Dundee Utd 0
St Mirren 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
0 - 2
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 24th, 1981
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,364
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Jimmy Bone (11)
Jimmy Bone (25)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Rikki McFarlane

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Derek Murray
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Billy Thomson
John Young
Mark Fulton
John McCormack
Jackie Copland
Billy Abercromby
John McEachran
Billy Stark
Jimmy Bone
Frank McAvennie
Ian Scanlon

Richard Gough
Ian Gibson
Doug Somner
Alan Logan

Ian Gibson for Eamonn Bannon (40)
Richard Gough for Frank Kopel (72)
Alan Logan for John McEachran

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Joe Timmons (Kilwinning) (Referee)

Match Report

With his hand still in plaster, Paul Sturrock missed his fourth game in a row as United stuck with the same line-up for the third consecutive game. United went into the match on a poor run having recorded only one win in the last eight games.

Their lack of confidence was evident early on and the defensive problems were exposed in the 11th minute with both Paul Hegarty and Dave Narey hesitating with a long clearance from Billy Thomson. Jimmy Bone slipped the ball to St Mirren's new signing John McEachran whose shot came off Derek Murray and the alert Jimmy Bone turned home the rebound. United should have equalised a minute later when Ralph Milne broke through, but as Thomson came out he shot wide. John McCormack had a shot saved by Hamish McAlpine at the second attempt and the keeper then had to tip over a forty yard from Billy Abercromby as United struggled to keep the deficit to just the one goal. The pressure finally told on United in the 25th minute when Frank Kopel could only tamely head a ball to Ian Scanlon, who crossed for Jimmy Bone to meet first time with his left foot, giving McAlpine no chance.

Jim McLean made changes - including replacing Eamonn Bannon before half time - but the lacklustre performance continued into the second half with United not looking like pulling their way back in to this match. Possibly a tired performance after their midweek efforts in Germany, the current run of bad form and lack of goals added to the managers and supporters frustrations.

Squad Statistics (as at October 24th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 19 - 4863
Frank Kopel32 15 - 40513
Paul Hegarty27 16 - 30949
Derek Murray20 5 - 7 -
Iain Phillip30 18 - 1161
Dave Narey25 18 - 35622
John Holt24 18316314
Billy Kirkwood23 16318643
Ralph Milne20 1737116
Eamonn Bannon23 20910626
Davie Dodds23 18613651
Richard Gough (sub)19 121161
Ian Gibson (sub)25 1 - 152

League Table (as at October 24th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 9 7 1 1 +12 15
2. Aberdeen 9 6 1 2 +6 13
3. Rangers 8 3 4 1 +3 10
4. St Mirren 9 4 2 3 +1 10
5. Hibernian 9 3 3 3 +4 9
6. Morton 9 4 1 4 -2 9
7. DUNDEE UTD 8 2 3 3 +2 7
8. Airdrie 9 2 2 5 -11 6
9. Partick Th 9 1 3 5 -7 5
10. Dundee 9 2 0 7 -8 4

League results since United's last match
24th October 1981
Airdrie1-1Partick Th
Dundee Utd0-2St Mirren

Manager's Programme Notes

As most of you realise by now, I have seldom been one for making excuses concerning our side's performances in the past, preferring to accept things as they have occurred rather than sitting on the fence. in fact, some people may say i have possibly gone over the score in criticisms and actions taken in the past concerning the side. Therefore, in case any of you think that those reports coming back from Germany in midweek were rather sympathetic rather than realistic, allow me to confirm that the result against Borussia Munchengladbach was a travesty of justice from the point of view of events.

The fact is that we lost a game by 2-0 which frankly we could have won by an even bigger margin, and in so doing, have provided ourselves and Scotland with a major boost. As it was, our display against the Germans, following on fine displays away from home in Europe in recent years, should still provide our lads with a morale-boosting effect which could stand the side in good stead for future occasions. The players involved at Munchengladbach on Tuesday did everything that was asked of them, apart of course from the losses of both goals which were in their own way gifted to the Germans. But the workrate and attitude was spot on the mark throughout, making up for the obvious disappointment to all concerned that Paul Sturrock was an absentee. Therefore, my message is clear. We may be a couple of goals behind and therefore disappointed - but there is no way that this UEFA Cup tie is finished. It's back to the Premier League again this afternoon, when, in my view, only another top performance will do against a St Mirren side I always rate amongst the leaders in the country for ability.