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David Goodwillie leaves the field to be replaced by Johnny Russell.
Effort from just outside the area by Morgaro Gomis strikes the post.
The official flags David Goodwillie offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas, Nick Blackman manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Considine on David Goodwillie. Barry Douglas crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis. Corner from the right by-line taken by Robert Milsom, Timothy van der Meulen manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Watson on Nick Blackman. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
Nick Blackman replaces David McNamee. Paul Hartley concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgaro Gomis. Barry Douglas takes the indirect free kick.
David Robertson is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Swanson.
The official flags Daniel Swanson offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Derek Young by Scott Robertson. Paul Hartley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Barry Douglas.
Josh Magennis is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Unfair challenge on Dusan Pernis by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
Robert Milsom takes a corner. Inswinging corner taken by Paul Hartley from the left by-line, save by Dusan Pernis.
Andis Shala takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
A goal is scored by Daniel Swanson from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 3-1 Aberdeen.Assist on the goal came from David Goodwillie.
David Goodwillie produces a right-footed shot from inside the box and strikes the post. Effort from inside the area by Morgaro Gomis misses to the right of the target.
Short corner worked by Paul Hartley.
Unfair challenge on Scott Robertson by Derek Young results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
Andis Shala comes on in place of Craig Conway.
Corner from left by-line taken by Paul Hartley. Robert Milsom takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Josh Magennis scores a headed goal from close in. Dundee Utd 2-1 Aberdeen.Assist on the goal came from Scott Vernon.
The referee blows for offside. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Robert Milsom, clearance made by Barry Douglas. The offside flag is raised against Josh Magennis. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Scott Vernon fouled by Sean Dillon, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the indirect free kick.
Daniel Swanson produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Prince Buaben handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
David Goodwillie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, Timothy van der Meulen has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
Josh Magennis comes on in place of Sone Aluko.
Daniel Swanson challenges Paul Hartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Milsom from right channel.
Corner taken by Paul Hartley from the left by-line, Scott Robertson makes a clearance. Ryan Jack takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis. Corner taken right-footed by Robert Milsom, clearance by Keith Watson. Ryan Jack challenges David Goodwillie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Goal scored by Craig Conway from 30 yards to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-0 Aberdeen.
Corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, David McNamee makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway to the near post, clearance by David McNamee.
Rory McArdle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Zander Diamond.
Barry Douglas scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-0 Aberdeen.Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, the assist for the goal came from Craig Conway.
Foul by Sone Aluko on Scott Robertson, free kick awarded. Keith Watson takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Keith Watson, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by David Goodwillie misses to the left of the goal.
Timothy van der Meulen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Derek Young. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
Steven Smith is shown a yellow card. Foul by Steven Smith on Daniel Swanson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Conway from right wing.
Zander Diamond is given a yellow card. David Goodwillie fouled by Zander Diamond, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Unfair challenge on Barry Douglas by Derek Young results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Craig Conway.
The referee penalises Morgaro Gomis for handball. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Robert Milsom, Zander Diamond takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Prince Buaben challenges Paul Hartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
Outswinging corner taken by Craig Conway from the right by-line, clearance made by Zander Diamond.
Brown sympathetic over fixture congestion
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown does not envy a Dundee United side who face the prospect of a gruelling four games in nine days.
And the Dons boss is just disappointed his team kick off the demanding run on Monday night, rather than conclude it.
United will face Aberdeen, Hamilton and Hearts in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, as well as a Scottish Cup tie against Motherwell, in just over a week.
Brown said: "They have four games in something like eight days. Unfortunately for us, we're the first of them.
"The team getting them in the last game is obviously going to get a leg-weary Dundee United.
"But sometimes players, without training and just playing games, respond to that so there is a possibility that Dundee United could do well in the four games.
"But I think they would rather not have four games in just over a week - it's a very demanding schedule.
"We are the first of the four teams and hopefully we can get something. Although a draw is acceptable, if we've got aspirations of the top six we need to try to win the game."
Hibernian went on a run of five wins before battling back for a draw against St Johnstone on Saturday, and Brown wants to see his side replicate that kind of form.
He added: "Someone needs to go on a run similar to the one Hibs are on. They are the form team at the moment from the bottom group.
