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Robert Milsom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood. Robert Milsom goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Willo Flood.
(Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Josh Magennis coming on for Isaac Osbourne.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Willo Flood.
Robert Milsom concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Ryan. Willo Flood takes the direct free kick.
Richie Ryan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Millar. Ryan Dow joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stuart Armstrong.
Corner taken by Niall McGinn, Gavin Gunning manages to make a clearance.
Johnny Hayes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Fraser.
Dale Hilson fouled by Stephen Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Willo Flood.
Dale Hilson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Gardyne.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Watson on Ryan Fraser. Ryan Fraser takes the direct free kick.
Robert Milsom comes on in place of Gavin Rae.
Stuart Armstrong fouled by Chris Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Millar takes the free kick.
Ryan Fraser decides to take the corner short.
Johnny Russell takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Russell Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Russell. Free kick taken by Willo Flood. Russell Anderson is cautioned.
Scott Vernon goes into the book.
Stuart Armstrong produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood, Stephen Hughes makes a clearance.
Gavin Rae concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Russell. Willo Flood takes the direct free kick, Jon Daly takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Fraser, Niall McGinn finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-1 Aberdeen.Russell Anderson provided the assist for the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Fraser from the right by-line, Corner taken by Ryan Fraser from the right by-line, Radoslaw Cierzniak makes a save. Save made by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Gardyne by Clark Robertson. Booking for Clark Robertson for unsporting behaviour. Keith Watson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser, clearance made by Gavin Gunning.
Isaac Osbourne challenges John Rankin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Willo Flood restarts play with the free kick.
John Rankin takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Radoslaw Cierzniak. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Isaac Osbourne by Mark Millar. Stephen Hughes takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Ryan Fraser from the left by-line, clearance by Mark Millar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Millar on Stephen Hughes. Indirect free kick taken by Russell Anderson.
Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Fraser, clearance by Gavin Gunning.
Ryan Fraser takes a outswinging corner.
The referee cautions John Rankin for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Rankin on Chris Clark. Mark Reynolds takes the free kick.
Chris Clark takes a shot. Save by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
John Rankin fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-0 Aberdeen.Johnny Russell provided the assist for the goal.
Gavin Rae takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Willo Flood, clearance made by Russell Anderson.
Russell Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Russell. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.
Effort from long distance by Michael Gardyne goes wide right of the goal.
Isaac Osbourne sends in a cross, save made by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Foul by John Rankin on Russell Anderson, free kick awarded. Stephen Hughes takes the free kick.
Mark Millar takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
Stuart Armstrong takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Millar, Clark Robertson manages to make a clearance.
Houston looks for derby lift
Dundee United manager Peter Houston believes the visit of New Firm rivals Aberdeen in Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League match should act as the perfect pick-me-up for his side.
The Tannadice club are looking to get back to winning ways in an attempt to climb clear of second-bottom spot in the table when Craig Brown's Dons team arrive on Tayside.
United have had to bide their time since their 4-0 defeat in Inverness three weeks ago, with their match away to Motherwell postponed before the international break due to a power failure.
United have not scored in four SPL games and Houston believes the extra spice caused by their old rivalry with Aberdeen should spur his players on.
He said: "There's normally no lack of atmosphere when these two clubs get together.
"So for that reason, it's probably the best game we could have hoped for, the way things have worked out.
"There's a healthy rivalry between us which I hope can bring out the best in my own players.
"We should get a decent crowd inside Tannadice so there will be no extra motivation required.
"I've watched Aberdeen and they have changed their system this season to include a lot of creative players now.
"They have the likes of Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn, while Gavin Rae, Mark Reynolds and Russell Anderson have all got plenty of SPL experience between them.
"They are a threat so we'll need to play well to beat them.
"They have proved they've got character by coming back at Motherwell not that long ago when they were 3-1 down so this will be nothing other than a very difficult match for us."
Houston has every faith in his players despite their failure to claim three points since beating Dundee in August.
He has called on his men to adopt a back-to-basics approach as they seek to arrest their recent decline.
United are still without injured winger Gary Mackay-Steven and former Rangers defender Gregory Vignal is not ready for his debut.
Houston said: "First and foremost we need to do the right things, like defending properly.
"That's how any team starts to get going again and we're no different.
"To be fair, the lads are really keen to get back into action as there was a lot of frustration when the Motherwell game went off through nobody's fault.
"That's just one of those things that happens in football but we can't wait for the Aberdeen game.
"We know ourselves that the teams who have scored against us have scored three and four which is not good enough from our point of view.
"We will be working on getting a clean sheet this weekend and hopefully take it from there."
Aberdeen will be without Ryan Jack after the youngster suffered a broken foot while on international duty with Scotland's Under-21s.
Boss Brown has absolved Scotland Under-21s coach Billy Stark of any blame over Jack's injury.
Jack is expected to be sidelined until the end of January but Brown says the Dons were simply unfortunate and refused to point the finger of blame.
He said: "I've got to commend Billy Stark who was straight on the phone to me full of apologies. He said he couldn't apologise enough for what happened to him.
"I told him it was certainly not his fault. I was assistant manager of the Scotland team when Ally McCoist broke his leg in Portugal.
"That was a major blow to the player and the club and this is a blow to the player and the club as well. The difference was, that was a competitive game and this was a friendly fixture.
"But you can't do without friendlies when trying to prepare the Under-21 national team. So it's absolutely no fault whatsoever of Billy Stark and his Under-21 fixtures - we were just unlucky."
Other than Jack, Brown expects to name a similar squad to the one who defeated Kilmarnock in their last outing.
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