Dundee Utd 0
Inverness CT 2
League (Premiership)

Dundee Utd
0 - 2
Inverness CT 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,927
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Miles Storey (13)
Iain Vigurs (50)

Team Managers
Mixu Paatelainen
John Hughes

Starting Eleven
1. Eiji Kawashima
19. Gavin Gunning
12. Kyle Knoyle
3. Paul Dixon
5. Callum Morris
6. Paul Paton
8. John Rankin
55. Guy Demel
26. Henri Anier
7. Billy Mckay
14. Ryan Dow
Owain Fon Williams
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
Danny Devine
Carl Tremarco
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Miles Storey
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo

21. Michal Szromnik
28. Coll Donaldson
2. Seán Dillon
11. Chris Erskine
22. Scott Fraser
20. Blair Spittal
15. Simon Murray
Ryan Esson
James Vincent
Danny Williams
Richie Foran
Lewis Horner
Ryan Williams
Liam Hughes

Simon Murray for Paul Dixon (38)
Scott Fraser for Ryan Dow (55)
Seán Dillon for Gavin Gunning (60)
James Vincent for Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (63)
Danny Williams for Miles Storey (80)

Simon Murray (85)
John Rankin (90)
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (53)
Greg Tansey (57)
Carl Tremarco (62)
Owain Fon Williams (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)

Match Report

Mixu Paatelainen named the same starting 11 which narrowly lost to Partick Thistle in midweek with the sole change coming on the subs bench with Coll Donaldson coming in for Mark Durnan.

In a cagey start to the game the first chance fell to United on five minutes. After good interplay, Dow collected the ball in the Inverness box but lost his footing at the vital moment. Meanwhile, referee Craig Thomson pulled play back for a foul on Mckay on the edge of the box. From the resulting free kick Demel drew a fine save from Inverness goalkeeper Fon Williams. Despite forcing a couple of early corners United were unable to capitalise. Inverness created their first clear chance of the match when Miles Storey forced Kawashima into a smart save on 13 minutes. United would find themselves behind moments later when Iain Vigurs, from a quickly taken free kick, found the released Draper down the right hand side who, despite having the time and space to have a shot himself, squared the ball to Miles Storey who finished from six yards out. The home side had Kawashima to thank for keeping the score at 0-1 in the first half as the Japan internationalist made a great save from Tansey on 26 minutes and got down well to save at his near post from Warren after a corner from Vigurs. Mixu Paatelainen was forced into his first change of the game when Paul Dixon failed to recover from a collision with team mate Callum Morris and was replaced by Simon Murray on 38 minutes.

United were quick to create the first chance on 48 minutes. Demel again had a strike saved by Fon Williams and, with Anier lurking, Tremarco was able to clear for a corner to United which was eventually cleared by Inverness. Things were to get worse for United when, on 50 minutes, Inverness forced a corner which was taken by Tansey. United could only half clear and, after bringing the ball down on his chest, Iain Vigurs lashed a right foot shot past a sea of bodies and into the net. The home team created a great opening on 52 minutes when Mckay, with his back to goal, chested the ball down to the on-running Anier who was unable to find the net as his shot flew over. Paatelainen’s response was to make his second change of the game on 55 minutes when Scott Fraser replaced Ryan Dow. United would be forced into their final change eight minutes later when Sean Dillon replaced the injured Gavin Gunning whilst on 67 minutes Kyle Knoyle almost had his first goal for the Club but the youngster was denied by a fantastic save by Fon Williams. Unfortunately for the home side, there was no repeat of the resounding come back United showed in the derby three weeks ago. Despite this being a body blow to United’s survival hopes, Mixu and his men will pull roll up their sleeves and will continue to fight to the last.

Written by Tommy McKay

Squad Statistics (as at April 9th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Eiji Kawashima (GK)33 14 - 14 -
Paul Dixon29 26 - 1895
Kyle Knoyle19 5 - 5 -
Gavin Gunning25 20 - 11910
Callum Morris26 131433
Paul Paton28 152926
John Rankin32 35220113
Guy Demel34 131131
Ryan Dow24 18210913
Henri Anier25 83244
Billy Mckay27 30133013
Seán Dillon (sub)32 2623207
Scott Fraser (sub)21 312322
Simon Murray (sub)24 202202

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at April 9th, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 33 23 7 3 +53 76
2. Aberdeen 33 21 5 7 +20 68
3. Hearts 32 17 8 7 +21 59
4. Motherwell 33 13 5 15 -8 44
5. St Johnstone 33 12 7 14 -3 43
6. Ross County 33 13 4 16 -7 43
7. Dundee 33 9 14 10 -1 41
8. Partick Th 33 11 8 14 -7 41
9. Inverness CT 32 10 9 13 -3 39
10. Hamilton 33 9 9 15 -19 36
11. Kilmarnock 33 8 8 17 -21 32
12. DUNDEE UTD 33 6 6 21 -25 21

League results since United's last match
8th April 2016
9th April 2016
Dundee Utd0-2Inverness CT
Kilmarnock3-0St Johnstone
Ross County1-0Partick Th