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  1. UWTB1893

    Curran Crosses the Road To Join Dundee

    Curran was signed by Csaba Laszlo in the summer but failed to make an impression at Tannadice with only three goals in sixteen appearances. Rumours had swirled around the city that Curran would make the short trip up the street and even though he was an unused substitution today in United’s draw with Partick Thistle, both he and his now former employer were able to agree on an early contract termination to allow him a route back to the SPFL Premiership. Curran has previously enjoyed playing under Jim McIntyre whilst at Ross County which resulted in three successful seasons before the Highland teams relegation last term. Speaking to the official Dundee website, McIntyre was excited at adding Curran to his squad. “I’m absolutely delighted that Craig has signed tonight. He is a player I know very well from our time together previously.” “Craig is the right type, he has the right mentality and he is exactly what we need moving forward.”
  2. Despite the scoreline suggesting that this tie was close, Dundee eased by our neighbours into the Quarter Finals of the League Cup. Dundee spurned many chances during the 90 minutes and could have easily of scored four, five or six goals in this game but at the end of the game, the victory and passage into the next round of the cup was all that mattered. Faissal El Bakhtaoui put the Dee ahead with a wonder strike but United would level the scoring before half time with Billy King finding the net. We found the winner through the unlikely Paul McGowan who's shot sailed into the net. After being the target from United fans in quite a few derbies, it was his turn to hand it back, something they moaned about for days.
  3. TheDarkBlues

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  4. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 2 - 1 Dundee United

    The Dark Blues were unchanged following their win at Partick Thistle last week. United made three changes; Blair Spittal, Simon Murray and Edward Ofere replaced Guy Demel, Ryan Dow and Billy McKay. United kicked off in a fever pitched atmosphere with both sets of fans turning the volume up to 11. Paul Dixon's early bad foul on Greg Stewart left the Dee forward dumped on the touchline requiring treatment, a sight that only cranked up the noise. The Dee made all the early running against a nervous United defence that always looked accident prone. Kane Hemmings had the first shot on target, from a Nick Ross cutback, but it lacked the power to trouble Kawashima. Dundee's dreadful luck with injuries in this season's derbies continued when Paul McGowan took a heavy tackle and was forced out of the game after 15 minutes. Julen Etxabeguren replaced him and moved straight into midfield to leave the formation unchanged. Dundee were keen to feed the ball as much as possible to Stewart on the right where United looked vulnerable. When Stewart moved inside Paul McGinn was always keen to exploit the vacant space on the wing. A good run and cross by the full back had United's defence all at sea, but Dixon just managed to turn the cross out of danger. Five minutes from the break the Dark Blues passed up their best chance of the first half. Dixon lost the ball to Stewart, who quickly moved it on for Nick Ross to send Hemmings clear. With only Kawashima to beat the Dee's top scorer lashed his shot over the bar from 15 yards. At half time neither set of fans could be entirely happy with the first half. United had done little to suggest that they would secure the win they needed to avoid relegation on the night. Dundee, on the other hand, hadn't created as much danger in the away penalty area as they should have done after dominating the first 45 minutes against an unhappy United defence. Dundee looked like maintaining their dominance in the first few minutes after the break, but it was United who took the lead after 53 minutes. Simon Murray broke down the left and found John Rankin whose low cross was stabbed past Bain by Edward OFERE from eight yards out. The goal transformed the game. A nervous and diffident United team were given a huge injection of confidence and energy. The Dark Blues were rattled and struggled to get back into the game. Dundee managed the odd attack, but for the next 20 minutes United looked fully capable of killing the game with a second goal. United attacked aggressively, but Dundee's defence prevented them creating clear chances, though there was no shortage of nervous moments for the home fans when the ball was in the Dee's penalty area. Mark Durnan got his head to a corner, but his effort was too gentle giving Ross ample time to clear it off the line. With 15 minutes to Scott Bain made the save that turned the game and allowed the Dee to seal their neighbours' fate. Kyle Knoyle's through pass sent Ofere clear, but Bain spread himself to block. Dundee might have been two goals down, but within a minute they were level. Gary Harkins won a corner, which he floated a corner into the goalmouth, where Kosta GADZHALOV's downward header found its way through a ruck of players and into the net, with Hemmings getting involved to distract the defenders. United have often been accused of lacking spirit and reacting badly to adversity this season, but there was nothing wrong with their determined response to the goal. The Dee were forcred on the back foot for a few minutes. First, Scott Bain pulled off a superb save to touch Erskine's blistering shot over the bar. Then Dundee had to survive a frantic couple of minutes as a series of United corners had the home defence under furious pressure. Dundee soon got to grips with the game and looked increasingly dangerous as United opened up pushing for the winner they desperately needed. It was Kawashima's turn to pull out a great save, denying Hemmings whose header from Stewart's cross seemed destined for the top corner. The Japanese keeper saved again from Etxbeguren's header from a corner as the tension mounted. The pressure affected the players in the last few minutes as the game became increasingly bad tempered, with a series of bad fouls, bookings and angry exchanges. In injury time Hemmings broke clear on the right, but couldn't find Harkins with his pass inside. In the Dee's next attack Hemmings tried to go outside Sean Dillon but was fouled just outside the right side of the penalty area. With the defence expecting a shot or a cross into the goalmouth, Greg Stewart caught everyone out by rolling the ball across for Craig WIGHTON to score with a crisp low drive across goal and inside the far post from 16 yards. With 93 minutes on the clock the goal triggered utter jubilation in the home stands. There was no time for United to fight back, and next season the Dee will be playing in a higher division than their great local rivals for the first time since 1960. Dundee were some way short of their best, but they showed great character to dig out a win that keeps them at the top of the bottom six and means they have matched their highest points total in the top division since the inception of the 38 game season with a split back in 2000. Paul McGowan's injury was a big blow and certainly affected Dundee's play tonight. His partnership with Nick Ross in central midfield has been vital. When that pair play well the whole team plays well. Julen Etxabeguren did well as a makshift holding midfielder, but he lacked McGowan's ability to set up attacks. This was a tough and emotional night, and ultimately it was the Dundee players who held their nerves to earn the win. For the fourth derby this season the team that scored first failed to win. Dundee have come from behind to win both derbies at Dens. That is always special, but tonight such a spirited fightback was particularly prized by the Dark Blues' noisy and gleeful support. Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Bain McGinn, Gadzhalov, O'Dea, Holt McGowan (Etxabeguren 15), Ross Stewart, Harkins (c), Wighton Hemmings Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Konrad, Meggatt, Arturo, Colquhoun, Curran. Goals: Gadzhalov (76), Wighton (90+3) Booked: Bain (dissent), Stewart (foul on Dixon), O'Dea (confronting Paton). Dundee United FC 4-4-2 Kawashima Knoyle, Dillon, Durnan, Dixon Fraser (Dow 61), Paton, Rankin, Spittal (McKay 85) Murray (Erskine 72), Ofere Unused subs: Zwick (gk), Morris, Anier Donaldson. Goal: Ofere (53). Booked: Dixon (foul on Stewart), Paton (foul on Wighton), Kawashima (confronting Stewart) Dillon (foul on Hemmings). Referee: Willie Collum. Assistants: Frank Connor, Dougie Potter. Fourth official: John McKendrick. Attendance: 10,088 (1,940 away fans) Report: James Christie
  5. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee United 2 - 2 Dundee