"The draws aren't giving us the points that are required to move up a couple of places in the league. We've got to accept that."
Aberdeen saw their last game, a goalless draw against St Johnstone, over-shadowed by the events at the Old Firm derby on the same night.
Although reluctant to comment on what went on in Wednesday's game at Parkhead, the veteran boss can understand why Ally McCoist and Neil Lennon were both overcome by emotion in their respective dug-outs.
He said: "I've been sent off in England, in Scotland and in Croatia. I'm not proud of that but you do get a bit involved.
"At the time you are not thinking of the further repercussions. It's happened to all of us.
"We've all been there and, afterwards, we all say "what was I doing?". I've been involved, I've been there."
Dundee United are set to be unchanged for the clash.
Jon Daly (hernia) and Garry Kenneth (knee) will not make the game but could return later in the week.
Craig Conway is expected to brush off a minor thigh strain but Peter Houston will still be minus long-term injury victims Mihael Kovacevic, Darren Dods (both knee) and Scott Severin (ankle).
United down Dons
Barry Douglas, Craig Conway and Danny Swanson were on target as Dundee United climbed into the top six of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Aberdeen at Tannadice.
Peter Houston's side, who finished third last season, took advantage of their first of five matches - four of them in the SPL, plus Sunday's Scottish Cup clash with Motherwell - in 12 days to climb into fifth place in the table with a deserved win.
United took a two-goal half-time lead as Douglas headed in a Conway corner after 29 minutes and after 33 minutes Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield failed to hold the Scotland winger's swerving shot from 25 yards.
Aberdeen substitute Josh Magennis pulled a goal back after 51 minutes, but Swanson struck a superb third for United nine minutes later as Houston's men moved a point ahead of Inverness and above Motherwell on goal difference with three games in hand on their rivals.
Aberdeen had gone from relegation contenders to top-half hopefuls after being revitalised since Craig Brown's appointment in December, but in a congested table remained 10th and will be reliant on other teams slipping up after finishing second best on Tayside.
Having played fewer matches than anyone else in the SPL with the split approaching, United were playing catch-up with fixtures against Hamilton on Thursday, Well in the Scottish Cup on Sunday and league games with Hearts and Inverness next week.
The Dons went close to opening the scoring when Zander Diamond, available again following an ankle injury, met Rob Milsom's corner with a firm header from six yards which Dusan Pernis saved with his legs.
Diamond required treatment on a head injury and went off, returning four minutes later with a red bandage wrapped around his head.
David Goodwillie, who performed well throughout, had three half chances before United opened the scoring with Diamond off the field undergoing further treatment for his blood injury.
Conway's corner found Douglas to head in simply at the near post, with Diamond's presence in the area missed.
The Dons defender was replaced after 31 minutes by Rory McArdle, who was wearing an identical red head bandage following a clash of heads in last week's match with Hearts.
As McArdle entered the fray, Morgaro Gomis hit the foot of the post from another corner and Langfield deflected the rebound to safety.
But soon after the Dons goalkeeper was again picking the ball out of his net as United struck for a second time in five minutes.
Conway's swerving right-foot shot from 25 yards deceived Langfield, who could only get a hand to the ball and diverted it into the bottom corner.
Magennis replaced the ineffective Sone Aluko at the interval and pulled a goal back six minutes after his introduction.
Douglas failed to deal with Ryan Jack's lofted ball into the area and Scott Vernon outmuscled him before prodding the ball across from the byline for Magennis to head in from close range.
Rob Milsom's long shot had Pernis at full stretch as the Dons went close to a quickfire second before Goodwillie hit the post with an acrobatic effort after McArdle's weak clearing header.
Goodwillie then set up United's third as Swanson beat the offside trap to latch onto his team-mate's through ball and fire an unstoppable left-foot shot into the corner.
Pernis turned a Magennis effort from 10 yards around the post with 12 minutes remaining as the Dons continued to push forward before Goodwillie went down under McArdle's challenge inside the area, only for penalty appeals to be waved away.
Magennis had a shot held by Pernis and Gomis had an effort blocked at the other end before Goodwillie was replaced by Johnny Russell as United played out time and secured a deserved win.
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