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  • Date:12 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Tannadice Park
  • Attendance:4,918
  • Russell (52) Goodwillie (89)

Live Commentary


Goal scored by David Goodwillie from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 2-0 Motherwell.The assist for the goal came from Stuart Armstrong.


Stuart Armstrong replaces Jon Daly.


The ball is sent over by Jamie Murphy, Chris Humphrey takes a shot. Brilliant save by Dusan Pernis.


David Robertson leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Conway.


Esteban Casagolda is brought on as a substitute for Keith Lasley.


Prince Buaben leaves the field to be replaced by Scott Robertson. Free kick awarded for a foul by John Sutton on Garry Kenneth. Sean Dillon takes the direct free kick.


Scott Robertson is brought on as a substitute for Prince Buaben. John Sutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Garry Kenneth. Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.


David Goodwillie takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.


Unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis by Steve Jennings results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Dixon from left channel, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.


Jamie Pollock replaces Ross Forbes.


Ross Forbes challenges David Goodwillie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.


Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Dixon from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Tom Hateley.


Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Prince Buaben results in a free kick. Tom Hateley has an effort direct from the free kick, Prince Buaben gets a block in.


Unfair challenge on Mark Reynolds by Jon Daly results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.


David Goodwillie takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.


Johnny Russell finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Dundee Utd 1-0 Motherwell.Corner taken by Paul Dixon, the assist for the goal came from Garry Kenneth.


Paul Dixon is cautioned by the ref for dissent.


Corner taken by Paul Dixon from the left by-line, Steve Jennings makes a clearance.


Garry Kenneth concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Ross Forbes has an effort direct from the free kick.


The referee blows for offside against Jamie Murphy. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.


David Goodwillie concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Hateley. Free kick crossed by Ross Forbes.


Sean Dillon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Jamie Murphy takes the direct free kick.


Morgaro Gomis takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Johnny Russell. Sean Dillon takes the direct free kick.


The referee blows for offside against Jon Daly. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.


Morgaro Gomis takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.


John Sutton takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.


Paul Dixon takes the inswinging corner, save by Darren Randolph.


David Goodwillie takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.


Corner taken by Paul Dixon from the left by-line, Stephen Craigan manages to make a clearance.


Prince Buaben takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save.


Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on Garry Kenneth. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.


John Sutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Dillon. Free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.


Morgaro Gomis has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.


Shot from outside the penalty box by Johnny Russell hits the post.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

The second half has started.

The final whistle is blown by the referee.

Match Preview

Goodwillie back for United David Goodwillie is available again but Dundee United have concerns over Barry Douglas and Jon Daly ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Motherwell. Goodwillie was suspended for last Saturday's 0-0 Scottish Cup fourth round draw with Ross County as the holders glimpsed what life could be like without the sought-after Scotland international striker. Douglas suffered a head knock against County and Daly a groin problem, while Craig Conway returns to the squad following a knee injury, but Danny Swanson (back), Scott Severin (foot), Mihael Kovacevic (knee) and Darren Dods (knee) remain out. Boss Peter Houston watched Stuart McCall's Motherwell thrash Dundee across the road from Tannadice at Dens Park. He said: "Motherwell were impressive. They're trying to impress a new manager coming in and I thought it was a good performance." The win over Dundee was McCall's first in his second game in charge since succeeding Craig Brown, but Houston does not believe Well were operating markedly differently. He said: "I saw the same players in the middle of the park doing the same jobs. "(John) Sutton and (Jamie) Murphy I've seen many times. You know what John Sutton can do - he's a threat in the air - and young Murphy, who I think is a future international, working the channels well and showing good pace and skill. "What Motherwell have been fortunate with is they've not had a great deal of long-term injuries. We've suffered from that so far this season. "When you can keep a group of players who do so well for them together and play more or less the nucleus of the same team together, it's great continuity and I'm jealous in many ways." One player key to United this season has been Morgaro Gomis, but Houston expects the midfielder to depart at the end of the campaign when his contract expires. Houston added: "Morgaro's been here a few years now and enjoyed it and if that's what he wants to do - he's not indicated that to me, but he's not rushed to sign a new deal yet." Motherwell have no fresh injury problems ahead of the trip. But Marc Fitzpatrick's future is uncertain as he mulls over an offer to extend his contract, which expired after the 4-0 win against Dundee on Sunday. Steven Saunders remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Formation:433Manager: Peter Houston

