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Saturday, November 6, 1999 Published at 19:05 GMT

Dodds warms up for English

Dundee Utd 3-1 Aberdeen

Scotland international Billy Dodds put behind him his injury time penalty miss of a week ago by scoring twice against his former club.

The striker warmed up for next week's Euro 2000 play-off with England by striking after 48 and 86 minutes.

Aberdeen are still without a clean sheet this season, although they did make it to half time without conceding.

Jim Paterson scored United's second on 55 minutes but his personal joy lasted just nine minutes until he was carried off with what was later confirmed to be a broken leg.

Aberdeen's only consolation was a last minute penalty from Thomas Solberg - their first goal at Tannadice in five years.

Deadly Dodds

For Dodds, scoring against the club who opted to sell him to United just over a year ago, is fast becoming a habit, with six already netted against the Pittodrie outfit.

He has nine in all this season and looks certain to lead the Scotland attack at Hampden.

He is unlikely to receive such charitable defending from Tony Adams and co, with Aberdeen's Solberg setting him up for his first.

His second was a deflected effort from the edge of the area which left Jim Leighton stranded.

Before kick-off, he had been presented with the SPL Player of the Month prize while veteran keeper Leighton's 900th senior game and his 500th for Aberdeen was also commemorated.

Europe beckoning?

The first half had seen considerably less drama than what followed after the break, as both chances struggle to create chances.

The Dons started the brighter with Solberg's header and Andreas Mayer failing to capitalise.

Paterson wasted United's best first half chances, but he made up it after the break.

And the club may be good enough to hang on to their third place if Dodds' form continues.

That would leave Dodds and United playing in Europe next season.

Whether he appears on the continent next summer may be down to him taking the next chances which come his way.


Dundee Utd: Combe, Pascual, Hannah, De Vos, Dodds, Telesnikov, Paterson, Worrell, Partridge, McConalogue, Davidson. Subs: Onstad, Malpas, Easton, McCulloch, Venetis.

Aberdeen: Leighton, Solberg, Jess, Winters, Mayer, Kiriakov, Dow, Anderson, Guntveit, McAllister, Lilley. Subs: Esson, Perry, Hamilton, Buchan, Cobian.

Referee: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)

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