Dundee Utd 2
St Mirren 0
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
2 - 0
St Mirren 

League (SPL)
Sunday, September 16th, 2007
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,128
3:00 PM Kick-off

Noel Hunt (38)
Jordan Robertson (68)

Team Managers
Craig Levein
Gus MacPherson

Starting Eleven
21. Grzegorz Szamotulski
2. Seán Dillon
4. Lee Wilkie
3. Christian Kalvenes
5. Darren Dods
6. Willo Flood
11. Barry Robson
20. Prince Buaben
12. David Robertson
22. Jordan Robertson
10. Noel Hunt
Chris Smith
David van Zanten
John-Paul Potter
Will Haining
Franco Miranda
Hugh Murray
Gary Mason
Garry Brady
Mark Corcoran
Billy Mehmet
Stewart Kean

13. Euan McLean
18. Garry Kenneth
24. Stuart Duff
17. Greg Cameron
7. Mark Kerr
14. Steven Robb
26. David Goodwillie
Mark Howard
Chris Birchall
Ryan McCay
Stephen McGinn
Alan Reid
Richard Brittain
Mark Docherty

Steven Robb for David Robertson (62)
Stuart Duff for Christian Kalvenes (75)
Greg Cameron for Barry Robson (81)
Chris Birchall for Garry Brady (60)
Ryan McCay for Mark Corcoran (73)
Stephen McGinn for Gary Mason (87)

Noel Hunt (21)
Barry Robson (64)
Gary Mason (24)
Franco Miranda (29)
Hugh Murray
Billy Mehmet (54)

Red Cards
None. Franco Miranda (67)
Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Referee)

Match Report

After a two week break due to a rather memorable international double header, United returned to SPL action this afternoon knowing a win against visitors St Mirren would see them end the day in third place in the table. Both managers made just a single change to their starting line up after experiencing contrasting fortunes in their previous fixtures. With Morgaro Gomis suspended following his red card in United’s 2-0 win against Falkirk, David Robertson was handed a slot in central midfield ahead of Mark Kerr who had to be satisfied with a place on the bench. Also on the bench were fellow midfielders Steven Robb and Greg Cameron, who had both managed to again make the squad following a period out with injury. St Mirren boss Gus MacPherson brought in forward Billy Mehmet in place of defender Alan Reid following his team’s disappointing 5-1 reversal at home to Celtic.

From the kick off United were straight on the attack and almost had the lead inside 25 seconds as Willo Flood broke from midfield and forced St Mirren keeper Chris Smith to turn his shot over the bar from close range. St Mirren then responded through a Mark Corcoran half volley from the edge of the area however the ball swung harmlessly wide of Grzegorz Szamotulski’s goal. The next chance fell for the Tangerines after 12 minutes when, after an interchange with Jordan Robertson, Willo Flood swung in a cross from the left which Noel Hunt headed narrowly over at the back post. It was a largely uneventful game, however the home side did create another opening in the 25th minute after excellent work in midfield by Barry Robson. Eventually the captain broke clear on the left wing and sent in an inviting early cross which Jordan Robertson headed wide at the near post with the striker just unable to adjust his position quickly enough to make the most of the opportunity. After another period of inactivity, the game sprung into life in the 38th minute as United edged in front. A long clearance from Szamotulski found Sean Dillon with plenty space on the right wing. The Irishman played a neat pass inside to Jordan Robertson who overran the ball slightly whilst cutting inside to make room for the shot. Fortunately for United the ball broke to Noel Hunt in the six-yard box who showed excellent composure to sidestep goalkeeper Smith and tap the ball into the empty net. United were deservedly in front at the interval after creating all the chances of note during a half which failed to see any sustained period of action. While the hosts had been well on top, St Mirren were limited mainly to set pieces which had been dealt with very comfortably by the United rearguard.

The game was slow to get going again and it took until 55 minutes before either side really threatened. This time it was the visitors who caused a moment of worry as Stewart Kean curled a shot wide of the right post following a free kick from the right wing which had not been cleared properly. After coming slightly more into the game the visitors were dealt a blow on 66 minutes as they were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Franco Miranda for a second bookable offence, a foul from behind on Robson. United wasted no time in capitalising on their advantage as they doubled their lead in 68 minutes. A dangerous Robson corner from the right was cleared to the back edge of the area where sub Steven Robb gathered the ball. The winger whipped in a low cross which Jordan Robertson expertly poked home after nipping in front of Chris Smith. With St Mirren now forced to push out, plenty space was being left for the counter attack and Hunt blew a great chance when he blasted wide after being forced away from goal by Chris Smith following a great through ball from Flood. United went within a whisker of making it 3-0 a minute later as this time Robb was sent clean through, with his shot bouncing back off the post having beaten Smith all ends up. The home team were looking eager to put the game beyond any doubt and Prince Buaben then forced Smith into a good save after striking a shot from 25 yards. Jordan Robertson then drilled the ball towards goal and Robb was only just beaten to the ball by John Potter in the six-yard box. Robb, looking extremely dangerous, then hit the woodwork for a second time when he volleyed a hanging Dillon cross onto the top of the crossbar from the angle of the 6 yard box. Though not able to add to the scoring, United comfortably kept control of the game until full time as they ran out convincing winners.

Squad Statistics (as at September 16th, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Grzegorz Szamotulski (GK)31 7 - 7 -
Seán Dillon24 71231
Lee Wilkie27 5 - 20 -
Christian Kalvenes30 7 - 391
Darren Dods32 7 - 7 -
David Robertson20 51467
Barry Robson28 6314828
Willo Flood22 5 - 5 -
Prince Buaben19 7 - 7 -
Noel Hunt24 743814
Jordan Robertson19 3232
Stuart Duff (sub)25 3 - 1654
Steven Robb (sub)25 3 - 201
Greg Cameron (sub)19 1 - 352

League Table (as at September 16th, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.