    The Dee were unchanged from last week's defeat against Hearts. United made only one change; Eiji Kawashima returned in goal with Michal Szromnik moving to the bench. The opening stages were scrappy with neither side able to settle on the ball in a typically frantic derby opening. Paul McGowan managed a shot on target from 20 yards in the first minute, but it was an easy take for Kawashima. United put together the first fluent move when Anier and Spittal combined to send McKay to the byline only for Dundee to clear his cutback. Dundee's first serious threat came when Paul McGinn won the ball with a great tackle and hit a long pass over the United defence for Greg Stewart. As Stewart moved in on goal Donaldson managed to get back to clear, getting the benefit of the doubt from the referee when the ball bounced against his arm. For the third time in three derbies this season Dundee lost a central defender in the first quarter of an hour. Kosta Gadzhalov picked up a shoulder injury and was replaced by Thomas Konrad. Gary Harkins' fierce shot was charged down for a corner after good work by Stewart and Kerr on the right. Dundee won a series of corners without creating serious danger, but took the lead after 34 minutes when United failed to clear a throw in sent deep into their penalty area. The ball came to McGowan, 20 yards out. His shot struck Donaldson and fell into the path of Kane HEMMINGS who slipped the ball under Kawashima and into the net despite Gunning's attempt to clear on the line. Dundee's streak of bad luck with defenders in derbies persisted when Thomas Konrad had to leave the pitch after 39 minutes. He had taken a head knock, but tried to play on before being substituted. Nicky Low came on to play at left wing back with Kevin Holt moving into the three man defence. Dundee added to their lead with a goal on the break right at the end of the first half. McGowan's ball over the top allowed Greg Stewart to run clear on the left and roll a pass across goal for HEMMINGS to bundle in number two. United got the perfect start to the second half when Dundee lost track of a long ball and Billy McKay managed to nick the ball past Scott Bain before being brought down. Mr McLean pulled out his red card to send off Bain, and Nicky Low was withdrawn to allow David Mitchell to take his place in goal. McKAY rolled his spot kick down the middle to bring United back into the game after 52 minutes. The Dark Blues switched to a four man defence with a flat midfield four in front of them. The changes left Hemmings isolated up front and Dundee rarely threatened in attack for the remainder of the game. United sensed the game had swung in their favour and charged forward, making a series of increasingly adventurous substitutions. First Fraser replaced Dow, then Ofere and Murray came on for Rankin and the ineffective Anier as United fielded a three man attack. At first United failed to create clear chances. Spittal wastefully fired a half chance too high, and McKay fell over in the goalmouth as he tried to turn onto a dangerous cross. However, as the second half wore on Dundee and were sitting deeper, United's pressure increased. The Dark Blues had to defend with increasing desperation to hang onto their lead. With the imposing figure of Ofere leading the attack United launched a series of high balls into the Dundee penalty area. David Mitchell did a superb job, catching high balls under pressure, and diving to save an Ofere header on the goalline. The ball was spending far too much time in Dundee's penalty area for any Dark Blues' supporter to be complacent about the Dee's chances of holding out for a win. However, the longer the match lasted the noisier the Dees in the stands became as the supporters tried to urge the team over the line. In one of Dundee's few attacks Nick Ross found himself free on the right, but he couldn't find the unmarked Kane Hemmings with his cross. As the match entered the first of four minutes of added time Dundee's makeshift defence finally cracked. Gunning launched a high ball from the half way line into the penalty area. Mitchell, O'Dea and Ofere all challenged for it. They all battered into each other, and the ball broke for McKAY to head into the net. There was still time for further drama as both teams passed up good opportunities. Gary Harkins broke over the half way line and had the chance to play both Stewart and Hemmings in on goal, but held onto the ball and lost possession. Finally, from a United corner, Mitchell pulled off a great save from Gunning's header and Donaldson shot over the crossbar. Losing a late equaliser is always frustrating, but Dundee showed great character to deal with massive disruption to their lineup. Paul Hartley's ability to make tactical changes was severely limited by all three substitutions being enforced. Bizarrely, when David Mitchell came on in goal he was replacing a substitute, Low, who had previously replaced an injured substitute, Konrad. If you are the sort of person who sees a glass as being half empty two points were thrown away today. If you see a glass that's half full you'd acknowledge that Dundee did very well to secure a point when the team had such bad luck with injuries. Whatever your view it's hard to argue that either side deserved to lose a game that might never have been pretty, but was certainly never boring! Dundee United 3-5-2 Kawashima Donaldson, Morris, Gunning Spittal, Rankin (Murray 75), Dow (Fraser 60) Paton (c), Dixon Anier (Ofere 67), McKay Unused subs: Szromnik (gk), Dillon, Knoyle, Demel. Goals: McKay (52 pen, 91) Booked: Dixon (foul on McGowan) Dundee FC 3-5-2 Bain McGinn, Gadzhalov (Konrad 15 (Low 39 (Mitchell 51))), O'Dea Kerr, McGowan, Harkins (c), Ross, Holt Stewart, Hemmings Unused subs: Meggatt, Loy, Arturo, Wighton. Goals: Hemmings (34, 44) Booked: Holt (foul on Murray) Sent off: Bain (denying goalscoring opportunity) Referee: Steven McLean. Assistants: Douglas Ross, Michael Banks. Fourth official: Barry Cook. Attendance: 11,603 Report: James Christie
  6. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 2 -1 Dundee United

    Dundee made two changes from Boxing Day; Paul McGinn and Cammy Kerr replaced Gary Irvine and Greg Stewart. United made three changes, fielding their new keeper Eiji Kawashima and bringing in Blair Spittal and Sean Dillon for Mark Durnan and Callum Morris. United's eager start belied their lowly position as they quickly settled into their game and put the Dundee defence under pressure. However, the first chance fell to the Dee. Kane Hemmings raced onto Gunning's short backpass, but Kawashima was out quickly to block and then save Gary Harkins' follow up. United took the lead and Dundee lost captain McPake following an unorthodox corner by Scott Fraser after nine minutes. He pulled his cross deep, looking for John Rankin. McPake raced out to block, fouling Rankin 25 yards out, but injuring himself badly in the process. After five minutes of treatment he was taken off on a stretcher to be replaced by Kosta Gadzhalov. Blair SPITTAL took the free kick, whipping it over the ball and into Scott Bain's top right corner. The Tangerines took heart from their goal and for a spell looked anything but a team adrift at the bottom of the table. A good run by Spittal down the right made space for Billy McKay whose snapshot was well taken by Bain. The Dark Blues meanwhile were struggling to get into the game, being let down by some careless passing. Kane Hemmings was working hard, but was often isolated from the midfield. He made the best of the service he did get and forced a save from Kawashima after taking Low's pass, shrugging off Dixon and shooting from a tough angle. The game might have been scrappy but United were having the better of it and came agonisingly close to extending their lead from another corner. Fraser's fierce inswinger struck McGinn and was scrambled off the line by Bain and Kevin Holt with the visiting supporters and players already celebrating. The assistant referee had no doubt however; the ball hadn't crossed the line. The Dark Blues did well to survive a difficult spell in which Bain had to save well from Rankin's fierce 25 yarder. There were then penalty appeals at either end when Holt challenged Ryan McGowan, and then Spittal tackled Nicky Low. Referee Mr Clancy managed to annoy everyone except the neutrals by waving away both appeals. The Dee were back on level terms after 40 minutes with exactly the sort of soft goal that has haunted United's season. Low swung a free kick into the goalmouth where Kawashima fumbled the ball. HEMMINGS' reactions were sharpest, and he hooked a volley straight back into the net for his sixth goal in three games. United responded well to the equaliser and launched a couple of dangerous attacks that stretched the Dark Blue defence late in the first half. There was some serious controversy before the break. Nick Ross fouled Guy Demel, who reacted badly to the challenge, prompting a bad tempered ruck involving several players. Only the original culprits were booked. Demel was then fortunate to stay on the park following an off the ball challenge on Low only seconds after play restarted. After the break United were never again able to recreate the fluent attacks that had troubled Dundee in the first half. The Dark Blues' defence and midfield started to look increasingly comfortable. The Dee might not have been playing as well as they can, but they were much more solid and always looked capable of snatching a goal against a nervous United defence. The winning goal arrived after 61 minutes. Harkins' free kick was cleared only as far as Nick ROSS, hovering on the edge of the penalty area. His shot flicked off Sean Dillon to leave Kawashima helpless and put the Dee into a lead they never looked like losing. Paul McGowan came close to a killer third a few minutes later. Cammy Kerr set him up to burst past Dillon's challenge and clear on goal, but Kawashima managed to touch his shot round the post. United kept fighting and trying to play their way Dundee's massed midfield and defence, but their efforts became increasingly desperate as the Dark Blues strangled the game. Kevin Thomson came on for Gary Harkins, and then Gary Irvine replaced Cammy Kerr. The changes allowed Dundee to see out the game calmly. After sending on Darko Bodul for Chris Erskine the Tangerines took off Gavin Gunning and sent on Simon Murray. This left them playing a 4-3-3 formation with Spittal as an emergency right back. The gamble backfired when great play by Hemmings released Low into space on United's right. Demel brought the midfielder down from behind to earn a second yellow card. It seemed a soft booking, but Demel may have exhausted the referee's patience in the first half. Without the powerful Demel in midfield United lost their shape. The only worrying incident for the Dee was when Gary Irvine conceded a foul just outside his penalty area in injury time. United couldn't take advantage of the free kick and the points were safe for the Dark Blues. This was far from a pretty game, with precious little elegant play. Dundee's win was all about effort, coolness and strong character to overcome a difficult first half and grind out the win that the supporters were so desperate to see. The Dark Blue defence responded particularly well to the loss of James McPake, and Scott Bain didn't have to make a save in the second half. Dundee's win gives them a little bit of breathing space above the play-off spot, and leaves United in deep trouble at the bottom. One Dee who will be particularly happy tonight is young Cammy Kerr, who was starting his first Premiership game and pleased the supporters with an energetic and effective performance on the right, picking up the sponsor's man of the match award. Dundee FC 4-4-1-1 Bain McGinn, McPake (Gadazhalov 14), Konrad, Holt Kerr (Irvine 76), McGowan, Ross, Low Harkins (Thomson 70) Hemmings Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Loy, Calder, Skelly Goals: Hemmings (40), Ross (61) Booked: McPake (foul on Rankin), Bain (retaliation), Ross (foul on Demel), Konrad (foul on Erskine), Irvine (foul on Murray) Dundee United 3-4-2-1 Kawashima Dillon, McGowan, Gunning (Murray 76) Spittal, Demel, Rankin, Dixon Fraser, Erskine (Bodul 66) McKay Unused subs: Zwick (gk), Souttar, Telfer, Spark, Donaldson Goal: Spittal (15) Booked: Demel (twice, retaliation & foul on Low), Dixon (foul on Kerr) Sent off: Demel (two yellows) Referee: Kevin Clancy. Assistants: David McGeachie, Douglas Ross. 4th official: Don Robertson. Attendance: 11,025 Report: James Christie
  7. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee United 2 - 2 Dundee

