Dundee Utd 2
Falkirk 0
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
2 - 0

League (SPL)
Saturday, September 1st, 2007
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,864
3:00 PM Kick-off

Noel Hunt (58)
Barry Robson (84)

Team Managers
Craig Levein
John Hughes

Starting Eleven
21. Grzegorz Szamotulski
2. Seán Dillon
4. Lee Wilkie
3. Christian Kalvenes
5. Darren Dods
6. Willo Flood
11. Barry Robson
16. Morgaro Gomis
20. Prince Buaben
22. Jordan Robertson
10. Noel Hunt
Tim Krul
Dean Holden
Steven Thomson
Jack Ross
Darren Barr
Russell Latapy
Michael Higdon
Patrick Cregg
Gerard Aafjes
Graham Barrett
Pedro Moutinho

13. Euan McLean
18. Garry Kenneth
24. Stuart Duff
7. Mark Kerr
12. David Robertson
30. Johnny Russell
26. David Goodwillie
Robert Olejnik
Scott Arfield
Carl Finnigan
Liam Craig
Brian Allison
Roman Wallner
Tam Scobbie

Mark Kerr for Noel Hunt (79)
Scott Arfield for Graham Barrett (77)
Carl Finnigan for Dean Holden (77)
Liam Craig for Steven Thomson (85)

Morgaro Gomis (66)
Morgaro Gomis (77)

Red Cards
Morgaro Gomis (77)
Match Officials

Iain Brines (Referee)

Match Report

Craig Levein made two changes to the side that had progressed to the Third Round of the League Cup midweek with a 2-1 home win against Ross County. Unsurprisingly Barry Robson and Lee Wilkie returned to the starting lineup with David Robertson and Garry Kenneth dropping to the bench. New signing Jordan Robertson kept his place in the starting 11 following his scoring debut against the Staggies on Wednesday.

There was a blustery wind blowing at Tannadice and initially both teams struggled to settle. The first chance of the afternoon fell to Falkirk but Higdon blasted well over from the edge of the penalty area. Latapy and Higdon then combined with the latter having his header cleared off the line from Darren Dods. The resulting corner was swung in by Latapy and Dods was lucky to see the ball deflect off his head and onto the top of the crossbar and out for another corner. United started to come back into the match and with 14 minutes on the clock they had a loud appeal for a penalty. Prince Buaben fired in an excellent cross to the danger area that struck Jack Ross but despite loud appeals play was waved on. Willo Flood was looking in the mood and when he and Gomis combined well it took an excellent tackle from Mutinho to halt the Irishman at the edge of the penalty area. Falkirk’s loan signing Tim Krul was then called into action when firstly he tipped away a cross from Jordan Robertson and then saved well from a Barry Robson shot from 20 yards out. Sean Dillon then went close to scoring his second goal in as many weeks but this time the goalkeeper managed to deal with his speculative cross. United’s Irish fullback then created an excellent chance for his captain Barry Robson but the Scottish international shot well wide. As ever the veteran Russell Latapy was the main danger for the visitors and just after the half hour mark Mutinho and Holden combined to set him up but Szamotulski blocked his shot. Latapy took the corner himself which picked out Barr at the back post but the young Scot was unlucky to see his close range effort hit the outside of the post and out of danger for United. Four minutes before the break the Bairns created the best chance of the afternoon so far when Mutinho broke broke down the left and squared to Higdon who was standing unmarked in the penalty area. Fortunately for United the towering striker, signed in the summer from Crewe, took far too long and this allowed the United defence to block his weak effort and clear to safety.

Four minutes after the restart the game sprung into life when firstly Patrick Cregg hit a thunderous shot from 25 yards out that struck the inside of the post and rolled along the United goal line. United then broke straight up the park and there was a scramble in the Falkirk box during which Gomis and Robertson tried to fire in efforts before the visitors cleared. Willo Flood then created a great chance for Robertson. The Irishman cut in from the left and set up his team mate who shot from the edge of the area. Krul managed to stop his effort but the ball spilled from his grasp and Flood rightly challenged for the ball but Krul was able to wrestle the ball from under his feet. With 56 minutes on the clock United broke the deadlock. The ball was knocked up to Jordan Robertson who flicked it on to Noel Hunt who just managed to spring the offside trap and calmly finished past Krul to give the Terrors the lead. Falkirk looked to hit back and when Mutinho set up Latapy it took a fine save from Szamotulski to deny the 39 year old. United were then unlucky not to double their lead when Robson brilliantly crossed to Darren Dods but United’s new man flicked the ball over from a couple of yards out. With 65 minutes gone referee Iain Brines made his first booking of the afternoon when he cautioned United’s Gomis for a rash challenge. Three minutes later he made his second booking and unfortunately it was Gomis again for pulling the shirt of Russell Latapy and therefore he had no option but to send off the young Frenchman. In between these two bookings Roberston for United and Mutinho for Falkirk had decent efforts saved from the impressive goalkeepers. United’s Polish keeper was then again called into action when he parried an effort from Latapy. Despite being a man down United continued to press and when the Falkirk defence stood back off Kalvenes the Norwegian was only inches wide with a low drive from the edge of the area. Flood then sent in another dangerous cross that was flicked on by Dods but the ball was cleared off the line by Barr. Eager to halt their run of defeats John Hughes made a double change with 15 minutes left when he replaced Holden and Barrett with Scott Arfield and Carl Finnegan. The Bairns then had a shout for a penalty when Latapy and Wilkie clashed in the United penalty box but quite correctly the referee allowed the game to run on. Noel Hunt had put in another fine shift and with 10 minutes left Mark Kerr came on to replace him. Four minutes later the game was put beyond Falkirk in exceptional circumstances. A clumsy challenge from Thomson on Robertson won United a free kick 25 yards from goal. Barry Robson stood up and curled in a tremendous left foot effort into the top right hand corner of the net. This sent the home support wild and must have impressed the Scotland Manager Alex McLeish who was watching from the stands. There was time for one last change for the visitors when their captain Steven Thomson came off with Liam Craig replacing him.

Squad Statistics (as at September 1st, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Grzegorz Szamotulski (GK)31 6 - 6 -
Seán Dillon24 61221
Christian Kalvenes30 6 - 381
Lee Wilkie27 4 - 19 -
Darren Dods32 6 - 6 -
Morgaro Gomis22 6 - 18 -
Barry Robson28 5314728
Willo Flood22 4 - 4 -
Prince Buaben19 6 - 6 -
Noel Hunt24 633713
Jordan Robertson19 2121
Mark Kerr (sub)25 4 - 1545

League Table (as at September 1st, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.