Dundee Utd 1 - 2 Motherwell

League Cup - 3rd Round
Wednesday, August 30th, 1995, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,839
Referee: Bill Crombie (Edinburgh)
Dundee Utd  Motherwell

Robbie Winters (15)
Paul Lambert (34)
Dougie Arnott (58)

Team Managers
Billy Kirkwood
Alex McLeish

Starting Eleven
Ally Maxwell
Steven Pressley
Christian Dailly
Mark Perry
Rab Shannon
Brian Welsh
Jim Bett
Andy McLaren
Billy McKinlay
Sandy Robertson
Robbie Winters
Scott Howie
Eddie May
Rab McKinnon
Andy Roddie
Brian Martin
John Philliben
Paul Lambert
Jamie Dolan
Alec Burns
Dougie Arnott
Shaun McSkimming

Kelham O'Hanlon
Paddy Connolly
Scott Crabbe
Stevie Woods
Innes Ritchie
Billy Davies

Paddy Connolly for Sandy Robertson (52)
Scott Crabbe for Jim Bett (76)
Billy Davies for Andy Roddie (89)

Sandy Robertson (20)
Rab Shannon (32)
Billy McKinlay (88)
Dougie Arnott (26)
Rab McKinnon (40)
Alec Burns (75)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ally Maxwell (GK) 5 apps -
Steven Pressley 5 apps -
Christian Dailly 140 apps18 goals
Mark Perry 47 apps1 goal
Rab Shannon 5 apps -
Brian Welsh 151 apps12 goals
Jim Bett 1 app (debut) -
Andy McLaren 86 apps4 goals
Billy McKinlay 279 apps27 goals
Sandy Robertson 3 apps -
Robbie Winters 18 apps3 goals
Paddy Connolly (sub) 139 apps37 goals
Scott Crabbe (sub) 68 apps8 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Robbie Winters (20 years 304 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Bett (35 years 287 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 312 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Robbie Winters (20 years 304 days)
Oldest Player:Jim Bett (35 years 287 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 156 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Jim Bett(Signed August 29th, 1995)


United were dumped out of the Coca-Cola Cup despite taking an early lead against their Premier Division opponents. There were surprises in the United formation. Jim Bett signed just before the match made his debut in tangerine and Brian Welsh was drafted in up front. Indeed the pair almost drew early blood when Jim Bett pushed the ball out wide to Andy McLaren and Howie did well to gather Brian Welsh's awkward downward header. But United did take the lead shortly afterwards when Sandy Robertson crashed in a dipping 25 yarder which came back off the bar and Robbie Winters ran in to head over Howie who was left stranded.

The signs were ominous even before Motherwell equalised. Ally Maxwell made a magnificent save from Paul Lambert, turning his shot round the post to prevent him scoring just a few minutes before the midfielder took a cross from Burns and buried the equaliser. Motherwell then dictated proceedings - Lambert hit the woodwork twice, but the fatal blow came early in the second half. Burns knock down from Martin's free-kick was missed by Christian Dailly, starting his first game of the season, and Dougie Arnott had time to pick his spot when left with a clear shot on goal.

United put in a blistering last ten minutes, but never really got the whites of Howie's eyes in their sights, most of their half chances being confined to long range shots from Billy McKinlay who twice had shots blocked by the massed ranks in front of him. So United's long run without a home win continued and now extended to seven games going back to the 25th February.

CLUB COMMENT - "I was disappointed to say the least. We just can't seem to get the second goal to give ourselves breathing space. Defensive Naivety let Motherwell back into the game and another mistake on our part handed them the lead and tipped the balance in their favour" - BILLY KIRKWOOD.


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