Dundee Utd

Formation: 442Manager: Stuart McCall


  • Dusan Pernis
  • Keith Watson
  • Sean Dillon
  • Garry Kenneth
  • Paul Dixon
  • Morgaro Gomis
  • David Robertson
  • Prince Buaben
  • Johnny Russell
  • Jon Daly
  • David Goodwillie
  • SUBS
  • Steve Banks
  • Craig Conway
  • Danny Cadamarteri
  • Scott Robertson
  • Andis Shala
  • Ross Smith
  • Stuart Armstrong



Match Report

United end unwanted run Dundee United ended a run of five consecutive draws as second-half goals from Johnny Russell and David Goodwillie saw off Motherwell 2-0 at Tannadice. Russell converted after a 53rd-minute corner and Goodwillie netted in the final seconds to move the home side level on points with Motherwell in mid-table in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. Motherwell failed to hit the heights of their 4-0 Scottish Cup win at Dundee on Sunday, although Chris Humphrey was denied an equaliser only by an excellent late save from Dusan Pernis. Their lacklustre performance highlighted the need to strengthen after Marc Fitzpatrick followed Alan Gow and Nick Blackman in leaving the club since McCall took charge two weeks ago. Ross Forbes replaced the long-serving midfielder, who rejected a contract extension, but the Motherwell bench lacked experience with the largely untried Esteban Casagolda the only outfield player over the age of 20. United welcomed back Goodwillie from suspension and Jon Daly recovered from a groin strain to keep his place, but Barry Douglas dropped out with a head knock. David Robertson came in for Scott Robertson, while Craig Conway made a late comeback off the bench following knee surgery. United started well and Russell could not have come closer to giving them a fourth-minute lead from almost 25 yards. Goodwillie's flick stretched the Motherwell defence and Russell hit an instant strike with the outside of his left foot, but it bounced off the inside of the post and away to safety. United kept coming forward and Morgaro Gomis had a decent chance from the edge of the box but screwed his volley well wide. Prince Buaben came much closer following a good flick by Russell but Darren Randolph brilliantly tipped away his powerful 20-yard strike. The hosts continued to create half chances with Randolph recovering to save after Goodwillie had taken the ball round him before being beaten by the angle. Motherwell's wide attackers, Jamie Murphy and Chris Humphrey, were being pushed back to give their formation the look of a 4-5-1, and Buaben was pushing up on the influential Steve Jennings. But the visitors came into the game around the 20-minute mark. Murphy cut inside and shot narrowly wide from 20 yards before John Sutton volleyed well over from the edge of the box following a poor headed clearance from Keith Watson. Randolph repelled two long-range efforts from Gomis either side of a mazy run from Murphy, which ended with a shot straight at Pernis and both sides cancelled each other out as the half progressed. Motherwell survived two scares five minutes after the break after being put under pressure by a poor pass from Stephen Craigan. Randolph could only palm out Russell's low cross but Stevie Hammell saved a certain goal by blocking Buaben's follow-up. Paul Dixon soon went down under Humphrey's risky penalty-box challenge, but referee Iain Brines booked the United left-back for diving in what looked a harsh decision. However, United soon took a 53rd-minute lead when Russell headed in off the post from six yards after Garry Kenneth had headed Dixon's deep corner back across goal. The hosts had an initial lift from the goal, passing the ball around with increased confidence, before retreating. But Motherwell were sloppy in possession when they reached the final third of the pitch and failed to put them under pressure. Motherwell moved to a 4-2-4 formation after Jamie Pollock and Casagolda came on and they finally carved out a second-half chance with six minutes left. Murphy got to the byline and crossed to the back post but Pernis blocked Humphrey's header on the line. Goodwillie secured the points on the counter-attack in the last few seconds of the 90 minutes when he tucked the ball inside the post from 12 yards after being set up by substitute Stuart Armstrong.

Form Guide

  • Dundee Utd
  • VS
  • Motherwell

Last Meetings

  • Motherwell
  • 2 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 23/10/2010
  • Motherwell
  • 2 - 3
  • Dundee Utd
  • 18/04/2010
  • Dundee Utd
  • 3 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 27/03/2010
  • Motherwell
  • 2 - 2
  • Dundee Utd
  • 28/11/2009
  • Dundee Utd
  • 0 - 1
  • Motherwell
  • 19/09/2009
  • Motherwell
  • 2 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 14/03/2009

Top Scorers

Dundee Utd

  • D Goodwillie 8
  • J Daly 3
  • S Dillon 1
  • M Gomis 1
  • J Russell 1
  • P Buaben 1


  • N Blackman 9
  • J Sutton 4
  • J Murphy 2
  • K Lasley 1
  • A Gow 1
  • C Humphrey 1


Dundee Utd

    • Total goals 41
    • Goals per game 18
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 24
  • 4 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 81-90 mins