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Dundee Utd   0 - 3   Rangers

Rangers player DaMarcus Beasley

By Stevie Miller

Rangers headed back to the top of the Scottish Premier League after beating Dundee United convincingly in the rearranged fixture at Tannadice Park.

Misfit winger DaMarcus Beasley opened the scoring with a memorable strike from the angle of the box.

Striker Kenny Miller doubled the visitors' lead as Rangers took control in the second half.

Miller then put the game beyond United as he slotted the ball home after some fine play by the impressive Beasley.

Both sides appeared keen to get the action under way after the clubs' boardroom ticket row following the abandonment of the initial match between the teams.

The visitors were first to carve out an opportunity when Beasley fired a left-footed drive in from the edge of the box which United goalkeeper Nicky Weaver could only parry, but Miller couldn't reach the rebound.

Veteran Lee McCulloch was next to go close as Rangers began to dominate, rifling a half-volley a foot wide of Weaver's right-hand post.

United claimed for a penalty as Jon Daly went down in the box under a challenge from Sasa Papac, but referee Mike Tumilty was unimpressed.

Garry Kenneth had the ball over the goal-line from the resultant corner, but the whistle had already gone for a push in the box.

But, as the home side seemed to be coming back into the match, a Kirk Broadfoot throw-in was controlled by Beasley before the American winger launched a fabulous looping strike from the angle of the box to beat Weaver and break the deadlock.

The game stretched following the goal and raged from end to end without either side being able to carve out a clear opening.

Kris Boyd appeared to be pushed in the box by United full-back Mihael Kovacevic, but again referee Tumilty waved away the penalty claims.

Daly tried to test Alexander with a low long-range shot, but his effort was straight at the Rangers keeper, who revealed this week that he may consider a move out of Ibrox in search of regular first-team football.

The Irishman had the first real chance of the second period, but he flashed a header from Paul Dixon's corner wide of the mark.

But again, as United appeared to be getting on top, Miller headed in a terrific cross from the industrious Novo to double Rangers' lead.

Darren Dods almost deflected a Madjid Bougherra header into his own net, but Weaver pulled off an acrobatic stop to prevent the defender scoring his fourth own goal of the season.

The visitors were finding plenty of space as United chased the game, and Miller should have done better when he placed an effort well wide of the post from just outside the box.

Craig Levein's side were struggling to get out of their own half, but Prince Buaben blasted an effort over the bar from a tight angle as the Terrors' play became more urgent.

Weaver had to look smart to palm a header from Boyd around the post as the visitors continued to dominate.

Miller finally grabbed his brace and put the game beyond United as he calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner from Beasley's cutback.

The home side forced a succession of corners late on, but it was too little too late as the Rangers defence held firm.


Dundee United manager Craig Levein:

"I can only apologise to our supporters tonight. A lot of them turned up to watch us.

"We didn't give them anything to get up for. It was one of those days - too many players underperforming and we never got a foothold in the game.

"There are two teams in every match and when one team is on the ascendancy it tends to be the other team is playing below par.

"Generally you get a spell in the game where you get to redress that but that didn't happen; Rangers were better than us most of the night.

"Let's be honest, Rangers could have been 3-0 up at half-time. We just didn't perform anywhere near the level that we can do.

"It's a wake-up call. We'll need to keep plugging away and see where we are come the end of the season."

Rangers manager Walter Smith:

"We played very well tonight. I felt as though we had to, coming here to Dundee United.

"I thought the boys were terrific, they played very well right from the start.

"DaMarcus Beasley played like that for us when he came at first before he got his bad injury. After he came back, he was hampered with hamstring injuries.

"A few months ago he started to show the sharpness that is required and he's now back into the team and playing exceptionally well and scored a terrific goal for us.

"Dundee United and Hibs deserve a great deal of credit for the consistency that they have shown so far this season.

"The games that they play against Rangers and Celtic are going to be important games, but if they continue their runs against all the other teams in the league it's going to be close."


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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Dundee Utd 0-3 Rangers FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Beasley 26
    • Miller 58
    • Miller 75

    Dundee Utd

    • 01 Weaver
    • 05 Dods
    • 18 Kenneth
    • 19 Kovacevic (Robertson 46)
    • 23 Dixon
    • 02 Dillon
    • 06 Conway
    • 15 Buaben
    • 16 Gomis (Goodwillie 67)
    • 09 Daly
    • 10 Cadamarteri yellow card (Myrie-Williams 59)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Banks,
    • 08 Robertson,
    • 12 Robertson,
    • 14 Swanson,
    • 07 Myrie-Williams,
    • 21 Damian Casalinuovo,
    • 25 Goodwillie

