Arbroath 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (Championship)


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Dundee Utd

League (Championship)
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Gayfield Park. Att. 4,052
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Sam Stanton (6)
Nicky Clark (missed pen.) (55)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell Robbie Neilson

Starting Eleven
21. Derek Gaston
3. Colin Hamilton
4. Ricky Little
5. Thomas O'Brien
16. Scott Stewart
6. Mark Whatley
11. Bobby Linn
12. Omar Kader
22. Miko Virtanen
8. Michael McKenna
15. Luke Donnelly
Benji Siegrist .1
Mark Reynolds .6
Jamie Robson .17
Liam Smith .2
Paul Watson .44
Calum Butcher .18
Ian Harkes .23
Sam Stanton .12
Louis Appéré .27
Nicky Clark .10
Lawrence Shankland .24

1. Darren Jamieson
2. Jason Thomson
7. David Gold
9. Steven Doris
10. Gavin Swankie
14. Greig Spence
18. James Murphy
Deniz Mehmet .13
Troy Brown .19
Mark Connolly .5
Adrián Sporle .3
Adam King .25
Paul McMullan .7
Cammy Smith .11

Gavin Swankie for Omar Kader (82)
James Murphy for Mark Whatley (82)
Greig Spence for Bobby Linn (82)
Paul McMullan for Sam Stanton (65)
Mark Connolly for Nicky Clark (88)

Omar Kader (39)
Derek Gaston (54)
Ricky Little (74)
Lawrence Shankland (87)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Graham Beaton (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

The eleven that started Tuesday’s game at Morton were given the nod to face another difficult away game. Fit again Paul McMullan was on the bench as was Cammy Smith who replaced Academy Graduates Logan Chalmers and Chris Mochrie. The only change for the Red Lichties from the side that drew at Ayr United was striker Luke Donnelly replacing David Gold.

United kicked off towards the Arabs behind the goal facing a strong westerly wind which was going to be a major player. Consequently, the home side made the early running. However, their first foray up the field saw take them lead just six minues in. Nicky Clark played a free-kick into the edge of the area. The ball bobbled about before breaking back to Sam Stanton whose first-time shot from the edge of the box took a deflection and careered into the bottom left-hand corner. On ten minutes, Arbroath went close to levelling, Ben Siegrist at full stretch to palm over Bobby Linn’s wind-assisted free-kick. United forced a couple of corners but then Arbroath enjoyed a good spell of pressure. And on 20 minutes, only a great block by Paul Watson prevented Luke Donnelly scoring. Another Linn free-kick aided by the elements again spelt danger in 27 minutes. This time it was from some 40 yards which Siegrist could only parry out and, with Hamilton on the end of the rebound, an equaliser seemed inevitable, only for the defender to have a fresh air shot! Then Scott Stewart powered in a header which fortunately was straight at Siegrist. Having survived a spell of sustained Arbroath pressure, United retorted with a couple of decent attempts. On 35 minutes, an Appéré effort reared up off the pitch, but keeper Derek Gaston still held it. And a minute later Gaston could only watch as Lawrence Shankland's pile-driver from 25 yards zipped inches over. Seven minutes from the interval Omar Kader was booked for late tackle on Ian Harkes. A minute from the interval a Scott Mckenna shot was blocked and Linn, fortunately, fired wildly past. So, a hard fought half finished with United still with their noses in front and with the wind at their backs in the second half.

The first effort of the second period was from Luke Donnelly but it was high and wide. With three minutes gone, Shankand tried his luck with the wind; his effort from 40 yard, however, was held by the keeper. Ten minutes into the half, United squandered a golden opportunity. Clark chased on to a through ball, prodded it past Gaston who brought him down for a penalty, earning him a booking. However, the goalie went from sinner to saint by saving Clark’s spot-kick, diving to his left and palming it away. The first change of the game was McMullan for Stanton after 64 minutes and he immediately went on a run and got to the bye-line but his cut-back was blocked by a defender and cleared. Midway through the half, Arbroath again threatened with a header from a corner clipping the bar. With 74 minutes gone, Virtanen was booked in this compelling contest. Despite having the elements against them, the home side were striving for an equaliser and almost got it when Linn lashed a low cross right across the face of the goal, but there were no takers. Although Dick Campbell brought on three substitutes in the closing ten minutes, the Tangerines held on for victory to the delight of the large away support.

Written by DUFC Official

Squad Statistics (as at December 14th, 2019)

2019-20 All Time
Benji Siegrist (GK)27 20 - 58 -
Mark Reynolds32 21 - 39 -
Jamie Robson21 18 - 1142
Liam Smith23 21 - 21 -
Paul Watson28 131425
Calum Butcher28 203665
Ian Harkes24 201402
Sam Stanton25 21210111
Louis Appéré20 224264
Nicky Clark28 1855420
Lawrence Shankland24 20202020
Mark Connolly (sub)27 10 - 25 -
Paul McMullan (sub)23 21310419

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at December 14th, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 17 14 0 3 +24 42
2. Inverness CT 17 9 2 6 +4 29
3. Ayr Utd 17 9 1 7 +7 28
4. Dunfermline 17 7 4 6 +7 25
5. Dundee 17 7 4 6 -1 25
6. Arbroath 17 6 4 7 -2 22
7. QOS 16 5 4 7 -3 19
8. Partick Th 17 5 3 9 -9 18
9. Morton 16 5 1 10 -14 16
10. Alloa Athletic 17 3 5 9 -13 14

League results since United's last match
14th December 2019
Arbroath0-1Dundee Utd
Ayr Utd2-1Alloa Athletic
Partick Th3-1Inverness CT