Sheffield United 4
Dundee 2

Sheff Utd 

4 - 2


Friday, July 25th, 2014
Bramall Lane
Attendance: 3,207
7:00 PM Kick-off

Jamie Murphy (7)
Ben Davies (50)
Jose Baxter (60)
Mark McNulty (70)
Luka Tankulic (24)
Thomas Konrad (85)

Team Managers
Nigel Clough Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Mark Howard
2. Craig Alcock
17. Harrison McGahey
15. Neil Collins
3. Bob Harris
22. Lois Reed
6. Chris Basham
10. Stefan Scougall
20. Jamal Campbell-Ryce
9. Jamie Murphy
11. Jose Baxter
Kyle Letheren .1
Thomas Konrad .4
Willie Dyer .3
Paul McGinn .19
Kyle Benedictus .17
Kevin McBride .8
Kevin Thomson .10
Gary Harkins .29
Paul McGowan .18
Phillip Roberts .14
Luka Tankulic .21

13. George Willis
16. Ben Davies
5. Andy Butler
14. Stephen McGinn
8. Michael Doyle
28. Connor Dimaio
Harry Maguire
12. Marc McNulty
Jason Paling
Otis Khan
18. Chris Porter
Grant Adam .27
Cammy Kerr .30
Adam Dodd
Jim McAlister .20
Simon Ferry .11
Craig Wighton .33
Martin Boyle .23
Greg Stewart .15

None. Adam Dodd for Willie Dyer (46)
Simon Ferry for Kevin McBride (46)
Jim McAlister for Gary Harkins (46)
Martin Boyle for Paul McGowan (46)
Greg Stewart for Phillip Roberts (46)
Craig Wighton for Kevin Thomson (68)
Cammy Kerr for Paul McGinn (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Micheal Naylor (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee ended their pre-season campaign with a defeat at the hands of Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Friday evening.

The Dark Blues had the better of the first half against their English League One counter parts after falling behind early on. Slick passing throughout the opening 45 and a wonderful effort from Luka Tankulic saw Dundee level at the break but individual mistakes cost Paul Hartley's men in the second half.

The results of the pre-season build up mean little in the long term and manager Hartley will have been pleased with what he saw in the first period especially. Five changes at half time disrupted the flow and Dundee fell 4-1 behind before coming back into the match in the closing stages and pulling one back through Thomas Konrad.

The hosts started the game on the front foot but it was actually Dundee who had the first real effort with Paul McGowan seeing an effort from 30 yards palmed away by Mark Howard in the Blades goal.

Shortly after a defensive error saw former Motherwell man Jamie Murphy gifted with the opening goal as he intercepted Kyle Benedictus' short back pass before rounding Letheren and firing home.

It could have been two just minutes later but a smart save from the Dundee number one from Chris Basham's effort kept the scoreline at just 1-0.

From there Dundee grew into the game, Gary Harkins was heavily involved as the team played some lovely build up stuff to create openings in the final third. However, there was a piece of individual brilliance which got Dundee level.

Striker Luka Tankulic looked to have nothing on as he turned back on himself twice on the edge of the box before firing a perfect low shot in off the far post.

Within seconds he could have put Dundee in front. This time it was a short back pass from the home side and the German striker nipped in but quick reactions from Howard saw the keeper narrow the angle and block the shot.

Just before the break, the home side had the chance to go in front, firstly a lovely ball over the top would have seen former Livingston man Stefan Scougall with a clear run in on goal but for excellent defensive cover from Paul McGinn who knocked it out for a corner. From the corner Scougall connected from six yards but Letheren was equal to it. Pushing it over the bar to ensure the sides were level at half time.

The break saw five Dundee changes with Simon Ferry, Greg Stewart, Jim McAlister, Martin Boyle and a new trialist come on as Paul Hartley took the opportunity to have a look at different option ahead of the competitive action getting under way next weekend.

Five minutes in the second period and Sheffield United were back in front after a ball from the left cannoned off a Dundee defender and Ben Davies was on had to turn home from eight yards out.

Tankulic fired a free kick wide from a similar range to his goal against Hearts before the host doubled their lead.

Another defensive error saw a slack pass out of the defensive cut out and Jose Baxter was played in to tap into an empty net and make it 3-1.

Craig Wighton replaced Kevin Thomson before Sheffield United added another when a corner was forced home by Mark McNulty.

Dundee found their feet again in the closing stages with Tankulic and Boyle both coming close. Cammy Kerr replaced Paul McGinn.

Thomas Konrad pulled one back when he bundled home at the front post following a corner.

Jim McAlister could have grabbed another late goal but the home keeper saved with his legs to deny the Dundee midfielder.

Match report written by Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at July 25th, 2014)

2014-15 All Time

League Table (as at July 25th, 2014)

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