    Rangers

    • 25 Alexander
    • 03 Weir
    • 05 Papac yellow card
    • 21 Broadfoot
    • 24 Bougherra
    • 06 McCulloch yellow card
    • 07 Davis
    • 10 Novo (Fleck 85)
    • 20 Beasley (Naismith 83)
    • 09 Boyd (Lafferty 82)
    • 18 Miller

    Substitutes

    • 41 Gallacher,
    • 16 Whittaker,
    • 66 Wilson,
    • 14 Naismith,
    • 27 Lafferty,
    • 29 Fleck,
    • 48 Little
    Ref: TumiltyAtt: 10,037
    DUNDEE UTD
    RANGERS

    Possession

    • Dundee Utd 48%
    • Rangers 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Dundee Utd 4
    • Rangers 7

    Attempts off target

    • Dundee Utd 2
    • Rangers 7

    Corners

    • Dundee Utd 12
    • Rangers 12

    Fouls

    • Dundee Utd 15
    • Rangers 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:14 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+1:39 Garry Kenneth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Miller. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 90:00+1:25 The ball is delivered by Craig Conway, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 89:45 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Craig Conway.
    • 89:45 Booking Sasa Papac goes into the referee's book.
    • 89:31 Sasa Papac gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie.
    • 88:44 Jennison Myrie-Williams fouled by Sasa Papac, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Dillon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:33 Kirk Broadfoot delivers the ball, Paul Dixon gets a block in.
    • 85:51 Handball by Steven Naismith. Nicky Weaver restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:04 Substitution John Fleck on for Nacho Novo.
    • 82:45 A cross is delivered by Craig Conway, Neil Alexander makes a save.
    • 82:06 Substitution (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Steven Naismith coming on for DaMarcus Beasley.
    • 81:43 Substitution Kyle Lafferty comes on in place of Kris Boyd.
    • 80:43 Craig Conway takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Steven Davis.
    • 80:27 Corner taken left-footed by Paul Dixon from the right by-line, David Weir makes a clearance.
    • 80:12 The ball is sent over by Jennison Myrie-Williams, clearance by Sasa Papac.
    • 79:57 The ball is swung over by Jennison Myrie-Williams, Darren Dods manages to make a clearance.
    • 78:42 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Craig Conway, Craig Conway takes a shot. Save by Neil Alexander.
    • 78:11 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the left by-line, Lee McCulloch makes a clearance.
    • 77:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Dixon from the right by-line, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:17 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Dixon from the right by-line, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
    • 77:04 Sean Dillon produces a cross, blocked by Sasa Papac.
    • 75:20 Foul by Kirk Broadfoot on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
    • 74:24 Assist on the goal came from DaMarcus Beasley.
    • 74:24 GOAL - Kenny MillerDundee Utd 0 - 3 Rangers Kenny Miller grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-3 Rangers.
    • 73:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Prince Buaben. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
    • 73:00 Corner taken by Nacho Novo.
    • 72:41 Steven Davis produces a cross, Kris Boyd takes a shot. Save by Nicky Weaver.
    • 71:02 Foul by DaMarcus Beasley on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Craig Conway has an effort direct from the free kick, Neil Alexander makes a save.
    • 70:40 A cross is delivered by Prince Buaben.
    • 70:12 Steven Davis challenges Craig Conway unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
    • 68:48 A cross is delivered by Kenny Miller, clearance made by Darren Dods.
    • 67:42 Craig Conway produces a cross, Kris Boyd manages to make a clearance.
    • 67:11 Foul by David Weir on David Goodwillie, free kick awarded. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:28 Substitution David Goodwillie comes on in place of Morgaro Gomis.
    • 65:30 DaMarcus Beasley takes the inswinging corner, Scott Robertson makes a clearance.
    • 65:16 Kenny Miller takes a shot. Garry Kenneth gets a block in.
    • 64:38 Nacho Novo takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Prince Buaben.
    • 63:53 Darren Dods concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Davis. DaMarcus Beasley crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Paul Dixon makes a clearance.
    • 62:31 The ball is crossed by Nacho Novo, Close range headed effort by Madjid Bougherra misses to the right of the target.
    • 62:01 Inswinging corner taken by Nacho Novo from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Scott Robertson.
    • 60:06 Corner taken by Nacho Novo.
    • 59:26 Nacho Novo takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Scott Robertson.
    • 58:49 Corner taken by DaMarcus Beasley from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Nicky Weaver.
    • 58:35 Kris Boyd takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Darren Dods gets a block in.
    • 58:03 Substitution Jennison Myrie-Williams replaces Danny Cadamarteri.
    • 57:21 Nacho Novo provided the assist for the goal.
    • 57:21 GOAL - Kenny MillerDundee Utd 0 - 2 Rangers Kenny Miller finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Dundee Utd 0-2 Rangers.
    • 55:20 Paul Dixon takes the inswinging corner, Close range header by Jon Daly goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 54:58 A cross is delivered by Garry Kenneth, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 54:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Kirk Broadfoot. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
    • 53:01 Kris Boyd fouled by Darren Dods, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
    • 52:23 Nacho Novo takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
