I’ll be honest, I wasn’t entirely focused for the 90 minutes last night. Unfortunately curiosity got the better of me when I found out Colombia had scored a late equaliser so I spent a fair bit of the latter stages trying to keep one eye on the game in Russia. I did however manage to pay attention long enough to make some set-in-stone judgements on players that have now played just a few minutes for Dundee United (not really, but by the sound of some people next to me you would think that a bounce game against Brechin is the moment of ultimate judgement).
In truth it was at generic and bog standard friendly. It wasn’t very exciting and at times it was downright boring. The weather was great and I enjoyed getting back to the football but you can’t really make any sort of lasting judgement based on what happened last night. Brechin hassled and harried well but that was probably due to the fact that they are a tighter squad and one that have had a bit more pre-season work than we have. There were large spells with lots of sideways passing and slow, laborious build-up and it was also a game hampered by an incredibly dry pitch on a very warm evening.
The only reason some people might be reading this will be for judgements on the players, so if you really want to know what I thought….
Benjamin Siegrist – Very vocal, very tall and seems to love coming for anything in the box (not always successfully)
Matej Rakovan – Can’t really judge, had very little to do.
William Edjenguele – Played the last ten minutes or so, looked ropey as always.
Jamie Robson – Played in the second 45 and actually looked pretty decent. Tried to get forward and be creative on the ball.
Callum Booth – Very attack minded fullback who enjoyed getting up and down in the first-half.
Sam Wardrop – Looks a pretty handy player, solid on the ball and again someone who tried to overlap.
Frederic Frans – Really liked the way he talked everyone through the game, very vocal (also very tall).
Scott Allardice – Played as a defender, still not convinced it is his position but he did okay.
Paul McMullan – Second-half sub but didn’t really do much on the ball.
Sam Stanton – Usual great runs from deep and tried his best to play box-to-box.
Matty Smith – Very quiet, a couple of okay runs with the ball but his passing was poor.
Fraser Aird – Typical winger, looks very quick and sharp in spells but also drifted out the game.
Christoph Rabitsch – Loves a foul. Seems to want to work really hard but was caught out a few times.
Craig Curran – Works really hard and also loves a foul. Some decent hold up play.
Nicky Clark – Thought he was really quiet. Didn’t get much time on the ball.
James Keatings – Unlucky to not score a couple of goals when he came on. Encouraging signs.
Logan Chalmers – Some lovely touches on the ball and unlucky not to score a wonder striker right at the end.
Declan Glass – Given the last 20 minutes and like Chalmers he showed some really nice touches.
Gavin Ritchie – Not really involved much so can’t really judge.
That’s about it. Nothing too exciting, nothing too concerning. No other moments of interest, we did have a new fitness coach taking the warm-up but I don’t know who he is or if he is permanent. The competitive action starts a week on Saturday so you would assume that we might have a closed-door game or two lined up before then (and maybe a new signing or two).