Dundee Utd 2
Dundee 2
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
2 - 2

League (Premiership)
Sunday, March 20th, 2016
Tannadice Park. Att. 11,603
12:30 PM Kick-off

Billy Mckay (pen.) (53)
Billy Mckay (90)
Kane Hemmings (34)
Kane Hemmings (45)

Team Managers
Mixu Paatelainen
Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Eiji Kawashima
28. Coll Donaldson
19. Gavin Gunning
5. Callum Morris
3. Paul Dixon
6. Paul Paton
8. John Rankin
20. Blair Spittal
14. Ryan Dow
7. Billy Mckay
26. Henri Anier
Scott Bain
Paul McGinn
Darren O'Dea
Kostadin Gadzhalov
Kevin Holt
Nick Ross
Paul McGowan
Greg Stewart
Gary Harkins
Cammy Kerr
Kane Hemmings

21. Michal Szromnik
2. Seán Dillon
12. Kyle Knoyle
55. Guy Demel
22. Scott Fraser
15. Simon Murray
9. Edward Ofere
David Mitchell
Thomas Conrad
Darryl Meggatt
Nicky Low
Rory Loy
Craig Wighton

Scott Fraser for Ryan Dow (61)
Edward Ofere for Henri Anier (68)
Simon Murray for John Rankin (76)
Thomas Konrad for Kostadin Gadzhalov (16)
Nicky Low for Thomas Konrad (40)
David Mitchell for Nicky Low (52)

Paul Dixon (44)
Edward Ofere (87)
Kevin Holt (90)

Red Cards
None. Scott Bain (51)
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)

Match Report

The hosts started with a spell of pressure and forced an early corner before Billy Mckay twice found space deep inside the box only to be thwarted by the visiting defence. In the 25th minute good set up play from Mckay gave Blair Spittal a chance at goal but his left foot effort was screwed wide before Gavin Gunning had to block a fierce Gary Harkins drive for a corner. Disaster struck for United in the 34th minute when a McGowan shot from outside the box deflected straight into the path of Kane Hemmings, who couldn’t miss as he slid the ball under Kawashima despite the efforts of Paton to keep the ball out. Rankin, Dow, Anier and Gunning all had half chances which were struck over the bar and then right on half time the task was made doubly difficult for United. Greg Stewart, who had looked suspiciously offside, was allowed to run clear before squaring to Kane Hemmings who bundled in from close range. There was a flashpoint right on the half time whistle between Paul Dixon and Stewart which left the United man rolling on the ground but the officials remained unmoved.

Following the break there was an immediate lifeline for the Tangerines when in the 50th minute Mckay latched onto a through ball and was taken out by Scott Bain in the area resulting in a red card and a penalty to the hosts. Despite the delay while sub keeper David Mitchell was brought on Billy Mckay remained calm and coolly slotted the kick down the middle to put his team right back in it. Then followed, as expected, a barrage of balls into the Dundee box with Spittal in particular sending in some real quality. The introduction of Edward Ofere and Scott Fraser proved pivotal as both were heavily involved in sustained home pressure. There were chances for Mckay, Ofere and Spittal before an equaliser did arrive in the most dramatic fashion at the start of injury time. After the ball bounced around the Dundee box for what seemed like an age it finally ended up in the back of the net as Billy Mckay stooped in to head home form 6 yards. Tannadice was going wild and unbelievably they almost went on to grab a winner when a Spittal corner was headed goal ward by Gunning before Donaldson lashed the rebound over. In the end it was a deserved point for the Tangerines as the fight for survival gathers pace.

Manager's Comment:
“Delighted with the point. Little bit disappointed we never took the full three points. I thought it was there for us. The second goal, we fell asleep a little bit. They punished us. The way they fought and kept believing - thankfully we got there in the end. You can't take anything for granted, even though we have a game in hand. We have to win that game and the rest of them. We just keep our heads down and keep working and hopefully, hopefully come the end of the season, we're not last, at least."