    • 52:13 Nacho Novo crosses the ball, blocked by Sean Dillon.
    • 50:36 Kris Boyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Craig Conway from left wing, Steven Davis makes a clearance.
    • 49:41 Sean Dillon concedes a free kick for a foul on Nacho Novo. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
    • 49:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Dods by Kris Boyd. Free kick taken by Darren Dods.
    • 48:39 Danny Cadamarteri delivers the ball.
    • 47:13 Craig Conway produces a cross, Steven Davis manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Scott Robertson on for Michael Kovacevic.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:11 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+1:43 Foul by Kenny Miller on Prince Buaben, free kick awarded. Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:16 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Conway from the left by-line, save by Neil Alexander.
    • 43:33 Kenny Miller takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 43:07 Kenny Miller fouled by Garry Kenneth, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.
    • 42:27 Jon Daly takes a shot. Save by Neil Alexander.
    • 39:43 The ball is sent over by Sean Dillon, free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Dods on DaMarcus Beasley. Neil Alexander takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:48 Paul Dixon crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Neil Alexander.
    • 38:48 Booking Lee McCulloch receives a yellow card.
    • 38:41 Unfair challenge on Prince Buaben by Lee McCulloch results in a free kick.
    • 37:55 Effort from outside the penalty box by Kris Boyd goes wide right of the goal.
    • 36:55 The ball is swung over by Kenny Miller.
    • 36:03 Unfair challenge on Morgaro Gomis by Kris Boyd results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
    • 35:31 Corner taken left-footed by DaMarcus Beasley to the near post, save by Nicky Weaver.
    • 35:25 Steven Davis sends in a cross, blocked by Paul Dixon.
    • 33:55 Foul by Sasa Papac on Sean Dillon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
    • 33:19 Darren Dods challenges Kenny Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 32:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kris Boyd on Garry Kenneth. Darren Dods takes the direct free kick.
    • 32:07 The ball is sent over by Morgaro Gomis, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 30:35 Paul Dixon sends in a cross, clearance by David Weir.
    • 29:18 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Dixon.
    • 28:42 Craig Conway takes the inswinging corner, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
    • 27:11 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, save made by Neil Alexander.
    • 25:59 The assist for the goal came from Kenny Miller.
    • 25:59 GOAL - DaMarcus BeasleyDundee Utd 0 - 1 Rangers DaMarcus Beasley grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-1 Rangers.
    • 24:22 Jon Daly takes a shot. Neil Alexander makes a save.
    • 23:35 Foul by DaMarcus Beasley on Paul Dixon, free kick awarded. Craig Conway crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 23:10 A cross is delivered by Sasa Papac, Darren Dods makes a clearance.
    • 22:41 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nacho Novo.
    • 22:29 Centre by Darren Dods, Michael Kovacevic gets a block in.
    • 20:04 Shot on goal by DaMarcus Beasley from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 19:48 Kris Boyd takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Kenneth.
    • 17:49 Morgaro Gomis challenges Nacho Novo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nacho Novo from left wing, Prince Buaben makes a clearance.
    • 16:33 Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Dixon, Unfair challenge on Kris Boyd by Jon Daly results in a free kick. Neil Alexander takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:07 Nacho Novo delivers the ball.
    • 14:54 Shot from outside the area by Lee McCulloch misses to the left of the goal.
    • 14:49 Sasa Papac delivers the ball, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
    • 14:07 Corner taken right-footed by Nacho Novo to the near post, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
    • 14:00 The ball is sent over by Nacho Novo, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Kovacevic on Nacho Novo. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
    • 12:59 Michael Kovacevic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Davis. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
    • 12:47 Centre by Paul Dixon, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 12:30 Foul by Lee McCulloch on Jon Daly, free kick awarded. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
    • 11:51 Lee McCulloch has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 11:05 Corner from the left by-line taken by Nacho Novo, clearance made by Darren Dods.
    • 10:43 DaMarcus Beasley takes a shot from 25 yards. Save made by Nicky Weaver.
    • 9:29 Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
    • 9:29 Booking Danny Cadamarteri receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 9:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Danny Cadamarteri.
    • 7:37 The ball is crossed by Kirk Broadfoot, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:51 Paul Dixon challenges DaMarcus Beasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
    • 4:56 Danny Cadamarteri produces a cross, Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:15 Lee McCulloch concedes a free kick for a foul on Prince Buaben. Paul Dixon delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Steven Davis makes a clearance.
    • 3:04 Unfair challenge on Kris Boyd by Michael Kovacevic results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis from left wing, save by Nicky Weaver.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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