Half-time call off at Tannadice

01 November 2009 01:59
Sunday's match at Tannadice between Dundee United and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League was abandoned at half-time because of heavy rain.Rangers had been leading through Steven Davis's 29th-minute strike. [LNB]But referee Mike Tumilty informed Rangers boss Walter Smith and United's Craig Levein about his concerns over surface water and stopped the game. [LNB]"Towards half-time, it became nearly impossible and I did not want the game to become farcical," said Tumelty. [LNB]No date has yet been agreed for the re-arranged match. [LNB]The abandonment leaves Rangers third in the Scottish Premier League, four points adrift of leaders Celtic and one behind Hibernian, while United missed out on the chance of going above fourth-placed Motherwell. [LNB]But both managers agreed that the decision to stop the match was correct after Tumilty raised concerns over safety during the half-time interval.[LNB] Obviously we're disappointed the game got called off, but as far as we're concerned, the referee's decision is one I think is correct and was a difficult one for him to make Rangers manager Walter Smith "There was a lot of water lying on the pitch and, as the first half went on, the water started to lie, particularly at the goalmouth," said Tumilty. [LNB]"The safety of the players could have become a real risk. [LNB]"I saw Allan McGregor drop the ball and you could have a whole melee of players in there with boots flying. [LNB]"Players were struggling to keep on their feet, so I was concerned for their safety. [LNB]"I felt, if we could get through to half-time and evaluate the situation, but the rain was getting heavier and, from my point of view, with that amount of water on the pitch and the incidents towards the end of the first-half, I just didn't think we could get back on.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] bbc.fmtj.av.emp.load( function() { bbc.fmtj.av.emp.loadEmp("emp_8336765"); });"We went out and checked it during the half-time interval and it really wasn't any better." [LNB]Tumilty informed the managers at half-time, and while both were disappointed, they accepted the decision. [LNB]United manager Levein said: "The rain wasn't going off. If it had stopped, there was maybe a chance that we could have continued. [LNB]"We're gutted, because it's the best we've played for so long. [LNB]"The lads were devastated when I told them it was off, as they felt they had a chance of getting back into the game.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] bbc.fmtj.av.emp.load( function() { bbc.fmtj.av.emp.loadEmp("emp_8336781"); });"I've got a degree of sympathy for Mike. At the start of the game, it was playable, but the rain has been so incessant throughout the game that he had no choice." [LNB]Smith was disappointed to be denied a possible victory but agreed that the referee had little choice. [LNB]"Obviously we're disappointed the game got called off, but as far as we're concerned, the referee's decision is one I think is correct and was a difficult one for him to make," said the Rangers manager. [LNB]"There was water starting to lie at the bottom end of the pitch and he felt it could be a danger to the players and I don't think anybody can argue with him there. [LNB]"Obviously, we were disappointed - so was the referee - I felt he had an excellent game today in difficult circumstances.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] bbc.fmtj.av.emp.load( function() { bbc.fmtj.av.emp.loadEmp("emp_8336716"); });"We're obviously delighted we got through it without any injuries, but the disappointment from my own point of view is that we went one up and we find ourselves in a situation where the game gets abandoned." [LNB]Allan McGregor, David Weir, Davis, Kris Boyd, Steven Naismith and Kenny Miller had all been drafted back into the Rangers side after the midweek Co-operative Insurance Cup win over Dundee. [LNB]United manager Levein brought in Nicky Weaver, Darren Dods, Craig Conway, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Damian Casalinuovo and Paul Dixon after their defeat by St Johnstone, but Andy Webster was dropped as a result of the terms of his loan deal from the Ibrox club. [LNB]Dixon and Mihael Kovacevic both had efforts that struck the Rangers crossbar during an exciting first