Fan's Comment:
“It was looking ominous at half time but we got a break with the penalty and sending off and to be honest, we should have won in in the end. It's a point closer to Killie but the games are running out and we could really do with winning some. Dixon and Dow struggled and the back three didn't look comfortable all day.”

Formation: 3-4-1-2
Captain: Paul Paton
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Billy Mckay

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

Written by Ally Stewart

Squad Statistics (as at March 20th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Eiji Kawashima (GK)33 11 - 11 -
Paul Dixon29 24 - 1875
Gavin Gunning25 17 - 11610
Callum Morris26 101403
Coll Donaldson20 18 - 18 -
John Rankin32 32219813
Paul Paton28 122896
Blair Spittal20 347639
Ryan Dow24 15110612
Henri Anier25 53214
Billy Mckay27 27132713
Scott Fraser (sub)20 292302
Edward Ofere (sub)29 7 - 7 -
Simon Murray (sub)24 182182

League Table (as at March 20th, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 30 21 6 3 +50 69
2. Aberdeen 31 20 5 6 +18 65
3. Hearts 30 16 8 6 +22 56
4. St Johnstone 31 12 7 12 +1 43
5. Motherwell 31 12 5 14 -8 41
6. Ross County 31 12 4 15 -5 40
7. Dundee 30 8 13 9 -3 37
8. Partick Th 30 10 7 13 -7 37
9. Inverness CT 30 9 9 12 -4 36
10. Hamilton 31 8 9 14 -17 33
11. Kilmarnock 31 7 7 17 -24 28
12. DUNDEE UTD 30 5 6 19 -23 18

League results since United's last match
12th March 2016
Inverness CT0-1Hamilton
Partick Th1-2Celtic
16th March 2016
St Johnstone1-1Ross County
19th March 2016
Hamilton1-2Partick Th
Hearts0-3St Johnstone
Ross County0-3Inverness CT
20th March 2016
Dundee Utd2-2Dundee

Manager's Programme Notes

Even if only bragging rights are at stake, Dundee derbies are special occasions, but this afternoon we welcome manager Paul Hartley and his players and officials to Tannadice for a game where a lot is at stake for both sides. Whilst we obviously badly need three points in our bid to beat the drop, Dundee, having slipped out of the top six last weekend, will be equally as keen to regain that position. If we are to succeed in our aim then winning our home games is essential. Unfortunately that wasn't the case in the last game here against Aberdeen and we must look to show the same attitude and aggression that earned us victory over Hearts. match for any team. At Dingwall we did that to reach the semi-final but, for the moment, that is very much on the back burner. When we play well we know we are a match for any team. Unfortunately, we didn't carry that good work on for the whole 90 minutes at Motherwell. Being on the front foot, the first half performance before their goal was good. We scored a good goal - a great strike from Anier - and were looking comfortable. Then softness at defending a set piece came to the surface again and we paid the price. We should have played the same way in the second half as we did in the first, but unfortunately we didn't, which was disappointing. Because this is a derby, we must make sure we start the game on the front foot. In the last meeting with Paul Hartley's side we probably didn't get the result we deserved and, given the situation we are in, must do better today.

Our last two games, both on the road, have brought mixed fortunes. In the Scottish Cup tie at Ross County, the players put in a tremendous shift after going down to 10 men and the fighting spirit was excellent. Even although we were a man short I wanted to maintain an attacking threat, hence the 3-3-3 formation and it worked well. When we play well we know we are a One thing I can't complain about is the support you are giving the side. All season, you are turning up in good numbers at home games and the travelling support is equally as impressive. To fill one end at Ross County was superb and to take around a 1000 to Fir Park for last Friday's televised match again speaks volumes for your dedication. So, as we approach this derby which I know means so much to everyone connected with Club, undoubtedly the best way we can repay your backing is by picking up three crucial points, but this time finishing with 11 men on the park! Enjoy the game.