0 - 1
0 - 1
League (Premier Division)
|None.||Ian Cameron (87)|
Christian Dailly for Dragutin Ristić (52)
Alan Dinnie for Alex Taylor (70)
Roddy Grant for Rod McDonald (89)
Brian Welsh (17)
Jerren Nixon (35)
Gordan Petrić (58)
|Steve Pittman (35)|
Tom Brown (Edinburgh) (Referee)
There were no changes in the Tannadice line-up against a Thistle side clearly intent on not losing. Consequently chances were limited as Thistle defended in depth. The first of what was to be an afternoon of squandered opportunities came after 8 minutes when Nelson raced to the edge of the box to block Dragutin Ristic's path to goal. The ball broke to Jerren Nixon who squared the ball to Billy McKinlay, but he screwed the ball wide with the keeper out of position.
Nelson continued to be tested, punching clear a Gordan Petric header from an Andy McLaren corner, but when Billy McKinlay found Ristic in the box seven minutes from the interval, the Croat should have done better than head the ball straight into the arms of the Jags keeper. Thistle's only first half threat came from a McDonald glancing header which slipped by the far post and a Pittman shot which whizzed past the post five minutes after the restart was again the exception rather than the rule in the second period.
Twenty minutes from the end, Jerren Nixon was sent clear, but Nelson came to Thistle's rescue by keeping out his low shot with an out-stretehed foot. United were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal three minutes from the end. A rare Thistle counter-attack up the left saw Pittman cross and lan Cameron flung himself to send a diving header past Kelham O'Hanlon. Picking the ball out of the net was virtually his only task of the entire afternoon!
Just three minutes remained, but United were unlucky not to strike back right away, Billy McKinlay chipping the ball against the bar from 20 yards and to show that our luck was right out, Christian Dailly's diving header from the rebound was saved by Nelson. Apart from being Thistle's first Premier success at Tannadice, this was also our first home defeat of the season to cap an unhappy afternoon.
Golac commented, "We only had ourselves to blame for making it a disappointing afternoon, because the game is all about taking chances and we didn't"
|Kelham O'Hanlon (GK)||32||2||-||2||-|
|Christian Dailly (sub)||20||9||-||107||14|
No league table has been added for this season.
September ended badly for us with the defeat at the hands of Tatran Presov highlighting some major deficiencies which I can assure you I will be working hard to eradicate in the future. The tie with the Slovakians also demonstrated just how far European sides are ahead of Scottish teams when it comes to technique. We couldn't have asked for a harder task on our return than having to face Rangers less than 48 hours after our European exit. Obviously the lads were a bit tired, but on the whole we did quite well and had we taken the chances which came our way, then we might well have taken something from the game. We found our second wind in the second half at Ibrox and I had no complaints about the attitude of the players The same could be said about the performance at Rugby Park a week ago when we defended shrewdly and looked dangerous on the break with the result that we gave a quite good team performance, kept our shape and my only criticism was that we ought to have killed off the opposition earlier on. That victory brought us back within touching distance of the leaders.
We sit only six points behind Rangers and with two home games on the agenda in the next eight days I want to see us close that gap. We must think positively, we still have two competitions to play for, and hopefully, we'll be strengthened by the return of Scott Crabbe and Paddy Connolly from injury in the not too distant future, However, if we are to achieve anything, then it is games like today that we must apply ourselves in and the approach must be geared as if we were about to meet Rangers or Celtic. The reserves and youth team have been doing very well in recent weeks and their lead is what the first team must follow. The way the reserves destroyed Kilmarnock on Tuesday evening was exactly the kind of football I want to see us play. The games came thick and fast in September and we did not have the squad to cope with it, but with virtually only one match a week from now on, we'll be working hard on producing the kind of football I want on a regular basis, but for the moment all our concentration must be on ensuring that we take maximum points from the two home games which are coming up.