    Paul Hartley was able to send out a strong side with Rory Loy recovered from injury. He replaced Paul McGowan, so the Dee reverted to the 4-3-1-2 formation they used in the opening day win at Kilmarnock. United made two changes, Rankin and Connolly coming in for Telfer and Erskine. The Dark Blues started positively, setting the tone for the first half. Most of the game was in United's half. However, it was a tough time for both Dundee's central defenders. James McPake and Julen Etxabeguren both required treatment for head knocks. A bloody cut meant that the Spanish centre back couldn't continue and Thomas Konrad replaced him after just eight minutes. A minute later Dundee should have taken the lead when Greg Stewart set up Paul McGinn to fire in a low angled drive from the edge of the penalty area. Zwick parried, and Nick Ross seemed sure to score but with defenders throwing themselves at him he sent his shot straight back at the keeper. United nearly managed to play Rankin in on goal when McPake was off the pitch, and the same player tried his luck from 25 yards, hitting his shot straight at Scott Bain. Dundee had a couple of dangerous attacks and shots on target, but each time the shot was too close to Zwick. First Kane Hemmings cut in from the left and shot from 18 yards, and then Gary Harkins ended a neat move with a curling shot from the same distance. Paul McGinn was only just off target with an inswinging cross that everyone missed, the ball curling inches outside the far post. A lovely Ross pass played Hemmings in on the left, but the ball held up and the striker couldn't get enough power on his shot to trouble the keeper. Dundee were having the better of the game, but United had a dangerous spell in the middle of the half. After being fouled 20 yards out Fraser took the free kick himself and struck the wall. Connolly had an effort from 25 yards, but sent it straight at the unruffled Bain. United's best move of the half, ended with McPake heading Fraser's cross behind for a corner. The Dark Blues soon resumed the attack and put United's defence under fierce pressure for the rest of the first half. Hemmings took Kevin Holt's pass down the left and fired a low ball across the goalmouth with no Dees on hand to turn it in. Next Stewart turned sweetly on the edge of the box. Zwick pushed his shot wide and Loy blasted the loose ball across goal and just past the far post. Half time arrived without the Dark Blues having scored the goal their play and pressure deserved. Would United regroup and punish the Dee's wastefulness? Would there be a repeat of Saturday? The second half started to unfold in horribly familiar style. United were much more aggressive and confident, pressing Dundee higher up the field and stopping the Dark Blues playing as fluently. Dundee's midfield was further disrupted when Thomson limped off after 49 minutes, and Paul McGowan came on. Rankin had the first shot of the half for United, an accurate low 25 yarder that required a good save from Bain. Connolly then connected weakly with a volley from Dixon's cross to give the Dee keeper an easy take. In spite of United's improvement Dundee nearly took the lead 10 minutes after the break. A great Harkins break caused disarray in the home defence but Loy's shot was charged down. McGowan picked up the loose ball, but Hemmings headed wide from his cross. United made two substitutions after 59 minutes, sending on Erskine and Telfer for Connolly and Murray. The changes injected more urgency into the home ranks and opened the game up. Harkins nearly gifted Murray a chance with a careless header, but McPake cleared up. However, the opening goal was delayed only a couple of minutes, when Blair SPITTAL showed great skill to take the ball from Rankin, turn on the edge of the box and shoot low into Bain's right hand corner; a goal of the highest quality. The goal rocked the Dark Blues and they lost concentration only two minutes later allowing SPITTAL far too much space to run onto Erskine's pass and fire in his second. The Arabs were ecstatic, and taunted the Dark Blue support, convinced the game was won. How wrong they were! It took the Dark Blues a worryingly long time to pull themselves together, and they might have fallen further behind as Spittal went for his hat trick. Bain saved well from his 22 yard free kick. The Dark Blues then knuckled down and fought furiously for a point. If Spittal's first goal was excellent, Dundee's first from Greg Stewart was every bit as good. STEWART wide right, on the edge of the penalty area, swapped passes with McGowan. He jinked one way, then the other, and whipped a superb shot around Zwick and into the top corner, a goal reminiscent of his equaliser against Hamilton at Dens last season. Spittal again came close to his hat trick when he dribbled into the penalty area and shot across goal. United then concentrated on wasting time, spending an agonising couple of minutes down by Dundee's corner flag as the match passed the 90 minutes. Konrad made a great tackle on the edge of the penalty area, and Scott Bain still had a vital save to make, brilliantly turning Murray's shot onto the cross bar while the Dundee defence was shorthanded. James McPake was playing as a desperate, emergency centre forward, and he had the very last word as Dundee went up the other end, throwing everyone into attack. There were four minutes of added time, and the clock had wound well past 93 minutes when United seemed to have cleared a Dundee attack. Telfer tried to control the ball, thirty yards out but he stood on the ball. Harkins collected it and sent in a rasping low shot. Zwick couldn't hold it, and MCPAKE followed up to knock the ball home to trigger amazing scenes in the Shed. It took Mr Beaton an eternity to sort out the frantic celebrations and he blew the final whistle as soon as United kicked off. Some draws feel as good as a win, and coming back from two goals down in the last 10 minutes, and saving a derby with the last kick of the ball is as good as it gets without three points. Dundee should have killed off United in the first half, and it was worrying how they fell out of the match for a long spell in the second half. But the Dark Blues came back wonderfully and they fully deserved the celebrations at the end. Dundee United 4-2-3-1 Zwick McGowan, Donaldson, Durnan, Dixon Souttar, Rankin Fraser (Erskine 59), Spittal, Connolly (Murray 59) Bodul (Telfer 70) Unused subs: McCallum (gk), Dillon, Lochhead, Muirhead Goals: Spittal (64, 66) Booked: none Dundee FC 4-3-1-2 Bain McGinn, McPake, Etxabeguren (Konrad 8), Holt Ross, Thomson (McGowan 49), Harkins Stewart Hemmings (Low 70), Loy Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Irvine, Meggatt, Ferry Goal: Stewart (81), McPake (93) Booked: Low (foul on Spittal) Referee: John Beaton Assistants: Alasdair Ross, Stephen Mitchell. 4th official Craig Charleston Attendance: 11,835 Report: James Christie
  8. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 3 - 1 Dundee United

    Dundee made two changes from the side that drew in Inverness on Saturday. Paul Heffernan and Jim McAlister came in for David Clarkson and Simon Ferry who moved to the bench. This was a classic, blood and thunder derby, with both sides ripping into each other right from the start. Jim McAlister had the first shot drilling a 25 yarder straight at Cierzniak after a fast move through the middle. The Dark Blues took the lead after 13 minutes thanks to an awful goalkeeping blunder. Greg STEWART spun on the edge of the penalty area and whipped a shot straight at Cierzniak, who allowed it to slip through his legs and over the line. As on Saturday the Dee's lead was only fleeting. In United's next attack Kevin Thomson was judged to have handled a fierce shot, and Nadir CIFTCI stroked the penalty home. Dundee had a quick opportunity to regain their lead when they won a free kick 25 yards from goal. Stewart curled his shot over the wall and Cierzniak made partial amends for his error with a great save to turn the ball away for a corner. United's defence looked unconvincing at corners all through the match, and Dundee punished their lack of organisation with a second goal after 22 minutes. Greg Stewart swept in a great delivery and the defence failed to deal with the Dark Blues' late charge into the goalmouth. James McPAKE rose to power home a close range header, and the feverish excitement in the home stands boiled over again. United had plenty of the ball, but they were having difficulty opening up a Dark Blue defence that was far more resolute than the visitors'. United started the second half pressing forward, but they still couldn't play their way through the Dundee rearguard. The job of Dundee's defence was made easier by a succession of poor final balls by a United team that was always in too much of a hurry and lacked composure on the ball. As the game wore on the Dark Blues started to exert more control in the midfield where the cool experience of Kevin Thomson was invaluable. United struggled to get near Dundee's goal for long periods as the Dark Blues kept possession carefully. The longer the game wore on the more likely a third Dundee goal seemed. Greg Stewart's skill and invention on the left was a constant threat to United. Not surprisingly the crucial third goal came when Kevin Thomson found Stewart in space to whip over a marvellous low ball that was begging to be turned in by one of the Dundee players pouring into the penalty area. Paul HEFFERNAN arrived at the far post to slam the ball home and trigger wild celebrations round three quarters of the ground. United tried hard, but they didn't have the composure that was allowing Dundee a stranglehold on the match. Stephen McGinn came close to a fourth with a flying header from brother Paul's cross, but Cierzniak made a great save to tip the ball over the bar. The Dark Blues were increasingly comfortable as the match drew to a close. They held onto the ball for long periods in United's half, and rarely had problems when United did manage to get forward. Certainly, Dundee never looked remotely like losing their lead as they calmly played out the game to the exuberant delight of the supporters. Iain Davidson replaced Jim McAlister in midfield, then Alex Harris and David Clarkson came on for man of the match Greg Stewart and Paul Heffernan in the final minutes. This was a tremendous result for Dundee, ending a run of three consecutive league defeats at home to United. How the Dark Blue supporters enjoyed it! The players rose to the occasion and showed the qualities most needed to win derbies; passion and hard work, but combined with cool heads that allowed Dundee to exploit United's weaknesses then close them out of the game. The Dark Blues are in pole position for a place in the top six now. It's on to Perth on Saturday where a noisy support is sure to be roaring their heroes on after tonight's terrific win. Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Bain Paul McGinn, McPake, Konrad, Dyer McAlister (Davidson 73), Thomson McGowan, Stephen McGinn, Stewart (Harris 83) Heffernan (Clarkson 85) Unused subs: Letheren (gk), Wighton, Ferry, Gadzhalov Goals: Stewart (13), McPake (22), Heffernan (67) Booked: Paul McGinn (foul on Erskine), Thomson (handball), Dyer (foul on McGowan) Dundee United 4-4-2 Cierzniak McGowan, Dillon, Fojut, Dixon Connolly (Bilate 66), Butcher (Muirhead 74), Rankin, Erskine Ciftci, Anier (Spittal HT) Unused subs: Szromnik, Soutar, Paton, Telfer Goal: Ciftci (15 pen) Booked: Ciftci (goal celebration), Butcher (foul on McGowan), Rankin (foul on Stephen McGinn), Bilate (foul on Konrad) Referee: John Beaton Attendance: 10,510 Report: James Christie
  9. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee United 6 - 2 Dundee

