The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
After making eight changes for last week’s match at Dunfermline, there was a much more familiar ring to the side with all but seven re-instated. Blair Spittal was the only one who retained his place at the expense of Tope Obadeyi. The Morton side that won at Dumbarton the previous week showed two changes – right-back Michael Doyle in for the suspended Jamie McDonagh and now fully fit Jai Quitono restored to the starting line-up ahead of former Tannadice striker Kudus Oyenuga. With United the last team to beat Morton and the third-placed hosts the last team to beat United, us this was always going to be a tight affair and that was exactly how things panned out.United almost got off to a flying start with Charlie Telfer going close in the first minute when his first time effort from just outside the box whizzed inches over. The lively Quitongo showed the danger his pace posed and Willo Flood did well to block his path as he tried to break clear three minutes later. A spell of pressure at the other end saw Frank van der Struijk firing well over. Certainly in the early stages, the Tangerines had plenty of possession but were unable to find a chink in Ton’s two banks of four. Indeed, on 17 minutes, the home side went close to scoring, a Gary Oliver low drive from an acute angle being deflected into the side saw a shot from a very tight deflected into the side-netting. A Ross Forbes curling cross caused consternation in the United box and William Edjenguélé’s attempted clearance skidded off the greasy surface which Cammy Bell did well to hold. Shortly afterwards, the ever-dangerous Quitongo played the ball back into the path of Andy Murdoch but his low 25-yarder was comfortably collected by Bell. On 27 minutes Quitongo took exception to Mark Durnan’s challenge and threw the ball at the defender to earn the game’s first booking. Just before the break, Willo Flood inadvertently played the ball to Quitongo on the bye-line and his hard-hit drive across the face of the goal fortunately flashed past with no takers.Carrying off where they left off the Ton continued to threaten. Mark Russell drilled in a low driven effort which Bell did well to hold despite the greasy surface and a slight deflection. Tony Andreu became the second player to be booked for talking out of turn after 48 minutes. Having ridden that early storm, United began to take a grip on proceedings. Loan midfielder Tony Andreu made the difference when the sides met at Tannadice last time out, and he looked the man most likely to make the difference for United as they began to up the ante in the last half hour. Tony Andreu nearly set up the opener when Scott Fraser ghosted in on his inviting cross and his strong side-foot volley was only kept out by a stunning instinctive save by Gaston. Uncharacteristically, Andreu then dragged a shot wide of the post from a good position and when he was on target after 77 minutes, the Ton keeper blocked his stabbed shot. And three minutes from time more Gaston heroics preserved Morton’s unbeaten home record, blocking Jamie Robson’s close range strike with his feet.