Dundee Utd 2
Airdrie 0
League Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)

Dundee Utd
2 - 0

League Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)
Saturday, September 1st, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,760
3:00 PM Kick-off

Graeme Payne (36)
Paul Sturrock (37)
Ian Ballantyne (missed pen.) (37)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Bobby Watson

Starting Eleven
1. Peter Bonetti
2. Billy Kirkwood
3. Frank Kopel
4. George Fleming
5. Derek Stark
6. Dave Narey
7. Ian Ballantyne
8. Willie Pettigrew
9. Paul Sturrock
10. Derek Addison
11. Graeme Payne
Ernie McGarr .1
Harry Erwin .2
John Lapsley .3
Tommy Veitch .4
Jim March .5
George Anderson .6
Brian McKeown .7
Sandy Clark .8
John McVeigh .9
Ian Gordon .10
Willie McGuire .11

12. Walter Smith
14. Ralph Milne
Tommy Walker .12
Gordon Hamilton .14

Ralph Milne for Ian Ballantyne (72)
Walter Smith for Paul Sturrock (84)
Tommy Walker for Harry Erwin (37)

Billy Kirkwood (65)
George Anderson (52)
Tommy Veitch (71)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W Gordon (Inverurie) (Referee)

Match Report

Two first half goals from Graeme Payne and Paul Sturrock were sufficient to see the Tannadice side through into the last sixteen of the competition,although Airdrie fought all the way.

Squad Statistics (as at September 1st, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Peter Bonetti (GK)37 4 - 4 -
Dave Narey23 7 - 24019
Derek Stark20 71402
Frank Kopel30 7130010
George Fleming30 4 - 30435
Derek Addison24 619512
Billy Kirkwood21 618924
Paul Sturrock22 7417647
Graeme Payne23 7220313
Willie Pettigrew25 5 - 5 -
Ian Ballantyne20 2 - 2 -
Walter Smith (sub)31 3 - 1793
Ralph Milne (sub)18 3131

League Table (as at September 1st, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 3 2 1 0 +6 5
2. Aberdeen 3 2 0 1 +4 4
3. Morton 3 2 0 1 +3 4
4. Partick Th 3 2 0 1 +1 4
5. Rangers 3 1 1 1 +1 3
6. Kilmarnock 3 1 1 1 -4 3
7. DUNDEE UTD 3 1 0 2 0 2
8. Hibernian 3 1 0 2 -2 2
9. Dundee 3 1 0 2 -3 2
10. St Mirren 3 0 1 2 -6 1

League results since United's last match

Manager's Programme Notes

The disappointments experienced both on the field and on the terracing during our last two Premier League outings against Kilmarnock and Aberdeen, have once again brought into focus deficiencies which tended to be obscured during our pre-season form. Indeed, as I have already stated publicly, some of the individual displays in recent weeks have simply not been good enough for a side which was earlier being tipped amongst those most likely to challenge the Old Firm dominance of Scottish football. To be completely frank, our biggest offenders are those whose consistenty of performance has long been in question. That knowledge, being known within the club, meant that replacing those players was a priority. However, our recent injury situation has scarcely aided that quest. Several of you amongst the Tannadice following may well hang on to the excuse that the players in question can blame their youth for their lack of consistency. I answer that by mentioning that most of them have been here at the club for at least six years — and around the first team scene for around four of these years.

Another reason for our recent problems has also been the absence from our ranks of Paul Hegarty. Clubs such as ours can often manage to get through without such types — but only for a limited period. And then, of course, I realise that I will not get the backing of you all when I mention the absence of George Fleming. It is only when George is missing from the scheme of things that he is really appreciated. Mind you, it truly is ridiculous in these days of improved Dundee United standing in the game that we have to rely on someone like George to talk younger players through games. Before the start of the new term I made it clear that I would prefer to remain away from things in my office on match days. That was planned to allow the players to get on with things themselves — but it has not worked. I feel that I am right in demanding the maximum from each and every player on the staff, and yet discover that too many of today's footballers do not appear to have the self-motivating powers I had hoped for. Finally, we welcome Bobby Watson's Airdrie side to Tannadice today for a League Cup clash which should provide for plenty excitement.