    Paul Hartley made five changes to the starting line-up. The big pre-match news was a late injury to Kyle Letheren after the team-sheets had been issued. Arvid Schenk came in for his Dark Blue debut and young Kyle Gourlay was the substitute keeper. Kevin Thomson was also injured and Paul McGinn suspended. Martin Boyle and Luka Tankulic dropped onto the bench. Willie Dyer replaced McGinn, playing at left back with Gary Irvine moving to the right. Iain Davidson came in to play a holding midfield role along with Jim McAlister. Paul McGowan returned in the right midfield spot after missing five matches through injury, and Gary Harkins came back to play in the hole behind David Clarkson, the sole striker. The new keeper had a desperately unfortunate start, beaten by a huge deflection after only 33 seconds. Ciftci played a long ball to the left of the Dundee penalty area. Townsend knocked it back in and Erskine mishit a shot that was heading well wide till it flew off ARMSTRONG to leave Schenk helpless. Dundee recovered well from the setback, and started to win the midfield battles. The Dark Blues spent long periods in the home penalty area pressing for an equaliser. Stewart hooked a McGowan pass over the bar, and glanced a header from a corner across the goalmouth when he should perhaps have got it on target. However, Greg Stewart made no mistake when Harkins was fouled just outside the United penalty area, near the corner of the box. STEWART stepped up and hit a marvellous curling free kick across Cierzniak and into the top corner. After clawing their way back into the game it was then a dreadful disappointment for the Dark Blue support when their team fell right out of contention in a dreadful 15 minute spell. United had two quick corners after the Dee's goal. From the second the ball was cleared only as far as Gary MACKAY-STEVEN who stepped inside Dyer and hit a carbon copy of Stewart's goal; a superb, whipped curling shot across Schenk. Stewart did have a good run and shot, but the real story was that everything was going wrong for Dundee in defence. ERSKINE was left in far too much space on the right, and he cut into the penalty area to score with another deflected shot. Dundee tried hard to get forward and pull a goal back, but it was Rankin who went close for United with a swerving shot from 30 yards. Dundee's eagerness to grab a goal before the break led to the fourth goal when they took chances on the left, trying to keep the ball in play. They lost it to Armstrong, who played a good pass through for MACKAY-STEVEN to run on and curl his shot round Schenk for the fourth goal. Paul Hartley replaced Gary Harkins with Martin Boyle at half time. The Dark Blues showed some grit in the early stages of the half as they tried to make the scoreline more respectable. They pushed United back for a spell and came close when Cierznak parried McPake's raking, low 30 yard shot. Under pressure Stewart couldn't force the rebound past the keeper and the ball then bounced off Clarkson and wide. Cierzniak was then fortunate when he dropped a corner, but Konrad mishit his shot wide. Even when the Dark Blues were pressing United the home side always looked dangerous on the break. Ciftci ran down the left and his deflected cross looped over Schenk and dropped dangerously at the far post where Davidson cleared. Konrad went agonisingly close to pulling a goal back when he glanced a header from Stewart's free kick onto the underside of the bar. He was then taken off, to be replaced by Tankulic, with Iain Davidson moving back into central defence. Immediately after the switch Schenk made a decent save from Mackay-Steven, pushing the ball round the post for a corner. When Mackay-Steven's corner came over the Dark Blues' defence was all at sea, allowing FOJUT to score with a simple near post header. 19 year old Dylan Carreiro came on to make his debut, replacing Clarkson with 20 minutes to go. The youngster looked comfortable on the ball, and played positively in spite of the scoreline. The sixth goal came in a style that summed up Dundee's defensive problems on the day. Tankulic burst into the United half, but a tackle sent the ball cannoning downfield, leaving Mackay-Steven well clear of any defensive cover. Unselfishly he rolled the ball across for TELFER to score United's sixth. Schenk had to save with his feet to prevent a seventh, but it was the Dark Blues who managed to score the final goal of the day, in the 89th minute. Greg Stewart held the ball up well, and played Luka TANKULIC in to clip the ball past Cierzniak and score his first league goal for the club. Dundee had more than their fair share of bad luck on the day, but there can be no denying United's superiority. They clinically exploited the breaks that came their way and punished the Dark Blues' defensive frailty ruthlessly. For long spells today Dundee enjoyed equal possession, and even applied sustained pressure on United's rearguard. However, the home defence coped well when challenged, unlike the Dee's defence that looked in trouble every time United attacked. What was particularly disappointing was the way that after playing well and deservedly equalising, the Dark Blues collapsed when United stepped up a gear late in the first half. Dundee United 4-2-3-1 Cierzniak Dillon, Fojut, Watson, Townsend Butcher (Telfer 73), Rankin Mackay-Steven, Armstrong, Erskine (Dow 60) Ciftci (Connolly 79) Unused subs: Szromnik (gk), Wilson, Spittal, Connolly, Spark Goals: Armstrong (1), Mackay-Steven (26, 41), Erskine (30), Fojut (63), Telfer (83) Booked: Butcher (foul on Harkins) Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Schenk Irvine, McPake, Konrad (Tankulic 62), Dyer Davidson, McAlister, McGowan, Harkins (Boyle HT), Stewart Clarkson (Carreiro 70) Unused subs: Gourlay (gk), Black, MacDonald, Roberts Goal: Stewart (23), Tankulic (89) Booked: Dyer (foul on Mackay-Steven), Konrad (foul on Ciftci), McGowan (dissent), Stewart (foul on Rankin) Referee:Kevin Clancy Attendance: 12,964 Report: James Christie
  10. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Dundee