half. [LNB]However, Davis broke the stalemate on the half hour when Sasa Papac flighted in a high ball and the Irishman beat the offside trap to coolly slot past Weaver. [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Sunday, 1 November 2009[LNB] Scottish Premier[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Dundee Utd 0-1 Rangers Due to heavy rain fall Davis 29 bbc.fmtj.net.json.model.addModule({renderer: {src: "/js/app/sports_stats/football/football_match_score_summary_renderer.js",id: "matchScoreSummaryRenderer"},moduleObject: {id: "matchScoreSummaryRenderer"},feedObject: {updatePeriod: 30, dataSource: "/sport/hi/english/static/football/statistics/matches/2009/11/01/team96_v_team101/match_summary.json"}}); Dundee Utd 01 Weaver 05 Dods 18 Kenneth 23 Dixon 06 Conway 15 Buaben 16 Gomis 19 Kovacevic 07 Myrie-Williams 21 Damian Casalinuovo 25 Goodwillie Substitutes 13 Banks, 02 Dillon, 12 Robertson, 14 Swanson, 17 Fotheringham, 10 Cadamarteri, 20 Shala Rangers 01 McGregor 03 Weir 05 Papac 16 Whittaker 66 Wilson 07 Davis 08 Thomson 09 Boyd 14 Naismith 18 Miller 27 Lafferty Substitutes 25 Alexander, 26 Smith, 47 McMillan, 11 Rothen, 20 Beasley, 10 Novo, 29 Fleck Ref: Tumiltybbc.fmtj.net.json.model.addModule({renderer: {src: "/js/app/sports_stats/football/football_team_list_renderer.js",id: "footballTeamListRenderer"},moduleObject: {id: "footballTeamListRenderer"},feedObject: {updatePeriod: 30, dataSource: "/sport/hi/english/static/football/statistics/matches/2009/11/01/team96_v_team101/match_summary.json"}}); DUNDEE UTD RANGERS Possession Dundee Utd 54% Rangers 46% Shots on target Dundee Utd 2 Rangers 5 Shots off target Dundee Utd 5 Rangers 1 Corners Dundee Utd 4 Rangers 7 Fouls Dundee Utd 9 Rangers 11 bbc.fmtj.net.json.model.addModule({renderer: {src: "/js/app/sports_stats/football/football_match_stats_renderer.js",id: "footballMatchStatsRenderer"},moduleObject: {id: "matchStats_3193350"},feedObject: {updatePeriod: 30, dataSource: "/sport/hi/english/static/football/statistics/matches/2009/11/01/team96_v_team101/match_summary.json"}});gloader.load(["glow", "1", "glow.dom", "glow.events", "glow.tweens"], {onLoad: function(glow){glow.ready(function() {//default state may be 'open' or 'closed'bbc.fmtj.apps.collapsible.init({'containers': [{'componentId': '#oPPM_teamList_matchStats_Wrapper','collapsedSize': 0,'collapseRate': '0.5','headerText': 'team line-ups and match stats','defaultState': 'closed'}]});});}}); Match Abandoned 45:00+20:01 The match is abandoned. Half Time 45:00+1:33 The whistle is blown to end the first half. 45:00+1:19 Steven Davis challenges Craig Conway unfairly and gives away a free kick. 45:00+0:57 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kevin Thomson, clearance by Damian Casalinuovo. 45:00+0:38 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Nicky Weaver makes a save. 45:00+0:25 Steven Naismith fouled by Darren Dods, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Naismith. 43:53 Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on David Goodwillie. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick. 43:35 The ball is sent over by Sasa Papac, clearance made by Paul Dixon. 43:05 Darren Dods concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Boyd. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Thomson. 41:44 Corner taken by Craig Conway from the left by-line. 41:02 Steven Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Craig Conway delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel. 40:11 Kris Boyd is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Weaver. 39:44 Prince Buaben gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Thomson. 39:30 Prince Buaben has a drilled shot. Save by Allan McGregor. 38:32 Unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Danny Wilson results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Paul Dixon from the free kick, 37:15 The offside flag is raised against Jennison Myrie-Williams. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor. 36:53 Kris Boyd is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Garry Kenneth. 36:19 Jennison Myrie-Williams sends in a cross. 36:05 The ball is sent over by Paul Dixon. 35:33 Kevin Thomson takes a shot. Nicky Weaver makes a save. 35:27 Steven Naismith crosses the ball, clearance by Garry Kenneth. 34:40 Centre by Kenny Miller. 