Dundee Utd 1
Morton 1
League (Championship)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (Championship)
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,644
3:00 PM Kick-off

Lawrence Shankland (90)
Kalvin Orsi (17)

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson
David Hopkin

Starting Eleven
1. Benji Siegrist
5. Mark Connolly
6. Mark Reynolds
17. Jamie Robson
2. Liam Smith
23. Ian Harkes
8. Peter Pawlett
4. Dillon Powers
27. Louis Appéré
24. Lawrence Shankland
9. Osman Sow
Danny Rogers .20
Reghan Tumilty .2
Brian McLean .4
Lewis Strapp .16
Jack Baird .30
Kyle Jacobs .6
Jim McAlister .8
Kalvin Orsi .12
Nicky Cadden .19
Luca Colville .29
Robbie Muirhead .9

13. Deniz Mehmet
3. Adrián Sporle
44. Paul Watson
25. Adam King
40. Chris Mochrie
43. Lewis Neilson
7. Paul McMullan
Sam Ramsbottom .1
Chris Millar .7
Aidan Nesbitt .10
Bob McHugh .11
Cameron Blues .18
John Sutton .21
Adam Livingstone .28

Paul McMullan for Ian Harkes (45)
Adrián Sporle for Osman Sow (64)
Chris Mochrie for Peter Pawlett (69)
Bob McHugh for Kalvin Orsi (52)
Chris Millar for Nicky Cadden (82)

Louis Appéré (42)
Luca Colville (82)
Danny Rogers (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Andrew Dallas (Referee)

Match Report

After last weekend’s hard fought 2-2 draw with Hibernian in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup, manager Robbie Neilson rang the changes with Watson and McMullan on the bench as Sow and Academy Graduate Appéré step up to the starting line-up. Reynolds stepped up from the bench with Butcher missing through suspension. Fellow United Academy Graduates Chris Mochrie and Lewis Neilson are on the bench today, having also been included in the squad for the upcoming Under-17 Scotland games against Hungary and Sweden in Spain next month.

United had the ball in the Morton net after only 23 seconds when a Harkes shot from the edge of the box was parried by Rogers into the path of the oncoming Sow. The striker struck the ball home but was ruled offside by the referee's assistant. United had the bulk of the possession in the opening exchanges but were up against a tightly packed Morton defence. Against the run of play, Morton took the lead in the 17th minute. A well timed cross by Cadden was met by Kalvin Orsi in the middle of the box and his header flew past Siegrist in the United goal. A United onslaught ensued for the next 15 minutes with Morton having eleven men behind the ball. A speculative Shankland header and a Pawlett run into the box the only rewards for the home sides efforts. An Appéré run cut inside from the left wing resulted in a free-kick as the youngster was brought down on the edge of the box with five minutes of the first half left. Sow’s effort from twenty yards out was well taken but just the wrong side of the crossbar. As referee Dallas blew for half-time it had been a frustrating first half for United as they tried to break through the resolute Morton defence. No doubt plenty for manager Robbie Neilson to discuss with his side during the interval.

United made an immediate change to the second half with McMullan replacing Harkes. The second half continued as the first half had ended with United on the front foot but unable to carve a way through the Cappielow side’s defence. By the seventieth minute United had made thee substitutions and seen no way past the Morton rearguard which was growing in numbers by the minute. Morton’s goalkeeper hadn’t had a save to make in the second half as the bulk of the game was played between the half way line and Morton’s eighteen yard box. In the eightieth minute a Powers free-kick just outside the box found the head of Robson, but the Academy Graduate’s header was just wide of the left hand post. Five minutes later and Smith had the goal in his sights but his effort sailed over the bar. The all important equaliser came in the ninetieth minute when a cross from the right wing was met by Lawrence Shankland and his header flew past Rogers in the Morton goal. Just two minutes later McMullan almost grabbed the winner when his shot was pushed wide by the Morton keeper. That was to be the last action of the game and although it was a frustrating encounter, United actually gained a point on nearest rivals Inverness who lost 1-0 to Ayr United. Next up is Arbroath back at Tannadice as United look to continue their impressive undefeated home record.

Written by DUFC Official

Squad Statistics (as at January 25th, 2020)

2019-20 All Time
Benji Siegrist (GK)27 26 - 64 -
Mark Connolly28 151301
Mark Reynolds32 26 - 44 -
Jamie Robson22 23 - 1192
Liam Smith23 27 - 27 -
Ian Harkes24 242443
Peter Pawlett28 131303
Dillon Powers28 3 - 3 -
Louis Appéré20 285325
Lawrence Shankland24 26262626
Osman Sow29 2 - 141
Adrián Sporle (sub)24 122122
Chris Mochrie (sub)16 4 - 5 -
Paul McMullan (sub)23 25310819

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at January 25th, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 22 17 2 3 +32 53
2. Inverness CT 21 11 2 8 +6 35
3. Ayr Utd 21 11 1 9 +4 34
4. Dundee 21 8 5 8 -4 29
5. Dunfermline 22 8 4 10 +3 28
6. Arbroath 22 8 4 10 -5 28
7. Morton 21 8 2 11 -11 26
8. QOS 20 7 4 9 -2 25
9. Alloa Athletic 22 6 6 10 -10 24
10. Partick Th 22 6 4 12 -13 22

League results since United's last match
21st January 2020
Alloa Athletic2-0Arbroath
24th January 2020
25th January 2020
Arbroath2-1Partick Th
Ayr Utd1-0Inverness CT
Dundee Utd1-1Morton
QOS2-3Alloa Athletic

Manager's Programme Notes

I was absolutely delighted with the players and with the performance against Hibs last week. We lost two poor goals early on in each half but managed to fight back and get good opportunities. I felt the players showed a tot of resilience to get back into the game, and we dominated periods of the match and had opportunities to get more goals. All in all, I was disappointed not to get through as it would have been just reward for the effort we put in. I was really pleased with the character of the performance. Before the game, we spoke about having a belief - in each other and as a team. You need that against a Premiership team. We showed that belief over the 90 minutes I think over the course of the game we got a good indicator of where we are in relation to a top-six Premiership club. The backing we got from the fans was again fantastic, and to have almost 10,000 here was phenomenal.

Delighted as I was with Sunday's display, we have to carry that into today's match with Morton and make sure we get three points because, ultimately, the league is the most important thing for us. It is a different game from the Hibs match which had all the build-up with television coverage and a big crowd. Hopefully, we can maintain that level of intensity. Although we won handsomely when our visitors were here first time round, the last meeting at Cappielow was a very different proposition. Although we won it by the odd goal in three, it was a tough, tough game. They have good physicality and plenty of experience as well and, having seen them last Saturday against St Johnstone, they'll present a formidable hurdle this afternoon. Despite losing 3-0, it was a very, very even game. They lost a goal to a wonder strike early on and in the second half, Morton were the better team with Saints' late goals coming against the run of play. They showed they can put a Premiership team under pressure, so we must ensure that we match that if we are to take the three points to set us up nicely for Tuesday's replay at Easter Road.