The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Peter Houston made three changes to the side that lost to Celtic last Sunday, with Sean Dillon and Prince Buaben dropping to the bench and there being no place in the squad for Danny Swanson. In for them came Keith Waston, Johnny Russell and captain Jon Daly.The opening quarter of an hour belonged to an attacking United as they did all the pushing and this was to create three chances in as many minutes early on. First, a neat one-two between Morgaro Gomis and Johnny Russell allowed the latter a sight of goal but his shot from just outside the box flew harmlessly over. The pressure was to eventually tell after 35 minutes. Ross Forbes was booked for a trip on Gomis in the middle of the pitch and from the resultant Paul Dixon free kick, Jon Daly ghosted in at the back post and his downward header was allowed to squirm in between Randolph and his post to give United a deserved lead. Eight minutes later and hands were up around Tannadice for Jon Daly once again. The Motherwell defence failed to deal with a low through ball from Garry Kenneth and Jon Daly was there to swivel and hammer the ball past Randolph from six yards to double United's lead.Dalys hat-trick was to be completed just four minutes after the break. Possession was held up well on the edge of the box by Russell before he fed Dixon who dinked the ball into the area. Gavin Gunning mistimed the flight of the ball and Jon Daly was there at the back post to control the ball and fire home to put United three up and cruising. David Goodwillie was still doing his best to get on the scoresheet and nearly did with a cross-cum-shot on 83 minutes but the ball landed on top of the net rather than in it. He came even closer three minutes later when Paul Dixon's cross was headed back in by David Robertson where Goodwillie was waiting to power a header at goal that Randolph did well to push wide. However, from the resultant corner, United did get their fourth. Dixon's delivery to the back post was headed back across by Kenneth. The ball was half cleared before Keith Watson's low ball back in was missed by everyone and trundled into the back of the net to complete a great afternoon for the home side and give the young defender his first goal for the club.