Dundee Utd 0
Partick Th 1
League (Premier Division)


Dundee Utd
0 - 1
Partick Th 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 15th, 1994
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,687
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Ian Cameron (87)

Team Managers
Ivan Golac
Murdo McLeod

Starting Eleven
Kelham O'Hanlon
Maurice Malpas
Alex Cleland
Gordan Petrić
Brian Welsh
David Hannah
Andy McLaren
Billy McKinlay
Jerren Nixon
Dave Bowman
Dragutin Ristić
Craig Nelson
David Byrne
Steve Pittman
Gregg Watson
Willie Jamieson
Derek McWilliams
Rod McDonald
Alex Taylor
Andy Gibson
Isaac English
Ian Cameron

Bench
Henrik Jørgensen
Christian Dailly
Chris Myers
Andy Murdoch
Roddy Grant
Alan Dinnie

Substitutions
Christian Dailly for Dragutin Ristić (52)
Alan Dinnie for Alex Taylor (70)
Roddy Grant for Rod McDonald (89)

Cautions
Brian Welsh (17)
Jerren Nixon (35)
Gordan Petrić (58)
Steve Pittman (35)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tom Brown (Edinburgh) (Referee)



Match Report


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"



Squad Statistics (as at October 15th, 1994)


1994-95 All Time
Age
Kelham O'Hanlon (GK)32 2 - 2 -
Alex Cleland23 11 - 1739
Maurice Malpas32 8 - 63419
Gordan Petrić25 142493
Brian Welsh25 12212410
Dave Bowman30 10 - 31911
Andy McLaren21 11 - 694
Jerren Nixon21 144365
David Hannah21 133325
Billy McKinlay25 11 - 25220
Dragutin Ristić30 113113
Christian Dailly (sub)20 9 - 10714






League Table (as at October 15th, 1994)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


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.