31:29 Unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams by Kyle Lafferty results in a free kick. Michael Kovacevic takes the free kick. 29:16 Damian Casalinuovo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor. 28:18 The assist for the goal came from Sasa Papac. 28:18 GOAL - Steven Davis:Dundee Utd 0 - 1 Rangers Steven Davis grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 Rangers. 28:02 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the right by-line, clearance made by Garry Kenneth. 27:35 Kevin Thomson takes a shot. Damian Casalinuovo gets a block in. Steven Davis takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Prince Buaben makes a clearance. 27:03 Shot from 20 yards from Kenny Miller. Michael Kovacevic gets a block in. Steven Davis takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Prince Buaben. 26:48 Centre by Steven Naismith, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance. 26:30 A cross is delivered by Steven Naismith, David Goodwillie manages to make a clearance. 24:36 Corner taken by Craig Conway, Unfair challenge on Allan McGregor by Garry Kenneth results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick. 23:51 Shot on goal by Prince Buaben from just inside the area clears the crossbar. 23:23 Kris Boyd challenges Michael Kovacevic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth. 23:07 Kris Boyd is ruled offside. Garry Kenneth takes the free kick. 22:17 Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on David Goodwillie. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Weaver. 21:42 Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Thomson from the right by-line, clearance made by Paul Dixon. 20:44 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Thomson, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Davis, clearance made by Darren Dods. 19:56 The ball is swung over by Paul Dixon, Damian Casalinuovo produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright. 19:37 Kris Boyd challenges Jennison Myrie-Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams. 18:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgaro Gomis on Kevin Thomson. Direct free kick taken by David Weir. 17:17 Steven Naismith crosses the ball. 16:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Morgaro Gomis. Direct free kick taken by David Weir. 14:30 Kenny Miller is ruled offside. Nicky Weaver takes the free kick. 14:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Damian Casalinuovo. Allan McGregor takes the free kick. 12:10 Unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Conway, save by Allan McGregor. 10:57 Corner taken by Craig Conway, Header by Garry Kenneth from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target. 10:50 The ball is sent over by Paul Dixon, clearance made by Sasa Papac. 10:07 Shot from close in by Kyle Lafferty misses to the left of the goal. 9:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Goodwillie on Steven Whittaker. Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson. 8:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Naismith on Morgaro Gomis. The ball is sent over by Craig Conway, Michael Kovacevic takes a shot. 7:17 The ball is delivered by Craig Conway. 6:17 The official flags Kyle Lafferty offside. Nicky Weaver restarts play with the free kick. 5:30 A cross is delivered by Kenny Miller. 4:58 Shot by Michael Kovacevic. Save by Allan McGregor. 3:52 Centre by Kevin Thomson. 2:22 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Allan McGregor. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor. 1:34 Unfair challenge on Michael Kovacevic by Kevin Thomson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Kenneth. 1:18 The ball is crossed by Jennison Myrie-Williams, clearance made by David Weir. 0:24 The official flags Kris Boyd offside. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Weaver. 0:00 The referee starts the match. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]bbc.fmtj.net.json.model.addModule({renderer: {src: "/js/app/sports_stats/football/football_match_live_text_renderer.js",id: "footballMatchLiveTextRenderer"},moduleObject: {id: "matchLiveText_3193350"},feedObject: {updatePeriod: 30, dataSource: "/sport/hi/english/static/football/statistics/matches/2009/11/01/team96_v_team101/commentary.json"}});

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