Dundee Utd 3 - 0 Raith Rovers

League - Championship
Saturday, February 4th, 2017, 5:15 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,232
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Dundee Utd  Raith Rovers

Goalscorers
Thomas Mikkelsen (45)
Tony Andreu (48)
Thomas Mikkelsen (53)
None.

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Gary Locke

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
Frank van der Struijk
Paul Dixon
Mark Durnan
Lewis Toshney
William Edjenguélé
Scott Fraser
Tony Andreu
Blair Spittal
Thomas Mikkelsen
Simon Murray
Kevin Cuthbert
Jason Thomson
Kevin McHattie
Ross Callachan
Jean-Yves Mvoto
Kyle Benedictus
Mark Stewart
Bobby Barr
Ross Matthews
Iain Davidson
Declan McManus

Substitutes
Luis Zwick
Stewart Murdoch
Jamie Robson
Seán Dillon
Nick van der Velden
Alex Nicholls
Charlie Telfer
Conor Brenan
Chris Johnston
Rudi Skácel
Jordan Thompson
Ryan Hardie
Craig Barr
Ryan Stevenson

Substitutions
Nick van der Velden for Tony Andreu (76)
Alex Nicholls for Thomas Mikkelsen (77)
Charlie Telfer for Lewis Toshney (91)
Conor Brenan for Kevin Cuthbert (29)
Ryan Hardie for Ross Matthews (62)
Ryan Stevenson for Declan McManus (71)

Bookings
William Edjenguélé (33)
Ross Callachan (45)
Iain Davidson (44)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 30 apps -
Frank van der Struijk 15 apps -
Paul Dixon 214 apps5 goals
Mark Durnan 58 apps6 goals
Lewis Toshney 23 apps1 goal
William Edjenguélé 23 apps2 goals
Scott Fraser 66 apps7 goals
Tony Andreu 21 apps13 goals
Blair Spittal 94 apps9 goals
Thomas Mikkelsen 5 apps2 goals
Simon Murray 55 apps18 goals
Nick van der Velden (sub) 25 apps3 goals
Alex Nicholls (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Charlie Telfer (sub) 57 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Blair Spittal (21 years 53 days)
Oldest Player:Frank van der Struijk (31 years 321 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 298 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie Robson (19 years 52 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (35 years 59 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 306 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Alex Nicholls(Signed January 31st, 2017)

Milestones

The first quarter of the game passed without incident with both sides struggling to establish any fluency in their play. It wasn’t until the twenty-fourth minute that United managed to create a half chance when Blair Spittal played a great ball into Simon Murray who found space well inside the Raith penalty box but Kyle Benedictus was there to dispossess Murray of the ball and clear away the danger. The next chance in the game fell to the visitors albeit as it was only a half chance when a Kevin McHattie’s free kick from the left-hand side was floated in to the box and nodded back across by Benedictus and it was Declan McManus with the header over the bar. United finally found the breakthrough much to the delight of the home fans on the forty-fifth minute when Scott Fraser had a free kick on the right-hand side of the box that substitute keeper Conor Brenan got a touch to but fell to Paul Dixon on the left-hand side of the box. His floated cross to the near post was met by Thomas Mikkelsen who nodded home from six yards for his first goal for United.

United started the second half the way the finished the first half with a goal just three minutes after the restart when Dixon went on a rampaging down the left-hand side and his cross was not dealt with by the Raith defence and it fell to Tony Andreu who took a touch before superbly volleying home past Brenan from 12 yards. After that second goal, it was United who were in the ascendancy and once again it was Thomas Mikkelsen who was there to finish off a superb cross to the back post from Murray with his looping header back across the goal into the bottom corner right-hand corner of the net. United continued to control the rest of the second half with Raith playing much of it in their own half. Murray nearly added to the score line when his half volley was saved well by Brenan. With United in complete control, it was Murray again with a chance from the edge of the box but shot was pushed away by Brenan and eventually it was cleared by the visitors. On the seventy-eighth-minute debutant Alex Nicholls came on for Mikkelsen who got a standing ovation from the fans. He had the perfect chance to score with his first touch after being set up perfectly by Murray but his shot clipped the outside of the right-hand post. United were still able to provide excitement for the home fans from van der Velden who played in Spittal with a lovely chip over the Raith defence only for Spittal to fire high and wide. Nicholls then provided the excitement for the home fans after a step over and a drop of the shoulder took him beyond the Raith defence but nothing came of the cross from the right-hand side.

Match report written by Stewart Buick



Photography by DUFC Official

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Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 23 14 7 2 38 12 26 49
2. UNITED 23 12 7 4 34 21 13 43
3. Falkirk 23 10 7 6 35 26 9 37
4. Morton 22 10 7 5 33 24 9 37
5. Queen of the South 24 8 7 9 33 34 -1 31
6. Dunfermline 23 6 8 9 28 33 -5 26
7. Dumbarton 24 6 7 11 28 36 -8 25
8. Raith Rovers 22 6 7 9 22 30 -8 25
9. Ayr United 23 4 9 10 21 36 -15 21
10. St Mirren 23 2 8 13 22 42 -20 14
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