Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic

League - Championship
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 7:45 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,304
Referee: William Collum
Dundee Utd  Dunfermline Athletic

Thomas Mikkelsen (30)

Team Managers
Ray McKinnon
Allan Johnston

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
Mark Durnan
Jamie Robson
William Edjenguélé
Stewart Murdoch
Blair Spittal
Willo Flood
Scott Allardice
Tony Andreu
Thomas Mikkelsen
Simon Murray
Sean Murdoch
Jason Talbot
Andy Geggan
Nate Wedderburn
Michael Moffat
Lee Ashcroft
Rhys McCabe
Paul McMullan
Kallum Higginbotham
Callum Morris
Nicky Clark

Luis Zwick
Lewis Toshney
Paul Dixon
Charlie Telfer
Nick van der Velden
Ali Coote
Wato Kuaté
David Hutton
Ryan Williamson
Lewis Martin
Michael Paton
Joe Cardle
Lewis Spence
Gavin Reilly

Lewis Toshney for Scott Allardice (69)
Nick van der Velden for Blair Spittal (78)
Ali Coote for Thomas Mikkelsen (86)
Gavin Reilly for Michael Moffat (66)
Ryan Williamson for Andy Geggan (66)
Joe Cardle for Paul McMullan (77)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 39 apps -
Mark Durnan 68 apps8 goals
Jamie Robson 23 apps1 goal
William Edjenguélé 33 apps2 goals
Stewart Murdoch 23 apps1 goal
Blair Spittal 98 apps9 goals
Willo Flood 189 apps7 goals
Scott Allardice 2 apps -
Tony Andreu 32 apps17 goals
Thomas Mikkelsen 16 apps6 goals
Simon Murray 66 apps21 goals
Lewis Toshney (sub) 27 apps1 goal
Ali Coote (sub) 16 apps -
Nick van der Velden (sub) 31 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Scott Allardice (19 years 16 days)
Oldest Player:Willo Flood (32 years 9 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 326 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ali Coote (18 years 309 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (35 years 125 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 216 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Following on from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Falkirk, Ray McKinnon selected the same starting eleven for United’s rearranged fixture at home to Dunfermline. The only change was on the bench with Ali Coote replacing Alex Nicholls who dropped out of the squad completely. There was one familiar face in the visitors team with Callum Morris lining up for the Pars.

With three minutes on the clock United had a fine move down the right hand side. Murdoch laid the ball to Spittal who swung in a low cross to Mikkelsen who just failed to connect in the six yard box. Twenty minutes later United twice went close both times through the combination of Andreu and Murray. Firstly the Frenchman slipped a ball into Murray and he shot wide of target and then shortly after he headed into his path and United’s number nine looped his own header onto the roof of the net. The game then burst into life with half an hour on the clock. McCabe did well to win the ball from Robson and his fine cross picked out the unmarked Moffat who amazingly failed to control with only Bell to beat. United broke forward and Murray collected the ball on the right and he crossed to Thomas Mikkelsen who bundled the ball over the line to give United the lead. Just before the break both teams went close. Firstly after a scramble in the visitors box the ball ricocheted into the feet of Murray but his shot was saved by Murdoch. Dunfermline then almost levelled when Higginbotham cut the ball into the path of Clark but Edjenguele made a fine block on the goal line to keep his side one ahead.

In the opening seconds of the second half Spittal was played through for United but he hesitated and Murdoch cleared for the Pars. Higginbotham then threatened for the visitors but his cross evaded everyone and the danger was cleared. With 58 minutes gone United were so unlucky not to extend their lead after a moment of magic from Andreu. He collected the ball on the left and skipped past challenges and lobbed the ball over the keeper only to see the ball come back off the post. Dunfermline then followed that with an unchallenged header from Morris but fortunately his effort was straight at Cammy Bell. United then had another great chance when Floods aggression paid off and he set up Spittal who made himself space but his low side footed shot was saved by the Pars goalkeeper. The visitors pressed for an equaliser towards the end but the United defence stayed strong and then right at the end the result should have been put beyond doubt when Andreu brilliantly set up Van der Velden who had his shot saved from close range.

Match report written by Gareth Scott

Photography by DUFC Official


Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 32 16 13 3 48 22 26 61
2. Falkirk 32 14 10 8 51 35 16 52
3. UNITED 32 14 9 9 44 37 7 51
4. Morton 32 13 11 8 41 34 7 50
5. Queen of the South 32 11 9 12 43 44 -1 42
6. Dunfermline 32 9 12 11 39 40 -1 39
7. Dumbarton 32 8 11 13 42 50 -8 35
8. St Mirren 32 8 10 14 42 50 -8 34
9. Raith Rovers 32 8 9 15 29 43 -14 33
10. Ayr United 32 7 10 15 31 55 -24 31
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