Dundee Utd 2
Alloa Athletic 1
League (Championship)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1
Alloa Athletic 

League (Championship)
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,615
3:00 PM Kick-off

Nicky Clark (45)
Louis Appéré (55)
Mark Reynolds (o.g.) (12)

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson
Peter Grant

Starting Eleven
1. Benji Siegrist
6. Mark Reynolds
17. Jamie Robson
2. Liam Smith
44. Paul Watson
18. Calum Butcher
23. Ian Harkes
12. Sam Stanton
27. Louis Appéré
10. Nicky Clark
7. Paul McMullan
Jamie MacDonald .41
Scott Taggart .2
Robbie Deas .4
Andy Graham .5
Blair Malcolm .18
Jon Robertson .8
Steven Hetherington .6
Kevin Cawley .7
Iain Flannigan .11
Alan Trouten .10
Kevin O'Hara .17

13. Deniz Mehmet
19. Troy Brown
5. Mark Connolly
3. Adrián Sporle
25. Adam King
40. Chris Mochrie
24. Lawrence Shankland
Liam Buchanan .9
Nathan Gilhooley .16
Robert Thomson .19
Cameron O'Donnell .20
Paul Gillespie .23
Chris Henry .31

Adrián Sporle for Paul McMullan (79)
Adam King for Nicky Clark (88)
Robert Thomson for Kevin Cawley (72)
Liam Buchanan for Steven Hetherington (83)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John McKendrick (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

After dominating the first ten minutes, United fell behind to a fortuitous goal for the visitors. A cross from the right glanced off the head of Mark Reynolds and flashed past Benji Siegrist into the net. The Tangerines continued to play with style and panache as they prodded away at the resolute Alloa defence. Just as it looked as if they would reach half-time, Nicky Clark drove home an equaliser that was the least United deserved from a 45 minutes that saw Jamie MacDonald pull off save after save in the Alloa goal. United's first-half performance was at times scintillating and time and again they caused the visitors problems - particularly down the right-hand side with Liam Smith and Paul McMullan outstanding.

The second half started with the visitors encouraged to come out. Despite the game following a similar pattern to the first half, United didn't create a clear chance until Ian Harkes produced a surging run down the right-hand side and slid the perfect delivery along the six-yard line. The cross was met by Louis Appéré who stroked the ball into the back of the net for the lead.United continued to prod for an opening as the second half wore on and created plenty chances but again inspired defending and goalkeeping kept the visitors in the match. The closest United came to extending their lead was a tremendous run by Academy Graduate Jamie Robson that ended with the defender curling a right-footed effort off the inside of the Alloa left-hand post. Alloa threatened on the odd occasion and with the atmosphere prone to change when a team holds a one-goal lead going into the final stages, they were never out of things but this was another dominant United performance and anther three vital points.

Squad Statistics (as at December 7th, 2019)

2019-20 All Time
Benji Siegrist (GK)27 18 - 56 -
Mark Reynolds32 19 - 37 -
Jamie Robson21 16 - 1122
Liam Smith23 19 - 19 -
Paul Watson28 111405
Calum Butcher28 183645
Ian Harkes24 181382
Sam Stanton25 1919910
Louis Appéré20 203243
Nicky Clark28 1655220
Paul McMullan23 20310319
Adrián Sporle (sub)24 8181
Adam King (sub)24 7 - 7 -

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at December 7th, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 15 12 0 3 +22 36
2. Inverness CT 16 9 2 5 +6 29
3. Dunfermline 16 7 4 5 +8 25
4. Ayr Utd 15 8 0 7 +6 24
5. Dundee 16 6 4 6 -2 22
6. Arbroath 15 6 3 6 -1 21
7. QOS 16 5 4 7 -3 19
8. Morton 15 5 1 9 -13 16
9. Partick Th 16 4 3 9 -11 15
10. Alloa Athletic 16 3 5 8 -12 14

League results since United's last match
23rd November 2019
Inverness CT1-0Dundee
26th November 2019
Partick Th1-1Alloa Athletic
30th November 2019
Alloa Athletic0-2Inverness CT
Dunfermline5-1Partick Th
3rd December 2019
Ayr Utd0-1Dunfermline
7th December 2019
Dundee Utd2-1Alloa Athletic
Inverness CT2-0Ayr Utd
QOS1-2Partick Th

Manager's Programme Notes

After three weeks without a game, a busy one lies ahead with trips to Cappielow and Arbroath after taking on Alloa this afternoon. I was delighted with our 3-0 victory over Queen of the South in our last outing. We started the game really well and got an early opener through Paul McMullan. Nicky Clark getting a second just before half time was great too, and it was nice to see Stanton scoring the third, and his first goal of the season, to seal the three points. With Shanks on international duty, one of the major plusses was to see others step up when he's not there. It was a good overall performance and keeping another clean sheet was excellent as well. The only pity is that we have had to wait so long before hopefully carrying on our good form.

I was at Cappielow when the inspection was made last Saturday and, though Morton had done everything to get the game on, there is no doubt it was the correct decision. The area of the pitch along the front of the main stand was not going to get any sun and was frozen. We did appreciate them calling the pitch inspection as early as they did because we have a large travelling support and, hopefully, most of them will manage to make it through next Tuesday when the game is to be replayed. We immediately arranged a training session instead to keep the boys ticking over as we started focusing on the Alloa game. One bonus of the enforced break is that Shanks and Pawlett come back into consideration. Peter wouldn't have been involved last Saturday, but after another week's training and a few of the boys being in Tuesday's bounce game against Falkirk, we'll be in good shape to face Peter Grant's side. Last time we met, the 1-0 defeat was disappointing but, as we know only too well, it is a tough place to go. However, back on home turf and with the crowd behind us, we hope to do enough to get another victory. It is important that we keep winning because everyone else has been dropping points all over the place. With your support and the results we have had at home this season, hopefully that can continue this afternoon.