The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Manager Alex Smith made a few changes to the side that faltered against Dunfermline last Saturday. David Hannah won a place in the starting XI, coming in for Hugh Davidson, after a long lay off through injury. Also starting was Hasney Aljofree who relegated Jamie Buchan to the bench.United kicked off wearing their change strip, attacking the goal where the United fans were seated behind. United made a positive start, probing Motherwell at every opportunity. The traveling support didn’t have long to wait for their chance to celebrate. In 4 minutes, Hamilton neatly flicked a long ball from Aljofree on. The move sent Charlie Miller clean through on goal, he steadied himself before calmly slotting past Goram. The game continued at a fast pace, but with neither side creating any guilt-edged scoring chances. United continued to hold the upper hand in terms of possession and goal threat, and together with a vociferous support proved to be a tough nut to crack. It only seemed a matter of time before United would grab another goal, such was the extent of their domination. However, Motherwell did nearly grab an equalizer in 30 minutes when Gallacher had to punch clear from Adams. In 38 minutes United grabbed a second goal that their play deserved. Lilley side stepped a defender at the bye-line before squaring for Craig Easton to hammer home. United went close to adding a third goal in 46 minutes when an accurate Hamilton cross was headed straight at Goram by Miller. A fine one-two from Spencer and Leitch opened up the United defence but Aljofree’s intervention saved the day. In 68 minutes McCunnie made a fine run from the back, he played a one-two with Easton and fired a shot just wide. Once again young Jamie McCunnie showed why at 17 he was such a prospect, when he thwarted the home side at the bye-line with great defending in 75 minutes. Naveda forced a couple of corners near the end but United seemed content to toy with their opponents until the referee called time.