Dundee 3 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premiership
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, 7:45 PM at Dens Park
Attendance: 10,510
Referee: John Beaton
Dundee Dundee Utd

Greg Stewart (14)
James McPake (23)
Paul Heffernan (68)
Nadir Çiftçi (pen.) (16)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Scott Bain
Paul McGinn
James McPake
Thomas Konrad
Willie Dyer
Jim McAlister
Kevin Thomson
Stephen McGinn
Paul McGowan
Greg Stewart
Paul Heffernan
Radoslaw Cierzniak
Paul Dixon
Jarosław Fojut
Ryan McGowan
Seán Dillon
Calum Butcher
John Rankin
Chris Erskine
Aidan Connolly
Henri Anier
Nadir Çiftçi

Kyle Letheren
Iain Davidson
Simon Ferry
David Clarkson
Kostadin Gadzhalov
Craig Wighton
Alex Harris
Michal Szromnik
John Souttar
Charlie Telfer
Blair Spittal
Paul Paton
Mario Bilate
Robbie Muirhead

Iain Davidson for Jim McAlister (74)
Alex Harris for Greg Stewart (84)
Blair Spittal for Henri Anier (46)
Mario Bilate for Aidan Connolly (67)
Robbie Muirhead for Calum Butcher (75)

Paul McGinn (8)
Kevin Thomson (16)
Paul McGowan (38)
Nadir Çiftçi (17)
Calum Butcher (65)
Mario Bilate (72)
John Rankin (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK) 128 apps -
Paul Dixon 155 apps5 goals
Jarosław Fojut 36 apps5 goals
Ryan McGowan 11 apps1 goal
Seán Dillon 290 apps5 goals
Calum Butcher 27 apps1 goal
Chris Erskine 43 apps8 goals
Aidan Connolly 19 apps2 goals
John Rankin 160 apps10 goals
Nadir Çiftçi 75 apps31 goals
Henri Anier 13 apps1 goal
Blair Spittal (sub) 24 apps1 goal
Mario Bilate (sub) 14 apps2 goals
Robbie Muirhead (sub) 5 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aidan Connolly (19 years 241 days)
Oldest Player:Radoslaw Cierzniak (31 years 357 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 349 days
Domestic Players:4 (36.36 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Souttar (18 years 199 days)
Oldest Player:Radoslaw Cierzniak (31 years 357 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 306 days
Domestic Players:8 (44.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


McNamara made three changes from the side that lost to Ross County at Tannadice on Saturday, with defender Ryan McGowan returning from suspension to replace John Souttar, while Calum Butcher returned in place of Paul Paton and Henri Anier came in for Blair Spittal.

There was a sign of things to come early in this game when Dundee threatened from a corner kick. The ball into the box had United at sixes and sevens before being knocked behind. United’s first opportunity came to Aidan Connolly. He powered forward before setting free McGowan on the right. The Transfer window signing fired in a great ball but Anier couldn’t connect. Kevin Thomson the. Went close for Dundee with an effort well held by Cierzniak. The lively Connolly then had a cross knocked behind by Thomas Konrad and a Ciftci had an attempt well held by Scott Bain. With 13 minutes on the clock Dundee took the lead. Cierzniak appeared to have control of a Greg Stewart effort but as he knelt down to collect, the ball squirmed through his legs and into the goal. United responded immediately when Erskine fired a shot that struck Kevin Thomson on the arm. A spot kick was awarded and Nadir Çiftçi slotted home his second penalty in four days to level the match. Cierzniak made up for his howler by pulling out a fantastic one-handed stop from another Stewart effort. But Dundee took the lead for the second time when centre-half James McPake rose unchallenged in the area to head a corner beyond Cierzniak.

United replaced the ineffective Henri Anier with youngster Blair Spittal. In the opening quarter hour, the best spell of pressure came from a couple of corners, when a Ciftci cross was headed wide and a Rankin shot from the resultant corner was deflected behind. United also had a Butcher effort pushed past by Bain. Against the run of play, Dundee went 3-1 ahead when Paul Heffernan, knocked the ball over the line after an inviting cross found him urchin in at the back post. With 15 minutes remaining, Jackie McNamara made his last throw of the dice, by bringing on Robbie Muirhead for Calum Butcher. However, by this time the little confidence United had left following their recent poor run was being drained. United were reduced to half chances as Dundee managed the game and held on for a long awaited derby victory.

Manager's Comment:
“I'm Extremely disappointed, I thought first half we were causing them problems but the second half we didn't do enough to challenge them going forward. They're not bad players, they're suffering a little bit in confidence with the things that have happened in the last number of weeks so we need to put that right."

Fan's Comment:
“This felt like a pivotal match for the club. It is clear that patience is running thin the United support with a number now asking serious questions about the direction the team are moving in. Derby defeat is hard to take and the fact that no-one seems to want to claim3rd spot makes it all the more frustrating. The number of goals we are conceding is deeply concerning. We need an ugly 1-0 win to try and make a tentative step into a recovery.”

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer

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