Dundee Utd 2
Arbroath 1
League (Championship)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Championship)
Saturday, September 21st, 2019
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,877
3:00 PM Kick-off

Lawrence Shankland (88)
Lawrence Shankland (90)
Luke Donnelly (52)

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson
Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
1. Benji Siegrist
2. Liam Smith
6. Mark Reynolds
17. Jamie Robson
8. Peter Pawlett
12. Sam Stanton
18. Calum Butcher
23. Ian Harkes
11. Cammy Smith
27. Louis Appéré
24. Lawrence Shankland
Darren Jamieson .1
Jason Thomson .2
Ricky Little .4
Thomas O'Brien .5
Colin Hamilton .3
Michael McKenna .8
Mark Whatley .6
James Murphy .18
Bobby Linn .11
David Gold .7
Luke Donnelly .15

13. Deniz Mehmet
3. Adrián Sporle
44. Paul Watson
34. Scott Banks
20. Logan Chalmers
25. Adam King
7. Paul McMullan
Steven Doris .9
Omar Kader .12
Greig Spence .14
Ben Stirling .19
Josh Campbell .20
Derek Gaston .21
Miko Virtanen .22

Paul McMullan for Cammy Smith (53)
Adrián Sporle for Louis Appéré (63)
Logan Chalmers for Peter Pawlett (80)
Steven Doris for Luke Donnelly (57)
Josh Campbell for David Gold (57)
Miko Virtanen for Mark Whatley (63)

Sam Stanton (28)
Jamie Robson (38)
Calum Butcher (39)
Lawrence Shankland (90)
Michael McKenna (38)
James Murphy (39)
Mark Whatley (45)
Bobby Linn (45)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Gavin Duncan (Referee)

Match Report

As expected, the hosts began on the front foot, with Sam Stanton and then Louis Appéré registering efforts on goal inside the opening two minutes. Both, however, were comfortable saves for Arbroath goalkeeper Darren Jamieson. Despite offering little in attack, the visitors had caused one or two moments of concern, however goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist had mostly been a spectator. Appéré couldn’t direct a close-range header on target following another United corner before a flare up in the 37th minute belied the tone of the contest to that point. Robson and Michael McKenna tangled sparking a melee involving several players from both sides. Once tempers had calmed, the result was yellow cards for Robson, McKenna and Butcher. Four minutes from half time Stanton drilled in a low cross, with Lawrence Shankland touching onto the inside of the post from four yards, in what was easily the nearest thing to the opener of the half.

There was another close thing in the 50th minute when a Stanton corner was glanced goalward by Harkes, missing only by inches. Disaster struck for the hosts when in the 52nd minute the visitors took a shock lead. Bobby Linn floated in a cross from the left and Luke Donnelly prodded home from five yards. McMullan was immediately sent on for Cammy Smith as Robbie Neilson looked to inject the urgency which had been lacking for most of the match. Things almost got worse for the Tangerines when sub Josh Campbell struck the post from long range then Steven Doris steered an angled effort wide of the upright. The hosts, seemingly shell shocked, struggled to restore the territorial advantage and as a result created very little in the latter part of the game. The chance which appeared never to be coming for United finally arrived in the 88th minute when McMullan played in Lawrence Shankland on the right side of the box. Seemingly having taken the ball too wide, the finish high into the corner of the net was sublime. With many thinking the home side had saved some face in avoiding defeat, there was still to be a stunning ending. Liam Smith exchanged passes on the right and swung in a sublime right foot cross with Lawrence Shankland waiting in the middle. The striker then did what he does best, positioning himself between Arbroath’s central defenders and cushioning a header into the far corner beyond Jamieson. From nowhere, victory had been snatched from the jaws of defeat.

Match report written by DUFC Official

Squad Statistics (as at September 21st, 2019)

2019-20 All Time
Benji Siegrist (GK)27 9 - 47 -
Jamie Robson21 10 - 1062
Liam Smith23 10 - 10 -
Mark Reynolds32 10 - 28 -
Ian Harkes24 91292
Peter Pawlett28 61233
Sam Stanton25 11 - 919
Calum Butcher28 103565
Cammy Smith24 61417
Lawrence Shankland24 11121112
Louis Appéré20 112152
Adrián Sporle (sub)24 5151
Logan Chalmers (sub)19 3 - 142
Paul McMullan (sub)23 11 - 9416

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at September 21st, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 6 5 0 1 +9 15
2. Ayr Utd 6 5 0 1 +8 15
3. Inverness CT 6 4 1 1 +6 13
4. Morton 6 3 0 3 -3 9
5. Arbroath 6 2 2 2 0 8
6. Dundee 6 2 2 2 -3 8
7. Dunfermline 6 1 2 3 -1 5
8. QOS 6 1 2 3 -3 5
9. Alloa Athletic 6 1 1 4 -7 4
10. Partick Th 6 0 2 4 -6 2

League results since United's last match
21st September 2019
Alloa Athletic1-4Ayr Utd
Dundee Utd2-1Arbroath
Inverness CT2-0QOS
Partick Th0-3Dunfermline

Manager's Programme Notes

Disappointing as last week's defeat at Ayr United was, it has to be remembered that we are still top of league. With four wins out of five, we have made a good start to the season and if we continue that kind of form, we'll be sitting pretty come the end of the season. But we have to also look at the negatives and what didn't work right and try and make that better and put it right. The most disappointing aspect was the first half performance. Whilst it was better in the second half, we are going to challenge for the title and have to do it every minute of every game. There is a responsibility on us all to be ready for these games and up for it. But we also have to look at the positives and it has been a good start to the season and we are happy with it. We gave Troy Brown his debut and I was pleased with him. He hadn't played for eight weeks and they were only pre-season games, so it'll take him a bit of time to get his full fitness. You can see he is strong and dominant in the air and organises. He will be an asset to us. All he needs is to get fit and his touch back, but that will take a little bit of time.

Having lost out on penalties to Arbroath a fortnight ago, we know what to expect with the onus on us to go out and win it. I expect it to be very similar to the previous game. With a lot of experienced players who know the game, they'll be difficult to break down and will try to hit us on the counter which we must be ready for. And it is vital that we are right on it from the start because with teams around us picking up points it is vital that we do likewise. A 1000 plus fans made the long journey to Ayr last week and it was disappointing that we sent them back up the road without the three points. They'll be disheartened but, as we have said right from the start, we all have to stick together for what is going to be a long, hard season. This Club has been down there for a long time and it is going to take a big effort from everyone and the emphasis is on sticking together and being resilient because we'll have difficult days like we had last week. All we can ask is that the fans back the players and back the Club and show up in numbers today and the players also have to show up as well and make sure they get back on it.