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match report 2001-02 fixture list
SPL 
15/12/2001
 
Dundee United 1 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Easton (29)       Winters 55 (Pen).  
Attendance: 9,129
Venue: Tannadice Park, Dundee
Dons halt away day defeats
Dundee United were forced to open extra areas of the ground to accommodate a massive travelling support. The Red Army helped the Dons pick up a point, and end the recent run of away defeats. The home side had taken the lead in the first half, but a Robbie Winters spot kick gave the Dons a deserved share of the points and prevented two defeats in a row for the first time since August.

Aberdeen kicked off and immediately put the home team under pressure in front of a huge travelling support. United were quick to recover though and Griffin went close in the 2nd minute as his shot came crashing off the post with Kjaer well beaten. McNaughton reacted quickly to block the follow up. The action was frantic and Aberdeen created a chance in the 4th minute when a Darren Young free kick was scrambled clear for a corner. The corner was delayed for several minutes after Aljofree picked up a nasty head injury and had to be stretchered off and replaced by Venetis.

 
With United rearranging their defence, Winters wasted the corner by kicking the ball out of play. The stoppage made no difference to the pace of the game and Aberdeen should have taken the lead in the 10th minute. Dadi was played through and after riding one challenge his shot was spilled by Gallacher. Derek Young was first to react, but screwed his shot wide when it looked easier to score. United went close seconds later when Kjaer was forced into a fine save from McConalogue. The home side had another chance in the 17th minute after being awarded a soft free kick on the edge of the box. Fortunately for the Dons Griffin could only drive his effort into the wall.

The biggest cheer of the day went up in the 19th minute when referee Bobby Orr finally awarded the Dons a free kick. From the kick, McNaughton worked his way forward and fed Thornley wide. His cross was met by Winters and the striker headed inches over the cross bar. In the 28th minute Thornley caused a bit of panic in the United box when they struggled to cope with his cross and eventually forced the ball back to the keeper. It was the home side that took the lead though when Easton netted in the 29th minute. He ran into the path of a Carson flick and fired the ball beyond Kjaer in the Aberdeen goal. The Dons had a chance for a quick reply from a free kick but Bisconti couldn?t get his shot beyond the wall.

United started to dominate proceedings at this stage as the Dons were put under a fair bit of pressure. After such a positive start from the visitors the Dons had to dig deep to stay in the game. Thornley went close to equalising when a his shot was deflected wide of the target. A minute later McNaughton slipped on the half way line and McConalogue ran in on goal and rounded Kjaer. Fortunately for the Dons McNaughton recovered to clear the net bound shot off the line. The Dons put the home side under considerable pressure in the six minutes of injury time, but they couldn?t find a way past the United back four.

 
The opening minutes of the second period were littered with errors as both teams tried to find the tempo of the first half. A weak Griffin free kick was the closest either went to scoring as the match officials continued to frustrate the Aberdeen cause with some strange decisions. The Dons were thrown a lifeline when Partridge brought down Dadi in the 55th minute after good play by Winters and Thornley. Winters stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to bring the Dons level. The Dons took great heart from the goal and started to play with more authority.

United though always looked dangerous when they came forward and they won their first corner of the second period in the 67th minute. Kjaer attempted to punch the ball clear, but only succeed in sending it high in the air. Fortunately the ball ended up going out for a goal kick. The Dons went close in the 70th minute when Dadi headed a Thornley cross into the path of Whyte. The captain failed to keep the ball down and the chance was lost. A minute later Zerouali replaced Thornley for the Dons and Charlie Miller replaced Paterson as both sides looked for a winner.

The game went through another scrappy stage with both Venetis and Bisconti picking up yellow cards. Easton should have done better in the 80th minute when he shot wildly wide after being set up by Hamilton. There was a double substitution in the 84th minute as both sides went for a winner. Thomson replaced McConalogue and Guntveit came on for Dadi. It was all to no avail as neither side could find that elusive winner.

Dundee United Teamsheet:  Gallacher, Laughlan, Easton, Paterson, McCunnie, Aljofree, Griffin, Hamilton, Partridge, McConalogue, Carson.

Unused Subs: Venetis for Aljofree (5), Miller for Paterson (72), Thompson for McConalogue (84)

Bookings: Caution Partridge (39), Caution  Venetis (77)  Sent Off None

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Kjaer, Anderson, McNaughton, Whyte, McGuire, Bisconti, Young, Thornley (Zerouali 71), Dadi (Guntveit 84), Winters, Young.

Unused Subs:

Bookings: Caution Bisconti (79).

Referee: Bobby Orr

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