    The only change to the Dundee line-up was new keeper Steve Simonsen replacing Robert Douglas. United were able to get Jon Daly fit; that proved vital as he played a crucial role in their late charge. The early pattern was set when Gary Irvine fouled Mackay-Steven badly in the first minute and was lucky to escape a booking. United started much more impressively and a Daly flick from a Douglas cross was deflected wide by Grassi. Boulding then missed the target from a Mackay-Steven cutback. In previous derbies this season Dundee have started the better side and then fallen away after conceding soft goals. This was a very different match, and there was certainly nothing soft about the Dark Blues' approach today. The more focussed defending was certainly welcome; less so was the sometimes reckless fouling in the opening 20 minutes. Gary Irvine certainly got the benefit of the doubt from the referee in the first minute. Mr Madden was less charitable after 20 minutes when he decide Irvine's aerial challenge on Ryan was worth a red card. It was on the opposite side of the field from the press box, but Irvine did seem to lead with his arm. He has been in the habit of doing so, and it's a habit that invites punishment from referees. Nicky Riley was the player who had the miserable experience of being hooked to allow John Brown to send on a replacement defender; Kyle Benedictus came on to slot straight into the right back spot. John Baird moved to the right, leaving Gary Harkins on his own up front. The red card and re-organisation seemed to force Dundee into a more thoughtful approach, and their play was calmer and more composed for the rest of the match. United, on the other hand, lost some of their early intensity, almost as if the players subconsciously assumed that a victory would now fall into their laps. Gary Mackay-Steven came closest to a breakthrough for United. Douglas's cross found him at the far post but his diving header came off the crossbar. Simonsen then had to save well at the United winger's feet after a mazy run into the danger area. Late in the half Millar had space to shoot from outside the penalty area, but sent his shot a couple of feet wide. Just before half time Harkins dragged a low shot wide from 18 yards after a good run opened up a shooting chance. That was a rare chance for Dundee, but they nearly had another at the start of the second half. Cierzniak had to rush from his goal to block at the feet of Conroy after Benedictus's through ball had caught out the United defence. in previous derbies Dundee have given away poor goals from set pieces. Today the defence looked far more solid and handled the set pieces well. An exception was when McLean was allowed to get on the end of a Douglas free kick, but he headed well over the bar. The match was becoming increasingly scrappy on a poor, muddy pitch. The disjointed nature of the game probably suited Dundee more than United, who were starting to lose their composure and were giving the ball away too often and wasting promising opportunities with poor decisions. A rare flowing move brought an outstanding goal for the Dee half way through the second half. Harkins took control in the middle of the United half and spread the ball out to Easton to break down the left. His low cross was controlled beautifully by CONROY, who then lashed a great shot into the roof of the net from 12 yards. The goal sent the Dark Blue support into a frency, cranking up the atmosphere nicely. The last 25 minutes were as gripping and nerve shredding as anyone could hope for. There may not have been a great deal of quality, but there was plenty of passion and action. Substitute Gardyne took a Daly knock down, only to shoot straight at Simonsen. This combination was to be United's favourite ploy in the latter stages, and Dundee struggled to handle it. New keeper Simonsen pulled out a great save to deny Daly 10 minute from time. The United captain had space to pick his spot from 12 yards, but Simonsen managed to parry and Daly then turned the loose ball over the bar. As the seconds rolled by agonisingly slowly for the Dundee supporters United frantically hurled the ball forward to try and rescue the match. Daly's aerial strength was United's main weapon and it paid off two minutes from time. Watson crossed from the right, Daly headed down and GARDYNE rescued a point, shooting home from six yards, leaving Simonsen with no chance. Late in injury time the same combination nearly grabbed a winner for United, but Gardyne missed the target from 18 yards out. Kevin McBride replaced the injured Iain Davidson after 77 minutes, and new boy Don Cowan came on for the weary Gary Harkins 10 minutes from time. Cowan certainly seems to have pace, but he never had the chance to use it against the United defence as the latter part of the match was spent almost entirely in the Dundee half. It was a huge task for the Dundee defence to hold out for 70 minutes after the Dee went down to 10 men, and it's to their credit they nearly did so. I doubt if there was a single Dee at Tannadice who wouldn't have settled happily for a 1-1 draw when they saw the referee pull out a red card after 20 minutes. However, there's no getting away from the disappointment and frustration that United's only goal came so very late. Dundee's disciplined concentration and focus was laudable for the last 70 minutes. The lack of discipline in the first 20 minutes was more worrying, and in a derby there was always the possibility that a unnecessary yellow might be followed with a second one. A frantic derby can't be an easy game for a new goalkeeper to make his debut, but Steve Simonsen looked safe and assured. There was no hint that he'd met the rest of the defence for the first time only a few days ago. Doubtless United are annoyed that they couldn't exercise more effective control over the game after the red card. However, the Dundee players deserved at least a point thanks to their effort, concentration and determination to grind out a result. If only it could have been three points! Dundee Utd 4-4-2 Cierzniak Watson, McLean, Dillon, Douglas Armstrong, Millar, Ryan (Gauld 62), Mackay-Steven (Thomson 87) Boulding (Gardyne 68), Daly Unused subs; Banks (gk), Tornstrand, Souttar, Dow Goal; Gardyne (88) Bookings; Millar (foul on McAlister), Armstrong (foul in McAlister) Dundee FC 4-4-1-1 Simonsen Irvine, Grassi, Toshney, Easton Riley (Bendictus 22), Davidson (McBride 77), McAlister, Conroy Harkins (Cowan 80) Baird Unused subs; Alex Baird (gk), Finnigan, Gallagher, Nish Goal; Conroy (67) Bookings; McAlister (foul on Mackay-Steven), Davidson (foul on Armstrong), Benedictus (foul on Mackay-Steven), Conroy (celebration following his goal) Sent off; Irvine (leading with arm against Ryan) Attendance; 10,731 Referee; Bobby Madden Report; James Christie
  11. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 2 Dundee United

    Brian Easton returned from injury and Davide Grassi came into central defence, with Kyle Benedictus dropping onto the bench and Declan Gallagher missing. In the previous derbies this season Dundee have started well and conceded an early goal against the run of play. It happened again today, and it was another goal that should have been prevented. Brian Easton waited for a bouncing ball to come down and Mackay-Steven nicked it away from him out on Dundee's left. The United winger seemed to have put the ball out of play and the Dundee defence stopped fleetingly to appeal. That allowed Mackay-Steven to break infield where Ryan Conroy tripped him. Douglas took a fine free kick swinging the ball into the danger area where Brian McLEAN headed powerfully into the net from six yards with 10 minutes on the clock. This time the goal didn't change the pattern of the game and Dundee resumed control. The Dark Blues were moving the ball around well and finding space in United's half. The equaliser was well deserved when it came after 19 minutes. Steven Milne clipped a pass forward into the penalty area for John Baird to hold it up and lay the ball back for Jim McALISTER to smash it low into the corner of the goal from 16 yards. The Dark Blues were playing confidently and fluently, forcing United to defend deeply. United looked particularly vulnerable from set pieces and they were fortunate to escape just after the half hour when Davide Grassi was allowed a free header from a Conroy free kick. The Dee defender seemed to lose his bearings and completely miscued his header. The ball fell kindly to leave John Baird in space six yards, but Cierzniak saved with his feet. The miss proved costly because United scored the winner two minutes later in a rare venture upfield. Flood and Armstrong moved the ball quickly up to MACKAY-STEVEN who shot quickly from the edge of the penalty area, lashing the ball under Douglas. The goal shook the Dee and took much of the zip out of their game in the remaining 10 minutes of the first half. Dundee were quickly back onto the attack at the start of the second half. The ball broke to Riley just inside the penalty area, but he hooked his shot well wide. McLean and Cierzniak got confused about each others' intentions, and the defender's header beat his own keeper, but rolled wide for a corner. Dundee won a string of corners early in the second half, and United were far from impressive in dealing with them. However, the delivery wasn't good enough to create clear chances and punish the Tangerine's uncertainty. The United forward players were seeing very little of the ball, as United relied on occasional fast breaks upfield. From one of these Gardyne managed to twist into space and force a good low save from Douglas. The game settled into a long spell with Dundee pressing furiously in United's half. However, the Tangerines defence gradually grew in composure, in open play at least, and the Dark Blues were struggling to open them up. United still looked vulnerable from set pieces, and Grassi made a mess of another free header, from a corner, heading down into the ground and giving Cierzniak the chance to save easily. Although United couldn't keep possession and build patient moves they did look dangerous when they broke at speed. It was Dundee's turn to switch off when Armstrong was allowed to reach the byline, but no tangerine shirts were on hand when he flashed the ball across the goalmouth. At the other end an Easton crossed produced confusion in the penalty box, but Dundee couldn't take advantage and McAlister sent his shot over the bar. John Brown tried to change the game by sending on Mark Stewart and Colin Nish for Nicky Riley and Steven Milne. This time the changes didn't work out, and Dundee lost their shape and fluency. In the first half they had been moving the ball around smoothly and finding space; in the later stages of the game everything was rushed and nervous as the clock started to run down. It was United who came closest to a late goal when Douglas had to spring to his left to keep out Grassi's misdirected header from a Flood free kick. In the last few minutes United ran the ball into the corners and stopped the Dee staging a late surge. Keith Watson got carried away with the time-wasting when he clashed with Douglas and Grassi, after trying to stop Dundee taking a quick goal kick, and he was booked along with Grassi. Frustratingly the game ended with Dundee unable to mount a sustained late assault on United's goal. This was a game that Dundee should really not have lost. They were on top for long spells, but they couldn't maintain their high tempo, fast passing game throughout the second half. In the last half hour they were reliant on hard work and optimism, rather than the effective pressing, passing and movement that allowed them to dominate the first hour. The Dee were able to dominate territorially, but the crucial problem was that they could get only the occasional dangerous ball into the United box. United will certainly be relieved to reach the semi final after a game in which they were never able to get their game together. In the end the difference was down to a momentary loss of concentration and a flash of class from Mackay-Steven. Dundee didn't get the breaks today, but they didn't have anyone with Mackay-Steven's ability to make these breaks happen. Dundee FC 4-4-1-1 Douglas Irvine, Grassi, Toshney, Easton Riley (Stewart 72), McAlister, Davidson, Conroy John Baird, Milne (Nish 79) Unused subs; Alex Baird (gk), Benedictus, McBride Goal; McAlister (19) Booking; Riley (dive), Irvine (foul on Armstrong), Grassi (confrontation with Watson) Dundee United 4-3-2-1 Cierzniak Watson, Dillon, McLean, Douglas Flood, Rankin, Armstrong Mackay-Steven, Gardyne (Ryan 64) Daly Unused subs; Banks (gk), Millar, Souttar, Gauld Goals; McLean (10), Mackay-Steven (35) Bookings; Mackay-Steven (goal celebration), Watson (timewasting incident with Douglas/Grassi) Attendance; 10,191 Referee; Iain Brines Report; James Christie
  12. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 3 Dundee United

