Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Partick Thistle

Scottish Cup - 5th Round
Saturday, February 6th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,803
Referee: Willie Collum
Dundee Utd  Partick Thistle

Goalscorers
Scott Fraser (85)
None.

Team Managers
Mixu Paatelainen
Alan Archibald

Starting Eleven
Eiji Kawashima
Coll Donaldson
Seán Dillon
Gavin Gunning
Guy Demel
Blair Spittal
Paul Paton
John Rankin
Billy Mckay
Simon Murray
Ryan Dow
Tomas Cerny
Gary Miller
Dan Seaborne
Sean Welsh
Callum Booth
Abdul Osman
Stuart Bannigan
Kris Doolan
Steven Lawless
Frederic Frans
Liam Lindsay

Substitutes
Luis Zwick
Paul Dixon
Mark Durnan
Kyle Knoyle
Scott Fraser
Florent Sinama Pongolle
Henri Anier
Ryan Scully
David Amoo
Christie Elliott
Aidan Nesbitt
Ryan Edwards
Gary Fraser
Mathias Pogba

Substitutions
Scott Fraser for Ryan Dow (74)
Paul Dixon for Guy Demel (77)
Mark Durnan for Billy Mckay (89)
Mathias Pogba for Kris Doolan (64)
Gary Fraser for Sean Welsh (64)
David Amoo for Steven Lawless (81)

Bookings
Paul Paton (54)
Mathias Pogba (89)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Eiji Kawashima (GK) 5 apps -
Gavin Gunning 109 apps10 goals
Seán Dillon 315 apps7 goals
Coll Donaldson 10 apps -
Guy Demel 7 apps -
Paul Paton 81 apps4 goals
John Rankin 190 apps13 goals
Blair Spittal 55 apps9 goals
Billy Mckay 20 apps9 goals
Simon Murray 15 apps2 goals
Ryan Dow 100 apps11 goals
Paul Dixon (sub) 180 apps5 goals
Mark Durnan (sub) 24 apps2 goals
Scott Fraser (sub) 23 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Blair Spittal (20 years 54 days)
Oldest Player:Guy Demel (34 years 246 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 216 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kyle Knoyle (19 years 139 days)
Oldest Player:Guy Demel (34 years 246 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 130 days
Domestic Players:8 (44.44 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Ryan Dow played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

The hosts welcomed Partick Thistle to Tannadice in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup looking to build on the resounding 5-1 success last time out against Kilmarnock. After missing out on the League game which was postponed away at Partick the previous week boss Mixu Paatelainen unsurprisingly kept faith with the same starting side for the second game in succession. The most notable inclusions were on the bench as Kyle Knoyle, on loan from West Ham, was listed alongside Henri Anier and Florent Sinama-Pongolle who returned from loan and injury respectively.

United made a bright start with Billy Mckay and Simon Murray looking hungry during the opening minutes. In the 6th minute the hosts earned their first corner which Coll Donaldson headed over the bar from 8 yards following Blair Spittal’s delivery. Ref Willie Collum then angered the home support when he allowed play to run on following what seemed a late challenge on Paul Paton, with Sean Welsh going on to strike high over the bar for Partick. Welsh did much better moments later with a 20 yard effort which Eiji Kawashima parried out before Donaldson brilliantly cleared for a corner just ahead of the incoming Stuart Bannigan. There then followed a scramble in the United box before Collum blew for a foul on Kawashima, triggering ironic cheers from the crowd. At the other end Murray won the ball at the bye line and after appearing to be fouled outside the box play carried on. John Rankin showed great tenacity to win the ball back for the terrors before driving into the 6 yard box and seeing his right foot shot diverted for a corner. From the set piece Donaldson again won the first header before Ryan Dow headed straight at Tomas Cerny from a decent position. A counter attack from Thistle in the 28th minute almost paid dividends when a low cross from Callum Booth just evaded Sean Welsh at the back post who had an open goal had he made good contact. The game had become more low key as the half wore on however in the 40th minute Mckay and Murray combined well with the latter seeing his angled shot capably dealt with by Cerny. With no further chances thereafter at either end the sides went into the break goalless.

The game struggled to come to life again after the break with an early surge into the box from McKay and a blocked Murray snap shot the best the Tangerines could muster. Partick made a double substitution in 64 minutes as they brought on Mathias Pogba and Gary Fraser for Kris Doolan and Sean Welsh. This was during a flurry of corners for the away side which the United defence dealt with comfortably. In the 67th minute Rankin broke into the left side of the box and fired a teasing cross in front of goal which Murray came within a fraction of connecting with in the 6 yard box. As the game entered the closing stages Scott Fraser was sent on for Dow as the manager looked to inject some late urgency and he almost immediately scored when he took a pass from Guy Demel before seeing his left foot shot deflected wide of Cerny’s post. Demel then went off injured being replaced by Paul Dixon before Gavin Gunning headed the corner over the bar. With just 7 minutes to go David Amoo latched onto a short headed back pass from Donaldson but the ball ran beyond Kawashima and safely out for a goal kick. A couple of minutes later the deadlock was finally broken and much to the relief of the majority of the crowd it was a goal from the hosts. After retaining good possession deep in the Partick half Spittal played a neat pass in the box which put Fraser in the clear and he turned inside before sublimely finishing low onto the bottom right corner. Murray was just beaten to another through ball shortly after by Cerny as they tried to seal the win however they did a sterling job of running down the 4 minutes of added time to secure a place in the next round.

Formation: 3-2-3-2
Captain: Seán Dillon
Arab Archive 'Man of the Match': Paul Paton

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page

Match report written by Ally Stewart



Photography by DUFC Official

Good afternoon and welcome to Tannadice for the William Hill Scottish Cup 5th round tie versus Partick Thistle. I extend that welcome to Alan Archibald and the players, staff and supporters of Partick Thistle ahead of today's game. It will be a tough game today but we can cause Partick problems. We know they are a decent side but I expect us to continue in the same manner as versus Kilmarnock. Although Partick played on Tuesday night, I do not think that will have much of an impact on today's performance fitness wise. They have had plenty of days to recover, We should be playing our second match inside seven days against Partick but the game was called off last Saturday due to a wateriogged pitch. Mother Nature decided we couldn't play so, whilst that is disappointing, what can you do? I think Partick themselves would liked to have had the opportunity to play us at home before this week's cup game, so both teams were left frustrated. I am delighted we have a home tie. I am so glad to be playing in front of our home fans again so soon after the fantastic backing we received in the game versus Kilmarnock.

The Ladbrokes Premiership campaign is so vital but we want to do well in the Scottish Cup also. The pressure to do well is always there in every game you play. Each game everyone wants to play their best and we are trying to build momentum with every match right now. I am so glad to be playing in front of our home fans again so soon after the fantastic backing we received in the game versus Kilmarnock.

The late winner will have them feeling confident going into today's game. It was a vital victory for them in what was a tough battle. They are a fantastic team who play football and like to pass the ball systematically. They have wingers who can cause problems and full backs who get forward. They are a very positive team and full credit to them because, as Tuesday demonstrated, positivity brings rewards. I expect today will be far more difficult than our last game versus Kilmarnock. Partick will bring more attacking intent but, if we start out with the same hunger and intensity as last time out, we can secure our place in the next round. That is what today is about. Enjoy the match.

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