Dundee Utd 3
Raith Rovers 0
League (Championship)

Dundee Utd
3 - 0
Raith Rovers 

League (Championship)
Saturday, February 4th, 2017
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,232
5:15 PM Kick-off

Thomas Mikkelsen (45)
Tony Andreu (48)
Thomas Mikkelsen (53)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Gary Locke

Starting Eleven
1. Cammy Bell
20. Frank van der Struijk
3. Paul Dixon
4. Mark Durnan
6. Lewis Toshney
14. William Edjenguélé
10. Scott Fraser
19. Tony Andreu
7. Blair Spittal
18. Thomas Mikkelsen
9. Simon Murray
Kevin Cuthbert
Jason Thomson
Kevin McHattie
Ross Callachan
Jean-Yves Mvoto
Kyle Benedictus
Mark Stewart
Bobby Barr
Ross Matthews
Iain Davidson
Declan McManus

21. Luis Zwick
8. Stewart Murdoch
24. Jamie Robson
2. Seán Dillon
11. Alex Nicholls
12. Charlie Telfer
23. Nick van der Velden
Conor Brenan
Chris Johnston
Rudi Sk

Nick van der Velden for Tony Andreu (76)
Alex Nicholls for Thomas Mikkelsen (77)
Charlie Telfer for Lewis Toshney (91)
Conor Brenan for Kevin Cuthbert (29)
Ryan Hardie for Ross Matthews (62)
Ryan Stevenson for Declan McManus (71)

William Edjenguélé (33)
Ross Callachan (45)
Iain Davidson (44)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stephen Finnie (Referee)
Graham McNeillie & Willie Ferguson (Assistants)
Steven Reid (Fourth Official)

Match Report

The first quarter of the game passed without incident with both sides struggling to establish any fluency in their play. It wasn’t until the twenty-fourth minute that United managed to create a half chance when Blair Spittal played a great ball into Simon Murray who found space well inside the Raith penalty box but Kyle Benedictus was there to dispossess Murray of the ball and clear away the danger. The next chance in the game fell to the visitors albeit as it was only a half chance when a Kevin McHattie’s free kick from the left-hand side was floated in to the box and nodded back across by Benedictus and it was Declan McManus with the header over the bar. United finally found the breakthrough much to the delight of the home fans on the forty-fifth minute when Scott Fraser had a free kick on the right-hand side of the box that substitute keeper Conor Brenan got a touch to but fell to Paul Dixon on the left-hand side of the box. His floated cross to the near post was met by Thomas Mikkelsen who nodded home from six yards for his first goal for United.

United started the second half the way the finished the first half with a goal just three minutes after the restart when Dixon went on a rampaging down the left-hand side and his cross was not dealt with by the Raith defence and it fell to Tony Andreu who took a touch before superbly volleying home past Brenan from 12 yards. After that second goal, it was United who were in the ascendancy and once again it was Thomas Mikkelsen who was there to finish off a superb cross to the back post from Murray with his looping header back across the goal into the bottom corner right-hand corner of the net. United continued to control the rest of the second half with Raith playing much of it in their own half. Murray nearly added to the score line when his half volley was saved well by Brenan. With United in complete control, it was Murray again with a chance from the edge of the box but shot was pushed away by Brenan and eventually it was cleared by the visitors. On the seventy-eighth-minute debutant Alex Nicholls came on for Mikkelsen who got a standing ovation from the fans. He had the perfect chance to score with his first touch after being set up perfectly by Murray but his shot clipped the outside of the right-hand post. United were still able to provide excitement for the home fans from van der Velden who played in Spittal with a lovely chip over the Raith defence only for Spittal to fire high and wide. Nicholls then provided the excitement for the home fans after a step over and a drop of the shoulder took him beyond the Raith defence but nothing came of the cross from the right-hand side.

Written by Stewart Buick

Squad Statistics (as at February 4th, 2017)

2016-17 All Time
Cammy Bell (GK)30 30 - 30 -
Frank van der Struijk31 15 - 15 -
William Edjenguélé29 232232
Paul Dixon30 19 - 2145
Lewis Toshney24 231231
Mark Durnan24 253586
Blair Spittal21 26 - 949
Scott Fraser21 295667
Tony Andreu28 21132113
Simon Murray24 30115518
Thomas Mikkelsen27 5252
Alex Nicholls (sub)29 1 - 1 -
Charlie Telfer (sub)21 241575
Nick van der Velden (sub)35 253253

League Table (as at February 4th, 2017)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 23 14 7 2 +26 49
2. DUNDEE UTD 23 12 7 4 +13 43
3. Falkirk 23 10 7 6 +9 37
4. Morton 22 10 7 5 +9 37
5. QOS 24 8 7 9 -1 31
6. Dunfermline 23 6 8 9 -5 26
7. Dumbarton 24 6 7 11 -8 25
8. Raith Rovers 22 6 7 9 -8 25
9. Ayr Utd 23 4 9 10 -15 21
10. St Mirren 23 2 8 13 -20 14

League results since United's last match
4th February 2017
Dumbarton2-2St Mirren
Dundee Utd3-0Raith Rovers
Hibernian1-1Ayr Utd