    United took a first half lead through Keith Watson then tied up the game with goals in the last quarter from a Jon Daly penalty and Willo Flood. Dundee's only change from last week was the return of Nicky Riley in place of Ryan Conroy. United won the toss and chose to make Dundee cope with the problem of the low sun shining through the gap between the South Enclosure and the Bobby Cox Stand. Riley was involved constantly in the early stages, threatening the United defence on the right while Jim McAlister was looking equally dangerous on the left. A fine move down the right by Milne and Riley nearly opened up United's defence. A flurry of early Dee corners were dealt with rather nervously by United. Cierzniak came a long way for one, but punched the ball only as far as Riley, just outside the penalty area. The Dundee midfielder sent his header looping back over the keeper, but also over the bar. Disappointingly for Dundee fans the game started to pan out in a similar fashion to the August derby. Dundee might have had the better start but it was United who took the lead with a poorly defended set piece goal. After looking surprisingly ineffective United scored with the second of two corners in quick succession. Flood's corner to the near post caught out the Dee defence as the ball came flying out of the low sun. WATSON stooped to glance his header into the net. Dundee were never as dominant again as they were in the first 15 minutes. However, they were still playing well and Riley in particular was causing Barry Douglas problems. United were having to put extra men on the Dee winger, which was creating room for others. Steven Milne should have equalised midway through the half, but volleyed over after McAlister had teed up Irvine's cross. United might have extended their lead midway through the half. First Rab Douglas did very well to turn Watson's ferocious 25 yarder over the bar. In the follow up to the corner Russell headed Barry Douglas's cross narrowly past the post. At half time United were slightly fortunate to be ahead on the balance of play. However, the team from down the road came out fired up at the start of the second half and threw themselves at the Dark Blues. Armstrong forced a good save from Douglas with his shot from the edge of the area, and Russell hit the outside of the post from the same position after a poor clearance by Gallagher. In between those two escapes at the Dundee end United had a huge let off in their own penalty area. Baird's pass inside to Milne seemed to be stopped by Brian McLean's arm. Referee Willie Collum looked to the stand side for help from his assistant, who was shielding his eyes from the sun and United got the benefit of the doubt. Dundee fought their way back into the game and Milne should have made more of a good break down the left, but his cross was poor. He them combined superbly with Riley to break down the right, but the promising attack was stopped by a crude challenge by McLean to stop Baird running clear. Matt Lockwood took the free kick from 30 yards, and Cierzniak had to stretch to tip the ball over the bar. The tension seemed to be getting to both sides. Play was flying from end to end, but mostly in a scrappy style. Opportunities to break out of defence were wasted by poor passing by both teams. 20 minutes from time Dundee had the chance to break upfield, but McBride's pass was blocked and rebounded to let Armstrong run into the penalty area from the left wing. He got his cross in for Daly to shoot. Douglas saved, but to the dismay of the home side Mr Collum was pointing to the penalty spot. Unnoticed by most of the crowd Gary Irvine had caught Armstrong with his challenge after he'd passed the ball. DALY took the penalty and scored comfortably to give United a decisive lead. Till then Dundee had looked fully capable of equalising, but the second goal took the game out of the Dee's reach. Dundee kept on fighting and chasing the game, but with a two goal cushion United relaxed and started to look more dangerous. It was still harsh on the Dark Blues when Willo FLOOD scored a rather flattering third with a shot from 18 yards that took a big deflection to beat Douglas. That was the game over, though Cierzniak had to be alert to keep out Kevin McBride's 25 yard rocket. This game was totally different from the derby in August, which was over as a contest by half time. The scoreline might have been the same, but this was a much tougher afternoon for United. The Tangerines might have got the breaks at key moments, but they won because they handled the difficult spells of the game better. United made fewer mistakes, and in particular they dealt more capably with the awful low sun shining into the Bobby Cox goalmouth, which caused real problems for Dundee when the ball came in from the United left in the first half. The Dark Blues didn't help themselves with far too many poorly delivered corners, often failing to get past the first defender. After the first 20 minutes United looked the more dangerous side because of the ability of their forwards to turn potential opportunities into real chances. Time and again Dundee built promising attacks that didn't end up in a shooting chance. It was a lot better than last time, but that's scant consolation to the disappointed Dark Blues. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Douglas Irvine, Benedictus, Gallagher, Lockwood Riley, McBride, Davidson, McAlister John Baird, Milne (Boyle 79) Unused subs; Alex Baird (gk), McGregor, Toshney, Conroy, Reid, Buchan Booking; Davidson (foul on Ryan) Dundee United 4-4-2 Cierzniak Watson, Gunning, McLean, Douglas Skaceln (Ryan 74), Flood, Rankin, Armstrong Daly, Russell (Gardyne 90) Unused subs; Banks (gk), Millar, Dow, Lacny, Barratt Goals; Watson (16), Daly (70 pen), Flood (87) Bookings; Douglas (foul on Riley), Skacel (foul on Benedictus), McLean (foul on Baird) Attendance; 11,419 Referee; Willie Collum Report; James Christie
  13. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee United 3 - 0 Dundee

