Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Wednesday March 30 2011
Wed 30th Mar
Dundee United visit Motherwell for their Scottish Cup quarter-final replay on Wednesday evening, with the prize on offer being a tie against St Johnstone in the last four of the competition. The first game between the two sides ended 2-2 at Tannadice as the hosts twice came from behind to level in defence of their trophy.
"I'm sure the players who go out there know the size of the task but they know the prize that's waiting," Motherwell manager Stuart McCall told BBC Scotland. "I think it's the most important game since I've been here, it would certainly eclipse beating Celtic. I've said to the boys, the last time they played here they left the field to a standing ovation, and they will need the same sort of performance to win."
"I think every game presents something different. You need wee breaks in the cup at times," Dundee United boss Peter Houston told BBC Scotland. "We had a wee break at Ross County when we won on penalty kicks and they were the better side. If we get breaks tomorrow then I'll be delighted. Motherwell are a huge obstacle. They played very well at Tannadice and went ahead twice, so we showed good character against a very good Motherwell side. It'd be nice to take the lead and see if we could hold on to it."
Steven Saunders was expected to miss out and Stevie Hammell is also a doubt. But Keith Lasley and Francis Jeffers were available to return, while skipper Stephen Craigan and goalkeeper Darren Randolph were both in international action earlier in the week.
Motherwell (from): Randolph, Hateley, Gunning, Craigan, Hutchinson, Page, Hammell, Lasley, Jennings, Humphrey, Jones, Murphy, Sutton, Jeffers, Forbes, Casagolda, Hollis
Crucial in the middle of the park for Motherwell.
Midfielder Morgaro Gomis is missing through suspension but winger Craig Conway is available. Scott Severin was also back in contention, which is a timely boost as fellow defender Garry Kenneth remains absent.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Watson, Douglas, Van der Meulen, D. Robertson, S. Robertson, Swanson, Russell, Goodwillie, Daly, Shala, Dixon, Kovacevic, Armstrong, Severin, Banks, Conway, Buaben, Allan
Big games always demand big performances from the biggest names.
The draw achieved by Motherwell in the first game came either side of league defeats to Kilmarnock and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Dundee United are unbeaten in eight games and have won five of their previous six.
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Date:Wednesday March 30 2011
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