seven minutes later United had their best chance of the half when great play involving Demel and Rankin ended with Spittal turning in the box and forcing a fine save from Ripley. In what was a very poor opening period of football there was little between the sides but just as the half drew to a close United were dealt a huge blow. Dillon conceded a free kick on the right. McFadden swung the ball into the United box and a glancing header from McManus gave Kawashima no chance.

Nine minutes after the break United were so unlucky not to equalise when a cross from Spittal was headed goal bound by Rankin but unbelievably it hit Billy Mackay and the ball was cleared. Two minutes later there was a scramble in the box and both Demel and substitute Ofere had swipes at the ball but eventually the danger was cleared by the visitors. United were trying to get back in the game and Murray was next to go close but Ripley saved low to his right. With 25 minutes left United unbelievably failed to equalise. Rankin played a long ball into the box which was punched by Ripley but the ball landed on the head of Spittal who headed against the crossbar with the goal gaping. Despite United’s efforts to get back in the game they fell further behind with 20 minutes left. A corner to the back post by Law evaded the United defence and the unmarked McDonald fired into the roof of the net. Motherwell were clearly buoyed by their second goal and went on the hunt for the killer third and twice were denied by saves from Kawashima. First of all he tipped a McDonald effort round the post and then straight after he saved a powerful shot from Johnson. Ten minutes from the end United’s dismal night was complete. McDonald gathered the ball twenty yards from goal and his fierce shot gave Kawashima no chance. Towards the end United did try to find a consolation but it wasn’t to be.

Formation: 3-4-2-1
Captain: Seán Dillon
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Eiji Kawashima

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

Squad Statistics (as at February 16th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Eiji Kawashima (GK)32 7 - 7 -
Seán Dillon32 2323177
Paul Dixon29 18 - 1815
Coll Donaldson20 12 - 12 -
Gavin Gunning25 12 - 11110
Guy Demel34 9 - 9 -
Paul Paton28 6 - 834
John Rankin32 26219213
Blair Spittal20 287579
Billy Mckay27 229229
Simon Murray23 172172
Scott Fraser (sub)20 242252
Edward Ofere (sub)29 2 - 2 -
Riku Riski (sub)26 4 - 4 -

League Table (as at February 16th, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 25 18 4 3 +45 58
2. Aberdeen 26 17 4 5 +16 55
3. Hearts 24 12 8 4 +21 44
4. Ross County 26 10 3 13 -2 33
5. Dundee 25 8 9 8 -2 33
6. Inverness CT 24 8 8 8 0 32
7. St Johnstone 24 9 5 10 -1 32
8. Motherwell 26 8 5 13 -12 29
9. Hamilton 26 7 8 11 -15 29
10. Partick Th 23 7 7 9 -6 28
11. Kilmarnock 26 7 6 13 -19 27
12. DUNDEE UTD 25 3 5 17 -25 11

League results since United's last match
15th February 2016
Inverness CT3-1Aberdeen
16th February 2016
Dundee Utd0-3Motherwell