    Gaving Gunning headed United into an early lead, and then a quick double by Jonny Russell before half time sealed the win for the home side. In a dire second half the only real excitement came from a flash of anger that saw Stephen O'Donnell and Russell red carded, with one or two others possibly lucky to escape punishment. The surprise in the Dundee line-up was the return of Nicky Riley, replacing Mark Stewart, as Barry Smith opted for a five man midfield. If Dundee took a gamble with Riley's fitness it may have backfired as the winger pulled up with what seemed to be a hamstring problem in the second half. The re-introduction of Riley, and the extra man in midfield looked promising for Dundee in the early stages. Dundee gave their supporters hope with a fine start. Riley and McAlister were combining impressively on the right and Riley should have given the Dee the lead, but Cierzniak's double save from close range rescued United. The promise quickly faded when the Dee conceded a soft goal from a free kick on the left. Flood's cross should have caused few problems, but it evaded Douglas and GUNNING nodded into the empty net at the far post. The second goal will also lead to questions of the Dundee defence. Rankin took Daly's flick and was given far too much time to run unopposed through the midfield. When he was eventually closed down he slipped RUSSELL clear and his shot deflected off Grassi to loop gently over Douglas. If the first two goals were poorly defended there was no doubt that the third was down to finishing of the highest quality. Dundee were awarded a free kick on the edge of United's penalty area. Baird's shot was charged down by the wall and cleared. RUSSELL picked up the ball on the right wing, raced forward and thrashed a superb rising shot into the roof of the net from 25 yards. A 3-0 deficit may have been harsh on Dundee on the balance of play. Dundee played some decent football in the first half, trying to pass their way into wide areas to prise open the defence, but United's preference for long balls into the wide areas for Russell, Gardyne and Flood to chase always looked more effective. While both sides were often careless in possession it was United who were able to recover more quickly, and stop a minor mistake turning into a serious problem. Not surprisingly United's three goal lead ended the match as a serious contest. Dundee kept fighting throughout the second half, but rarely looked like pulling a goal back. Cierzniak saved well from Conroy in Dundee's best move of the half after Irvine and Baird worked the ball well down the right. United could have added a fourth just after half time following a corner that the Dundee defence conceded needlessly and then defended poorly. Douglas saved well from Daly's far post header, but the episode highlighted a lack of communication and organisation in the Dundee defence that plagued the Dee throughout. After these early exchanges in the second half the match deteriorated sharply and drifted messily to its conclusion. 20 minutes from the end Stephen O'Donnell tackled Jonny Russell briskly on the half way line. Both players may have taken a flick at each other as they lay on the ground. Any hope that the referee might take a lenient view of the incident was ended as other players, notably Richie Ryan, piled in. Mr Murray pulled out a red card for both O'Donnell and Russell, and booked Cierzniak for his long distance run to join the rumble, though any number of players might have been carded. Shortly afterwards Nicky Riley pulled up after challenging Dillon. The winger limped sadly off the pitch, and Dundee fans will fear the worst given his injury problems. After the red card and substitutions Dundee lost their shape and organisation in midfield. United were largely unaffected, having lost a striker in a game that was already won, and were able to coast to the final whistle without having to worry about a comeback. Martin Boyle was thrown on to play for the last 25 minutes. It was really no more than the chance to gain some experience, and he had little opportunity to make an impact. If Dundee had played some good football on the ground in the first half, there was little to be seen after half time. United's long balls had been purposeful and effective, but Dundee's attempts to go long in the second half were optimisitic, ineffective and merely reflected a lack of options. This was another tough lesson for Dundee. Just like last week Dundee failed to score when they were on top, and defended poorly. The reality is that Dundee's lack of time to prepare for an SPL campaign is causing them real problems. There are signs of hope, but these aren't going to turn into good results until the Dee are able to get the basics right first. Dundee United R Cierzniak Watson, Dillon, Gunning (McLean 79), Douglas Flood, Ryan, Rankin, Gardyne (Armstrong 66) Russell, Daly Unused subs; Banks (gk), Millarm Dow, Hilson, Robertson Goals; Gunning (13), Russell (33, 37) Bookings; Gardyne (foul on O'Donnell), Cierznak (joining in the shoving match at red card incident) Dundee FC 4-5-1 Douglas Irvine, Benedictus, Grassi, Lockwood Riley (Webster 79), McAlister (Boyle 64), O'Donnell, Davidson, Conroy John Baird (Stewart 56) Unused subs; Alex Baird (gk), McGregor, Milne Bookings; Riley (foul on Gardyne), Baird (dissent), Benedictus (foul on Gardyne) Attendance; 13,538 Referee; Calum Murray Report; James Christie
  14. This coming Wednesday sees both clubs fighting it out for a place in the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Dens. We managed to catch up again with @DabChat to give his perspective from the other side of the street. United got their League campaign off to a flyer on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Inverness Caley Thistle. How did they team preform? Yes it was a great start against one of the teams who are expected to challenge and away from home. We played some good stuff but it was clear we were still lacking. No recognised striker until Keatings came on and a few players who would have played suspended so all pleasing. Last week saw Cammy Bell leave the club though not before some light hearted ribbing about the tweet that the club sent out. Will he be a loss for the squad? Yes Cammy is away, it was clear him and his agent were trying to force a move and who can blame him. 4 hours travelling a day just to train is not ideal. I am pleased with how the club handled it, this it was announced on Twitter is rubbish, it was on the club website to let the fans know the situation. It's all been blown out of proportion but the facts remain. The boy wanted away, the club posted letting the fans know they would listen to offers. Personally I felt he was overrated. Consistently let the defence down by not coming for crosses and it cost us in big games. The young lad Lewis from Southampton has looked good so far so all good. The Fraser Fyvie saga then drew to a close and he signed up to be a Dundee United player. What will he add to your midfield? Fyvie is a player I've rated for a long time and am delighted we finally got the deal done. A box to box midfielder who can pass and create. Fyvie, Briels, Stanton, Flood and Allardice We now have depth in that area and Ray can now pick and choose which games he has to play Flood. Last season he was overplayed in my opinion and ended up burnt out, losing form at the business end of the season, so that wasn't ideal. The first Dundee Derby ended in a 1-1 draw with United taking the bonus point in a 4-3 penalty shout-out win. How did it feel to see the return of these games? The last Derby was class. A great build up, quality atmosphere and ultimately an entertaining game. You just need to look at the attendance to see what it means to the fans. With your season ticket sales reportedly struggling ,another Derby so soon will be a welcome bonus financially for both sides. You finished top of Group C to win the right to be the seeded team and then were drawn against us again at Dens Park. Were you happy with this draw? I like the new cup set up however the one grumble would be around the seeding for the draw. It would make more sense for the seeded teams to play at home, that way if you do well in your group you get rewarded. Either that or you can't draw the other team that came out of your group would also make sense. With Dundee being beat at the weekend and the way United have started their campaign, along with their form in the League Cup, will confidence be riding high at Tannadice that they can claim the victory and a place in the Quarter Finals on Wednesday night? We should be confident. Ray has put together a very capable squad and in my opinion, a far better looking squad than the team that got us relegated a couple of years ago. It's a Derby though so confidence means very little. It's all about who wants it most, which team wins the individual battles and ultimately which team takes their chances. You just need to look at the last game. You's dominated for large parts of the game but still never created that many clear cut chances. You played without a recognised striker in our last meeting but will you be hopeful that James Keating and Scott McDonald will fit enough to make this game? Hearing that all three strikers trained today, Keatings, McDonald and Nkoyi, so that's fantastic news. I'd expect none of them will be fit enough to play the full 90 so I'd expect Keatings to start and get 50-60 mins and McDonald to come on from the bench for the final 30. Not only is that great for our striking options but also in terms of getting McMullan back to his preferred wide position. Let's hope he gives young Kerr a torrid time. Paul McMullan showed he was a threat against us last time. Even though we struggled at times to create one ourselves, what player would you be keeping an eye out for on Wednesday? Heard big Moussa took a sore one at the weekend, that could be a blessing in disguise for your lot. He didn't impress versus us in the last game. In fact, he made it very easy for big Edge and Durnan to play against him. They relish fighting high balls and the physical challenge. It's when teams get the ball down and turn them that they struggle. The one player who did catch the eye was the fast winger Deacon. You can see how he ended up on Arsenals books. He got at Scobbie all game but fortunately for us, his end product wasn't the best. If he gets that right this week, he could end up having a big say in the match outcome. For us, I'm hoping that with Keatings starting and McMullan wide, this allows us to start Frasier in the hole. He gets a tough time from our own fans but the boy has bags of ability, can end up being the match winner with his trickery and hopefully get some of the boo boys off his case. Who do you think will proceed from the other League Cup ties? Celtic will cruise past Killie, Livi to cause an upset away against Falkirk, Hibs with a comfortable win, Thistle on pens, Aberdeen will beat Hamilton, Rangers in extra time, Ross County home win. Oh and of course the Dabs to progress. It may go to pens again though.
  15. We spoke to fellow twitter football page, DabChat and ask his views on the current crop at Tannadice and his prediction for Sunday. So, to start things off, give us a little insight to what made you support Dundee United and your earliest memory of them? I started following United over 30 years ago, my first memories were sitting on the wall at the Fair Play stand watching Narey, Hegarty, Sturrock, Dodds and the likes. Back then it was easy to get hooked. Both sides of my family supported United so it was never likely to be anyone else. It’s been a bit of a nightmare few seasons for the Arabs. In the short space of winning the Scottish Cup, playing in Europe for three consecutive seasons and reaching the Scottish and League Cup Finals, you suffered relegation for the first time in 20 years. Where did it go wrong for the club? Our chairman has been highly criticised over the past two years from our own fans and rightly so. For me though his biggest mistake was showing too much faith in McNamara and giving him too much time to try and turn it round. The amount of players he allowed the then manager to sign was crazy. Most of which were on far too much (money) for their ability levels and still we find them on the wage bill now two years later. Stephen Thompson should have sacked Jackie McNamara much earlier. The Stevie Campbell situation as well as other goings on at the club had shown things were not right behind the scenes. Last season seen heartbreak with defeat to Hamilton in the play-off final. Did you think United would bounce back at the first attempt? I was always confident that we would make the play offs. The hope early in the season was that we would find form going into the crucial games although I was always worried about the depth and balance of the team. Eventually that was to be our downfall. Andreu was undroppable just in case he produced that bit of magic that would win the game/tie which meant we were trying to shoehorn him into the side wide in a position that was clearly alien to him. Murray and Mikkelson were scoring goals but with Fraser out injured it was the lack of creativity behind them that was clearly evident. No pace, no width and crucially no promotion. This summer has seen McKinnon being very active in the transfer market. He came under some criticism from some sections of the Tannadice support with regards to his tactics etc. Now that he has his own players in, are you expecting to see a different team and approach this season? Yes, Ray has had his critics and to be fair he brought a lot of the criticism on himself. Last season the squad was unbalanced. No wide players and abundance of players who all played in similar positions meaning they either didn't play or they played out of position. However with the addition of King and McMullan and Keatings this season, we have players who have the ability to play wide, have a bit of pace and like to go at defenders. These two will get fans out of their seats for sure. Last season seen us fail to beat teams who set up with two banks of four players and asked us to break them down. Although we had the best home record in the league it was on the road that we struggled with the lack of creativity in the side. That's where it seems we have a better balance going into this season so a lot of credit has to go to the manger for his dealings pre-season and the work that has gone in to getting these deals done early. No doubt you will have United tipped to challenge for the title but who will be your main challengers? Not only do I think we will win the league but I am quiet confident we will win it comfortably. Falkirk will be the biggest challengers again. They have proven they are a good team in this league with limited resources. ICT and St Mirren will be there abouts and I think Livi could be the surprise package and throw up a few upsets. What player will Dundee have to be wary of and vice versa for United? McMullan has been the pick of the players for me this pre-season and has chipped in with a few goals so I'd hope that he has a good game. However we all know that derbies can be tight, scrappy affairs and my hope is that we are strong in that department and I’m hoping Jordi Briels can impose himself on the game with his tough tackling and willingness to drive the team forward. He and San Stanton will need to be on top form for us to show we can compete. Moussa seems to be the player getting the plaudits for the Dee's and rightly so as he's scored a few now. It will be interesting to see how Durnan and Edge deal with him. My Derry mates have been impressed with the boy Kamara so it will be interesting to see how he gets on. How do you feel the new format of the League Cup has went? The new cup set up has been ok. To be fair, most of the team’s play the local wee teams in per season anyway so it's not changed much, just added the competitive edge. The only thing I don't like is some clubs getting a bye for being in Europe. These teams should play their youth teams in the early stages but should be included. We’ve asked everyone this question but who do you think will be at Hampden for the final and who will lift the trophy? I really can't see anyone beating Celtic again this season. Brendon Rodgers has taken them to a new level so I'd expect them to make the final and I'll go with Aberdeen as the opponents. This will be the first time in 60 odd years that both teams meet with Dundee playing in a higher division than our neighbours. It’s a new scenario for both sets of fans but do you think this will impact the game or will we see a good old fashion derby where form and league position goes out the window? The weeks before, the banter filled texts float back and forward, the conversations about which players are on form and who will make a telling contribution for their side to give them the edge. Meeting in the boozer pre-match as the butterflies start to churn in the stomach, the walk to the ground and the 'hope your team get pumped' pre-match farewell outside the ground before heading through the turnstile. Hoping you don't have to head back to the pub post-match awaiting the verbal if you don't get the result. For me, nothing compares. These games are the best games there is and the sooner we are back playing at least 4 a season, the better. Finally, your last match at Dens is one you no doubt would like to forget but what’s your prediction for Sunday’s game? Will United get revenge and finish the group on top or will Dundee continue their good run of form against the Arabs at Dens? For this Derby all the pressure is on Dundee, we are the wee team in the diddy league, they are the SPFL side. This might play as an advantage for us. Not many of our players will have experienced a Derby so it's all new to them. If Flood and McDonald had a few games under their belt and Keatings wasn't injured I'd be fairly confident but it looks like none of them will start. Young Matty Smith looked very good last week but it was against Cowdenbeath. I would love the win as it would give the team a lot of confidence going into the season. I’m going to go for a draw and United to win on penalties and top the group, a result most Arabs would probably bite your hand off for pre match! A massive thank you to Dabchat for taking time out to answer our questions.
  16. Make no doubt about it, the 2-1 score line flattered the tangerines. Dundee should have won this by a canter. After a disappointing display and result on Saturday against Ross County, this was the perfect tonic for the Dark Blues who from the get go, were impressive all over the pitch. By the time we eventually went ahead thanks to a screamer from El Bakhtaoui, we should have been three or four goals to the good. Despite United levelling the score against the run of play and giving us a few nervy moments, we would score the winner in the 64th minute from a fine and very rare goal from Paul McGowan. It was what we deserved and it would have been criminal if the scoreline went any other way. "I thought we absolutely dominated the match from start to finish.” said McCann. "We knew United, like every team will do, would have a little spell and they have some good threats. "Disappointed with the goal, but overall I thought that was a flattering scoreline. "I was so happy for Faissal because he's got thunder in his boots and he just needs to believe in himself a wee bit more and feel he belongs here. "But, my goodness, he is a threat, but I thought, to a man, we were absolutely brilliant. "I am delighted we've got a home tie and we've pulled the strongest side in the country, but if you want to win it, you've probably got to beat them sometime."
  17. Who was your man of the match against Dundee United in the cup?
  18. The club are set to take on our neighbours Dundee United at Dens Park this Wednesday with a place in the next round up for grabs. Dundee kicked off their league campaign with a 2-1 defeat against Ross County with the Dee deserving of the loss. McCann said: “It’s good that there’s a game so soon. “It doesn’t matter that it’s a derby so much. It’s more so the fact that we have a game to try and bounce back in a few days time.” Mark O’Hara also echoed the feelings of his manager by saying that the team owed a victory over the Terrors to the fans. O’Hara said: “We definitely owe the fans one as we have let everyone down. “It is not a great start at all and we will try to put it right on Wednesday night. “It is an ideal opportunity to put this (Ross County defeat) behind us. “Hopefully if we get a win against United, we can forget about this and move on as quickly as possible. “It is an ideal game to put it right for ourselves and the fans. “There is still a feeling of disappointment from the last game against them. “Obviously a defeat against your local rivals isn’t great so it is two wrongs we need to put right on Wednesday night.” Sofien Moussa (knee) and Kerr Waddell (calf) are major doubts for Wednesday’s game against Dundee United.
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    Dundee V Dundee United

