Dundee Utd 2
Hearts 1
Scottish Cup (4th Round)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Saturday, February 18th, 1984
Tannadice Park. Att. 14,371
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Sturrock (28)
Davie Dodds (84)
John Robertson (pen.) (70)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ralph Milne
9. Billy Kirkwood
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Davie Dodds
Henry Smith
Walter Kidd
George Cowie
Sandy Jardine
Gregor Stevens
Stewart MacLaren
Gary Mackay
John Robertson
Jimmy Bone
Craig Levein
Donald Park

12. John Holt
14. John Clark
Dave Bowman
Willie Johnston

John Holt for Billy Kirkwood (77)
John Clark for Eamonn Bannon (80)
Dave Bowman for Stewart MacLaren (71)
Willie Johnston for Craig Levein (83)

Derek Stark (26)
Jimmy Bone
Gary Mackay
Stewart MacLaren

Red Cards
None. Jimmy Bone (42)
Match Officials

David Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)
D Main (Bonnybridge) & R Black (Paisley) (Assistants)

Match Report

United opened the scoring after 28 minutes when Smith missed an Eamonn Bannon corner and Paul Hegarty's shot was blocked on the line but Paul Sturrock was on hand to net the rebound. Just before the end of a United dominated first period Jim Bone received his marching orders for a foul on Paul Hegarty, having already been booked.

Ten-man Hearts were spurred on by their sizeable support in the second half when Dave Narey denied John Robertson with his hands and the youngster converted the inevitable penalty award. With an unwanted Tynecastle replay on the cards Paul Hegarty rose to a Dave Narey free kick and headed down for Davie Dodds to steer the ball home.

Squad Statistics (as at February 18th, 1984)

1983-84 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)36 35 - 6143
Maurice Malpas21 3211083
Derek Stark25 2542309
Richard Gough21 34713518
Paul Hegarty29 35543963
Dave Narey27 32 - 48334
Ralph Milne22 331119159
Billy Kirkwood25 30730061
Eamonn Bannon25 33822260
Paul Sturrock27 92383120
Davie Dodds25 3419264114
John Holt (sub)27 34226822
John Clark (sub)19 9 - 12 -

League Table (as at February 18th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Firstly, I must apologise to all United fans present on Tuesday for seeing the wrong goal. The foggy conditions meant that Rangers' goal was quite visible to you, but not Dundee United's. Speaking personally, I can assure you that those in the dug-out saw neither goal clearly! The long lay-off has been attributed to our recent below par performances, but I will only go part of the way with that excuse. Quite frankly, since we beat Standard Liege last November, we have failed to reproduce our best form, and this is causing me, my greatest sense of frustration m 12 years at Tannadice. In Eamonn Bannon, Paul Shu-rock and Ralph Milne, we have three exceptional players. Unfortunately, one of the reasons that we are looking a shadow of our former selves is the lack of responsibility to be positive at all times. Of late we have tended to graft our way to victory, because, without the flair we are capable of, we are no better than any other side in Scotland.

The League Cup presented us with our easiest path to a trophy this term with only three matches prior to Tuesday night. And although we never completely dominated that first leg and attempted to sit on a single goal lead, there is no way I'll concede we are out of the running. One thing is certain, the players will have to adopt nothing less than a positive attitude at Ibrox on Wednesday. Today presents us with another opportunity to progress in a cup competition and Hearts showed how difficult they will be to beat with their fighting come-back against Rangers last Saturday. On theu- last appearance at Tannadice, AIex McDonald's side were unlucky to lose by a Davie Dodds goal. Conversely, we were unlucky not to take both points at Tynecastle. Hopefully the lure of the cup will make our players realise that only by returning to positive ways shall we achieve any positive success this season.