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  20. Both Dundee teams progress into the next round of the Betfred Cup After a 1 - 1 Draw at Dens, United however win the bonus point after winning 4-3 on penalties. McMullan 45', O'Hara 60'
  21. Who was your man of the match against Dundee United in the Betfred Cup?
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    League Cup Preview: Dundee Vs Dundee United

    Dundee vs Dundee United Venue: Dens Park Date: 30th July 2017 KO: 3PM Referee: Kevin Clancy Linesmen: Douglas Ross, Alan Mulvanny Match Facts: The very first Dundee Derby in the League Cup ended in a 7-3 win for the Dee back in 1956. Dundee's seven goals in one match remains the highest scored by either club against each another in any competition. Jimmy Chalmers scored a hat-trick in that game and remains the only player from both sides to do so in the League Cup. The last time the clubs met at Dens Park in this cup, a Tommy Coyne goal in extra team booked Dundee’s place in the 1987 Semi-Final with a 2-1 victory. The highest ever attendance between the sides in the League cup occurred in the 1980 Final at Dens Park when 24,466 witnessed United win 3-0. The lowest attendance also happened at Dens Park. 10,087 turned up in 1966 to see a sectional tie end 1-1. Head to Head League Cup Record: Total Games: 14 Dundee wins: 4 Dundee United Wins: 7 Draw: 3 Dundee Goals: 23 Dundee United Goals: 25 Head to Head League Cup Record at Dens Park: Total Games: 7 Dundee wins: 3 Dundee United Wins: 2 Draw: 2 Dundee Goals: 14 Dundee United Goals: 12 Last 5 League Cup games at both grounds: Lost | Away | Round 3 | 0-1 | September 9th 2014 Won | Away | Round 3 | 2-2** | September 3rd 1996 Won | Home | Quarter Final | 2-1* | September 2nd 1987 Lost | Home | Final | 0-3 | December 6th 1980 Drew | Home | Group 1 | 1-1 | August 27th 1966 Last 5 League Cup games at Dens Park: Won | 2-1* | Quarter Final | September 2nd 1987 Lost | 0-3 | Final | December 6th 1980 Drew | 1-1 | Group 1 | August 27th 1966 Drew| 0-0 | Group 1 | August 18th 1965 Lost | 2-3 | Group 4 | August 8th 1964 *Dundee won AET **Dundee won 4-2 on Pens Last League Cup Meeting: Dundee United 1-0 Dundee Jarosław Fojut (90) The teams that day were: Dundee: Kyle Letheren, Paul McGinn, Gary Irvine, Thomas Konrad, James McPake, Simon Ferry, Martin Boyle, Jim McAlister, Paul McGowan, Greg Stewart, Luka Tankulić Substitutes: Scott Bain, Kevin McBride, Phil Roberts, David Clarkson, Gary Harkins, Cammy Kerr, Craig Wighton Dundee United: Radoslaw Cierzniak, Jarosław Fojut, Callum Morris, Seán Dillon, Keith Watson, Blair Spittal, Paul Paton, John Rankin, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Dow, Nadir Çiftçi Substitutes: Michal Szromnik, Euan Spark, Charlie Telfer, Scott Smith, Gary Mackay-Steven, Chris Erskine, Mario Bilate Attendance: 13,041 Last League Cup Meeting At Dens Park: Dundee 2-1 Dundee United Keith Wright (85) Iain Feguson (7) Tommy Coyne (98) The teams that day were: Dundee: Bobby Geddes, Stuart Forsyth, Tosh McKinlay, Bobby Glennie, Jim Smith. Jim Duffy, Vince Mennie, Rab Shannon, Keith Wright, Tommy Coyne, Ian Angus Substitutes: Graham Harvey, Ross Jack Dundee United: Billy Thomson, Dave Narey, Paul Hegarty, John Holt, Maurice Malpas, Ian Redford, Eamonn Bannon, Ian McPhee, Kevin Gallacher, Paul Sturrock, Iain Ferguson Substitutes: Dave Bowman, Alan Irvine Attendance: 19,867 Match Updates: You can also follow live updates on the Official Dundee Website and twitter page. http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/dundeefconline?lang=en-gb @dundeefconline
  23. The Tangerines’ table-topping clash against Hibs at Tannadice in March has been moved to a Friday night (March 10) kick off. The game gets under way at 7.45pm and will be shown live on BT Sport. Meanwhile, two of Dundee’s fixtures have been moved. The game at Dens Park against Celtic on Saturday March 18 has been pushed back to the Sunday with a 12.30pm kick off. Sky Sports will broadcast live from the fixture. The Dark Blues’ home game against Aberdeen two weeks later has also been moved to Friday March 31. BT Sport will show the game live with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.
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